Tales Of A Fourth Generation Textile Executive: Share The Love Through Charity

“A man’s true wealth is the good he does in the world.”

I am a board member of my local JCC (SJCCC) which is one of the most impressive charitable organizations around town.  In short, the SJCCC is an extremely well run and well financed organization that offers so much to so many in all different states of need (the list is endless).  It is the JCC that all other JCC’s aspire to be and I am not just saying that because I am on the board (it’s only been a couple years)…this place is the real deal and has been for a very long time. With that, this week I want to discuss my planned visit and sponsorship of the Camp Kehilla carnival and see whether you can help me by donating a sewing machine to another great SJCCC cause.

Camp Kehilla is the SJCCC’s camp for kids with special needs….an amazing place to say the least.  This is the second year that I am sponsoring the carnival.  It is this coming Thursday and I am looking forward to watching all the kids in action, smiling, laughing and having a blast. There is no feeling more rewarding than when the kids come up to me to thank me for the great day they are having. Even if they didn’t thank me, I would feel great. Let’s just hope that the weather cooperates.

Speaking of cooperation, I need some help from all of my quilting peeps. I don’t know if you remember or not, but back in August of 2016, I blogged about the naming of the Andrea & Robert Fortunoff (my parents) Art For Community Program endowed to the SJCCC. Here’s the link to that blog if you want to refresh your memory and the aim of the organization is immediately below:

“Art for Community provides opportunities for children and families to participate in meaningful community service projects creating beautiful and functional items made from fabric to be donated to those in need.”

So here’s the deal.  After a recent brainstorming meeting, the team came up with two great ways to incorporate the fabric donated by the Jaftex Companies (A.E. Nathan Co., Inc., Henry Glass Fabrics, Studioe Fabrics & The Blank Quilting Corp.) in to giving back. The thing is that we are missing one very critical ingredient: sewing machines. That is why I am here today to ask you if you could find it in your heart to donate a gently used (or brand new), portable and fully functioning sewing machine for two upcoming drives and future drives.

The first drive is to make as many pillow cases as possible for a program called Ryan’s Case For Smiles.  This program distributes pillow cases to kids in hospitals in order to help them relieve some of the stress that comes with the traumatic and frightening experience of being in a hospital and all that goes with it.

The second drive is to make place mats for the first ever SJCCC Thanksgiving Community Luncheon for people that are socially isolated. Not only will the attendees get a great meal and not feel socially isolated for the day, but they will also get to take home what I am sure will be a beautiful place mat made with a sewing machine from YOU!

With all that, if you could find it in your heart to donate a sewing machine, please email me at scott@jaftex.com and we can work out the details.  I will even pay for the shipping.  If you help me, I will be forever indebted to you.  You will also become a VIP in my book and I am sure the book of so many others.

XXOO
Sewing Machine Scott

 

The Blank Blog Bonanza (BBB): Monthly Specials for July, August & September 2017

Dear Valued Customer,

NEW RULE:  BBBS ARE ONLY FOR CUSTOMERS IN GOOD CREDIT STANDING OR CUSTOMERS THAT GIVE US PERMISSION TO CHARGE THEIR CREDIT CARDS WITHOUT HAVING TO CALL THEM.

Below are the details for the newest BBBs.  These BBBs apply to orders that are taken in July, August & September 2017 only, but the orders DO NOT necessarily have to ship in those months unless indicated.  Please note that all prior BBBs are now done and these are the only ones that are in effect.  Please note that customers can only take advantage of one BBB at a time i.e. no mixing and matching. Here goes:

#1. PRECUT SPECIALS:  Sorry, but we have no precut specials at this time as we only have precuts for American Honor (fat quarters), Natural Treasures 2 (fat quarters) & Sumatra 2 (strips and fat quarters).

#2.  44″ Quilting Cottons:  Pay close attention because these are good!

