Blank Strips Giveaway

 

Congratulations Nancy Donovan  for winning the giveaway! This week we are giving away another 20 piece 2.5″ strips bundle of the Crushed collection to one lucky winner!  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. We will announce the winner on our Facebook page next Monday. Good luck and don’t forget to tell your friends!

*Contest ends March 30th at 8:00 am EST. Open to US residents only.*

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Tales Of A Fourth Generation Textile Executive: Food And/Or Fabric?

If you aren’t familiar with my Tales Of A Fourth Generation Textile Executive blog, that is the blog that I write for the Studioe Fabrics website.  You should go check it out when you have a moment. I am going to bring the Tales Of A Fourth Generation blog series to the Blank Quilting Corp. website too.  The plan is for me to write a bi-weekly blog called Food or Fabric?  Fabric being the obvious, but that is particularly for when I am short on food blogs.  As for food, I wanted to start writing about the restaurants and places that I eat at when I am on the road. Essentially, this is my abridged version of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Guy Fieri, eat your heart out!

To be honest with you, I am an avid Food Channel watcher and I like to consider myself to be a foodie as well. So today I am going to discuss a restaurant that I recently visited in Greenville, South Carolina.  The restaurant is called Bacon Bros. Public House at 3620 Pelham Road. (View the full menu here.) Let me start off by commenting on the great name. Anything with bacon has been very hot of late from bacon cupcakes to bacon ice cream and everything in between. So good job on the name.  We should probably introduce a bacon fabric line.  Wouldn’t that be delish (sic)?

bacon bros sign

Rather than bore you about all the cool bacon related decor, the crowd, the menu, the location, etc., I plan to focus on one thing…THE PULLED PORK GRILLED CHEESE made with pepper jack, cheddar, mozzarella, pickled jalapeño and mustard Q.  That was the description I pulled right from the menu and it sure did this grilled cheese no justice. This sandwich brought me back to my college days.  It reminded me of those late night grilled cheese sandwiches made on those portable grilled cheese machines.  Those sandwiches were so yummy after a late night out.  This sandwich did go perfectly with a nice local tap beer.

Anyway, this sandwich was so unbelievable that I couldn’t keep my hands steady to get you a focused photo, but I think you can get the drift.  As you can see from the photo, the rye bread was nicely browned and I am sure that we can thank butter for that beautiful coloring. There were some scrumptious and crunchy hardened pieces of pepper jack, cheddar and mozzarella cheese as well. The star of the show was the pulled pork which was some of the best that I have had and it melded perfectly with the special mustard Q. Truly a great sandwich and a fun night for me.  Being on the road isn’t always so bad after all.

So here are a couple of side notes from my Bacon Bros. experience:

1.  My biggest mistake of the night was that I decided to go halfsies on two sandwiches with my friend.  As such, I only ended up with half of this most amazing sandwich ever.  You can be sure there will be no sharing next time and I might have to even go back for seconds.

2.  After talking to the waiter, I learned that this restaurant brings in (Vegans, Vegetarians, etc…close your ears) two local pigs a week. Check out all the photos that I took of the meat locker.  Kind of cool, but kind of gross too.
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3.  I bought Bacon Bros. t-shirts for myself and my two boys.
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4.  On this particular trip, thanks to the lovely weather in New York, I got stuck in South Carolina for an extra night. No, I did not go back to Bacon Bros. as I should have!  Anyway, I was a little short on clothes, as I always pack light for work travel.  So on the extra day of the trip I was forced to wear my Bacon Bros. t-shirt.  It worked out great, but for the fact that I stunk like a BBQ and I couldn’t stop day dreaming about the PULLED PORK GRILLED CHEESE.  I’ll be back Bacon Bros.!

If you ever make it out to Greenville, Bacon Bros. and the pulled pork grilled cheese are both worth a visit.

What do you think of this new blog format? Have you ever been to Bacon Bros.?  Have you ever had a pulled pork grilled cheese?

Finally, I will start to let you know where I plan to travel to next so perhaps you can give me some suggestions on places I should try out. Next stop Salt Lake City Utah and Phoenix Arizona!  Suggestions please.

Cheers!
Scott Fortunoff
Blank Quilting Corp. President

Scott’s Snapshots 3.20.15


Scott's Snapshots
Scott’s
Snapshot is a weekly series to give a behind the scenes look into the lives of Scott and those that work for Blank Quilting Corp.“This is a tease for my next blog where I plan to start doing my own type of on the road restaurant review.   This is a picture of a pulled pork grilled cheese from the Bacon Brothers Public House in Greenville South Carolina. Giddy-yup!.”burger

20 Strip Piece Bundle Giveaway

 

Congratulations Sandra Timmons for winning the Cruhsed giveaway! This week we are giving away a 20 piece 2.5″ strips bundle of the Crushed collection to one lucky winner!  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. We will announce the winner on our Facebook page next Monday. Good luck and don’t forget to tell your friends!

*Contest ends March 23rd at 8:00 am EST. Open to US residents only.*

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Scott’s Snapshop 3.13.15


Scott's Snapshots
Scott’s
Snapshot is a weekly series to give a behind the scenes look into the lives of Scott and those that work for Blank Quilting Corp.“This is where I go to get breakfast every morning. Cafe 37.  They toast a wicked bagel and can scramble eggs very well.”Scott's Snapshot“Below is a photo of the entrance to our offices in New York City. We are located at 49 West 37th street on the 14th and 6th floors.  We have been in these offices for about 11 years.”Scott's Snapshot

“The plaque for our building.”

Scott's Snapshot

“This is the sign inside our building that tells you what floors we are on.  You see all the Fortunoff’s.  That’s my family.”

