200 people joined our half hourly door prize draws. Each half hour Mum (Wilma) rang a bell and asked for a kind volunteer to draw out a name (you didn't have to be there to win, the winners were phoned and they will collect their prize at a convenient time).
We gave away 7 games of Stitchopoly (this will not be available from our suppliers from March 2009 - I guess Monopoly found out - I predict these will become collector's items), lots of big fabric bundles, and a Moda baked goods package. We also gave away 100 value finders (I will post a photo of our unique styles), and lots of Rosalie Quinlan patterns.
We had the most wonderful surprise when Chrissie, Rhonda and Joanne from Blue Willow Cottage visited us on the opening day!! That's Joanne in the front buying fabric!! Would you believe they brought us flowers?? You would be hard pressed to find a nicer group of girls.
From left: Joanne, Jim, Lorraine, Chrissie and Rhonda.
Sandra cut so much fabric I expect she needed a massage!!
Jenni and Karen sat and sewed in air-conditioned comfort.
This is Michael and his first quilt top. He bought a fat 1/8 pack, went home and sewed them together. Michael has already bought fabric for his next quilt.
I was hardly able to take any photos we were so busy!
The atmosphere was just electric! Thank you so much to everyone who travelled such a long way to join us in our celebrations - especially in the 31 degrees heat. Thank goodness we experienced cooler weather on the Opening Day. I could understand people would not travel much if it was still 43 degrees.
Thank you to Leutenegger, Victorian Textiles, PK fabrics and Creative Abundance for our prizes.
We look forward to meeting you in person!!