A touching story from Quilt Market – Salt Lake City

There are so many fascinating people we meet at Quilt Market. The owners of shops who buy fabric from The Blank Quilting Corp. come visit the booth and often share their stories of business, employees, ideas and the trends in the market in general.  These type of conversations are typical, stimulating and really bring the fabric vendors together with shop owners to get us all on the same page.

But never have I experienced a situation like this one, where our fabric made someone cry.So while I showing all the new fabric lines, and dazzling this customer (let’s call her “S”), that sells fabric in Illinois, we came upon the American Honor line, designed by Tana Mueller of Western Denim & Dirt for The Blank Quilting Corp. 

All of a sudden, I look up and this lovely young lady is starting to tear up and cry. I was totally baffled. Never had I seen a person cry about fabric.


After consoling “S” for a little, she calmed down and proceeded to tell my brother and I that this line truly touched her heart more than we could imagine. It really hit home. “S” told us that she and all her siblings (9 in total) were present and former military personnel. This one particular design really hit home for her. I am not going in to details describing the design because I can’t do it justice, but basically it was the image of a special formation of the gear of a fallen soldier (See below on the left). Wow! How powerful! Kudos to Tana for really getting the message across loud and clear. And that is my touching story.

american honor

With that, I would just like to say thank you to “S” and her family and to all those brave hearts that protect the amazing freedoms that we enjoy in America. Thank you for all you do from the bottom of my heart. That is just a little something for all my readers to think about this coming Memorial Day weekend and everyday. I know I will and I will make sure my kids are thinking about it too.

thank you

Lastly, I am going to call customer “S” later today and advise her that my family, on behalf of the Jaftex Companies, would like to make a $1000 donation in honor of soldier “S” to any military related charity of her choice. God bless you “S”, your family and all those who have lost their lives protecting this great country! God bless AMERICA, land of the free and home of the brave!


Amen To That,
Salute Our Soldiers Scott

PS…If soldier “S” allows me to reveal who she is, I will do that in the future. Moreover, I will also advise all my readers and social media followers the charity that soldier “S” selects in case you too want to honor soldier “S” and all the soldiers out there.

Guest Blog: An invitation to visit South Egremont, Massachusetts

Notes from a fabric rep, Shelley Houis, on the road in Western Massachusetts

Meet Catherine Kane, the proprietress of a very nice quilt shop called Brookside Quiltworks in South Egremont, Massachusetts which is near the border of New York State, in the beautiful Berkshires.

Catherine ware

Catherine was excited to receive Studioe’s Barnacle Bay and American Folk this past month.  Her lovely samples are hanging on the shop’s walls.

barnacle bay

It’s always fun to visit Catherine because not only does she have a really great quilt shop, but she also offers interesting conversation about many other topics.  For example, she is fluent in Japanese, has lived in Japan, and she’s quite knowledgeable about the Japanese quilting tradition and its leading practitioners today.  She is an admirer of the very talented Yoko Saito, whose name is becoming synonymous with Taupeism.  Here is a picture of a Yoko Saito quilt:

japan quilt

The shop is in The Gray Barn, across from the Village Green, and the beautiful brook, after which the shop is named, meanders in the back.

gray barn

Brookside offers a beautiful selection of quilting fabrics, notions, books, kits, classes, workshops, custom quilts/quilting, and Elna sewing machines.

But Brookside is not just a quilt shop!  Upstairs is The Gallery.  Here you can not only see and purchase quilts and wall-hangings made by local fiber artists, but there are also wonderful exhibits.

Brookside recently featured the work of a local quilter named Nadine Rogg, an octogenarian from the area who started making quilts late in life, and who has completed over sixty quilts (most of which she has given away).

The current exhibit is THE QUILTS OF TIMNA TARR.  Timna is a local quilter and long-armer who for twenty years has been doing amazing/fun/award-winning/awesome things with color!  Here’s a picture of Timna in Catherine’s Gallery.


Here you can see some of her quilts:

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In April the exhibit featured vintage and vintage-inspired quilts and then in July the theme will switch to LOG CABIN OLD AND NEW.

During June 2 – 12, the shop is participating in the New York Quilter’s Quest Shop Hop. So, as you can see, it’s a lively quilting scene in South Egremont, MA.

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You can visit Catherine and her husband Bill at Brookside Quiltworks during this summer’s Row by Row Experience.  They are also on the maps of both the Quilters’ Quest New York (June) and Massachusetts (October) Shop Hops.  Do not miss an opportunity to visit this place.

Double your pleasure, double your fun –

A quilt shop and a fiber arts gallery all wrapped up in one!

For more information:

Brookside Quiltworks
2 Sheffield Rd
Egremont, MA 01258

ph: (413) 528-0445






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