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Analysis of Fall 2018 Quilt Market Attendance Numbers

Quilts, Inc. released attendance numbers for Fall 2018 Quilt Market last week. This is a reversal of a policy shift that was implemented after the Spring 2018 show when the for-profit company that...

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How to Buy Quilting Fabric Wholesale

*Fabric companies change their policies, close, and merge. I’m now updating a version of this list over at Craft Industry Alliance where you’ll also find a vast library of other resources helpful to...

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Etsy Search

Updated May 31, 2021: I’ve created an updated version of this article since some of this information is now out of date. Have you ever listed something on Etsy with high hopes of making lots of sales...

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Vera Bradley Makes a Debut Presence at QuiltCon with Exclusive Products and...

“Quilt Floral” is an exclusive pattern by Vera Bradley for QuiltCon. You might have noticed a new brand at QuiltCon this year. Fort Wayne, Indiana-based luggage and handbag brand Vera Bradley was a...

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How Digital Printing Will Impact the Quilting Cotton Market

Michael Miller Fabrics will begin printing the majority of its quilting cottons digitally in 2019. The shift from screen printing to digital printing is one that Michael Steiner, the co-owner and...

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Love It or Hate It? The Pattern Cabinet and Table at JOANN

When was the last time you sat here? Maybe it was just a few days ago, or sometime this month? Maybe these chairs, that long beige table and pile of thick catalogs, bring back memories of sitting here...

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Book Review: Handmade Houseplants by Corrie Beth Hogg

A few weeks ago my 15-year-old, Roxanne, and I checked out Handmade Houseplants: Remarkably Realistic Plants You Can Make With Paper (affiliate link) by Corrie Beth Hogg from our local library. This...

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Quilt Market Needs to Embrace Tomorrow’s Buyers

Quilt Market is taking place in Kansas City in just a few weeks. Unlike the fall show which is always in Houston, the spring show rotates through different cities which makes it harder to compare year...

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5 Lessons I Learned About Business from Orange Theory

Earlier this year my 15-year-old daughter, Roxanne, came home from a meeting of one of her afterschool clubs to tell me that they were hosting a fundraiser at Orange Theory. “Will you donate $30 and...

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Templates for Stuffed Animals: From Concept to Construction

In 2013 my book, Stuffed Animals: From Concept to Construction, was published by Lark Crafts. This book was my baby. The idea for it came to me way back in 2009 when I was searching for a guide to...

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