Saturday, August 22, 2015

happiest window yet...

it's a celebration! we are five years old. hard to believe but oh so true. THANK YOU to all our loyal supporters. three moves in four years deserves some happy don't you think?

 
oh...i forgot to mention...we have a live mannequin in the window. it's her 26th birthday too!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

sweet treat extravaganza

it's back!! hard to believe it has been five years already. good golly time does fly. thank you all so much for your support, especially during the past eighteen zany, crazy months.

we have settled in nicely to our new space so we are super excited to be celebrating our 5th anniversary with you in university heights.

please stop by sometime this month to fill your bag with sweet treats of the real kind...


and then indulge yourself in our sweet savings of the fabric kind...



All items from the
 Moda Bake Shop
 are on
 SALE*
layer cakes = $25.00
jelly rolls = $25.00
dessert rolls = $25.00
charm packs = $6.00
candy packs = $3.00
and
all patterns are 50% off
all books are 50% off
plus
all fabric in our bargain bench area will sell for just 

$3.00 per yard.
  

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

my gps lied to me...

ok friends...here's the truth. a gps does not know everything. gosh darn it. right? just when we had gotten so comfortable with their directions, we threw our paper maps in the trash.

we continue to have customers relying on their electronic devices without checking the address and being sent to our old location. be sure you are going to 2171 S. (the south is important too) Green in University Heights, zip 44121.


we are only a few moments from our old shop, but we hate that you are loosing your valuable shopping time driving around.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

say hello to carol...

as we move into the new year i want to introduce you to carol...
 
 
she has been helping us out the past few years on sale days and special events. this summer i put out a plea to help my husband find additional workers for his medical billing company. i had no idea that was carol's background because we always talked quilting & kids. she is now working for john with the caveat that if i should need her at jellen's, she comes over. that happened last week when i needed to get my mom to the hospital.  carol and sarah get along mighty well too. it is such a perfect arrangement for which i am so grateful.

Friday, December 26, 2014

christmas miracles

a few years ago i shared this post with a few pictures of the reece's rainbow holiday angels we were able to sponsor that year thanks to your generosity with the sample sales in our shop.


this year, sarah and her grandparents are enjoying the sweet faces from the past few years on the tree in their new home.


i often wonder about the journey these precious kiddos have traveled. i wonder if they remember their life living in the orphanage, sometimes dirty and cold. their days spent mostly in a metal crib, lacking the warmth of loving arms. i wonder if they know how much other people care about them from across the globe. i wonder how their development would be different if they had been able to live at home. mostly, i wonder where they are now and how their life has changed since meeting their forever family.

well, wonder no more. late last evening, this picture flashed on our screen...


precious emilie...holding her very own ornament from 2011. happy and thriving with her forever family. a christmas miracle indeed!!!

it's not too late to sponsor a child through the reece's rainbow 2014 angel tree. just click here for a glimpse of this year's angels. 

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

christmas closing

just a reminder we will be closing at noon today and will be closed all day december 25th.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

katrina & hilary...

it's the last saturday before christmas and i'm out running errands. have no fear, the shop is in great hands with katrina & hilary in charge. i am so fortunate these two extremely dedicated & beautiful souls give me time in their busy lives (did you know they are both oncology/palliative care nurses during the week) to work in the shop. i'm beyond grateful for their help.


THANK YOU Hilary & Katrina!!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

holiday hours...

we will remain open our normal business hours with a few exceptions...

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

need gift certificates...

yes!! we have them. in any denomination. and for a limited time you will receive a seven fat quarter bundle ($16.00 value) of your choice for every purchase of a $50.00 certificate.  


and of course we will be happy to mail them to help out any gift giver. simply gives us a call at 216.860.4116.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

november window...



our appreciation is heartfelt this beautiful sunny sunday in november. so very grateful for all we have to be thankful for.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

thankful...



Dear Fabric Friends,
It is often during this time of year that we sit down and ponder where our life has taken us and we draw upon that review to determine what we have to be thankful for.

The truth is, 2014 has been a chaotic one for us. I would be fibbing if I did not admit there were many times I discouragingly plopped in my chair and mumbled out loud that it is just too much. 

Then out of seemingly nowhere, I would receive a card, a phone call, flowers even chocolate from friends. Sometimes it was simply a nudge from a stranger that would give me just enough of a boost to say continue on.

Looking back there are many things I could be angry about. A landlord that proved to be deceptively untrustworthy, a mountain of unbudgeted bills related to moving, the loss of income due to needing to be closed for a few weeks, twice, the stress this entire situation has created in my family, even the weight I've gained in the process.

Yet none of that really matters when I look at my beautiful Sarah sitting by my side. She is alive! And for that I am most grateful. 

