Scott’s Snapshots 6.26.15: Haboob

I yearn to learn and hope to learn something new every single day.  Yesterday, courtesy of my Arizona sales rep, Gail Shannon, I learned what a haboob is.  Do you know what it is?  Have you ever experienced one?  If you didn’t know, you are looking at it in this photo.  Essentially, it is an undeveloped wind storm.  The pictures I found after doing a google search are unreal and spectacular.  Have a great weekend!    

5 Reasons For Choosing 108” Wide Backings

Free-motion machine quilter and Blank Quilting fabric representative, Veronica Hofman-Ortega (, is our guest blogger today. She sings the praises of wide backings and treats us to snapshots of her free-motion quilting on Blank Quilting’s 108” backing fabrics.



I’m always excited when Blank Quilting Corp releases a new collection of 108” wide backings. Have you ever used a wide back on a quilt? I use them on just about every quilting project these days—big and small.


“Wide backs?” you ask. “What’s in it for Me?”


Oh, my. If you’re not familiar with 108” wide backs, or are on the fence about trying one, here are 5 WIIFM (what’s in it for me) reasons why you should.



  1. They’re easy! No piecing. No wrangling with long lengths of 44/45” fabrics that must be sewn together to get the required size. A wide backing is a continuous piece of fabric with no seam lines to distract the eye from your lovely quilting.



  1. Quilt shop owner and long-arm quilter, Anna Quarles, of Sew ’n So Quilt Shop in Rocky Face, GA says she recommends 108” backings because she knows the grain of the fabric will be straight when she loads them on her Gammill longarm. “Sometimes if the back is pieced, the grain can be off,” she says. “I pin the selvedge edge [of the 108” fabrics] to the leaders on my long arm because I know they’re straight.”



  1. Lana Masengill, owner of Lana’s Quilts and Sew Much More in Cleveland, TN, says her customers tell her they appreciate her shop’s extensive selection of wide backs. Lana uses 108” backings on her Handi Quilter longarm because they minimize tension issues. “With a pieced back, the seams pull and cause a tightness when tensioning the back.” Lana says she’s partial to the “gender-friendly” wide back prints that can be used with a variety of quilt styles.



  1. For hand quilters, a single piece of fabric on the back minimizes the number of fabric layers in the quilt sandwich. With no seams to contend with, the quilting is much easier.



  1. And, if you’re like me and want to immediately jump into the creativity and design of the quilting process, using a wide back expedites the process.  I’d much rather be free-motion quilting than spending my time piecing a back.



Aside from these benefits, quilters should do the math! A 108” backing is generally more economical per square inch (or square foot) versus purchasing yardage of a 44/45” fabric that must be pieced.


Visit your local quilt shop [YLQS] and ask about 108” backing fabrics. Check out Blank Quilting’s 108” selection here. If YLQS doesn’t currently carry 108” wide fabrics, ask the shop’s owner to contact their Blank Quilting Representative.


For more ideas and insights into the beauty of wide backings—and a breakdown of the math and cost savings—visit my blog at


Go Wide! You may discover even more reasons why wide backs are a good choice.

Beach Party Giveaway


Congratulations Cindy Waynick Werkmeister on winning the Green Color Story Giveaway! This week, one lucky winner is going to be more than ready for summer. We are giving away a 10 piece bundle of our Beach Party collection!  You can view the entire collection here.  To enter to win, all you have to do is comment this post. You can also comment on any link of this post on our Facebook page for an extra entry. Good luck and don’t forget to tell your friends!

*Contest ends June 29th at 8:00 am EST. Open to US residents only.*



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Scott’s Snapshots 6.18.15

On 5/29/15 I posted the Flying Finger’s Yarn Shop Truck and mentioned that I couldn’t wait to see a quilt shop truck.  Ask and you shall receive.  Check this bad boy out!  Thank you Jo of JoQuilter Fabrics in Bellevue Iowa.  This is so cool.  If anyone else has a quilt shop vehicle, I would love to include it in my snapshots.  Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers out there.  

Scott’s Stories: Almost A Year In Review For The New Blank

It has almost been a year since my family purchased the Blank Quilting Corp.  It truly has been an amazing journey thus far. I am pleased to tell you that the turnaround is nearly complete and the business is now running about 95% with just a few loose ends to tie up.  So what has changed?  

