Sunday, June 3, 2018 1:21:00 PM
I've been really busy lately and it makes me wonder how I did all this when I was working full time. I love designing patterns and bringing them to shows near you and having them available on my webstore for those who are out of state. I feel very lucky to have you as customers who still support me every now and then. But I realize to continue I need to work a little harder at gaining some new customers also.
My first idea to accomplish that is to get my patterns picked up by a distributor that will make them available to stores across the country. A couple weeks ago I attended Quilt Market in Portland. I went booth to booth with a dozen of my best samples and talked to store owners as well as distributors. A very difficult and humbling experience for someone who has trouble tooting her own horn. (That's Robin's job. Love you girl.) But I muscled through it and by the end of the weekend a several of my designs were picked up by a couple distributors and I got one "don't call us until you're somebody!" Ouch. All things considered, I was pretty pleased.
The second idea is to switch from my email newsletter to a blog and I'll tell you why. A newsletter does feel more like a personal letter to each of you who decided to enroll and I love that. But it's usually a one way conversation. I do get some wonderful responses, pictures and ideas from time to time. But the rest of you never see those things. A blog, would allow you all to see the responses and interact with my other readers. I trust you to be kind and supportive of each others posts and hope that we don't attract any trolls who might ruin it for us. I will continue the newsletter for a few months but it will only remind and redirect you to the blog.
Undercover Quilts, owned by Linda Hitchcock, is a great little quilt shop downtown Seattle at 1st and Virginia, just a block up from Pike Place Market. Linda not only picked up 12 of our designs, but, is borrowing my samples to have in her shop through Shop Hop and the start of Row By Row. That makes me happy.