Monday, July 6, 2015

2015 Plan Update!

Well it is over half way in 2015, so I would like to post a update on my yearly goals for Quilting Affection.

1st Goal - First, now that I have a few patterns published, and many more planned for 2015.  I would like to get them out to the stores.  So one of my main focuses is to advertising my patterns so that quilt stores will start carrying them.  We started some advertising back in 2014, going shop to shop showing examples in California, they loved the patterns, but it was the wrong time of year.  So hopefully 2015 will be the break out year for our patterns.

How we doing: As of April this year we were excepted by our first distributor - QuiltWoman.com.  Which is great we are starting to see a couple of the patterns be sold to the stores.  QuiltWoman is now printing all the patterns for us. In May, we were at Spring Quilt Market, we past out catalogs to different distributors at the show.  This fall we will be able to display our finished Quilts in a small booth with the Quilt Woman group at the Fall Quilt Market in Houston.  We are busy getting some brand new and exciting patterns ready for this Fall.  Middle July, I will be attending QuiltWoman first annual Designers retreat near Rochester, New York, it will give me a chance to learn more about the business and to network with other Designers.

2nd Goal - Patterns - I hope to have at least one pattern published every other month and for sale on my website.  I have patterns under development as I type this, and many patterns in my head ready to put to paper.

How we doing: Well we are not getting patterns out every month, we have decided to slow down and get the them done right.  I have at least 2 patterns that will be out by the end of the month.  As for putting them on the website, we have decided that we would let QuiltWoman.com sell our patterns for us.  If needed we can eventually, add them back on the website.  With QuiltWoman you don't have to be a Wholesale business to buy the patterns. They sell to individuals as well and they don't have a minimum number of patterns you have to order.

3rd Goal -  One of my weakness that I would like to strengthen this year is increasing my expertise with my APQS Long Arm Quilt Path Computer.  A year ago there was no training for this computer, but now there is.  So, this year I plan to take some classes and study online tutorials to strengthen my skills so I feel more confident at my long arm.

How we doing: 
In April, I attended the APQS longarm Quilt Path class in Raleigh, North Carolina. The 3 day class was so worth it.  I learned so much, on the Software that I was able to come home and start putting it all to work on various quilts.   I learned how to setup Pantographs, Custom Quilt a Quilt, Make my own designs. As what made this class special was the friends I made. It was nice to talk to them about the business and learn about different experiences.

4th Goal - I also plan to blog more, adding such things of how sales are going with the store, what is under development, and other quilting related items.

5th Goal - Finally, I want to learn how to use my social media pages, to get the most out of them. In the mean time I plan on adding more posts to my social media pages, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+.
 
How we doing: Ok, I have to say that on goals 4 and 5 have been lacking in the first half of the year.  I hope to get back to blogging more now that I have moved my blog back to blogger.  I think the Social Media will take sometime.

 

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Back to Blogging

After several months of not blogging, I have decided to get back into the swing of it.  In doing so, I have moved the blog back to my old blogger site.  You can still reach my blog, via my website, it will direct you to my blog page.  I like writing my blogs on blogger because I can do it on mobile devices and plus it is much easier to work with than the dashboard on my main website.

Over the next several days, I will catch you up what is going on and how the 2015 Plan is progressing so far this year. 

Life has been busy in the Quilting Affection studio.  Since the last post in March, we have been developing ideas for me to make up.  I have several patterns in the final development stages and have been traveling all over the country to attend various quilt shows.  

In May, my husband and I attended our first Spring Quilt Market in Minneapolis.  As soon as we walking through the doors of the Convention Center on the first day, I was in awe at the size of the market. As we walked the show and handed out brochures, I met and talked to several different designers, learning how I can get my patterns out in the quilting world.  I also got to meet Pat Sloan and received an autograph copy of her new book, "Teach me to Applique".  In addition I attended a couple of classes.  I look forward to the Fall Market in Houston.

When I got home from Quilt Market, I had 4 quilts waiting for me to quilt.  Then, a week later my parents came to visit, so we spent the week touring the Washington DC, and Williamsburg Areas. 

After, my parents left, I gave my first private quilting lesson to a mom and her 10 year old son.  She is one of my regular longarming customers, and wanted some lessons.  It was interesting and fun, teaching a 10 year old boy how to sew.  It was not the first time, I taught a boy to sew, I have done with my youngest son. I hope to do more teaching down the road.

