Thursday, October 30, 2014
We recently parted ways with our last office manager and were stunned, absolutely mortified to realize that our customers were NOT being treated fairly and that many, many shipments we were told had shipped, actually had not.
Block #10 of Mystery Quilt
We apologize - as my daughter Kelly says - deep down in our bellybuttons! I have been designing quilts for 25 years and this is not how we run a business or treat our friends and customers.
Just one of the little problems we're running into is a lack of a list of our club members. If you belong to the Mystery Quilt Club, Featured Fabric Club or any of the other clubs we have, could you please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know which club or clubs. If you would give me your name and either phone # or email address we can get in touch with you if we don't have mailing information, etc. We hope to be invoicing and mailing the Mystery Club blocks today or tomorrow. If you pay through PayPal, please watch for the invoice.
October Featured Fabric block
Tara and Kelly and I are sorting and organizing a magnificent mess and are quite regrettably behind on shipping.
During this transition things will take a lot longer.
Half the time we have to not only go cut the kits that were supposed to have been shipped but also go back and enter customers and items into Quickbooks. Yada, yada, yada.
Thanks for sticking with us.
Posted by Jan PATEK at 8:38 AM
Monday, October 27, 2014
Here we all (Moda designers) were last night just after closing.
A motley crew if I ever saw one. :)
No - really, a bunch of very nice people
as well as great designers.
We'll tell you about Laurie's black eye later. She really did slip in the shower and hit her head on the counter. (All sorts of ribbing has been going her way - and my husband has been a major contributor. - Of course, I did tell her to have Polly stop hitting her so hard :).)
Anyway she did go to the hospital and a CT showed things to be in working order which relieved us all.
And not to forget our fearless leaders, Cheryl Freydberg and Mark Dunn.
Of course Mark is a designer himself. He even came to the schoolhouse wearing jammies from his latest line.
This is the Collections for a Cause quilt kit for this Market. It benefits the Texas Quilt Museum. The original quilt the fabrics come from is the kind of blurry one with the 8 pointed stars.
We all highly agreed that the 5 pointed stars are much more Texas-like, if that's a word. :)
Gotta run - last day and take down.
Pep took the pictures with his I-Pad and I can't figure out how to get them on Instagram. I am so challenged.
Posted by Jan PATEK at 6:49 AM
Friday, October 24, 2014
And big changes back at home.
But first - Tuesday morning it was time to take the loaded van
And head for Texas.
We always make the first day a long one and end up just south of Dallas in Ennis Texas.
In north Missouri the only Patek's around are related to my father-in-law, Byron and his brother Sherwood, sons of Grandpa Harry.
Not so in Ennis.
Here's the gas station, car wash, bakery we get our awesome Kolaches.
We definitely filled up.
During the drive and after arriving in Houston, bind, bind, bind - I miss Dobby.
Here's a pixilated October Mystery Quilt Block. I won't go into all the issues Tara and Kelly are dealing with at home just trying to clean up the lack of organization and the mess it has caused. They are slowly wading their way through. If you're a MQ Club member and don't get invoiced or charged this week, please get in touch with Tara at email@example.com. Our list is a little pixilated too. :)
And they're still having a "Cat's Away" sale - 25% off all books, patterns and kits with Code
And tonight GOROYALS!
Posted by Jan PATEK at 8:37 AM
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Under New Management, new office hours, an additional email address, a new tutorial and Punkin Heads
How's that for a bunch of changes.
First - Tori is no longer with us.
We're all on a journey and sometimes the people we travel with need to change.
And Tara - the new/old office manager has an evening job so our hours here will be Mon. - Friday from around 12:00pm - 5:00pm CST.
That way she can work both jobs.
Last night when we were revising things in the office we had major problems getting emails at the firstname.lastname@example.org address.
So we added another. email@example.com.
We'll be working on the yahoo address because it's on all my patterns, etc but meanwhile you might use the centurylink one if you don't get a response.
OK - onward & upward. This is Handpicked Pumpkin, our latest Mini Quilt. You can get a kit or pattern by clicking here
watch the tutorial by clicking here.
The latest Quiltmania Seasonal pattern book (Special Autumn 2014 -English-) just came out and it features my little Punkin Heads wallhanging. You can get the awesome little book by clicking here or order the kit by clicking here.
That's all for now - back to getting things ready for Market.
Posted by Jan PATEK at 11:17 AM
Thursday, October 2, 2014
It's a bit nippy in the morning when I open the door to let the dogs out and the cat in.
Turkeys, Pumpkins and Geese (from "We Gather Together", a KC Star book)
went up in the foyer.
And I spend most of my time inside getting quilt blocks ready -
Market is just around the corner.
Blocks from Birds & Bunnies, Herbs and Honeys, a BOM pattern
made out of my new fabric line "Lilies of the Field".
I did take a break yesterday, though, and go on a bus trip to Des Moines for the AQS Festival there.
And Lo and Behold, who did I meet there but the Debbies (Outlaw and Duckworth) manning (or womanning) the Moda Bake Shop booth.
A good time was had by all.
Now - back to work. :)
Posted by Jan PATEK at 5:53 PM