Welcome to the Broadway French Market on Broadway between 35th and 36th Street in Manhattan, right around the corner from our offices. This market is open about 3 days a week and is a great place to pick up some healthy and fresh fruits on my way from Penn Station to the office. Today I picked up some blueberries and they were quite delicious. Just another great feature of the city that never sleeps. Have a nice weekend.
Unfortunately or fortunately, depending on how you want to look at it, I have not been spending that much time on the road which is typical for the summer months. Hence, I have not had the opportunity to review any new restaurants while on the road. Therefore, I must go to my usual plan B which is some discussion of fabric. So here goes.
I recently received the eInsider report where market trends were discussed in detail. I gleaned two things from this report:
1. Designers are loving cats and the color purple. I just realized when I wrote that last sentence that Cats was a great Broadway show and The Color Purple was a great movie with Oprah. Hmmm….I digress…sorry.
2. I was a little disappointed with the eInsider report because it only shows love for the top name fabric suppliers. Instead of spreading the love and talking about a nice variety of fabric suppliers, it focused on all the same ones: R. Kaufman, M. Miller, F. Spirit & Moda, of course. These are all very well respected companies don’t get me wrong. I just wonder if the eInsider is ignoring all the little guys out there. Ah-hem, like Blank, Studioe & Henry Glass. Or maybe you have another interpretation. What do you think? I think the eInsider needs to work a little harder to spread the love and talk about more suppliers as opposed to multiple blurbs about the same suppliers over and over again.
Check out the eInsider newsletter on their Market Trends page.
That all being said, since the eInsider isn’t going to tell you about any of the Blank lines, I will just have to do it myself. So as far as purple goes, we have a new line called Legacy which is a 16 sku line that ships in January. This line is absolutely gorgeous if I couldn’t say so myself. With such an abundance of shades of purple, we too can be part of this great purple trend that was identified by the eInsider. Go Blank Quilting Corp! Check out this beautiful floral below!
If that isn’t enough for you, The Blank Quilting Corp., has a line called Bonita. For all of those Spanish speakers out there, it is certainly bonita which means beautiful or pretty in Spanish. This line has been out for a little bit now, but it is comprised of 14 skus and ships in August. This line also has various shades of purple florals with birds, leaves and geometrics. The other color combination for this line contains different shades of blue. Look at all the purple! OMG! The people at eInsider must have been looking at their iphones when they passed our booth.
What about the cats? We didn’t have any cat lines for this market, but we do have one cat line that comes to mind which is very cool and abstract. It is called Pawsome Cats and it is shipping right now. It really should be called Awesome Cats. It reminds me of how Picasso would depict a cat.
I am really glad I was able to get that off my chest. Hope you enjoyed the Inside Scoop from Scott of The Blank Quilting Corp. I am just saying! Just remember this: one day the little guy turns in to the big guy and the little guy never forgets who didn’t give respect on the way up to the higher echelons.
Happy summer! May cats, purple rainbows and the little guy fill your days and nights.
Congratulations Pauline Gudas for winning the Beach Party Giveaway! This week, one lucky winner is going to win a bundle of one of Blank Quilting’s most wonderful collections. The winner will receive a five piece bundle of our beautiful Teal Ribbon collection for Ovarian Cancer. 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 July 15th at 8:00 am EST. Open to US residents only.*
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Last week I showed you and defined a haboob which is just an amazing natural wonder. Today, I am going to show you another amazing natural wonder. This is a fire rainbow. All I can say is WOW! This is not a fire or a rainbow, but rather “an ice halo formed by hexagonal, plate shaped ice crystals in high level cirrus clouds. The halo is so large that the arc appears parallel to the horizon” and is thus technically called a circumhorizontal arc. I would love to see one of these in person. Have you ever seen one? Maybe this could make a great new fabric line. Stay tuned. Have a great July 4th Weekend!
Hey Blank Quilting Fans,
The reaction to the first of the Blank Blog Bonanzas was overwhelming, so we will continue on with this exciting new promo. (I would love to hear your unique bonanza ideas in the comments). This one is going to be called Free Freight On At Once Orders. All you West Coasters are going to especially like this one. Here are the details:
In order to meet the requirements of this bonanza, customers must buy a minimum of 8 bolts from any of the following lines for an at once delivery only:
- Beach Party
- Catalina 2 ply flannel
- Chromadots 108″ by Barbara Leonard
- Crushed by Yolanda Fundora
- Crystalline by Mark Hordyszinski
- Dottie (no white)
- Eclipse solids
- Emma 108″
- Fusion Illusion
- Geo Flow
- Hello Foxy
- Isadora 108″
- Knock on Wood
- Lady Claire
- Morning Mist
- Nature’s Bounty
- Oceans of Fun
- Ornamental Christmas with metallic
- Pawsome Cats
- Primitive Basics by Rhonda Horvath
- Sumatra Batiks
- Sweet Liberty
- Windsor 108″
- Woodland Christmas by Gina Linn
- Y’All Be Merry by Western Denim & Dirt
You can mix and match your orders however you would like, but the orders must ship in July for the Free Freight On At Once Orders to apply or as soon as we can get them shipped out of the warehouse. This promo applies to in-stock items only. So place your order as soon as possible as some stock is limited. You will get free freight even if we are out of one or two of the skus as long as the order is in good faith for 8 bolts of skus from the list of lines above. 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 July, thank you very much for your business, but we are very sorry that the special can only apply to orders taken in July. Please note that the June 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:
- Contact your Blank sales rep to place an order.
- Contact customer service at 800-294-9495 x245 (Renee).
- Place an order on the website at www.blankquilting.com. If you plan on ordering online, please make a note of the free freight special in the order notes.
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 July 15, so make sure you ask to see those too.
To Free Freight! Cheers!
Your Blank Quilting Sales Team
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!
Free-motion machine quilter and Blank Quilting fabric representative, Veronica Hofman-Ortega (www.FiberAnticsbyVeronica.com), 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.
- 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.
- 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.”
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Go Wide! You may discover even more reasons why wide backs are a good choice.
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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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.
Not sure what to say about this one except that our reps are never 3rd and they are bullet proof anyhow. Thank you sales rep Janice Pope for sharing this poster that hangs on the meeting room door at Mary Jo’s in Gastonia, North Carolina. Happy Hunting!