Scott's Snapshot

Crushed Strips Giveaway

 

Congratulations Janie McCombs for winning the second Rock Candy giveaway! This week we are giving away a 40 piece 2.5″ strips bundle of the Crushed collection to one lucky winner!  To enter this giveaway, all you must do is comment this post telling us what you would make with this fabric. If you like Blank Quilting on Facebook, you will find other chances to enter to win.  We will announce the winner on our Facebook page next Monday. Good luck and don’t forget to tell your friends!

*Contest ends March 16th at 8:00 am EST. Open to US residents only.*

 

 

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March 3rd Giveaway

 

Congratulations Joyce Carter for winning our Rock Candy giveaway! This week are giving away two more 18 x 21 quarter cut bundles to one lucky winner!  To enter this giveaway, all you must do is comment this post telling us what you would make with this fabric. If you like Blank Quilting on Facebook, you might find other chances to enter to win.  We will announce the winner on our Facebook page next Monday. Good luck and don’t forget to tell your friends!

*Contest ends March 9th at 8:00 am EST. Open to US residents only.*

 

 

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Rock Candy Giveaway

 

Exciting news!  We are giving away two 18 x 21 quarter cut bundles of our discontinued Rock Candy line to one lucky winner!  To enter this giveaway, all you must do is comment this post telling us what you would make with this fabric. If you like Blank Quilting on Facebook, you might find other chances to enter to win.  We will announce the winner on our Facebook page next Monday. Good luck and don’t forget to tell your friends!

*Contest ends March 2nd at 8:00 am EST. Open to US residents only.*

 

Rock Candy

 

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Does Anyone Get Me?

We are still working on our social media plans for The Blank Quilting Corp. (blogs, facebook, instagram, etc.).  So in the meantime, I thought I would step in and take a couple minutes to write a blog about me, so that you all can get to know and understand me (the new Blank Quilting Corp. President) better.  The truth is that what I really want to talk about is what it is like for me, a New Yorker, dealing with everyone else in the fabric world who isn’t a New Yorker. 

So I was thinking last night about how people don’t always get me as a New Yorker, or a Yankee as some like to call me.  Every once in awhile I get a customer on the phone and we either just can’t connect or I feel that the customer gets defensive because they don’t always get the New York attitude.  The truth is that I am really trying to be nice, but I guess everyone has their own interpretation of nice.  In addition, sometimes when I write emails, people totally misinterpret what I say or think that I am short with a one word answer.   Sometimes a one word answer is just appropriate, so don’t be insulted if there aren’t tons of pleasantries….I am a busy guy.  So I got to wondering some more about my interactions with customers, reps and co-workers.  

I was wondering about a couple of things:
1.  Do they understand everything that I am saying?  Can they follow my quick paced twang?  Or do they only absorb half or less of what I say because I talk so fast?  I hope that these phone calls aren’t ending with the person that I am talking to wondering….what just happened?  
2.  Do they get my sarcasm when I make jokes?
3.  Do I offend them with my New York talk?  The answer to that is yes, as I have had to apologize on a couple of occasions already, but I am a big boy and have no problem apologizing when I am wrong. I will continue to try to do better every day.

The long and the short of it is that I am who I am.  So if you call me up, please know that I try my best to be a good and kind person to everyone I deal with, but maybe people just don’t get me.  I am also trying to please my customers.  Who really knows?  Now that I got that of my chest, I can go home and yell at my wife and kids and curse everyone I see on the way……just kidding folks!  Thanks for reading and being a customer of the various companies I am involved with.  I hope you got a laugh out of this and have an easier time dealing with me and my brethren New Yorkers in the future.  

Tea Towels By Annemieke York

Our sales representative, Annemieke York, is guest posting today on the Blank blog to share with you all her adorable tea towels.

I’m not sure if I mentioned it or not but the company I work for was bought out in July by a new company.

 
For those of you that don’t know I am a fabric sales representative and have the honor of visiting quilt shops encouraging them to buy the fabric for the company I represent. 
 
Before the sale I represented one line of fabric and now I have three.
 
Along with the buyout came a President that is very much present and involved and there are now weekly conference calls.  Our main headquarters are in New York so these conference calls are rather early. 7:00 a.m. for me on the west coast…I am not a morning person, especially at 7:00 a.m., but I am a team player. Plus, Jim gets up at 6:30 and can I also say naps are GOOD. 
 
Last week Scott, our president, shared the idea we should bring a little something at each appointment.  He liked the idea of coffee or doughnuts, but one of the reps mentioned she embellished tea towels for her shops. I like to make mug rugs and leave at shops I don’t have appointments at as a way to introduce myself which have my business card attached.

 

 
I also have made a few shop samples of bags for some of my stores but I don’t normally leave a little something at every shop I visit. Today I focused on making tea towels using this great tutorial by Lil Luna. 

 

Of course I might have done a little bit of tweeking. From three  1/8″ cut of fabrics you are able to make two tea towels. You can also use three fat quarters and make 4 tea towels. I cut 4″ the width of the fabric to make two tea towels. Since each purchased tea towel is unique I waited to trim. I bought my tea towels at Tuesday Morning and TJMaxx and the cost per towel was about $2.00 each.
 

 

 

Once you sew your strips together you can trim them 1/2″ from the edges before sewing.

 

 

I  turned in the top and bottom 1/2″ and sewed rather then 1/4″ twice.

 

I also stitched in the ditch down the center seam.

 

 

 

 

I made 14 embellished tea towels today. I am ready to hit the road this upcoming week and start showing our fabric lines!