Hello Blank Quilting Fans,
I wanted to update you on the American Honor contest, flesh out the details a little bit and try to answer questions I have received. By now, I hope that you know the story behind the contest because it is a nice story for our industry and for our amazing troops. If you don’t know the story, please take a look at these blogs that I wrote for Studioe Fabrics.
Now that we got that out of the way, I wanted to give a big shout out to any other Veteran quilt shop owners out there. It was great to learn that there were more Veteran owned shops and I didn’t want any of you to feel left out. With that being said, if you are a veteran shop owner, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org so I can share some of the American Honor loyalty love with you because you too deserve a big thank you for your service.
All The Blank Quilting Corp. sales reps recently received a flyer with some general info about the contest and we also posted all around. I am going to attach that below, but also note that more details will be presented in the future closer to when the American Honor Fabric line and the fat quarters ship. The information presented now is really just to inform shops what they need to do to be ready to participate. The future information will give more details to consumers about what they need to do to submit their projects and vote. So here is a link to the first flyer:
In spite of what the flyer says, anyone in the 50 states can participate. So if you Alaskans and Hawaiians want to participate, game on!
I would be remiss if I didn’t discuss the matching gift again. When I first wrote my blogs about Soldier S, I did hear from several people that wanted to make a donation in honor of her. As promised, my family gave a $1000 donation to Soldier S’s charity of choice…America’s Mighty Warriors. In addition, we promised to match all gifts given by the caring people in the quilting industry up to an additional $5000! All you have to do is send your donation to America’s Mighty Warriors and make sure to put Soldier S in the memo line. Thereafter, send a confirmation that your donation was received to me at email@example.com and our company will match it. Bring it on if you can afford to support this great cause. Thank you! By the way, America’s Mighty Warriors will also accept quilt donations.
So as you know the American Honor line is shipping in November. Hopefully you purchased a full collection, but if not, any selection of bolts will do too. That being said, the American Honor line is the only one that can be used for the contest…nothing else from anyone anywhere including Blank. If you did order or plan on ordering a full collection you will get a pre-printed panel (only offered until October 1, 2017) of the #1 free quilt project from the American Honor line as an added bonus.
In addition, we are offering fat quarter bundles for this line. The bundles will have one 24″ color panel (24″, not a fat quarter) as well as 12 of the other skus in the line. The only sku that won’t be included in the bundle will be the black and white panel (see below). That being said, you can use the black and white panel for your project, but you would have to buy that by the yard from your local quilt shop. The truth is that this offers a lot of possibilities because you can make it yours by coloring it in with crayons or fabric markers. Wouldn’t that be cool? Regarding the projects, consumers can make whatever they want as long as it uses the American Honor fabric. The sky is the limit.
How could I forget to discuss the prizes? For starters, it is important to know that not only will consumers win, but the winner’s shop of choice will get prizes also. So this is a win-win for everyone and this is our way of getting quilt shop owners involved so they too can have some skin in the game. And of course, quilt shop owners and employees can also submit projects for the contest. The truth is that we are not going to exclude any American from participating in this contest including employees and sales reps. You probably saw all the gift details on the flyer, but if you didn’t, we are giving prizes away that include pre-cut fabrics, donations in your name and cash prizes. When it is all said and done, this is all for a great cause and we will have made a difference.
Another thing I wanted to impress upon shop owners was to encourage you to add your own little twists to the contest or even run your own contest at the same time. This is a great opportunity to sell a lot of patriotic fabric and not just this American Honor line. It is also a great way for you to raise awareness in your community for our brave troops. How about collecting some of the projects and donating them to a local charity for Vets? How about honoring a local Vet? The possibilities are endless, you just have to want to honor our troops and help others like the guys in this picture. Everyone can use a hand once and awhile
I hope this is enough info to encourage you to get involved with this contest. Please feel free to comment on this blog post or feel free to email me firstname.lastname@example.org with any additional questions that you may have. I am really looking forward to seeing all the great projects created. Aren’t you?
Have a Happy July 4th and enjoy the summer!
Scott Fortunoff, President of The Blank Quilting Corp.