Time Management

One of the most difficult aspects of time management is controlling your day when OTHERS around you want to steal your time.

This was the opening sentence to an article I read recently. Now that summer is officially over and school is back in session, it is time to regain your time and focus.  Easier said than done, right? After all, you have the daunting task of running a business in an industry that is not always thought of as a business but rather a hobby. How many times have you heard, I wish I had a quilt shop so I could just sew all day? How many times do you  want to hand over the keys and say, have a great time “sewing”? This is actually a compliment to you, your staff and the store.  Obviously your store is a place where they want to spend their time. This is also time that can be drained from your day to day duties. But wait, you are running a retail business and the customers come first! Right?!

Here are some statistics that may surprise you. Did you know that by concentrating single-mindedly on your most important task, you can REDUCE the time required to complete it by 50% or more. It has also been estimated that the tendency to start and stop a task, to pick it up, put it down, and come back to it, can INCREASE the time necessary to complete the task by as much as 500%.

We are approaching  a very important selling season in retail. It is time to get focused and re- organized.  I have included  the link to an article, Control how Others Affect Your Productivity by Carol Halsey.  This is not rocket science but it does help avoid the “time zappers.”

To read the entire article, click here.

The Lollipop Tool

Lollipop by Sandy Gervais will be in stores in October.

Halloween candy is in stores now! Print this front and back on colored paper or take it to Kinko’s and print it two sided on colored card stock. Punch two holes across the top and insert a Lollipop of your choice. (My choice-Tootsie Rolls in Halloween colors)

Click the link to see all 13 ways to use your lollipop tool.
Here are the first seven:

The Lollipop Tool

The newest tool for quilters!
Here are 13 ways to use your Lollipop Tool!
1. Stiletto: Hold the ball in the palm of your hand and use the stick as an extension of your finger when
sewing at the machine.
2. Temporally, water soluble, adhesive. Just lick it and stick it!
3. Emergency piece of freezer paper for applique.
4. Thread Spindle: Break off the stick and use as a emergency replacement on your sewing machine.
5. Hera Marker: Use the tool as a stylus. Draw your design on the fabric.
6. Pressing Tool: Leave the wrapper on if you don’t want your pieces to get “sticky.”
7. Wrapper makes a great bookmark.

This is also great to use at Valentines!

New Hang-It Dang-It

This notion was featured on our Facebook page and received Ohhs and Ahhs!

Hang It, Dang It Quilt Hanger. Click here to view the sell sheet.
*Self-leveling *No tools required *Will not damage any quilt.
*Change to a different size quilt in seconds.
*Supports 40 pounds. *Adjustable length
*Eliminates damage to walls.
*One person can hang any size quilt by themselves!

4 easy steps to hang your quilt!

This is the must have gift for all quilters! You will not be able to buy just one!

Ask Maggi

Maggi Honeyman is one of our machine quilters. She will be sharing some of the questions she receives from her clients. We thought this would be good tidbits of information to pass along for your staff and customers.
All of my quilts seem “stiff” compared to quilts from my Grandmother.  Does this “stiff” feel change with washing/drying?
1.  Grandma’s quilts had 1/2 as much thread (top thread only, no bobbin)  so that is the first contributing factor to “softer” feel.

2. If they were meant for everyday use, they were generally quilted less heavily than we machine quilters tend to do so that also lends to “softer”. Heirloom/special quilts may have been very heavily quilted but they still had 1/2 as much thread in them and were generally saved for “good”.   

I absolutely wash and dry my quilts and it does help to make them less stiff.  Use mild and small amounts of soap, cold water, and perhaps not dry bone dry in the dryer, lay flat on a bed to finish drying.  And of course this is not something you do on a weekly basis.  Also, use helps to soften them up some. I want my quilts to be used, loved and worn out eventually.  Why would I need to buy more fabric to  make more quilts for my family if they didn’t wear them out :0)   I believe that not washing quilts will make them wear out quicker as the dirt and oils from our skin and such are very hard on fabrics.

We have a blog!

Moda… the Cutting Table Newsletter has gone ONLINE!  We have changed the customer newsletter format to a blog format. The information is divided into easily searchable sections for easy reference. Please feel free to use any of the information on The Cutting Table for your use. Stay tuned for the latest and greatest… even sneak previews of what Moda Fabrics has to offer. We may even get off the subject a little and tell you how many chocolates are being consumed to help keep us developing new ideas and designs… yummm!