Hello, dear friends:Well…it’s been 25 years since Jan & Lou were headed to the August Marys River Quilt Guild meeting that led us to renting the front rooms of the old movie theatre building. It’s almost like “yesterday” that we scrubbed out the Waucomah Theatre Lobby, got on our knees, masked off the squares, and repainted the linoleum someone before us had squared off into black and while faux tiles! A fresh coat of paint all through the three rooms and restroom, scrubbed windows and fresh curtains, a rope of bells on the door knob so we’d be alerted when a customer came in – and twelve bolts of fabric! Well, things have changed a lot since our opening of the doors those many years ago. We had the opportunity to remodel the front of the building and return the Lobby to somewhat its original layout, and we certainly have more than 12 bolts of fabric now! Thanks for enjoying this journey with us!…and thanks for tolerating the repeat of this story whenever we can tell it!Times they ARE a’changing! As Jessy Yorgy has spent the summer with a celebratory retirement “happening,” our quilting community changes dramatically. Quiltwork Patches has been a significant point of destination over the last many years. Jessy will retire with more than 39 years in the quilting industry. She, Geary and the QWP staff have offered an important presence and countless, countless hours of coaching and encouragement. Janni and Lou had the pleasure of teaching for Jess for several years, and Geary and Lou spoke most recently of the quilt stretching and basting hours in the basement of the shop when it was on 2nd Street. It will be very strange not having QWP as a sister shop, but it is a retirement so very well-deserved. It’s time to celebrate!With so many shop owners finding it time to retire and move on to other chapters in their lives, rumors abound. Yes, Lou is considering retirement – but we have classes scheduled through December 2019 – so JanniLou Creations plans on keeping its doors open for some time yet. The Escape (the apartment over the Lobby) is available for mini sew-in retreats or lodging when you wish to travel to our great classes (or, if you need overnight lodging in the area for other reasons!). Call for more information and reservations of that space.