Owned and operated by Kenneth J Shaw of Holley, NY specializing in unique wood items. You may be familiar with his picnic table that becomes a bench, if not check it out online here.
Kenneth also creates truly beautiful cutting boards, planters, and wine serving racks in addition to furniture! With years of experience, it’s safe to say Kenneth has really perfected his craft!
If you missed him at Holley June Fest on 6/2/18 you can check out more of his work online at www.facebook.com/kenneth.j.shaw1 or on Instagram at #Buzzsawshaw. You can also email him at email@example.com or call (585)451-4845 with questions, comments, or to place an order.
All of his products are sure to be loved and will last for a very long time! They make fabulous gifts!
Go From Local Teacher to National Teacher in Three Easy Steps!
With shrinking guild memberships (and budgets), the expense of hiring a big name national teachers, along with airfare, baggage fees and hotels, is something guilds are cutting back on. They are looking for local and up-and-coming teachers, and they are seeking ways of sharing expenses with other guilds – cooperating together to bring a teacher to both guilds.
So, you’ve designed some patterns, maybe even had a book published. You’ve taught at your Local Quilt Shops, done a few classes for local guilds, created your Teaching Brochure. You might have a website (or not) but you’re not getting attention from guilds across the nation. You want to expand your range of teaching gigs and you’re stuck… . How do you get the guilds’ attention to get those gigs?
There is an easy way and guess what—it’s free. Big name teachers are using it and so are up-and-coming teachers. Hundreds of guild members use this site to search through the profiles of over 150 teachers. They are able to search by state and by the teacher’s specialty. They can read the teacher’s profile–right on the site–and contact the teacher on the same page. Best of all, it works! Guilds send inquiries daily to teachers, and teachers like Maggie Ball, Cheryl Sleboda, Ann Shaw, and many, many more, have been contacted and booked to teach.
It’s not just Teacher profiles that guilds are looking at, either. There’s an online calendar with teaching engagements across the country, for 2018, 2019, 2020. Guilds can look at their state (or a nearby state) for any month to see who’s already booked to teach near them. They “piggy back” that booking, which saves money for both guilds (they split the travel expenses) and it gives the teacher double the earning power for one trip. It’s truly a win-win.
Are you excited? Want to be listed there? Submit your profile, sign up for the newsletter (to be informed when new features are added), and input any guild teaching engagements you have coming up so that other guilds can piggy-back that booking. It’s that easy! This is the number one way to have guilds find you.
Consider upgrading to a Premium Profile—it will show a photo of your best quilt; include your downloable brochure for the guild to click on; and other upgrades that make YOU stand out. Head on over to The Quilters’ Calendar today to get your profile in front of the guilds who are searching for teachers nationwide!
Bio/Credit – Marguerita McManus is co-author of the best selling book Crazy Shortcut Quilts. She teaches nationally and presents video marketing and self publishing seminars at crafting trade shows. She lives in Alaska in the summer and her RV, roaming the states, in the winters. Contact her at MMQuilts@gmail.com www.margueritamcmanus.com
Tracee and Bill David of Kendall, NY are the artists behind these beautiful treasures. Each piece is original and hand crafted with care. They keep many different designs and styles available in stock, samples shown below, but they also accept special custom orders.
Great gift for you or someone you love!
These items make great gifts, but hey make even better additions to your own home – have them customize something to match your décor! They’ll incorporate your favorite flower, animal, sports team, food/beverage, a monument, a person, or even a brand! They use liquor bottles also, and occasionally they do something different, like “flat work” on an old hand saw – what have you got laying around that they could turn into a work of art? The possibilities are truly endless!
If you missed them at Holley June Fest on 6/2/18 you can check them out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/winebottlewindchime or contact them via email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (585)331-2232 with questions, comments, or inquiries.
Spotlight on local business, featuring
Located in Brockport, NY, Liz Hamilton has channeled her passions into her licensed in-home bakery. A love that started in childhood led her to The Culinary Institute of America after high school, where she studied Baking and Pastry Arts. She continued to bake for friends and family while working in a restaurant kitchen and Wegmans Patisserie in three different states!
Liz took a little time off to start a family, but decided she wasn’t done baking – she even named her business in tribute to her daughter, Mackenzie (Kennie), who shares a love of sweets and baking.
Although KennieCakes & Confections is a “custom order” in-home bakery, meaning she is not a “walk-in” retail establishment, she offers lots of delicious goodies to choose from, none of which sit on shelves because it’s all baked fresh to order! Whether you want cookies, cupcakes or specialty cakes for birthdays, showers or weddings, she can do it! She’ll even provide Decorate-Your-Own Cake & Cookie Kits so you can invite friends and family to join in the fun.
Artfully crafted, each piece is beautiful…and did we mention delicious?! Check them out online at kenniecakesandconfections.com to place an order, and show your support for local business – two reasons to feel oh, so good!
Introducing one of our new designers, Sheri Rector, of Rainbow Moon Treasures
Sheri has designed an extensive line of patterns, all with a unique style and flare. She has been quilting since she was a teen, despite being disabled since age 17 in a high dive accident resulting in mild traumatic brain injury, fibromyalgia, back pain, etc. However, over the years her brain rewired itself to compensate for the damage. She now creates artwork in various forms with ease and finds complex geometric figures easier to remember than a paragraph telling a story!
