The last year of owning MD has been truly amazing. We began the year with a trip to Thailand; riding scooters to waterfalls, eating noodles, meeting elephants and bonding with other incredible BERNINA dealers from around the country started the year on high! Upon returning, we made some big and fast decisions to expand (again) and bring in fabric. Our second expansion and carrying fabric have both proven great decisions!
Of course, in classic LupineandMichelle form, all of this ended up happening the very week before International Quilt Market came to Portland in May. Quilt Market brought industry people from around the country to Portland, so we hosted a super fun party in the brand new (only a week old) space.
In 2013, we were thrilled to have many big name teachers spend time in Portland teaching at MD including: Luke Haynes, Jacquie Gering, Carolyn Friedlander, Cheryl Arkison and Katie Pedersen. We plan to do more of this in the coming year!
Following Spring Market in Portland, we attended Fall Quilt Market in Houston, TX. A big part of trade shows is of course buying fabric, but there are many other reasons we loved out time at Quilt Market (both spring and fall). We met inspiring shop owners, fabric designers, and industry pros and made lots of new friends along the way.
June brought BERNINA University in San Francisco. As always, BU is a blast! Dealers come together to take part in a big love BERNINA fest and share, inspire and listen to each other. BERNINA is an amazing family partnership between the company and dealer network, and BU always reminds of how lucky we are to share in these relationships. Michelle and I sat on a panel and discussed how to connect with Next Gen sewists (you guys) and we were so honored to represent our super cool segment of the sewing community. Plus, BU happened to overlap with Gay Pride! That added an incredible excitement to BU.
New machines were introduced at BU, including the big beautiful new 880E and the sexy and smart 560E. We love them both! Plus new software, new sergers and more. As they have arrived in the shop throughout the year, we have had the opportunity to introduce many customers to these new models in our classrooms and in our Machine Owner Classes. Awesome!
Our staff kept growing in 2013, we added two new employees last year, Michelle and Rebecca. Along with Meredith, Erica, Heather and Tony they will continue to support our dreams and desires with their smarts, input and love. Working with our team is fun and dynamic every day and we look forward to being in the shop with all of these great people.
Every year, every day, one of the biggest high-lights is YOU! Each time someone enters the shop for the first time, it is like the gift of a new friend. Getting to know our customers and sew with you is the whole reason we are here. Sharing our love of BERNINA, modern fabric, fine tools, great skills and more is made all the better by having the opportunity to learn from all of you and what you love and what you need to be the best at what you do. We could not do this with out our staff and incredible teachers.
2014 is all about crazy fun awesome sewing love. We can’t wait to do more of the same and all sorts of unknown adventures in 2014. Thanks so much for all your love and support.
-Lupine and Michelle