Saturday, January 9, 2010
Possibilites...An Amazing Experience
In the last few years, I have had the honor and privilege to get to know them and Ashley Smith (daughter of Nancy) better. Knowing them in this business has even more enamored me to their work, their passion and their spirit.
When we made our way back to the store, I was busy chatting and getting ready to take some pictures of their amazing, amazing store before I left. When I looked around and didn't find Nancy and Lynda, I was a bit embarassed that I had likely taken them from their office duties. It was so refreshing to see them moving into action FAST. Like myself, they enjoy getting out and being with customers and sharing their love first hand. So, I snapped pictures of them cutting fabric for customers. This is humbling and rewarding when one considers how incredibly talented these women are and how far their reach has been in our industry. Yet, they reach into what got them into the business in the first place....just like so many of us....a passion to share with others their love for creating and sharing.
I had hoped for pictures with them before I left but am carrying long with me the memory of their cheerful service and their genuine (and warm) welcome to me as I interrupted their day. I will never forget their generous service and welcome to their customers and to me as a visitor. Not only is their work inspiring, but THEY are personally and professionally inspiring!
They remain some of my favorite designers and people I respect.
One other touching thing I found in their store were the quilts of other designers in their offices. When asked about the quilts, there was such reverence for the designers in their voices of their willingness to share with them. Perhaps my favorite was from one of my all time favorite designers and people, Libby Lehman. An early rendition of her ribbon work but done in applique.
Amazing people.....all of them. I am truly blessed to enjoy their company. Such an inspiring day!
All the Best to You, jill