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It has been too long! Six months ago my intention was to begin at least weekly posts to our blog. As you can see…..that didn’t happen. Here we are a month away from producing our 30th Edition and that goal never worked it’s way into my routine!
By way of explanation (ok it’s an excuse) I brought a puppy home at the end of January. Toby was 9 weeks old! I’ve never house trained a puppy, as this was the first ‘house’ dog I’ve ever been responsible for. Decades ago I lived in Hawaii and my children’s pets were not in the house (a very small house for 5 children!)
Obviously I’ve survived and Toby got a doggy door pretty quickly. I was very thankful that even as a little puppy (then 10 pounds, now over 45 pounds!) he was happy to go out into the snow and cold by himself!
Recently he made it into my quilting room while I was quilting (on my long-arm) and didn’t bother anything! Finally, I hope to get caught up with my projects.
In case you wanted to know Toby is a Golden Doodle. He’s heavy on the poodle side (so he doesn’t shed!) except for a beautiful full tail! He’s getting a bath next Tuesday, I’ll take a picture and show him off!
This weekend besides watching the Navy game (my grandson is on the team) I hope to have some good quilting time.
What are you doing!
Here we are again with another apology of not blogging for a long period of time. I guess we can blame it on being busy here at the office with calling and verifying shops, finding events, and of course building directories. But then again, I have been told excuses are nothing but an excuse, lol.
The last year has been productive for us with the launch of our new website and numerous updates to our mobile websites. Some of the changes we have done
Mobile Website Changes: www.myQSN.com
- Automatically takes you into the limited version so no need to sign in
- Options to enter code, login and purchase premium all available on the home page
- Accounts are no longer needed for the limited version
Traditional Website Changes: www.WRBQinc.com
- Shops and events can now pay their invoices through the website
- Customers can submit shops directly to us through our website
- All events are now included under find the event tab
- And so, so, so much more
The crew also decided that we could push our printing dates out a bit because we have simplified some of our procedures so with this change it gives about 2 weeks more to verify shops and find events. We have found that our guilds are very pleased with the newer dates and it is giving some of them the opportunity to be listed because of time issues with setting their show dates.
There’s a lot of things coming up that everyone should watch for
- Our cover quilt contest will be judged on April 1 so be sure to watch our facebook page for the winning guilds and the final covers
- 19th Edition (July-December 2017) will start printing on April 17, 2017 and will start shipping out
- The end of May we will start working on our next edition January-June 2018 so submit your events and raffle quilts
As always…if you know of a shop or quilt show that we do not have in our database please let us know by going to our website at www.WRBQinc.com and choose either the submit shop or submit show tabs. We in return will send you our current directory or supply you with a free 6 month subscription to our premium version of our mobile website.
Hope everyone enjoys the rest of their week and I will keep up on the blog 🙂
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That old saying…where did the time go! Seems like forever sense I have posted anything..well it has been. No excuses other then just pure business.
We are in full swing for working on our next upcoming edition which will be our 27th. With this we again are reaching out to quilt guilds to enter their raffle or opportunity quilts for our cover quilt contest.
Of course we are still looking for new shops…this task never ends. We have added tons of new Canada shops in the last month as well as a large number of US shops. Always remember we have our mobile website and it is updated daily so you do not have to wait for printed directories anymore. We offer a free and premium version..go to http://www.myQSN.com and click on the box that says try it now for free.
If you know of any new shops or quilt shows in your area please be sure to let me know by emailing the information to me at email@example.com.
Here are some of the quilts that have been submitted for our upcoming 27th editions for the cover quilt contest.
The staff here at the Quilt Shop Navigator would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year. And I promise to keep up on the blog in 2016.
Wow, we were able to take a short breath and now we are on to preparing for our next edition. We completed the 25th Edition on April 20th, and now it’s hustle hustle to get the 26th Edition ready by October 1, 2015 to go to print.
We have started off pretty excited with the finding of many new shops around the US and Canada. We are always on the look for shops, but it seems this time they are popping up everywhere…which is nice to see of course! If you have a shop and are not sure if you are listed in our directories please call 800-854-9239, complimentary listings to all Quilt & Fabric Shops.
I have sent out our first email asking for event submissions so that they can be included in the 26th Edition and of course encouraging the guilds to send in photos of their Raffle/Opportunity Quilts to be entered into our Cover Quilt Contest. I have received quit a few so far but none for the Midwest and Northeast. If you are part of a guild and have a show coming up January-June 2016 with a Raffle/Opportunity Quilt be sure to send a photo of the quilt to firstname.lastname@example.org to be entered….winner receives a FREE full page ad for their upcoming show. Deadline to enter is September 1, 2015.
Here are the ones that have been submitted so far. Hope to see your guilds come in soon!
Hope everyone enjoys the weekend, it is fast approaching…..stay inside and get some quilting accomplished, heat is among us!
Deadlines are always intimidating…but don’t worry your guild still has time to submit your raffle/opportunity quilt into the Cover Quilt Contest!! If your guild has their Raffle/Opportunity quilt completed by March 1, 2015 and the quilt will be at your show dated between July-December 2015 then you can enter our contest.
