Friday Giveaway: Pearle by Studioe

 

Happy Friday!  You’ll be excited to know we are continuing our weekly Studioe giveaway! Today we’re giving away one of the favorites of our past giveaways, we have a 18″ x 21″ quarter cuts bundle of our Pearle line.  You can view the fabric on our Pinterest board or look at the pictures below.  To enter to win, all you have to do is follow us on Facebook and keep an eye out on all the posts allowing you to enter. We’ll post three opportunities to win before the giveaway ends next Friday!

 

Pearle giveaway

Pearle giveaway

 

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Tales Of A Fourth Generation Textile Executive: New Solids Of Choice

Hi All,

 

Over the next couple of weeks I have some travelling to do as you probably know since nothing in my life is a secret since I started writing this blog.  So I am writing a short one this week for better or for worse.  I hate to keep harping on the subject of the Peppered Cottons, but I can’t help myself.  Ironically, we don’t want to keep harping on this subject for the Studioe Quilt Market Schoolhouses anymore either because it is getting a little stale.  So we are brainstorming some new ideas….big stitch, small stitch, slow stitch, fast stitch, tall stitch, short stitch, fat stitch, skinny stitch.  What to do, what to do?

 

Peppered Cottons

 

So back to the matter at hand….solids of choice.  Every couple of weeks, Pepper Cory emails me all the links that she finds online relating to her Peppered Cotton Fabrics.  I guess that is like googling yourself.  Anyway, I have noticed a trend from a lot of the articles, blogs and comments about the Peppered Cottons.  Many people keep saying that the Peppered Cottons are their “new solids of choice.”   Did you hear what I said?  Their “new solids of choice.”  There is a god.   Ironically, I keep telling my sales reps the same thing.  It is just a matter of time before the whole world embraces the love that the Peppered Cottons emanate.  The hand is like butter and the colors are rich.  There have been rave reviews so far.  You too should feel the love by stocking these goods in your shop, using them on your next project or just hoarding them in your stash.  You won’t regret it.  Take it from me, the schmata salesman from New York!

 

Have a great day!

 

Schmata Salesman Scott e   

Pirouette Giveaway!

 

It’s Friday, which means it’s time for another giveaway!  Last week we gave away a bundle of our Just Color! line and today we are giving away 18 x 21 quarter cuts of our Pirouette line.  To enter this giveaway, all you must do is head on over to our Facebook page and comment on posts advertising this giveaway. Every time you comment a post about the Pirouette giveaway you gain an entry.  You must be a fan of Studioe on Facebook to win.  Good luck and don’t forget to tell your friends!

 

Pirouette giveaway

 

 

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Tales Of A Fourth Generation Textile Executive: Time Flies, Let’s Take A Step Back And Take A Deep Breath. Can You Feel It?

 

Life is flying by at a million miles per hour.  Do you feel the same way?  One day mushes in to the next and all of a sudden, here I am a 41 year old father with 2 young children.  The truth is that I still feel like I am in my 20’s and just can’t figure out where all the time went….elementary school, middle school, high school, college, law school, and several jobs are all faded memories.  Now, another Summer is more or less upon us, and the milestones are starting for my own children.

 

Just last week, I had the most special opportunity.  I got to see my kids graduate…..from nursery school and the 2 year old program.  Not exactly the biggest milestones for the kids, but for me it was nothing short of an emotional roller coaster.  Take a walk down memory lane.  Imagine yourself at your child’s school, sitting on the benches, waiting for your little one to walk across the stage to receive his/her diploma.  The pride and joy of this is overwhelming, but it isn’t easy to hold back the tears.  Believe it or not, I am tearing as I write this.  I am such a wuss.  Anyway, now that I have set the stage, so to say, imagine how I felt, and remember how you felt, when the kids crossed the stage.  Please watch this short video and put yourself in my shoes for a moment.  Can you feel that?  I sure can and it makes me so happy like a drug from the gods.

 

GRADUATION DAY 

 

Now that we got past that, I would like to make my point.  The point being that life does fly by so fast.  As such, we all need to take a step back and smell the roses, kiss/hug a loved one, call an old friend, apologize to someone you hurt, turn your cell phones/pages, etc. off for a day.  Or, how about this?   Go find an old quilt and hang it up on the wall.  Stare at it for a while and just take it in.  Remember what was going through your mind when you made the quilt.  What was going on in your life at that time?   What fabric line was it from?  It better be Studioe E! Take it all in, breath and enjoy.  Repeat, repeat, repeat until complete elation.  Try it, you will be surprised.  Have a great day and an awesome Summer.