Now in her 40’s, Sheri has finally found something she loves and is good at – creating designs and patterns. All of her patterns include many size variations from very small through King sized, with easy to follow instructions and easy to sew patterns, using single size squares only and no curves or diagonals. With so much versatility and variety to choose from, you’re sure to find something of hers you like.
Visit us at QuiltWoman.com to browse the full collection of Rainbow Moon Treasures patterns.
No matter the answer, you should keep on the lookout. Why? Because it’s the newest way to brighten someone’s day.
You may be more familiar with the painted rock project, the concept is similar. Both involve stashing a little trinket, whether it is a painted rock or a quilted heart. The rocks are designed to be photographed and hidden in a new location for someone else to find. The hearts are meant to be kept and cherished.
Each heart has a tag on it reading, “I need a home.” And each one was hand crafted by someone in order to bless others with a simple act of kindness.
Sewing and Sowing
Participation is encouraged, whether through making hearts and hiding them, or by posting images of found hearts. Check out www.ifoundaquiltedheart.com to learn more, including the origin of the project as well as photographs of hearts that have been reported.
Introducing a new designer, please welcome Heather Kidd of Stringtown Lane Quilts.
She is a mother of 3 boys, expecting her 4th child in June. Congrats to her! She lives with her family in a small town in Idaho. They enjoy the outdoors and doing things together as a family.
Heather’s mother, who is a great long arm quilter, taught her daughter to sew and now quilts all of Heather’s projects! Heather loves everything sewing and quilting. Her sister, cousins, aunts and a grandma all sew too. No doubt they all believe as Heather does; you can never have too much fabric! Heather says she has really enjoyed building her stash.
Heather has provided us with more than a dozen of her designs, including several door/wall hangings and an adorable baby/toddler quilt. Her favorite technique is appliqué, which is why she started designing patterns that went with every month.
We are very happy to include Heather in our quilting community – we have lots more love and inspiration to share, and we’re confident she will be a great addition to our flock!
What types of patterns sell the best here at QuiltWoman.com?
There are two ways to answer this question: What always sells well, and what is selling well right now in 2017. Keep in mind that these are VERY GENERAL suggestions and there are always exceptions to the rule. If you have something that your friends think is great, go for it!
What always sells well:
- Patterns with a huge WOW factor – at any skill level – many people buy patterns above their skill level in hopes that they will one day get there or have someone else make it for them. The WOW can come from the design or the color arrangement.
- Patterns that look complex but are simple to make – the best example I have of this is our top selling pattern that sells well year after year – Take Four Placemat.
Take Four Placemat Set Pattern CF-224
- Which also falls into the next category – Small Simple projects. These always make great gifts. They also give great satisfaction because you can whip up a small project and feel accomplished between those big projects that might take you years to finish. Even those of us with advanced skills love to make simple projects.
- Very simple appliqué – the cuter the better.
- Patterns that can use many styles and types of fabrics that are readily available or scraps out of your stash.
- Patterns that show a new technique or a new easier way to accomplish an old technique.
- Patterns that use new gadgets and notions that are popular.
- Any fad motif such as Owls which have been very popular lately – I think it is still a good idea to jump on and ride these waves but know when to move on and don’t expect ongoing sales for years.
Right now these are selling well:
- Bright colors are very popular as well as black backgrounds. These contribute to that WOW factor.
- Animals – especially wild and jungle animals. One nice thing about this is that they appeal to boys and men. We never seem to have enough patterns for them.
What does not usually sell very well: Anything with a limited market. This means it will appeal to a limited audience or for a limited time. I’m not saying you shouldn’t design them, just keep in mind that many of these may sell very well when they first come out and then not so much over the long haul.
- Complex appliqué
- Advanced skill level
- Seasonal except Halloween and Christmas which always sell year round
- Fabric specific – works only with one specific fabric line
- Geared toward one sector of the population such as one state, one age group, etc.
- Patterns that have already been done to death – one more pattern with traditional star blocks is not really where you want to spend your time.
One thing that many of our designers do is what we here at QuiltWoman.com call a “face lift”. This is where they take a pattern that they published years ago and put new fabrics in the cover photo project. This can be done by actually making the quilt or by a virtual computerized image. We will talk about images in a later post. Keep this in mind as you are creating your patterns and you will be able to leverage your work for years to come.
HUGE HINT: WRITE YOUR PATTERN SO THAT THE COVER PHOTO CAN BE CHANGED WITHOUT HAVING TO CHANGE THE INSTRUCTIONS MUCH OR AT ALL. To do this, use Fabric A, Fabric B, etc. instead of Blue, Red, Purple. Use a color chart with references to the fabric letters and then label your diagrams with those letters.
The main thing I can say to you is that if you want to have a serious business, design for the market, not just for your own tastes.
Watch for more posts coming soon including topics such as:
- Computer programs
- What QuiltWoman.com does for designers
- And much more!
Nancy Dill, President