We have five Regional Directories (South, Midwest, Southwest, Northwest & Northeast) and each regional directory will adorn a beautiful quilt that was submitted by guilds. Entering is easy!! Simply send a photo of your finished Raffle/Opportunity Quilt with your guilds information to email@example.com. That’s it. Once I receive your email I will respond that I have gotten it and I will enter it into our contest.
Winners receive a FREE full page ad for their upcoming quilt show. FREE directory. FREE Posters and Flyers. And on the inside first page a write up will be included about the guild and the quilt.
Here are few quilts I will received this week.
Lone Star Heritage Quilt Guild out of Sulphur Springs, TX
Vermilion County Museum out of Danville, IL
Busy Bears Quilt Guild out of Big Bear Lake, CA
Looking forward for your entries into the Cover Quilt Contest!!
How to stay super busy all week…only work Wednesday, Thursday and Friday…and then play catch up!
The closer we get to printing our 25th Edition Directories the crazier the office gets. So many events and shop hops to find dates and locations for…not to mention still collecting those wonderful Raffle/Opportunity Quilts for the Cover Quilt Contest The girls are at it hard as well trying to get all the Quilt and Fabric Shops verified before the March 30th, 2015 deadline. Yes, we are busy, but the weather has been so rainy and cold that I think we all welcome the craziness of it!
Few new shops that we have been able to verify this week and will now also be included in the upcoming 25th Edition are:
- Quilters Paradise, Englewood, FL
- B’s Fabric Fun & Sewing, Poulsbo, WA
- Beyond Fabric, Kingsland, GA
- Quilting in the Valley, La Salle, IL
Quilt Shows and Shop Hops for this upcoming weekend:
- Red Wing, MN February 7-8, 2015 Garden of Quilts by Sargents Nursery
- Dade City, FL February 7-8, 2015 Farm Fest & Quilt Show by Pioneer Florida Museum
- Gonzales, LA February 7-8, 2015 A Day in the Park by The Giving Quilt Inc
- OREGON February 7-21, 2015 Snowflakes and Stitches Shop Hop by Stitches Shop Hops
The girls and I always enjoy “Emily’s Show N Tell” and this week she finished a super sweet baby quilt. I fell in love instantly with the lil monkeys and soft tones of blue and yellow. She is such an amazing quilter….and my oh my does she make a ton of baby quilts!
Hope everyone enjoys their weekends and can manage to stay warm 🙂
With all the cold and dreary weather we have all endured over the last few months it is nice to have your spirits lifted with the thought of spring and of course summer soon to follow. I received a Raffle Quilt from Stumptown Quilters Guild out of Whitefish Montana a few days ago that just makes me smile every time I see it. Bright and cheery with the longing for the green grass that is hiding below. As I am sure we are all ready for spring…..may this gorgeous quilt lift your spirits as well.
Stumptown Quilters Guild Show Information:
- Everything Old is New Again
- July 4-5, 2015
- Whitefish Middle School Gym, Whitefish, MT
- Raffle Quilt “Saturday Soiree”
As our deadline gets closer for our 25th Edition Cover Quilt Contest, the quilts start coming in almost daily! It has always amazed me the talent that each individual quilter shows on their masterpieces. The use of colors, fabrics, patterns and so on are truly awesome and will always be proof that no two quilts are the same!
I have included photos of the quilts that came in over the weekend for all to enjoy.
Annie’s Star Quilt Guild from California
Black Canyon Quilt Show from Colorado
Petunia City Quilters from Illinois
Keystone Quilters from Pennsylvania
I hope that all you quilters were able to get some free time on the 24th to visit the local quilt shops in your area. While scrolling through our Facebook page www.facebook.com/thequiltshopnavigatorevents on Friday I couldn’t help but notice tons of deals the Shops were offering over the entire weekend.
Keep busy throughout the week my friends…we all have a project we could finish up!
It’s been awhile since we have posted on our blog and we would like to say sorry out to our followers! We have been very busy around the office and we also have a new employee doing our social media. That would be me, Jennifer. Nice to meet you all!
We are in the middle of doing our Cover Quilt Contest for the upcoming 25th Editions which will go to print on April 1 and are valid for July-December 2015. I received a submission this morning from Creative Quilters’ Guild of Ellis County out of Texas. This is a stunning quilt with great use of many colors. Bright and cheery and makes one smile. We wish them luck in the contest.
If you are part of a guild that will be having a show between July-December 2015 and have a Raffle/Opportunity Quilt that you would like to enter into the contest please simply send me a photo of your quilt and the name of the guild to firstname.lastname@example.org to be entered. Deadline is March 1, 2015.
Information for their Show:
- Sponsored By: Creative Quilters’ Guild of Ellis County
- Show Date: July 17-18, 2015
- Show Name: Quilts Past, Present & Future
- Show Location: Midlothian Conference Center, Midlothian, TX
- Contact for Show: www.elliscountyquilters.com
Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!