Scott’s Stories: Introducing The Stof Fabric Line For The Blank Quilting Corp.

Have you heard the news?  The sales reps that currently carry The Blank Quilting Corp., Studioe Fabrics and A.E. Nathan Co., Inc. lines are going to be offering a new line for sale.  As of October 1st, our reps will also be carrying lines from Stof Fabrics of Denmark.  Stof has been a partner of my family of businesses for many years as an excellent overseas distributor.  In my concerted efforts to get more products for the sales reps, I feel that this will certainly add to the diversity of the current offering.  I am very excited about this opportunity and feel that our team is going to definitely do the Stof lines justice.

I feel that the Stof lines will diversify what our reps offer for the following reasons:

  • The Stof designs are very different from the current quilt shop offerings from Blank & Studioe.  The differences have to do with the colorings, the subject matter and the styling.
  • The Stof lines are all produced in Japan whereas the Blank & Studioe lines are predominantly produced in Korea.
  • The Stof lines definitely have a more European feel vs. the Blank & Studioe more American styled lines.

Now let me give you some other basic information which will hopefully help you decide to purchase Stof from our sales team.  I have heard from many shops that they have had much success with the Stof lines so that is definitely a strong positive. One big advantage that you will get from purchasing the lines from our team is that the lines will ship sooner than the distributors. The reason is that we are shipping directly from the mills in Japan to our warehouse, whereas the others are buying straight from Stof out of Denmark after shipping from Japan.  

The first lines that we are offering for sale can be purchased from October 1 to December 4, possibly longer.  So make sure to get in touch with your rep asap so that you don’t miss the purchasing window. The Stof fabrics can be shipped anytime from end April to end June. There most likely won’t be additional opportunities to buy these lines again i.e. no reorders. The reason for no reorders is that we hope to bring all the purchased lines in to the US at one time from Japan….hopefully we can sell enough to fill an entire container.  So make sure to order what you need on the first shot.  We expect to have more new lines to offer from Stof later this year and several times throughout the year. 

We are calling the lines Stof for The Blank Quilting Corp.  The reason for that is that we wanted to ship the goods out of our contract shipping and double and rolling facility in Clifton, NJ, where Blank is shipped from.  That being said, Stof will be treated completely separate from Blank.  The orders cannot be combined.  The five bolt minimum for Stof is in tact.  Stof & Blank won’t ship together.  Stof and Blank will be billed separately.

That is all the news I have for you at this time on the subject. Hopefully, I have provided enough information for you to decide that you would like to purchase the lines from our talented sales team. Please get in touch with your sales rep right away about ordering or feel free to email scott@jaftex.com to find out how you can purchase Stof from us.  We are anxious to get this started and are hopeful to be carrying the Stof lines for a long time in to the future with your help. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve you.

Until my next story, signing off…
Scott 

Scott’s Snapshots 9.18.15

Leslie White is the new owner of the Bernina We’re in Stitches store in Greenville, South Carolina. They recently moved to their new location at 2310A East North Street, which is only a mile or so from the previous address. Parking is available right in front of the store. The store layout is open and very eye pleasing with a large classroom in back. Leslie and her friendly staff are well versed in quilting as well as embroidery, smocking (hand sewing) and garment construction. They carry a good selection of wide back fabrics (108″ wide) and an excellent group of children’s prints, brights and contemporary fabrics.

If you are in the Greenville, SC area or perhaps in town to drop off a college student, be sure to look them up! You will be glad you did!

 

Scott’s Snapshots 9.4.15


Sometimes we take for granted the amazing things that are right in front of our eyes.  For example, whenever people come to New York City they visit places like the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty.  I can’t remember the last time I went to either of those place…I think i was a kid.  Anyway, the point is that I have lived in Roslyn, NY for over 7 years now.  I finally took the time, with my wife and kids, to see the Nassau County Museum of Art.  They had a great Chagall, Dali and Miro exhibition.  It really was quite nice.  Anyway, this is a mummy sculpture that was on the grounds of the museum.  It is pretty neat.  What do you think?

85th Anniversary Blog Hop

Welcome! Jaftex is the parent company of Henry Glass & Co., Studioe Fabrics and Blank Quilting and we are excited today to kick off the celebrations for the Jaftex 85th Anniversary Blog Hop.

Scott Fortunoff

Dear Friends,
We are so excited to see all of the projects made in honor of Jaftex’s first ever blog hop and 85th Anniversary celebration.  Jaftex is the parent of several companies, 3 of which cater solely to quilt shops only:  The Blank Quilting Corp., Henry Glass Fabrics & Studioe Fabrics.  Each of these companies and its employees could not be more proud to be a part of this special celebratory blog hop.  Thanks to all of our dear friends that contributed their time, skills and social media prowess in order to make this blog hop a huge hit.  We could not have achieved such great results without your contributions.  It means a lot to us that so many people were willing to step up on behalf of our companies and our family.  We truly value your friendship and partnership.  Thanks a million!

Being part of a family business is very special and rewarding in so many different ways.  At the current time, the third (Robert) and fourth generation (Scott & Greg) of the Fortunoff’s are holding down the fort, with several from the fifth generation on deck.  With 85 years behind us, we look forward to what lies ahead especially as this industry continues to transform with lots of new advancements.  We are excited to see what the future will bring and hope that you continue on this amazing journey with our family as we get closer to the very big and exciting 100
th anniversary.