Now, I'm back in the studio, working on finishing up several patterns, and starting some new designs.  In the next couple weeks, I will be announcing new patterns that I have been working on. 

Well I think that about catches you up on the happening over the last few months, please check back often for more.  

Tina

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Hearts Delight Pattern

Hearts Delight RedToday, I would like to introduce you all to our newest Quilting Affection Pattern for the Spring/Summer.  This pattern was Designed and Created By Myself and my Mother Diana Dillard. 

The pattern uses a blend of Applique and Piecing Blocks, with the a two-color Variations. Hearts Delight BlueHeart's Delight Pattern is fast, easy to put together with a Finishing sizes of 59 1/2" x 70".  The instruction are full of color diagrams and complete with the applique diagram, and easy-to-follow written instructions. 

We made this pattern in two examples in White/Red and Blue/White to show you can make these in variations of colors.  You can have lots of fun with your personal favorite colors.

If you like to purchase our pattern visit our Hearts Delight Pattern.

We are currently working on the next pattern.  See you all soon.

Tina

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Bed of Flowers Quilt Pattern

Bed of FlowersFebruary has been another busy month for us at Quilting Affection.  I just realized that I didn't blog the announcement for the new quilt piecing pattern "Bed of Flowers". 

This gorgeous quilt finishes at 96" x 96" making a great size for a queen size bed.  Bed of Flowers Close up FlowersThe quilt is perfect for the use of blenders, it would look also look great with other fabrics from batiks to modern.   Bed of Flowers Close Up CenterUsing your favorite colors to inspire your creativity or room colors.

Bed of Flowers may look like a complicated quilt to make but it is real is not that way, the pattern is easy-to-follow with color diagrams.  The hardest part of this quilt is deciding how to custom quilt this top. 

More patterns are currently under development for a March/April release timeline. 

If you are interested in this pattern or any other Quilting Affection pattern, please check out the Patterns page in our store.  If you are a retailer and would like to carry our patterns in your store check out our wholesale page. 

Hope you enjoy this pattern,

Tina

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Planning for 2015

Let It Snow Man!!Happy 2015!  Hope everyone has a wonder start to the New Year.

Looking back to my 2014 goals, I have notice that a couple have been completed but my focus on the business have changed over the past  year.

The two major goals I completed over the the last year was getting the online fabric store up and running and publishing our first patterns. Actually we added a few more of them and have 7 pattern available now.

As for my other goals, I found my business focuses have changed over the year.  I decided  to discontinue my T-shirt making quilt services and I am closing out the pre-cuts on my fabric store but keeping selling only yardage fabrics, due to I wanted to have a more time to focus on quilt pattern development.  Also my blog posts, I truly did lack in them, and I'm hoping to get to them more and more as time allows just to show you what I'm up to.

In 2015,  I have several goals set and hope to completed this year.

  1. First, now that I have a few patterns published, and many more planned for 2015.  I would like to get them out to the stores.  So one of my main focuses is to advertising my patterns so that quilt stores will start carrying them.  We started some advertising back in 2014, going to shop to shop showing examples in California, they loved the patterns, but it was the wrong time of year.  So hopefully 2015 will be the break out year for our patterns.
  2. Patterns - I hope to have at least one pattern published every other month and for sale on my website.  I have patterns under development as I type this, and many patterns in my head ready to put to paper.
  3. One of my weakness that I would like to strengthen this year is increasing my expertise with my APQS Long Arm Quilt Path Computer.  A year ago there was no training for this computer, but now there is.  So, this year I plan to take some classes and study online tutorials to strengthen my skills so I feel more confident at my long arm.
  4. I also plan to blogging more, adding such things of how sales are going with the store, what is under development, and other quilting related items.
  5. Finally, I want to learn how to use my social media pages, to get the most out of them. In the mean time I plan on adding more posts to my social media pages, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+.
To stay on track for completing my goals I am printing this blog post and then every couple of months, looking back at it to see how I am progressing. I will let everyone know how my goals going from time to time. I hope you all continue to follow me as I try to complete these goals.  Feel free to comment below if you have any ideas that will help me in finishing my goals.

Please, everyone have a safe and quilty 2015! 

Tina