Friday, March 21, 2014

2014 Designer Mystery BOM with Fat Quarter Shop

Welcome to the third week of Fat Quarter Shop's new 2014 Designer Mystery Block-of-the-Month.  Edyta's delightful Snowbird collection is featured in a dozen stars created by designers Bonnie and Camille, Bunny Hill Designs, Fig Tree Quilts, Kate Spain, Laundry Basket Quilts, Minick and Simpson, Kansas Troubles Quilters, Me and My Sister Designs, Pieces From My Heart, Primitive Gatherings, Sweetwater and V & Co.  Blog posts began on March 7th, continuing on March 14th & 21st (that's me!) with prize winners announced March 28th. Don't miss the fun! 

2013 Designer Mystery Block of the Month<SMALL><SUP>TM</SUP></SMALL> Block of the Month Program

We were each asked to name our block after a special star in our lives. The first person who came to mind was my best friend and partner in business and life - my husband, Robert. So, my block is titled Dear Robert...  Being self-employed in a business such as ours with no guarantees from one line to the next, no paid vacations or health benefits, can be a scary proposition some years. His support and encouragement has never waned. In fact, he gave up a "real" job to join me full time in this crazy world of quilting. With no prior experience with sewing machines, he's taken on a Bernina dealership to sell and repair sewing machines. He's gone to numerous classes, worked many late hours and virtually taught himself how to fix most issues with Berninas from "vintage" to the latest computerized models. In addition to that, we opened a small quilt shop, KT Bernina, featuring KT fabrics and host quilter's retreats on the weekends. He works 10 or more hours a day, 6 days a week and still loves hearing about my day each evening. Although he's partially colorblind, his black/white vision is valuable when it comes to layout, form and contrast when I'm stuck on a design. He totally gets what I do and how my brain seldom shuts off, even when we're on vacation and I need to stop to sketch or make notes for a future project. 

Robert ready to check out a happy shopper.

Enjoying a corn dog at the State Fair for a previous Moda blog post.

My best friend and sweetheart.
Robert is also a great Grampa. We have 8 grankids that love to fish, ride the 4-wheeler and watch sports with Grampa. He loves to tease and make them think he's tough, but they've got him figured out and know he's a softy underneath. In fact, one of the older grankids, Cooper, 13, explained after a really good zinger that he'd learned sarcasm from the best. 

A good example of my dear Robert's thinking is when a tornado last summer came within a mile or two of our store and just sat there for over an hour.The storm trackers were actually parked behind our building for the best view. Robert called to let me know there was a tornado close by and wondered if I was coming into town. I was 2 miles further away from the storm at the cabin, but he insisted I come to where he was so if he died, we'd die together. Is that true love or what?!

After 27 years, we're still learning to communicate more effectively, work together more smoothly and tolerate each others quirks, but there's no one I'd rather laugh and cry with that always has my back. 
Here's to you, Dear Robert....

36 comments:

  1. What a wonderful story of Dear Robert...but hope you don't have to worry about any more tornados!

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  2. It sounds like Robert is a Keeper. Looking forward to seeing and doing your Dear Robert Block.

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  3. Can't wait to see the Dear Robert block!

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  4. What a wonderful story. Looking forward to your Dear Robert Block.

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  5. I love hearing all these stories coming from you guys. I think that you showcased your Robert wonderfully. He is truly a gem!

    Blessings,
    Jodi

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  6. I met your lovely husband soon after your shop was open. He took the time to show me around and explain about the business. Such a helpful man. You are blessed to have his support. I remember the tornado as my cousin does not live very far from Bennington and did have minor damage to her house. I was concerned for her and I also thought about your shop.

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  7. Aww, true love - you are a lucky lady.

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  8. What a lucky lady you are to have such a wonderful husband!!!

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  9. A great tribute to your hubby, I bet he is about to pop his buttons. Nice!

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  10. How wonderful that you have found your soul mate!!

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  11. What a great tribute to your wonderful husband. You are a lucky couple.

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  12. That is a beautiful tribute to Robert. Thank you for sharing.

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  13. HELLO, I love this post! Thank you for sharing!
    Blessings, Linda

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  14. What a sentimental post. LOVE IT-and love your fabrics. :)

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  15. Your description of Robert reminds me a lot of my husband, who is my biggest cheerleader and supporter. Love the pic-beautiful couple!

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  16. Wonderful story, reminds me of my stage in life with my husband...
    Looking forward to seeing your block!
    Take care, Leslie

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  17. Sounds like a wonderful man and relationship --- good luck with continued success!

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  18. That is a wonderful story. He sounds great, it is too bad there aren't more like him out there!

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  19. Loved your story. There's a great guy like that here in Va, too. I'm enjoying this blog hop.

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  20. You are both lucky it sounds like!

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  21. Great story! I have one like him. I can't imagine life without him. Thanks for sharing.

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  22. What a great tribute to your dear husband.

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  23. Well a very sweet story. However I camnot help asking why he didn't close the shop and come to where you were so you both had a better chance of livi g through it? Glad you made it through unharmed!

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  24. Aww,so sweet. When you've got a good one..hang on. He's a keeper :)

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  25. What a nice tribute to your wonderful husband. So glad you both are able to do what you enjoy. I always look forward to seeing your new lines when they come out and hope to visit your store someday.

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  26. Yep! Life is good when you have a real partner. I've been married to my hard working, Mr. Wonderful for 46 years.

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  27. Your Robert is a sweetheart and he's obviously lucky to have you as well, as you know the treasure you have found. Love your inspiring blog & quilt pattern & fabric ideas. Quilting keeps me sane most days!

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  28. What a wonderful post about hubby! He sure is a "keeper". Wish you and hubby continued sucess!!!!

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  29. Congratulations on this journey!! What a wonderful partner!

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  30. What a great tribute to your Robert!

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  31. A man after the heart of any quilter.

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