As far as product goes a lot has changed.  We are making a concerted effort to get more licensed designers like Jenelle Kent and Christine Adolph to name a couple.  Blank is now selling off of paper cad cards rather than fabric headers. This has proven to be a successful process for our other companies (Henry Glass & Studioe) and it is working well for Blank too. We have stopped doing business with some of the old Blank suppliers that sold goods that were below our quality standards.
We have greatly expanded the 108″ fabric selections and also changed, for the better, the quality of the 108″ wide to 60×60 construction. We have tightened up the basic cotton selections to include only the top sellers. We have a brand new website where fabric purchases could now be easily executed.  The new Blank flannel lines will be printed on the quilter’s 2 ply flannel, not the single ply flannel that can be found in the chains.
The pricing situation hasn’t changed all that much for the new Blank. The only price change was a substantial drop in the price of the Sumatra Batiks.  We felt that we were priced out of the batik market so we lowered the price to be in line with the competition. The prices on the 2 ply flannel and the 108″ wide did go up due to the improvement in quality.  We expect that customers will welcome these changes and will have no problem paying a little more.  

With respect to promotion, we have also been hard at work to get the news out about the new company and all the great changes we are implementing.  The social media presence has been stepped up quite a bit thanks to our marketing team in South Carolina.  
Customers and consumers can now find us on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Youtube, our blog and our website. Please register for all these social media sites to partake in the fun. There is now a monthly newsletter that is generated from our website, so make sure to sign up for that too as it is chock full of good info and any specials that we have going on.  

This year we were one of the companies that partook in the Row By Row frenzy.  

Blank is advertising in every issue of the Fab Shop news in 2015.  We have been supporting all shop hops and all the great people supporting charities through fabric.  Our reps are going to start supplying shops with our company decal for their window so the world knows where Blank fabrics are being sold.  We have been supplying shops with loads of different mini reorder basic cards to make the purchase of basics easier.  Last but not least, we just started a new promo on our blog called The Blank Blog Bonanza (BBB).

BBB is a monthly special promo that will be posted on the blog in the beginning of each month and will run through the end of that month. For example, this month we are offering 50 cents off all 108″ wide quilt backs.  Not too bad! Check out the blog on July 1 to see what we have in store for July.

As far as the people go, these are some of the changes that we have made on that front.  We decided to sell Blank through our exclusive sales team only.  Thus, we have cut all ties with the US distributors for Blank.  These reps are truly amazing because the majority of them are experienced quilters which is a great added bonus for our customers. They have the knowledge, so please pick their brains for ideas.  We have reduced the size of the sales force in general and don’t expect there to be too much juggling of the reps frequently throughout the year as was the case under the previous ownership.  The goal is for our reps to build a great relationship with you and to also provide you with the best service possible.
Finally, with respect to people, we hope to continue to gain traction with all the US quilt shops.  We understand that some people have hard feelings against the old Blank, but I beg of you to reconsider since the company is under new management.  Everyone deserves a second chance.  I promise that we won’t disappoint you this time around.
So what do you think?  Have you noticed all the great changes we have implemented?  Do you have any other suggestions about how we can continue to improve our business?  I want to hear what you have to say on the subject, so please contribute your commentary.  I look forward to hearing what you have to say!

Until next time,
Scott Fortunoff  
President of The Blank Quilting Corp. 

Green Color Story Giveaway


Congratulations Patricia Hersl for winning the Orange Color Story giveaway! This week we are giving away another 20 piece 2.5″ strips bundle to one lucky winner!  To enter to win, all you have to do is comment this post.  You can also comment on any link of this post on our Facebook page for an extra entry. Good luck and don’t forget to tell your friends!

*Contest ends June 15th at 8:00 am EST. Open to US residents only.*



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Blank Blog Bonanza: Monthly Special For June 2015

Happy Monday Blog Readers!  And it sure is a good Monday and it is sure to be a great June because The Blank Quilting Corp. begins its newest monthly blog special offering.  Starting today and every month going forward, we will have a monthly special posted just for you on the blog.  Without further ado:

The special offering for June will be $.50 (fifty cents) off the regular list price of all 108″ wide fabrics with any 5 bolt minimum order.  The lines that this special applies to include: Avery, Chromadots by Barbara Leonard, Emma, Isadora & Windsor.  No other specials can apply to the 108″ bolts purchased.

To those of you who recently purchased 108″ fabrics prior to June, thank you very much for your business, but we are very sorry that the special can only apply to orders taken in June.  We understand that you might be frustrated to hear of this new special, but we had to start the contest somewhere and to apply the discount retroactively would make these specials way too complicated.  This special applies to orders taken in June and that is it!  Thank you for your understanding.  We hope you take advantage of the new monthly specials and thank you for you continued business and partnership with The Blank Quilting Corp.

To take advantage of this offer, please contact your sales rep to place an order, contact customer service at 800-294-9495 x245 (Renee Burdette) or place an order on the website at The new prices have been updated on the website.