As we look toward the future, we would remiss if we didn’t talk about the past.  Thanks toJacob A. Fortunoff, the JAF in Jaftex, for having the guts to go out and start his own business.  We could only imagine what effort was involved with starting a business from scratch in the early 1900’s.  Thank you to Jacob’s sons, Everett & Dan, for their contributions to the business too.   Each generation certainly faced challenges along the way and luckily no one gave up the quest to keep Jaftex alive.  There is no doubt that all of these Fortunoff ancestors are looking down at us and smiling to know that their legacy lives on.
Thanks again to everyone involved, both past and present.

Robert, Scott & Greg Fortunoff           

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We invited over 30 designers, quilt industry friends and bloggers to help us celebrate. Bundles of Henry Glass’ Folio Basics, Studioe’s Peppered Cottons or Blank’s Splash were sent to our friends and we asked them to make something special for our blog hop. They did not disappoint! Each day we will reveal the designs on the designers’ blogs. We are starting the blog hop with Kim Diehl guest posting on the American Patchwork & Quilting blog. Enjoy!

You can find Kim Diehl’s beautiful designs on her website or read all about her daily process on Facebook.  Currently she is working on her upcoming collection Sunday Best and her new Simple Whatnots Club 4 collection. 

September 1 – Kim Diehl guest posting @ American Patchwork & Quilting
September 2 – Pepper @ Pepper at the Quilt Studio 
September 3 – Anjeanette @ Anjeanette Klinder 
September 4 – Leanne @ The Whole Country Caboodle   
September 5 – Mark @ Mark Lipinski’s Blog
September 6 – Heather @ Heather Kojan Quilts  
September 7 – Heather @ Trends and Traditions  
September 7 – Martha @ Wagons West Designs  
September 8 – Linda @ Linda Lum DeBono 
September 9 – Heidi @ Red Letter Quilts 
September 10 – Jill @ Jillily Studios  
September 10 – Dana @ My Lazy Daisy  
September 11 – Penny @ Sew Simple Designs  
September 12 – Ida @ Cowtown Quilts 
September 13 – Liz and Beth @ Lizzie B Cre8ive  
September 14 – Melissa @ Sew Bitter Sweet Designs
September 15 – Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl    
September 16 – Amy @ Kati Cupcake 
September 16 – Barbara @ QuiltSoup2 
September 17 – Erica @ Kitchen Table Quilting 
September 18 – Leona @ Leona’s Quilting Adventure 
September 19 – Margot @ The Pattern Basket  
September 20 – Sylvia @ Flying Parrot Quilts   
September 21 – Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts  
September 22 – Kim @ Aurifil Threads  
September 23 – Rebekah @ Don’t Call Me Becky   
September 24 – Julie @ The Crafty Quilter 
September 25 – Mary Ellen @ Little Quilts  
September 25 – Mary Jane @ Holly Hill Designs 
September 26 – Daisy @ Ants to Sugar
September 27 – Melissa @ Happy Quilting
September 28 – Janet @ One S1ster
September 29 – Jenny @ Martingale& Co.

September 30 – Teresa @ Third Floor Quilts

Another fun part of the celebrations is the contest. Winners will receive fabric of course but also some great prizes from our quilt industry friends. The first prize winner will win a Janome Skyline S5, the second place winner will win a big box of Aurifil thread and the third prize will win a lovely tin with special goodies from Schmetz Needles.  Jaftex Corp. thanks special thanks to Janome AmericaAurifil and Schmetz Needles for their prizes.

Take note. We love our quilt shops and we have included a part of the giveaway where you can help your local shop win too! Here is a peek at the prizes.

Enter the contest below and good luck!

85th Anniversary Blog Hop Giveaway

Thank you for joining us for this celebration.



Blank Blog Bonanza: Monthly Special For September 2015: The More You Buy The Greater The Discount


Dear Valued Customer,
The Blank Blog Bonanza has been a huge hit, so the party will continue on.  Are you ready for the September special?  This special is called The More You Buy The Greater The Discount. Here are the details:

  • If you buy 10-20 bolts you will get a $.20/yard discount.
  • If you buy 21-35 bolts you will get a $.30/yard discount.
  • If you buy 36-50 bolts you will get a $.40/yard discount.
  • If you buy 51-99 bolts, you will get a $.50/yard discount.
  • If you buy 100 bolts or more, you will get a $.75/yard discount.  

You can mix and match your orders however you would like.  The orders must ship in September for The More You Buy The Greater The Discount to apply or as soon as we can get them shipped. This promo applies to in-stock at once items only.  So place your orders as soon as possible as some stock is limited. You will get the discount based on the total number of bolts on your order even if we are out of one or two of the skus.  All of these orders will be considered ship and cancel i.e. no back orders whatsoever.  

To those of you who recently placed at once orders prior to September, thank you very much for your business, but we are very sorry that the special can only apply to orders taken in September. Please note that the August special is officially over.  We hope you continue to take advantage of the new monthly specials.  Thank you for your continued business and partnership with the Blank Quilting Corp.

To take advantage of this special offer:

If you aren’t registered to buy off the website, you should go through that process as it doesn’t take very long and once you are all set, ordering is really easy. Keep in mind that all the reps will have a bunch of new lines starting the first week of October, so make sure you ask to see those too.

To Volume Discounts!
Your Blank Quilting Sales Team