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  • September 2014 Handbag of the Month

    Congratulations to Enisa Durakovic of Slovenia! She’s the winner of our “August 2014 Handbag of the Month” contest! Enisa’s Gadabout was a dramatic come-from-behind winner and prevailed over a very strong field of contestants!  Her prize? … a $25 virtual gift certificate and a permanent place of honor in our “Handbag of the Month Archive“! […]

  • 20 Ways to Maintain a Creative Lifestyle

    So… I get a lot of questions about creativity, mostly concerning where my ideas come from and what I do when I just don’t FEEL creative. But here’s the thing… for the most part, creativity is not something I normally struggle with. And the best way I know to climb out of a creative rut […]

  • And the Password is….

    So…I noticed a cool thing the other day at a restaurant! There were little framed cards placed in prominent locations with a QR Code and a WiFi symbol on it. Of course I immediately whipped out my Smart Phone and used my QR Code Reader and EUREKA! What came up on the screen was their […]

  • So You Wanna Be a Tester?

    So… in a recent post we showed you the bags that our testers created in the process of “test-driving” our new design, the Wrapsody. And just in case I haven’t said it in a while, you need to know that our testers play a totally vital and oft underestimated role in our design process. So I’m constantly amazed at how often folks […]

  • AQS Charlotte- Stitch Like an Egyptian

    So… It’s evidently an AQS tradition to have a few special exhibits at each of their shows, and for AQS Quiltweek Charlotte, this special exhibit was “The Tentmakers of Cairo”, which is a VERY impressive display of Egyptian “quilting”. These pieces are NOT typical quilts like we’ve come to expect. Instead, they are canvas-backed cotton […]

  • AQS Charlotte- The Quilts, Part 2

    So… in our last post in this series I showed you the quilts I liked best from AQS Quiltweek Charlotte in the “Innovative” categories, and today I want to show you my favorites in the more traditional categories. First, here’s my favorite Traditional Bed Quilts This beauty is called “Aunt Mimi’s Flower Garden II” and […]

  • AQS Charlotte- The Quilts, Part 1

    So… The thing I like to do most at Quilt shows… and  the thing I have the LEAST amount of time to do (unfortunately), is to walk amongst the spectacular competition quilts! I could easily spend the better part of day strolling the aisles, but I’m lucky if I manage to get 20-30 minutes before […]

  • AQS Charlotte- Our Neighbors

    So… Quilt Week Charlotte was our very first AQS show and we went into this event with high expectations since we’ve always heard really good things about the AQS shows. And you know what? AQS sure knows how to kick off a show! with CUPCAKES! because one sure way into a vendor’s heart is with […]

  • Our AQS Charlotte Look

    So… in recent posts we’ve shown you the floorplan we intended to use for AQS Quiltweek in Charlotte, as well as some new banners we’re going to use for the first time, and also the sample bags we’ll be displaying. So were we happy with our new “look”? In two words, yes… and no! Let […]

  • If you SEE Something….

    So… I guess it comes as no surprise that the issue of “Copyright” is VERY important to us…and to any designer. It’s so important to us that we’ve devoted entire posts to this issue in the past, like this one about “When is it OK to Make a Copy“, and we even listed the potential […]