 

Signing Off,

 

Sappy Scott e

Studioe Just Color! Giveaway

 

It’s Friday, which means it’s time for another giveaway!  Last week we gave away a bundle of our Pearle collection and today we are giving away 18 x 21 quarter cuts of our Just Color! line.  To enter this giveaway, all you must do is head on over to our Facebook page and comment on posts advertising this giveaway! Every time you comment a post about the Just Color! giveaway you gain an entry.  You must be a fan of Studioe on Facebook to win.  Good luck and don’t forget to tell your friends!

 

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Studioe

Studioe

 

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Tales Of A Fourth Generation Textile Executive: Anyone Going To The Shipshewana Quilt Festival?

YES!  Your’s truly is attending the Shipshewana Quilt Festival and I am excited.

 

Here is the plan:

June 25 Morning–New York-Detroit-South Bend.

I arrive in South Bend in the afternoon and I immediately have a date to go see Erica & Cathy of Erica’s Craft & Sewing Center at 1320 North Ironwood Drive.  I am looking forward to seeing what Erica’s shop looks like and can’t wait to see all the Studioe fabrics flying out the door.  I will make sure to take photos to show you in a follow up blog.  I am going to dazzle the ladies, as I always do, with the the new July releases for both Studioe and Henry Glass, but that is not the exciting part.  

The exciting part is that the ladies and I have a date with Rocco.  No, Rocco is not a hairdresser!  No, Rocco is not a personal trainer!  No, Rocco is not a fabric pimp! Rocco is the master of South Bend’s finest pizza.  

 

 

We are going to have to see how that compares to New York style pizza. Wishing you much luck Rocco!  I am planning to leave Rocco’s with a full stomach and then heading over to my hotel in Shipshewana for a night of tossing and turning as my nerves get the best of me before my big Shipshewana debut.     

Four score and several quilt markets ago, I spoke with Andre from Yoder’s.  We discussed the Shipshewana show as well as my guest speaking appearance at the Jackson Hole Quilt Guild Evening Social several months prior.  Andre was very intrigued about what took place in Jackson Hole (Recall The Jackson Hole-E Cow Blog).  Long story short, the Yoder’s invited me to provide 7, 30 minute schoolhouses at the Shipshewana Quilt Festival. They will start at 10 am and go until 2:30 pm or so on June 26 because I have to run out and catch a flight home at 5 pm.  So you might be wondering, what am i going to talk about?

Here are the 3 different formats:

1.  I will discuss the quality, construction and printing of the different fabrics the Jaftex companies offer.  I will have samples for show and tell.  And, of course, I will have free giveaways. 

2.  I will discuss how the chain fabrics differ from the mom and pop quilt shop fabrics. In particular, I will discuss A.E. Nathan (more of a chain supplier) vs. Studioe & Henry Glass (quilt shop only suppliers).  I will have samples for show and tell.  Yes, I will have free giveaways here too.

3.  I will discuss the many facets of running both Studioe & Henry Glass as well as what it is like to be the 4th generation of a family business and some history about the nearly 85 year-old company.  Yes, I will have free giveaways here too.   

Aside from offering free prizes at all the schoolhouses, I will take questions and I hope to be able to provide some sneak peaks of future Studioe & Henry Glass lines.


June 26 Evening–South Bend-Detroit-New York

If you have any plans to attend the show, please email me at scott@jaftex.com and we can definitely try to meet up…or at the least you can come see me speak at schoolhouse.

Have a great day!

Shipshewana Scott e


Pearle by Studioe Giveaway.

 

Happy Friday!  We are starting a new blog series of hosting a giveaway every Friday! For our first giveaway, we have a 18″ x 21″ quarter cuts bundle of our Pearle line.  You can view the fabric on our Pinterest board or look at the pictures below.  To enter to win, all you have to do is comment this post.  You can also like the link of this post on our Facebook page for an extra entry.  Winner will be announced next Friday.

