Day 2 in Chattanooga, Tennessee started off bright and early. After about a 30 minute drive from my hotel, I arrived at Ready Set Sew on 3444 Ringgold Road owned by Melanie Coakley.
We started off the meeting by helping Melanie pick some fabrics for her store’s Row By Row pattern. It was like a scavenger hunt to find the ideal prints for the row. That went on for a little while and then we found out that Melanie had to substitute teach the 10:30 am class in the store. So Melanie unfortunately had to leave us. It was a shame because I was excited to hear all about the embroidery business that she had within the store. Thereafter, we had the pleasure of working with Terri Zitrick-Dennehy who was Melanie’s right hand. Terri picked a bunch of fabrics and was also kind enough to give us a tour of the store and talk about trends. After writing some more orders with Terri, we had to wrap things up. At around noon, it was time for us to head out.
This is from the Stitch In Time line by The Blank Quilting Corp.
This is a quilt top made with the Studioe Blue Bird line by Jennifer Brinley.
Here is a quilt top from the Gentle Forest line by Tea & Sympathy. Don’t you just love the orange & grey together?
That just about summed up my visit to Chattanooga Quilts aside from additional time spent with one hysterically funny customer. Overall, my visit to Tennessee was enlightening like all my trips are. There are just so many shops out there and each shop is so much different from the next. There are surprises at the turn of every corner and I love it. That is why it is nice to hit the road as much as possible.
I had the chance to spend time with owner Donna Cagle. She toured me around and we talked about lots of different ideas and things going on in the industry. I also got to meet Sherri Spivey who consults/works for Donna. Sherri had so much energy and tons of great ideas that I just couldn’t write them all down fast enough. After hanging out with them for about 45 minutes, Veronica, Sherry & I went to dinner. Unfortunately, Donna couldn’t make it. We went to this great Italian place called Mezzaluna. I had a delicious pizza all to my big ole self. There isn’t much more to put in this blog about that meeting, but I did want you to see some photos from the Shop. Here goes:
This is the red/orange version and the blue version of By The Sea from Elizabeth Isles. The prior line by Elizabeth was Natural Wonders. The future line is Mariposa Meadow. Elizabeth has done amazing for Studioe!
I have to leave the very best for last though. Huntsville Sew & Vac had on display a very small quilt that was nothing short of awesome. The best part about it was that it was made by our sales rep Veronica Hofman-Ortega. I can’t say it enough about how amazing and talented the Studioe/Blank sales reps are when it comes to quilting….and selling. They aren’t just sales reps, they are talented quilters with tons of knowledge that you should be sure to capitalize upon. Our reps are there to help, you just need to ask. And it is for FREE!
I can’t “BELIEVE” how amazing this is.
And you have a nice backside too.
That is all I have for you this week. Next week, I will tell you all about my visit to StitchCraft in Boca Raton, Florida and then I will tell you about some future trips including another guild speaking engagement.
This Is Travelling South Scott