By popular demand we are bringing back our employee bios, this will give you an opportunity to know us for who we really are, and how we came to The Stitchin' Post. I hope you enjoy, this week we have our office manager Lawry, I'll let her tell you the story...
"My family and I moved to Sisters from Eugene 32 years ago. After teaching first grade for 12 years -- first in Oakland, Oregon for 2 years, then at Veneta (just outside of Eugene OR) for 10 years, it seemed like a good time to take a big step and see what comes next.
There was this very cute quilt shop located in the now “saloon” of Bronco Billy’s and when I had free time (we were building our house ourselves) I would wander in. Having wanted to make a quilt for many years -- I had already picked a maple leaf block I liked clear back in high school, this would encourage me. Besides the cute little girl dresses on display, there were quilt fabrics. The most exciting thing, Jean asked me to make a dress to display -- and Mindi, my daughter, would get to wear the dress to kindergarten later on.
A year or so later, I made my first quilt, a dress or two, and the shop moved to a new location. It was one summer afternoon I wandered in and Jean mentioned she would like to have a free afternoon or two during the week to do something with her kids. It took me till the next day to say -- I think I could help out if you would like. I felt I was somewhat familiar with the how to cut fabric, see where things go, and whatever else might happen during an afternoon at The Stitchin' Post. That first afternoon lead to a day or two a week after school started (I was also subbing at the Elementary school and the library), and then realized my favorite place to substitute was The Stitchin’ Post, that was 29 years ago. My job has changed from working on the floor and helping customers to being here full time, I now work at my desk, doing all the “dailies”, the accounting, payroll, incoming mail, and whatever else the “office manager’s” job entails. I also do pattern instructions -- which go along with the mystery classes I teach. Plus I do all the registrations for Quilter’s Affair. This brings me to the most important and my favorite, contact with customers and all of you, and that is the time I spend teaching classes. Absolutely Beginning Quilting is always fun and so rewarding. I have added Beyond Beginning to my repertoire -- and it gives me a chance to take the graduates of Absolutely Beginning to the next level in their quilting. You will also find me as the teacher of the Basic Machine Quilting class, plus of course, the mystery classes (they are really fun, try one sometime if you haven’t already).
When I am not here at the store, you can see a little picture of my companion and quilting helper, Juno, I also enjoy spending as much time as I can with my daughter Mindi, her husband Ben their 4 goats, 2 dogs, and a cat. I love to knit and spend outdoors, whatever that might bring."
Here is an inside peek at Lawry's most recent class "Carpenter's Square" from our Modern Classic Pattern Collection
Looks like they had way too much fun! This is a gorgeous quilt be sure to check out the pattern on our website! Until next time, happy projects, stay warm and healthy!
Lawry, Carolyn, and everyone here at The Stitchin' Post