 

Pearle giveaway

Pearle giveaway

 

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Tales Of A Fourth Generation Textile Executive: Knock Off The Knock-Offs

With Memorial day behind us, I totally forgot that today was Wednesday and I owe my dedicated fans a blog.  Sorry for the delay.  On top of that, I was almost done with the blog and then had to step out for an appointment.  In the interim, my IT guy fixed my computer and VOILE!…he fixed it real well.  So well, that my entire blog vanished into thin air.  The life of a blogger isn’t easy, please cut me some slack.

As you probably now, in addition to being President and Sales Manager of Studioe, I am also the president of A.E.Nathan.  This is really an A.E. Nathan story, but I think it is important for you to hear nonetheless.

Every year, A.E. Nathan designs and produces a massive printed flannel line containing over 150 designs.  Since we create so many designs each year, we don’t have the time or the resources to copyright every design. It is not practical to do that or cost effective.  Unfortunately, we are now paying the price for this.

Late last year, I was informed by my legitimate Canadian distributor that many of our designs were popping up all over Canada, but they weren’t being sold by our legitimate Canadian partners nor were they of the A.E. Nathan quality which is nothing short of awesome if I couldn’t say so myself. This was very frustrating and baffling to say the least. So I had our legitimate distributors send me some samples of the knocked off goods.  Not only were they knocking off the goods, but they were using our name “Comfy Flannel” which ironically enough I had just trademarked last year in the US.  Unfortunately, the US trademark didn’t help us in Canada so we are in the process of trademarking “Comfy Flannel” in Canada.  Good thing is that it isn’t too late to go after someone for using the name…even after the fact like in this situation.  

Long story short, it turned out that someone in Canada was taking our designs and printing them in China very poorly.  How we figured out that they were produced in China is kind of interesting.  For one, the selvedge of the fabric was frayed whereas our goods have a closed and smooth selvedge.  Moreover, the knock off artist printed some of our designs on dark grounds like red, green and black.  In Pakistan, we pigment print all of our flannel which doesn’t allow us to print the very heavy dark grounds.  If we did print those heavy dark grounds, the goods would be super stiff and essentially unusable.

In any case, it is really sad that people have to cut corners and try to cheat the system.  The good news is that we are pursuing this issue very seriously and hope to bring the culprit to justice real soon or at least have him stop doing what he is doing. I hope to be able to write about a positive conclusion to this story in the coming months and let the world know who the thief is.  So if you happen to be buying A.E. Nathan flannel, please make sure that it is legitimate by looking to see if the selvedge is smooth, it says not intended for children’s sleepwear and that the grounds are not very heavy dark colors.  If you have a doubt, please feel free to contact me to inquire.

That’s the best I can do for you today.  Hope to have something more exciting to talk about next week.

Scott  

Tales Of A Fourth Generation Textile Executive: Report on Pittsburgh

OMG!  It is 9:58 and I am late for a very important date.  Missed my deadline for my every Wednesday for the rest of my life blog.  My boss and Vanessa are going to ream me.  So sorry folks, but I am still having a quilt market hangover….wish it was from alcohol, but it was just from the fabric.  So much fabric.  In any case, I survived another quilt market.  I think I am nearing in on my 20th one….yawn.  So what can I tell you about quilt market that you don’t already know? 