I am so thankful for the blogging friendship of a family who's daughter is painfully no longer with us, yet has shared their daughter's memory with us. If it were not for those two pillowcases Sarah elected to make for Kristen Kirton, our shop would never have come to be.

So instead of allowing anger to set in my heart, I am consciously choosing to focus on all the positive that is surrounding us.

We have a beautiful new store with a four year lease. We have so many friends who have followed us to the new location. Our bills are getting paid. Our pillowcase mission is continuing in even bigger ways.

And we are meeting beautiful new friends like Mary Albaugh who started Amazing Grace Pillowcase Ministry in Bloomingdale. She along with the help of a dedicated group of volunteers have stitched close to 3,000 cases to distribute in the Appalachian area of southeastern Ohio.

Our hearts are full of gratitude and love this Thanksgiving season. Thank you to each and everyone who has touched our life in some way. May your blessings be abundant.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

the cunin connection...

to start this lovely story i need to take us back to the summer of 1983. i was a young, na├»ve, yet extremely driven twenty something, fresh out of grad school with degrees in public administration and social work. i was chosen as a united way of america national intern, a highly selective program designed to fast track women and minorities into leadership positions within that organization.

i had asked to come to cleveland, not because i was from ohio, rather at that time this city had the most number of ten thousand dollar donors and i wanted to see how they had accomplished that distinction, with the idea that i could take the knowledge and replicate it in other cities.

my first week in cleveland, i was assigned to work in the manufacturing and industrial sections of the campaign, which at that time was organized by sic codes. a few buildings down from the 3100 euclid avenue headquarters of united way, was a company called bearings, inc. the president of this company, john cunin, had been recruited as a volunteer leader.

i remember the first walk down to his office like it were yesterday. as most young women wanting to succeed at that time, i was wearing a navy blue suit with a high collared blouse and navy blue pumps, despite the humid temperature of the hot august day. i was eager in my assignment, yet nervous to be entering the office of a company president. i need not have worried as mr. cunin was a delightful man. he immediately had me feeling at ease as we got to work on that year's campaign. we had several meetings that fall in his office, sometimes ending with lunch across the street at the local deli.

i left town that december to return to alexandria, virginia for further training at the national headquarters, likely to never see mr. cunin or the other wonderful volunteers i had worked so closely with in cleveland. but life has a funny way of turning around. the following year i returned to the city on a more permanent basis and once again i had the pleasure of working with mr. cunin.

now fast forward three decades later and the phone rings in our quilt shop. the readout indicated the call came from the cunin residency. the woman on the other end of the line asked if we had a certain fabric, which we did. the next afternoon a beautiful grandmotherly face walked in and asked for the fabric. i knew by her question she was the woman who called the previous day. so i asked her if she was any relation to john cunin. her face lite up like the star atop a christmas tree. she asked how i knew him so i shared the story above. as her eyes welled with tears, she told me john was her beloved husband. she also told me he had passed away much too young in 1993. as i reached out to give her a hug, i knew a friendship was developing.

over the course of the next few years, marilyn and i shared some wonderful afternoons together in our quilt shop. we discovered that we have many things in common, including our special daughters. i learned of her dedication to our lady of the wayside, where her daughter mary catherine aka cookie, would occasionally go for respite care before she passed at the age of seventeen. we also discovered we share a love of sewing. soon marilyn was bringing in bags she had stitched together with fabric from our shop. sarah takes those bags and fills them with goodies from just a buck and a matching pillowcase she makes. we then deliver them to the little ones in the same hospital sarah received so much of her care.


precious marissa was one such recipient. we had been following her family's blog for sometime and when we heard she had been diverted to the cleveland clinic while her family was traveling from florida to michigan, we just knew she needed one of the bags. lovingly stitched by the hands of two great ladies, both inspired by beautiful angels in heaven.


oddly enough, even though this collaboration has been going on for nearly three years, marilyn and sarah had not met in person, until this week. i tell you from observation, it was love at first sight. sarah enthusiastically shared links on her ipad with marilyn. it was a beautiful exchange of a connection born more than thirty years before.

marilyn cunin at the young age of 84, is a beacon of light in our community. her dedication to philanthropy is extraordinary. she continues to be actively involved in many organizations including being a board member of the bruening foundation. we are honored and very lucky to call marilyn and her daughter jane, our friends.   

Monday, November 10, 2014

Friday, November 7, 2014

blessed greetings to nancy & harold...

moments like this one fill my heart with overloaded joy. meet harold and nancy...


they are traveling through ohio from missouri heading to niagara falls and planned their trip to stop at our shop to meet sarah. why? because nancy, who has been a long distance truck driver for 27 years, has been following our story. she quilts. and harold who she taught to drive an 18 wheeler after a career as a school administrator, had a sister with down syndrome. joanna passed away at the age of 55, but as he described had a wonderful life. it was like meeting family who we have just never had the pleasure of meeting before. such a treasure it is having this little quilt shop. we are so grateful. thank you for coming to see us nancy & harold. you are in inspiration to us. safe travels to you.

