Does Anyone Get Me?

We are still working on our social media plans for The Blank Quilting Corp. (blogs, facebook, instagram, etc.).  So in the meantime, I thought I would step in and take a couple minutes to write a blog about me, so that you all can get to know and understand me (the new Blank Quilting Corp. President) better.  The truth is that what I really want to talk about is what it is like for me, a New Yorker, dealing with everyone else in the fabric world who isn’t a New Yorker. 

So I was thinking last night about how people don’t always get me as a New Yorker, or a Yankee as some like to call me.  Every once in awhile I get a customer on the phone and we either just can’t connect or I feel that the customer gets defensive because they don’t always get the New York attitude.  The truth is that I am really trying to be nice, but I guess everyone has their own interpretation of nice.  In addition, sometimes when I write emails, people totally misinterpret what I say or think that I am short with a one word answer.   Sometimes a one word answer is just appropriate, so don’t be insulted if there aren’t tons of pleasantries….I am a busy guy.  So I got to wondering some more about my interactions with customers, reps and co-workers.  

I was wondering about a couple of things:
1.  Do they understand everything that I am saying?  Can they follow my quick paced twang?  Or do they only absorb half or less of what I say because I talk so fast?  I hope that these phone calls aren’t ending with the person that I am talking to wondering….what just happened?  
2.  Do they get my sarcasm when I make jokes?
3.  Do I offend them with my New York talk?  The answer to that is yes, as I have had to apologize on a couple of occasions already, but I am a big boy and have no problem apologizing when I am wrong. I will continue to try to do better every day.

The long and the short of it is that I am who I am.  So if you call me up, please know that I try my best to be a good and kind person to everyone I deal with, but maybe people just don’t get me.  I am also trying to please my customers.  Who really knows?  Now that I got that of my chest, I can go home and yell at my wife and kids and curse everyone I see on the way……just kidding folks!  Thanks for reading and being a customer of the various companies I am involved with.  I hope you got a laugh out of this and have an easier time dealing with me and my brethren New Yorkers in the future.  

Tea Towels By Annemieke York

Our sales representative, Annemieke York, is guest posting today on the Blank blog to share with you all her adorable tea towels.

I’m not sure if I mentioned it or not but the company I work for was bought out in July by a new company.

For those of you that don’t know I am a fabric sales representative and have the honor of visiting quilt shops encouraging them to buy the fabric for the company I represent. 
Before the sale I represented one line of fabric and now I have three.
Along with the buyout came a President that is very much present and involved and there are now weekly conference calls.  Our main headquarters are in New York so these conference calls are rather early. 7:00 a.m. for me on the west coast…I am not a morning person, especially at 7:00 a.m., but I am a team player. Plus, Jim gets up at 6:30 and can I also say naps are GOOD. 
Last week Scott, our president, shared the idea we should bring a little something at each appointment.  He liked the idea of coffee or doughnuts, but one of the reps mentioned she embellished tea towels for her shops. I like to make mug rugs and leave at shops I don’t have appointments at as a way to introduce myself which have my business card attached.


I also have made a few shop samples of bags for some of my stores but I don’t normally leave a little something at every shop I visit. Today I focused on making tea towels using this great tutorial by Lil Luna. 


Of course I might have done a little bit of tweeking. From three  1/8″ cut of fabrics you are able to make two tea towels. You can also use three fat quarters and make 4 tea towels. I cut 4″ the width of the fabric to make two tea towels. Since each purchased tea towel is unique I waited to trim. I bought my tea towels at Tuesday Morning and TJMaxx and the cost per towel was about $2.00 each.



Once you sew your strips together you can trim them 1/2″ from the edges before sewing.



I  turned in the top and bottom 1/2″ and sewed rather then 1/4″ twice.


I also stitched in the ditch down the center seam.





I made 14 embellished tea towels today. I am ready to hit the road this upcoming week and start showing our fabric lines!