Back in the fall of 2014, we were approached by our main supplier, VHC Brands. They asked us to consider creating a custom quilt collection that would we would own rights to and that would be sold exclusively by us. We liked the idea and remembered a retired Cheston collection that had been discontinued for a few years. We decided to change it up a little and bring it back!
The first steps were to be a part of the design process and choose our fabrics. We were very impressed with the quality of the vintage looking prints and we LOVE the colors! We decided on the pieces we would carry and they started the process of making up some samples for us. We were excited by what we saw and couldn’t wait for them to begin making our quilts!
We learned a lot about the process all of our quilts go through before they make it to our store.
While the custom plans and awesome fabrics were being sent off to become beautiful quilts, our next task was to prepare to receive this large exclusive delivery.
Some of you might recall that we don’t have a warehouse--we have an 1890’s home. We were preparing our shipments out of what used to be the parlor with its stained glass window, 6” cherry woodwork and 10’6” ceilings. Our DIY storage shelving unit needed to fit in with the style of our home and it also needed to be removable looking for the time when the room would once again become a parlor.
We measured our space, drew up a sketch, and then visited our local ReStore, run by Habitat for Humanity. They sell used or surplus building supplies. We selected a pair of solid antique doors as our main end supports, regular hollow core doors for our shelving, ornate spindles to use as supports and molding to trim the shelves.
These spindles were just what we were looking for to use as supports.
The doors, spindles and trim had various finishes so we chose an antique white paint that worked well with our cherry woodwork to tie it all together. In order to draw attention to the ornate details, we sanded the edges, corners and high spots revealing a black base we had put underneath. Knowing the actual shelves would get a lot of wear and tear we chose not to paint the hollow core doors.
Decorative bins were added as a practical way to organize the shams, pillow cases and more.
Delivery day came!! The excitement in the office was unmatched when the big freight truck pulled up. Even though we had been told we would be getting 5 pallets of boxes, the space they took up in the front yard was more that we had anticipated and the job of getting it all in the house was quite a task.
The whole town knew something was big going down at the Alcorn home!
The process of unloading began...
The world could not contain all the pictures of where we had to stash boxes in the house...
Our DIY shelving unit was put to the test and passed! It works great to have a nice supply of each item close at hand and ready for customer orders.
Amber enjoys shipping orders to many of you, our customers, from our newly remodeled shipping (parlor) room.
Our Cheston quilts and accessories continue to fly off the shelves and into bedrooms across the country. We carry these burgundy and creme patchwork quilts in luxury king, king, queen and twin size along with coordinating ticking stripe bed skirts. Throw pillows and shams complete the bedding collection. We have 3 styles of matching curtains along with a quilted throw and a shower curtain. There are many ways you can bring pieces of our exclusive Cheston collection into your home. Primitive Star Quilt Shop is thrilled that our exclusive Cheston bedding collection is such a BIG hit and we wanted to share our story with you about how it all began!
UPDATE: In the Spring of 2020 we added over 20 new items to our Cheston collection to give you even more options. You can read Can Our Custom Cheston Collection Get Any Better? - Glad You Asked. Here's an example of our star and pip border on the new burgundy plaid bed skirt!
We now have multiple curtain and bed skirt options along with a new throw, shower curtain and lots of great new throw pillows! Have fun shopping our Cheston collection!