  • AT ONCE ORDER FREE SHIPPING:  Buy 8 bolts or more for an at once delivery and get free shipping.  This does not include Sumatra 2 Batiks.
  • SUMATRA 2 BATIK SPECIAL:  Buy any 10 bolts of Sumatra 2 batiks and save $1.25/yard (one dollar and twenty five cents).  Buy 20 or more bolts and get a free order of Sumatra 2 strips also. Buy 35 bolts or more and get Sumatra 2 fat quarters also.  Buy 50 or more bolts and you get free freight too.
  • PEARLESCENT SPECIAL:  Buy 8 bolts on any of these lines and get the 9th bolt for free (must be a 44″ sku unless customer buys 8 bolts of the Pearl Grid 108″).  Crystalline, Pearl Dot, Pearl Grid & Pearl Grid 108″.
  • ECLIPSE SOLIDS:  Buy 4 or more bolts of any of the Eclipse Solids for one shipment and save $.25/yard (twenty five cents).  The order still must meet the regular 5 bolt minimum.
  • STOF MELANGE BASIC:  Buy 8 bolts or more of any of the Stof Melange Basics and save $.25/yard (twenty five).  These must ship before February 2018.  If you buy all 81 of the Stof Melange Basics over 2 shipments or less starting in October and shipping every month or every other month, you save $.65/yard (sixty five).  YES 65 CENTS!  If you take all 81 colors for one shipment in December, you will get free freight also.  Give it a try!
  • STOF AVALANA JERSEY FABRIC: Buy 6 or more bolts of the gorgeous Avalana Jersey Fabric and save $.50/yard (fifty cents).

#3.  108″ FABRICS: Save $.50/yard (fifty) for the at once purchase of 6-11 bolts of 108″ fabrics.   Save $.75/yard (seventy-five) for the at once purchase of 12-19 bolts.  Save $1.00 (a dollar) for the at once purchase of 20 or more bolts of 108″.

We hope that you continue to take advantage of these BBBS.

Contact your Blank Quilting Corp. sales rep to place an order or contact customer service at 800-294-9495 x 245 (Renee).

To Monthly Specials!

Your Blank Quilting Corp. Sales Team

 

The Blank Blog Bonanza (BBB): Monthly Specials For May & June 2017

Dear Valued Customer,

Below are the details for the newest BBBs.  These BBBs apply to orders that are taken in May & June of 2017 only, but the orders DO NOT have to ship in May or June (they can ship anytime, except where specifically indicated below). Please note that all prior BBBs are now done and these are the only ones that are in effect. Here goes:

#1.  PRECUT SPECIAL:  Buy one set of precuts and get the second set of the same precut from the same line for free.  Please refer to your sales rep’s pricelist to see what is available for this special as some precuts are now sold out and discontinued.  This special does not apply to American Honor or Natural Treasures fat quarters.

#2.   44″ QUILTING COTTONS:  These are really good folks, so please pay close attention!

  • DECEMBER DELIVERY FULL COLLECTION SPECIAL:  Buy any full 12 yard May release collection for a December ONLY delivery and pay just $.10/yard (ten cents) for shipping.  Buy any full 15 yard May release collection for a December ONLY delivery and you will get free freight.
  • SUMATRA BATIK SPECIAL:  Buy any 8 bolts of Sumatra batiks and get a free order of Sumatra strips (4 pieces per order).  If you buy 16 bolts, you get 2 free orders of strips and so on.
  • BASIC LINE SPECIAL:  Buy 8 or more bolts of any of these basics for one shipment and save $.25/yard (twenty five cents).  You can mix and match for this special:  Crystalline, Fusion Illusion,  Honeystone Hill, Intermix, Pearl Dot, Pearl GridPrimitive Basics (On top of the already discounted sale price.  Colors are limited), Splash or Starlet.
  • ECLIPSE SOLID SPECIAL:  Buy 4 or more bolts of any of the Eclipse solids for one shipment and save $.25/yard (twenty five cents).  The order still must meet the regular 5 bolt minimum.
  • STOF MELANGE BASIC SPECIAL:  Buy 8 bolts or more of any of the Stof Melange Basics and save $.25/yard (twenty five cents).  These must ship anywhere from September 2017-November of 2017.  If you buy all 81 of the Stof Melange Basics over 3 shipments or less starting in September and shipping every month OR every other month, you save $.65/yard (sixty five cents).  YES 65 CENTS!  If you take all 81 for one shipment from September 2017 to November 2017, we will also only charge you $.10/yard (ten cents) for freight. If you ship all 81 colors in December, the order will ship freight free.  GO FOR IT!

