The good news is that calculators were provided. The bad news is that we were inside the warehouse and the solar-powered devices weren’t quite sure they wanted to work… or maybe that was just mine.
If you’ve ever worked in a business that involves selling stuff, you know that one of the annual rituals is Inventory. With a capital “I” – it’s that important.
That started today – with all hands on deck – sometimes literally – counting.
Clockwise from top-left: Lissa Alexander – the Director of Marketing and @modalissa / Debbie Outlaw – Chief pattern and book buyer / Doyle Parker – the V.P. of United Notions / Tammy Vonderschmitt – Marketing Dept. and @nithaystack.
Since I was supposed to be counting, I didn’t get around much to take more pictures.
Everything is ready beforehand – Brian Dunn and Bob Wallner run a very smooth operation, though Mr. Wallner says he ages about five years every Inventory. (I think he was just trying to make sure I would pay attention to the procedures.)
But they really did make it easy – we just pick up a stack of sheets – pink in the Moda warehouse, blue in the United Notions warehouse – with a list of stock numbers, that’s our starting point. Then it’s finding those shelves and start adding up the yards of fabric on hand for that stock number. Some are easy – 10 bolts that are 10 yards each. Others… not so much.
I don’t have enough fingers and toes to keep up, though my “skills” – relative term – at adding numbers in my head did get a little practice. The calculator helps but adding 9 + 11 + 12 + 11 + 13 + 15 + 15 + 15 and so on without a calculator tape… it’s easy to question your results when you get past oh… maybe 150. Never mind the fractions.
A few of the folks here were concerned about whether I’d get distracted and the plan was to relegate me to counting only the beige and tan fabric. And if I was fast – black. I could do black Bella Solid.
I might have started in the Bellas but I found my way to Gardenvale by Jen Kingwell and Farmhouse by Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree & Co. There’s not much Farmhouse left – many of the pieces are sold out, and Gardenvale isn’t far behind. One of my favorite pieces in that collection are the multi-color stripes, they make terrific bindings. They’re almost gone. (Okay, so I got a little bit distracted.)
This is a “Random Quilt Picture” – just because. It hangs in MaryAnn’s office, it’s an antique she found many years ago. It’s quite wonderful – faded, soft and the colors are still beautiful.
I’m not sure when Inventory is finished but the warehouses are closed this week – partly for Inventory and then for the holidays. Can you believe that it’s this week? And can you believe that this year is almost over?
This year has flown by – I moved to Dallas a year ago last week, and as of today, I’ve been here 50 weeks. But I’m not going to think about that today – there’s still too much to do.
One last thing – everyone here hopes that you and yours have a wonderful Holiday season – safe, happy and very merry.