Archive: April 2012

  • Be Square

    So when we at the Quilt Market in Houston last Fall, one of neighbors, (Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero of Kaleidoscope Software), had a little bitty plastic doohickey attached to her phone that was to DIE FOR! Here’s the deal… while I was sweating it out  in my booth frantically fighting the glare while trying to write down […]

  • Four Reasons to Answer Your Email

    As a small business owner, one of the things I find both annoying and baffling, is how often my emails go unanswered. OK, just so you know, I’m not sending out junk or phishing emails, and I’m certainly not sending out requests for cash from a foreign country like Nigeria, or Uganda. I’m talking about […]

  • Table Talk

    So in our last post, we not only told you what we liked and what we didn’t like about our table displays at last Fall’s Quilt Market, but we also detailed for you our plans to make our displays more effective at the upcoming Spring Market in Kansas City, MO. And if you’ve been reading […]

  • The Floor View

    So it’s that time again.Time to start making our plans for the Spring Quilt Market, which will be held this year in Kansas City, MO from May 18th-20th.  And one of the first things I always do, is take a good long hard look at our last booth (at Fall Market in Houston) and assess […]

  • Which Purse Insert is Best for YOU?

    So… since now we have THREE different purse inserts to choose from, I’ve been getting quite a few questions from folks trying to decide which purse insert is the right one for them, and I can see why, because there really are some pretty big differences between the three of them.   But hey- once again, […]

  • The Makeover of a Singer

    A little while back I did a little post featuring some featuring some uniquely embellished sewing machines that I had found while surfing on the web, and I mentioned that I was SO inspired that I thought I might try it myself sometime with my old Singer. I knew that my best chance to play […]

  • PPC5- The PortaPocketsPlus- If it Fits…

    (This post is part of a continuing series focusing on the development of a new handbag pattern from its initial conception to it’s release.) Since there’s so many different ways to configure the PortaPocketsPlus Purse Insert, I figure there’s bound to be a few questions about how each of these set-ups fit into our various […]

  • April 2012 Handbag of the Month Contest

    The March Handbag of the Month contest was a really great contest and the winner was Maria Boyle of Farmington, NY. She wins a $20 virtual gift certificate and her “rock-star-pieced” Quattro will have a permanent place of honor on our website.(Honorable mention goes to Lina Martel of Advance, NC. If you loved her Baggalista, […]

  • PPC5- A Triple Test

    (This post is part of a continuing series focusing on the development of a new handbag pattern from its initial conception to it’s release.) One of the most underestimated, and least understood parts of getting a pattern ready for release, is the pattern-testing phase, but it’s arguably one of the most integral to its success. […]

  • PPC5- The Eye of the Storm

    (This post is part of a continuing series focusing on the development of a new handbag pattern from its initial conception to it’s release.) So in an earlier post I described how unpredictable the run-up to a pattern release can be, but no matter how wild and chaotic the run-up to a new pattern release […]