  • They certainly don’t call it the “International” Quilt Market for nothing.  The International customers were there in full force and they were buying.   Unfortunately, it seemed like the US customers were lacking.  I believe there were a couple reasons for the lack of US customers:
    • Pittsburgh was too far east for all the West Coasters.
    • Quilt Market is cost prohibitive.  Everything these days is so expensive.
    • It is just easier to stay home, work the shop and wait for the reps to see you.  My belief is that the shops prefer to see reps on their own turf.  Working at quilt market could be tough at times as there is always so much going on, everyone is on a schedule and it is hard to focus under the circumstances.
    • The horrible Winter hangover.
    • The Studioe Schoolhouse was very interesting for those that attended.  We should be posting a YouTube video soon of the schoolhouse for all of those who couldn’t make it.
    • Sample Spree….yawn again.  Sample spree was under attended.  Just one man’s opinion.  I will have enough precuts to fill up my entire office and send out donations for shop hops for a very long time.  Speaking of which, how about I show you some pictures of my personal office?  You might as well see my office where the magic happens.   
    • Laura & Vanessa did a great job on the Studioe booth.  I especially like how they showcased the winners of the Peppered Cotton Challenge as if it were a stage.  
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    • Studioe was approached by some big name “quilters” at market who want to design fabric for us.  We are really excited about these new opportunities, but I am sworn to secrecy. 
    • We showed our international customers 6 new lines at market for our July release. I am going to tease you here with a photo of the covers of these 6 new lines.  There might as well be some benefit for reading my blah, blah, blog. 
    • As you hopefully know, we have been creating YouTube video reviews of the Studioe fabric releases.  I did notice that the first time I did the video that only about 200 people viewed it.  This time around over 500 people watched and I am scratching my head about who all these people are.  As someone said, my family isn’t that big and I don’t have the time to watch the video 500 times.  Anyway, I now know who watches it as many people stopped me at the market and said they really enjoyed it.  Who would have thunk it?   In fact, some were even quoting me.  Weird!  Is this my 15 minutes of fame?  My big close-up?
    • Unfortunately I wasn’t able to walk the show much.  I did want to thank everyone that took the time to meet with Studioe and especially those who wrote orders.  We appreciate your business and loyalty very much.  As I have said before, it is a true pleasure to sit down and work with quilters.  They are so kind and genuine, unlike the people I worked with in my past lives…..liars (joke), I mean lawyers, and stock, make you broker, brokers.

With that, I am out of here.  It is 11:22 in New York. 

Signing off,

Scott the Famous Fabric Guy

Tales Of A Fourth Generation Textile Executive: Clear The Decks! Peppered Cotton Checks, Plaids & Stripes Are Headed To Pittsburgh.

OMG!  It is Wednesday again and I am back as promised. 

 

I don’t particularly like to be repetitive, but I truly can’t stop talking about this new group of Peppered Checks, Plaids & Stripes from Pepper Cory. We call them “Fancies.”  I am super-excited about this new product and you should be too.  Truly! 

 

I hope you are paying attention because you don’t want to miss the boat on this one.  Truly! 

 

This line and the 10 other May releases from Studioe were sent out to the reps around May 1st and the orders on this line have been overwhelming thus far.  Truly! 

 

I personally am so excited about this line, that you will see me proudly walking around market with a tie like the one in the photo below.  Try and ignore the belly and the shirt being all discombobulated.  That man in your life would love a tie like this. 

 

Check (no pun intended) the line out for yourself!

 

Aren’t they gorgeous?  You should feel how nice the hand is too….just like the Peppered Cotton Solids.  Don’t forget that the hand is what distinguishes the Studioe shot cottons from all the others in the market place.  Truly! 

 

Not only is the hand like butter, but the “Fancies” (plaids, checks & stripes) can be paired perfectly with many of the Peppered Cotton Solids.  As you can see, there are 3 patterns in this group and they come in 6 colorways each:  earth, gravel, sweetheart pink, purple haze, aquarium and deep water. 

 

This line is being sold in 10 yard cuts only and the first round of goods will start shipping in August with the new 15 Peppered Cotton solids.  If you order the entire 18 bolts of fancies or the 15 new solids or all 33, you will get free freight.  This is a very special treat for all those West Coast Studioers as the Studioe fabric is shipped from Seneca, South Carolina.  Shout out to all my West Coasters!   Booyah!  So take the plunge and get involved before your competitors beat you to the punch.  Last but not least, there is a wonderful project to go with the fancies and we expect to be creating some additional projects to keep this line alive and kicking.  

 

For those of you attending market, you should definitely put it on your calendar to see the schoolhouse sponsored by Studioe.  It is called “The Shot Cotton Party Continues” and it is in room 316 from 11:35 until 12:05.  The party isn’t really continuing, it is just getting started.  So get on your dancing shoes and get ready to see Pepper Cory dazzle you with information about this line and the rest of her fabrics.  Make sure to get there early as last year the fire Marshall had to close us down for overcrowding.  Truly, NOT! 

 

This is Scott Fortunoff signing off from the Jaftex Headquarters in Manhattan.  Watch out Pittsburgh, here comes Studioe with a bag full of treats.  Make sure to visit me at booth 735 and mention my blog for a nice surprise.  See Ya Real Soon!       

Scott