279 Days to Overnight Success

The Art of Non-Conformity is a community built by Chris Guillebeau and his recent Manifesto is a true work of art and passion. If the business end of blogging baffles you, read it to understand how truly attainable success is, and how much (and what kind of) work it takes to do it right. You might be surprised and happily motivated to follow your dream!

Get Sourced. Get Quoted. Get Famous.

Peter Shankman runs the networking resource “Help A Reporter Out”. I use this resource to scan for opportunities to promote my quilt designer friends whenever possible. Help A Reporter Out. If you join, realize that it is a priviledge and don’t abuse it. Peter cuts no slack with spammers or off topic pitches. If you like a good laugh, at least once a day, follow him on twitter!

CK Media

As reported on Scrapbook Update

“CK Media, parent company of Creating Keepsakes and PaperCrafts magazines, can no longer deny (after months of rumors) that it is in financial trouble after word has come out publicly that the company has hired turnaround and bankruptcy consultants CRG Partners to assist it.”

In an update to her post, Nancy links to designers (who blog) who remain unpaid for their submissions to CK Media, such as Lisa Dickinson and forums such as Studio Calico.
The magazines published by CK Media, spanning the scrapbooking, quilting and sewing spectrum, can be seen here.

Pantone Colors 2009

The PDF is here, with Fuscia Red, Salmon Rose, Palace Blue and Lucite Green to name a few… Here’s the entry page and image

Amazon.com acquires Fabric.com

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–June 25, 2008–Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced the acquisition of Fabric.com, a leading online fabric store that offers custom measured and cut fabrics, as well as patterns, sewing tools and accessories. The full press release here…. Fabric.com will continue to function as a stand-alone operation based in Marietta, Georgia.

Fairfield Batting

We had a marvelous time at Spring Quilt Market in Portland learning about the newest in battings. Tracy, from Fairfield , told us about the Bamboo Batting, Corn and so much more. The little pink sampler quilt was the softest thing I’ve touched in quite a while. Based in Fairfield, Connecticut, they are making a significant effort to bring responsibility to quilting.

From their website “….This is a watershed moment in crafting. As an environmentally conscious company and industry leader, it is our responsibility to develop high quality products that minimize the impact on the environment. From renewable resources through to green manufacturing processes and superior products, the greening of the craft industry has begun.”

Read more here……

Quilters Hangup

Pre-made quilt sleeve on a roll. Brilliant! Quilters Hangup is going to be the new “gotta have”. For quilters, shops, longarmers and show organizers, here’s an answer to that last minute issue of having to put a regulation sleeve on a quilt for a show. Read Teri’s story here…..we wish her luck on what is sure to be a very successful journey. Nicely done and nicely presented.

Lazy Girl

Joan Hawley of Lazy Girl Designs has been teasing for a looooooong time. I am on the edge of my seat! My guess is that she’s bringing out her own, custom handles for her bags, but I am never right. Take a peek at her blog and see if you can guess what’s coming.

I’ll be in line at Portland Quilt Market in a week, trying to get first view. Meanwhile here’s Joan’s new logo and custom labels – very sleek.

Website or Blog?

Check this graph out! Internet search engine trends – comparing the search on the word “website” versus “blog”. Website is blue and Blog is in red. Are you blogging?

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Quilt News presents new pattern and book information to shop owners and teachers while also providing resources for designers and quilting entrepreneurs. Designers are encouraged to submit their new designs to QuiltNews @ gmail.com (take out spaces) and shop owners and teachers are encouraged to check back often! :)

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