#3.  108″ FABRICS:  Buy 8 bolts, mix and match, of 108″ fabric and get the 9th one for free. This applies to all 108″ lines EXCEPT Hopscotch 108″, Pearl Grid 108″ and Plush 2 ply flannel 108″. However, if you buy 8 bolts, mix and match, of Hopscotch 108″, Pearl Grid 108″ or Plush 2 ply flannel 108″, you can get the 9th bolt free.

We hope that you continue to take advantage of the BBBs.

Contact your Blank sales rep to place an order or contact customer service at 800-294-9495 x245 (Renee)
To Monthly Specials!
Your Blank Quilting Sales Team

 

The Blank Blog Bonanza (BBB): Monthly Specials For March & April 2017

Dear Valued Customer,

Below are the details for the newest BBBs.  These BBBs apply to orders that are taken in March & April of 2017 only, but the orders DO NOT have to ship in March or April (they can ship anytime).  Please note that all prior BBBs are now done and these are the only ones that are in effect. Here goes:

#1.  PRECUT SPECIAL (REPEAT FROM THE JAN./FEB. BBB):  If you buy 2 of any of the same precuts (excluding American Honor & Natural Treasures) at full price i.e. 2 orders of Splash 5x5s, you will get the third unit of the same item for free.  In other words, buy 2 and get one free. Please note that the order still needs to meet the 5 unit minimum order and the free unit does not count towards the minimum.

#2.   44″ QUILTING COTTONS:

FULL COLLECTION SPECIAL:  If you buy any full collection in 15 yard cuts, you will get free freight on that order as well as anything else that ships with it.  If you buy a full collection in 12 yard cuts, your freight will be 10 cents per yard and anything else you order will also ship for the same price per yard.

SUMATRA BATIK 2 SPECIAL:  If you buy 8-30 bolts of the Sumatra 2 Batiks, you will get 20 cents off per yard.  If you buy 31-50 bolts of the Sumatra 2 Batiks, you will get 40 cents off per yard.  If you buy more than 50 bolts, you will get 50 cents off per yard.

METALLIC COTTONS (44″ & 108″):  If you buy any 6 metallic bolts from the same line listed below, you will get the 7th bolt from the same line for free.  No mix and match please.

#3.  108″ FABRICS (REPEAT FROM THE JAN./FEB. BBB): :  For every 5 bolts of full priced 108″ fabrics that you purchase, you will get 10 cents off per yard. That discount increases with every 5 bolts ordered.  In other words, if you buy 10 bolts you get 20 cents off per yard, 15 bolts gets you 30 cents off per yard, 20 bolts gets you 40 cents off per yard, 25 bolts gets you 50 cents off per yard, 30 bolts gets you 60 cents of per yard and so on. The maximum is 50 bolts for $1.00 off per yard.  This special cannot be mixed with the metallic 108″ special immediately above.

We hope that you continue to take advantage of the BBBs.

Contact your Blank sales rep to place an order.
Contact customer service at 800-294-9495 x245 (Renee)
To Monthly Specials!
Your Blank Quilting Sales Team

 

Tales Of A Fourth Generation Textile Executive: Just One More Reason To Keep Quilting, Sewing & Crafting!

 Happy Monday

I hope that your team won the Super Bowl.  If not, better luck next year. Assuming that all my readers are hung over from all the football, greasy food, chips & dips, betting pools, amazing commercials and perhaps alcohol (but I would guess that my readers aren’t drinkers, or are they?), I am going to delve in to a short and sweet blog that won’t mess too much with your hangover.

