It was such a crazy, fun, exhausting weekend! Every time I looked up someone was rocking out to the latin music - all day long - for three days!
It was a party for sure!
Our Heart of the Valley Shop Hop* was beyond fabulous. One of the favorite parts for me was working with the eight other shop owners. Three years ago I viewed them as competition, but now after working with them and planning these hops they have become allies in making our hop the best around. They all have worked so hard to give you a wonderful experience. I loved hearing how much you loved the special touches each brought to their shops. Such creative, giving, special people!
Monday morning bright and early we all drug our tired bodies to Quilter's Paradise in Clovis for our follow-up meeting where, just like after any good party we rehashed the whole event. We talked about the food and the goodie bags and the crazy quilters who dressed alike and partied (and shopped) like there was no tomorrow. We read your thoughtful comments and talked about how we could be better next year - because you must know, we want to be known as THE BEST shop hop around and there is always room for improvement.
Then, before we adjourned, we did what we had really gathered to do. We drew the names for the three big prizes.
Drum roll please......
1st place winner of $1350 in gift certificates is Susan Gill from Fresno
2nd place winner of $675 in gift certificates is Marcia Burg from Clovis
3rd place winner of $360 in gift certificates is Carol Terry-Nickol of Clovis
Congratulations to our three lucky winners!
The winner of our Strawberry Patches basket is
CeCe Westerfield from Bakersfield. CeCe was thrilled as she peeked into her basket and discovered all the hidden treasures. Her friends were excited too with the hopes of some serious sharing.
Thank you all for coming and supporting us. All the party planning and decorating and cooking in the world means nothing without lots of happy party guests and you guys are the absolute BEST!
Encourage one another,
Save the date: Next years hop will be May 3, 4, & 5, 2013
* You can go to the shop hop website to view all the winners
Oh, I almost forgot. There will be a drawing for those who show their finished quilt top to their local participating quilt shop. Just finish your nine blocks with your purchased setting kit by December 31st, 2012 and receive a chance to win one of three $75 gas cards! Cool huh?