Friday, October 24, 2014

sister love...

i love how sarah so enthusiastically shares the story of our pillowcase project and kristen & polly kirton and their beautiful family when new sisters come into our shop. it's like she's on her own little mission without even leaving town.


today we met sister ronquillo in cleveland from the philippines and sister stone from st. george, utah who just happens to have a sister with down syndrome. how awesome is that connection!



Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

first in...

oh what a day! please say hello to sally, helen, cheryl, mary & rose...


can you believe they came all the way from kentucky, west virginia & southern ohio to be the very first customers in our brand new shop today. the five of them plan their own quilt get-a-away each year and we are so honored they wanted to come see us. we are no where near organized yet, but that did not stop them from finding lots of fun things to take home. thank you so very much for coming. you made our morning a special one!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

growing like a...

...yard of fabric. meet rowen...


he is measuring about 2/3 of a yard long on his recent visit.  we've been known to use our olfa cutting mat for many different purposes, but never to measure a cute bundle of joy.

 
these two adorable sisters and grandma make our day every time they come in. they are just the sweetest. we sure do love our quilting families!!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

a few delays...


let me take you back for a moment to january 2008. we were living in the holiday inn in mayfield village while a construction team worked on our house damaged by a storm. sarah was struggling a bit to breath so i was heading to the cleveland clinic with her in the back seat. we were sitting at a red light at wilson mills and richmond when i realized she was no longer breathing. i made the split second decision to run the red light and speed down anderson to get to our house where the portable phone, which would connect to 911 with a readout, was just inside the garage door.

i performed rescue breathing with her in the back seat until the south euclid squad arrived. as the paramedics worked in perfect tandem with sarah on a skinny gurney in the middle of our snow covered cul-de-sac, i looked up and saw this man and his crew standing at our windows with tears rolling down their cheeks. 
 

although we have run into a few minor hurdles with our new store renovation, al pestotnik has never forgotten that day. his bond with sarah runs deep from that experience and this afternoon he told me whatever it takes to get this project done, he and his brother will make it happen. i love how God brings just the right people into our lives to help us achieve our goals. feeling very grateful.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

four years together...

today we celebrate our fourth anniversary. and that means...


it's time for our annual SWEET TREAT EXTRAVAGANZA!!! where we celebrate you, our sweet customers and treat you to an extravaganza of candy throughout the store and sugary fabric sales. as our way of thanking you for FOUR amazing years...all jelly rolls and layer cakes = $25. charm packs = $6. fabric candy = $3. (does not include batiks) and all patterns and books are 50% off the lowest marked price. sale will continue through august 23rd.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

a july miracle...

i could not possibly have known what was in store for us on this day five years ago, but i do know the miracle that unfolded before my eyes set us on a journey that has been life altering for so many reasons. it was midmorning when i checked sarah into the medical office for a follow up appointment. the previous six months had been dreadful. earlier that year we had been told her days were numbered. her body was so weak. her lungs so permanently damaged. her heart was surrounded with fluid and her immune system was beyond fragile. the antibiotics and steroids they had pumping through her veins were like water to an already dead plant. we were as mentally prepared for the worst as i suppose any parent can get.

i watched carefully as the doctor examined sarah. first she poured over the results from the blood work taken a few days before. then she listened to her chest. i looked for a clue or two of expression as she repositioned the stethoscope on sarah's back. i'd learned over the years to look for those tiny signs of human emotion on a doctor's face. i suppose it helped prepare me for what i was about to hear. i remembered her look so clearly back in january of that year, when this same doctor handed me the list of hospice providers. it was that conversation that ultimately lead me to resign from my job to care for sarah fulltime. if 2009 was to be her last, i wanted to be sure to be a part of every moment.

as she flipped the switch on the light box to examine the chest x-ray taken earlier that day, i was afraid to look. i heard her words before i walked over to look for myself. sarah's lungs were the clearest I had viewed since being taught how to read an x-ray when she was a baby. i could not recall in sarah's twenty years on earth a doctor say the word perfect to describe her. so i asked her to repeat what she said. "perfect. i said perfect." i'm sure my face contorted in all sorts of confused looks, which had her repeat for the fourth time..."perfect." we both agreed we were taken by complete surprise, but every indicator that had been so wrong in the winter was now in normal range. the doc never uttered the word miracle, but she didn't have to. our tight embrace said it all.


sarah and i went to ihop for lunch that day to celebrate. it was a day of new beginnings. i wasn't sure what they would look like, and i can assure you a quilt shop was no where on my radar screen, but oh how grateful we are that on that morning of july 30, 2009 we were given a new lease on life. her gown that day may have been made of paper, but it would be fabric that would soon change our direction completely.