A note about the BIG guys, like my "favorite" online store. Someone commented about Wal-Mart, which was probably the first big store to take over the retail market. I remember when they opened up a store in my small community -- no one wanted to shop anywhere else.
And let's think about the quilting community for a second. Who do we know that is doing the exact same thing? Yep -- that is the Missouri Star Quilt Company. Think about it -- they exist in a small town that was dying, so they were able to buy up a bunch of cheap real estate. Even though they have 14 stores (could be more now), a HUGE percentage of their business comes from online shopping. When I say HUGE -- I mean 85% - 90% of their business is ONLINE!
They have a fulfillment center which I have visited. It was their second or third facility, as they had outgrown the previous one(s). Who knows -- they may have a new one by now. It's not as automated as Amazon, but watch out!
To give all these stores credit, they have hired brilliant marketing people who put together a complete shopping experience! I think MSQC did it best when you could purchase a complete quilt kit for $100 US (something like that), which included the quilting (as they have a MASSIVE long-arm business as well - when I was there (2016), I think they had 16 computerized long arms). So if you are a new quilter and they quilt your quilt, where will you go to get your next quilt quilted?
I won't go on, but you get the picture. The big box mentality is everywhere and hits every industry, and we must make sure that there is room for the little guy, whether that's your local quilt store, your long-arm quilter, the hardware store, or whatever! I know times are changing, but I'm not liking where this is all going!
OK -- since we're talking about shopping and theft is a huge problem, let's talk about some local theft that I find shocking! I got pictures of it happening, so should I pursue it and have the culprit sent to jail? You be the judge!
It's starting to get a bit nippy on some mornings, so I've started to wear a dollar store pair of gloves on the morning walk. I paid $1 for these orange gloves, and they owe me nothing, but when the fingertip went in one of them, I set them on the ledge in the hallway so I could run a seam across the end so my finger wouldn't poke out. I know --- but other than the one finger, they are perfectly fine.
I don't remember if I put them at the top of the staircase to take down to be fixed or did I leave them on the ledge.
The other day, I was on the phone, and because it was a nice day, I sat in the sun. I spotted something orange on the deck. What the heck is that? As I continued to chat, my brain was processing, and then I realized it was my gloves! Wait a minute -- how did they get outside?
As I continued to talk, a certain someone realized that I had spotted the gloves, and she wasn't happy with that. So I watched as she took them and BURIED them!
|I MUST bury these gloves for safekeeping|
|Oh -- not entirely covered, let me pile more dirt on|
|That's perfect; Mom will NEVER Find them|
|Me unearthing the gloves|
|The buried treasure|
|MOM -- you weren't supposed to find them yet!|
I couldn't believe my eyes! What would possess her to do that? She does not bury things -- at least, we don't think she does! Although about a month ago, I gave her a treat, and she took it outside and buried it, which is NOT the norm for our Murphy! What a dog!! I had a good laugh about it, and I rescued the gloves; they are now washed, and I will fix that fingertip. I mean --- seriously --- they are still good! It's just to wear for walking the dogs -- I'm not out on the town with them.
It was another insanely busy day. I'm amazed at how I can keep myself so busy ALL day, every day, and I'm perfectly happy. And the days are long -- I'm probably spending at least 10 hours every day in Studio B. Well, that's not true, but probably not far off. Besides three hours in the morning, when I blog and walk the dogs and my afternoon walk, I'm in Studio B. That will change very soon!
I also got another customer quilt done.
|Customer quilt - DONE|
The back was interesting.
|The back of the quilt|
And made up of all sorts of little bits.
Now let's just say that it was an interesting quilt to quilt. The backing without the extra waste fabric on the sides was the EXACT length of the quilt. I managed to quilt it within the real backing, but it took some work to make that happen.
I also got lucky with centering it top to bottom and had the same amount of pink at the top and bottom, and that NEVER happens.
|The quilt got centered top to bottom on the backing|
But here's the real reason, this was an interesting quilt. See that sawtooth border -- well, that has the potential EVERY TIME to not fit properly on the quilt. And this quilt was no exception. The borders were quite wavy, and it's probably hard for you to see in the pictures, but there was a LOT of fullness on all four borders.
|Fullness on the borders|
|The border edge is gathered and basted|
|Using my hands to distribute the fullness|
|One row left to quilt and still a lot of fullness to deal with|
|The fullness is worked into the quilting|
|Monitoring the embroidery on my phone|
|The staging area looks a bit better this morning|
|Lexi - the queen of sofa sleeping|
On that note, there is so much to be done today! A SUPER HUGE quilt is almost loaded on the long arm, but it's nice and straight, so other than babysitting the bobbin, it should be pretty straightforward. I don't have time for much else between operating the two machines! I did turn on the serger yesterday and got a wee bit of serging done, but hardly any, and I have sewing that needs to be done! Maybe today?
Have a super day!!!