This past week I was reading the very reputable (note sarcasm) New York Post on the train ride in to New York City to work.  I came across a short article called Warding Off Dementia based on a report from the JAMA Neurology Journal.  The part that caught my attention was the conclusion that senior citizens benefit from simple activities to keep their brains sharp.  Lo and behold, one of those activities listed to keep the brain sharp was craft making.  This would include:  arts & crafts, quilting and sewing. Amen to that!  Just another of the many reasons why our great industry will not be going away any time soon!

Anyway, have a great week.  I am going to be taking a day off from blogging next week as I will be at the VDTA show in Vegas.  Please come visit me at booth 855 if you plan on attending.

Until Next Time,

This is Scott Fortunoff signing off

 

Tales Of A Fourth Generation Textile Executive: More Baby Steps For Quilts, Inc.

Dear Readers,

I hope you had a nice weekend.  Also, I wanted to wish everyone a Happy Martin Luther King Jr. day.  Our offices are open today if you need anything.  I will only be in the office until noon as I have the pleasure of attending the Knicks basketball game with my sons, my brother and my nephews as the kids don’t have school today.  In any case, for lack of something better to write about this week, I am back on to the Quilt Market.

This time around, I wanted to acknowledge the baby steps made by the people at Quilts Inc. to try to make the market better for everyone. Recently, all vendors received an appreciation and suggestion email from Quilts Inc. a copy of which is below.  This is yet another step in the right direction, but what concerns me is that they are relying on the vendors to solve their problems.  By asking for ideas, my feeling is that they are going to get bogged down with a lot of the smaller picture issues because I imagine each person that replies will be suggesting something that will most likely just help a few and not the masses.  We really need the big picture ideas to make Quilt Market great again, but I am doubtful those are going to surface as they really never surfaced when I was making my own efforts to improve market.  I hate to be a pessimist, but I truly think I am being a realist here.

In the end of the email from Quilts Inc., they say, “I promise we’ll read them.”  The problem is that reading them and taking action are two totally different things.  I know that I am being literal, but based on my interactions with the big shots at Quilts Inc., I don’t see any worthwhile change coming soon.  They are like deer in the headlights right now which is very concerning for me and should be concerning to you too.  Once again, I urge the people of Quilts Inc. to take some meaningful actions fast because the Quilt Market numbers continue to fade for attendees and vendors.  Time is running short and as each market passes, more and more vendors are dropping out.  For the Jaftex Companies, this will be a critical year for us to determine our future with Quilt Markets.

To our Quilt Market Exhibitors,
As we prepare for another exciting year in the quilting industry, we want to thank you for making International Quilt Market an important part of your business plan. Whether you exhibited at our Spring show in Salt Lake City and/or our Fall show in Houston, your participation and support are very important. Without your taking your valuable time and money to exhibit, we wouldn’t have a Market to support the retailers from around the world who come to do their buying and see what’s new. We know there are many options for you to market your products, and we very much appreciate your making Quilt Market a part of your plans. Thank you from all of the Market team! We look forward to welcoming you back to St Louis this May and/or Houston this October.
In the meantime, if you have any ideas or comments to make Market even better, please do send them to ideas@quilts.com
and I promise we’ll read them!

Have a great week.  And by the way, if you read this far and plan on attending the St. Louis Quilt Market (this applies to customers that did business with any of the Jaftex Companies in 2016), I would like you to email me (scott@jaftex.com) if you are interested in attending the Studioe/Blank Quilting Corp. quilt market dinner with management, in-house designers, licensed designers, sales reps and other customers.  In the email, tell me in a very brief paragraph why you would be interested in attending the dinner aside from wanting to hang out with me (LOL).  I don’t have a date yet, but this will be on a first come, first served basis. Space is limited.  Good luck.

Regards,

Scott

 

Tales Of A Fourth Generation Textile Executive: Anyone Going To Join Us At The VDTA Show In Las Vegas?

In an effort to try new things in 2017, we have decided to attend the Vacuum & Sewing Dealer Trade Show (VDTA) at the Las Vegas Convention & Show exhibit space Hall S3.  The show will be from February 12-14.  Cliff Garfinkel, sales manager extraordinaire, & I will be there at booth 855 and we can’t wait to see you. Please contact me at scott@jaftex.com or 800-294-9495 x218 to set up an appointment.  Looking forward to seeing you then.

