Wednesday, February 13, 2008


You probably have no desire to suffer through yet another posting about how much I detest winter weather, but I can think of at least one person that is grumbling more than I am today. I think it is safe to say that the woman I passed taking my daughter to school isn’t in a very good mood. Her car had slid off the road on the second of three major hills (for you flatlanders, think roller coaster style hills, three of them right in a row, that lead to our high school). It happened only 100 yards from our police station and municipal building (home of the salt trucks) so she had more help than she needed immediately. Somehow I don’t think that the almost instant response time will do much to brighten her day.

I have my own reason to grumble. Yesterdays “sew-day” was a total bust. It was completely consumed with paperwork. I didn’t even have the chance to turn my machine on. In this new global marketplace the people that live outside the weather bands that are affecting your area have absolutely no respect for a good old fashion snow day. Being a responsible adult means not being able to tell the New York office that you can’t possibly estimate that yardage, write those instructions or plan that ad campaign because it’s snowing and schools are closed.

Putting a positive spin on things, I have to admit that yesterday was very productive – even if my portion of it was 100% paperwork. Kits were cut, instructions written, projects planned and goods were ordered. Timeless let me know that a few magazine editors have picked up my Complexion Collection of fabrics for their “What’s New” columns and I’ve sent photos of my work-in-progress.

Meet Katherine. Right now she is a fusible appliqué developed from a photo. I used my Corel Draw program to create the appliqué THEN I learned that the newest version of EQ has the ability to do this for you – it even spits out the templates!!! The fabrics are from my Complexion Collection, 10 shades of skin tones from alabaster to java. We have the bolts and fat quarter bundles in the store. I’m going to have to put “have Amy get them on the web” on my to-do list.
I created them because I was tired of trying to find face fabrics for my customers that didn’t make the finished project look like they were jaundice, sunburned or coming down with a dreaded disease. They are perfect for things like Santa faces and doll making, put them all together – wow! What a great design tool for those that really want to get creative!
It makes me wonder why didn’t someone think of this sooner?


Kris said...

Hi Karen - TAG, YOU ARE IT!

Vicky said...

I'm going to take a look at those fabrics on your site. Finding face fabrics is tough! Good job!