BELOW IS THE JAFTEX BUYER’S GUIDE BLURB FOR THE VDTA SHOW

Jaftex Corporation is an 87 year old, 4th generation, family owned business, based out of New York City. Jaftex has several well-known fabric brands under its umbrella which include: A.E. Nathan Co., Inc., Henry Glass Fabrics, Studioe Fabrics, The Blank Quilting Corp. and Fabric Editions.

The companies predominantly offer coordinated 100% cotton quilting groups that are both licensed and unlicensed. Some of the key licensed designers include: Kim Diehl, Shelly Comisky, The Whole Country Caboodle, Jan Shade Beach, Tana Mueller, Pepper Cory, Dt-k Signature & Sandra Magsamen. In addition to the 100% cotton quilting groups, the companies offer 100% cotton flannel groups, double gauze, yarn dyed flannels, 108” wide quilt backing in prints, solids and flannel too. In an effort to grow and diversify, the companies have started to sell tea towels, which lend themselves to embroidery, as well as pre-cut fabrics such as fat quarters, jelly rolls, charms and squares.
More recently, Jaftex has formed a partnership with Air-lite Manufacturing out of Pontiac Michigan. Air-lite specializes in batting, foam and similar products. Of note is the embroidery batting which is gaining much recognition and fanfare in the industry. Another new partner is Stof Fabrics out of Denmark. Stof offers distinctly different and fresh quilt groups with a European flare.
We are proud to be attending our first VDTA show. The show will be attended by one of the owners, Scott Fortunoff, yours truly. He will be accompanied by Cliff Garfinkel who is the sales manager for most of the Jaftex Companies. Scott & Cliff look forward to welcoming you at booth 855. We look forward to the opportunity to demonstrate how fabrics could be a great complement to your sew and vac offerings.
www.henryglassfabrics.net
www.studioefabrics.net
www.blankquilting.net
www.aenathan.net
www.fabriceditions.com

The Blank Blog Bonanza (BBB): Monthly Specials for January & February 2017

Dear Valued Customer,

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Below are the details for the newest BBBs.  This BBB applies to orders that are taken in January & February of 2017 only.  Please note that all prior BBBs are now done and this is the only one that is in effect.  Here goes:

#1.  PRECUT SPECIAL:  If you buy 2 of any of the same precuts (excluding American Honor & Natural Treasures) at full price i.e. 2 orders of Splash 5x5s, you will get the third unit of the same item for free.  In other words, buy 2 and get one free.  Please note that the order still needs to meet the 5 unit minimum order and the free unit does not count towards the minimum.  This special applies to orders that ship in January or February only.

#2.   44″ QUILTING COTTONS:

SUMATRA BATIK 2 SPECIAL:  If you buy 10-19 bolts of the Sumatra 2 Batiks at full price to ship in January or February, you will get a free order of the Sumatra 2 Batik strips.  If you order 20 or more of the Sumatra 2 Batiks to ship in January or February, you will get the free strip set as well as an order of the Sumatra 2 Batik fat quarters.

44″ COTTONS:  If you buy any 6 bolts from the same line listed below, you will get the 7th bolt from the same line for free as long as it ships in January or February.  No mix and match please.

#3.  108″ FABRICS:  For every 5 bolts of full priced 108″ fabrics that you purchase to ship in January or February, you will get 10 cents off per yard. That discount increases with every 5 bolts ordered.  In other words, if you buy 10 bolts you get 20 cents off per yard, 15 bolts gets you 30 cents off per yard, 20 bolts gets you 40 cents off per yard, 25 bolts gets you 50 cents off per yard, 30 bolts gets you 60 cents of per yard and so on.  The maximum is 50 bolts for $1.00 off per yard.

#3 & #4 CAN’T BE COMBINED

#4.  108″ & AIR-LITE BATTING COMBO:  As you probably know by now, the BQC sales reps also carry other lines which includes Air-Lite Batting. In an effort to continue to get the Air-Lite products in to as many stores as possible, we are offering a combo BBB.  If you buy any 6 bolts of 108″ fabrics at full price to ship in January or February, we will give you free freight on any batting order placed at the same time.  The orders must be submitted together.

We hope that you continue to take advantage of the BBBS.

Contact your Blank sales rep to place an order.
Contact customer service at 800-294-9495 x245 (Renee)
To Monthly Specials!
Your Blank Quilting Sales Team

 

Tales Of A Fourth Generation Textile Executive: Baby Steps For Quilts, Inc.

Before I say anything of such immense importance (you know how I roll), I wanted to wish you a very Merry Christmas.  I hope all your wishes come true and Santa brings you all the gifts that you asked for.  I hope a couple people actually have a moment to step away from the eggnog to read this blog.  Speaking of which, I don’t think I have ever even tried eggnog. Maybe that will go on my bucket list for 2017.

Anyway, back to the topic at hand.  I have been in withdrawal lately.  From what you might be wondering? Come on and get your mind out of the gutter!  I am not that kind of guy. In any case, I have been in withdrawal from blogging about Quilts, Inc. and the Quilt Market conundrum.  So here goes.

I was utterly shocked to have received an email recently from:  Quilt Market & Festival.  The email read:

A BIG thank you for being a part of our shows this year!  Wishing you a MERRY CHRISTMAS and the HAPPIEST OF HOLIDAYS!

This is progress as I don’t recall ever getting an email like this from Quilts, Inc.  Perhaps they are trying to get in touch with their customers. Or maybe they are realizing that they need to be a little nicer.  In either case, hopefully this is the first of much progress to come in 2017 because you all know that we need it.  Fingers crossed!  Or maybe not.  We will have to see.

On a personal note, I wanted to thank all my blog readers for being so loyal.  I hope that I have been able to keep you fabricly entertained throughout 2016.  I hope that you continue to hang in there with me in 2017 as I know things are going to get C-R-A-Z-Y like this industry!

Regards,

Studioe Scott

The Blank Blog Bonanza (BBB): Monthly Specials For November & December 2016

Dear Valued Customer,

Below are the details for the newest BBBs.   This BBB applies to orders that are taken before the end of 2016.  Please note that all prior BBBs are done. Here goes with the latest and greatest:

#1. PRECUT SPECIAL: If you buy any single set of precuts (excluding the American Honor Fat Quarter bundles), you will get a second set of the same item for free.  Please note that the order still needs to meet the 5 unit order minimum and needs to ship before the end of the year i.e. November or December. The free unit does not count towards the minimum.

#2. 44/45″ QUILTING COTTONS:

SUMATRA BATIK SPECIAL: If you buy 8 or more bolts of full priced Sumatra Batiks to ship before the end of the year, you will get free freight. In addition, all other items combined with this order will ship freight free.

44/45″ BASICS BLOWOUT: If you buy any 10 bolts of basics from Fusion Illusion, Primitive Basics, Splash, Starlet, Knock On Wood or Headliner, your special price will be $4.95/yard. These basics must ship before the end of the year.

PEARLIZED LINES BY MARK HORDYSZYNSKI:  Take 25 cents off per yard on any bolt of the Mark Hordyszynski ‘pearl’ lines (CrystallinePearl DotPearl Grid or Pearl Grid 108″). These must ship before the end of the year and must meet the five bolt minimum order.

#3. 108″ FABRICS: For the rest of the year, every single bolt of 108″ ordered for at once will earn a 25 cent per yard discount. The total order must still meet the 5 bolt minimum order. Therefore, the only lines that this special DOES NOT APPLY to are: Plush 108″ & Rose Toile 108″. Ask your sales reps which of the 108″ lines are still available.

We hope that you continue to take advantage of the BBBs.

Contact your Blank sales rep to place an order.
Contact customer service at 800-294-9495 x245 (Renee)
To Monthly Specials!
Your Blank Quilting Sales Team