Lessons Learned in Business

I put my humor into my patterns

Your product must ooze with your personality.

I think that’s what makes a great company who I love doing business with, stand out from the crowd.

Take my own products. In most of my patterns, I insert at least a smidge of my personality into the directions. I like to write as if I’m talking to you, the end user.

I took the concept of adding my personality to a new level, a few years back while creating new patterns for the Row by Row Experience. I was asked to design a pattern that uses more than 1 of the Fabric Plates (by Debra Gebel of Zebra Patterns). I came up with 2 patterns for “Braggin Poles” which are long wall hangings that you can applique your plates into the design, showing where you’ve been on your Row by Row adventures. Hence the name “Braggin Poles”.

You can see the patterns HERE on my website.

When I was writing the first 2 patterns featuring the plates, my mind wandered around the common obstacle many quilters face . . . . . a husband or wife that doesn’t share their enthusiasm (some may call obsession) with quilting.
I began making up funny news stories that could easily be featured in any local newspaper.  And I thought it would be really funny to publish them as if they were actual newspaper clippings and print them on the pattern covers.
I wrote these patterns a few years ago, and have often wondered how many people actually stopped and read the clipping on the cover.
Anywho – I thought it would be fun news, in this newsletter, to share my humor with you, as it’s the channel my brain most often is tuned to.
Here are the 2 fake newspaper clippings featured on those patterns.

If you have these fabric license plates you’ve collected, I hope you’ll click on over to our webpage where we have all of the RxR patterns I’ve designed.

And, if you have a hilarious story to share about hiding your stash, your loot or fibbing about your hobby $’s – I’d love to hear it, and possibly share it in a future post. I can change names to protect the innocent.  Anywho, please email it to me at julie@patchabilities.com

Please share this blog post with your pals, if you feel it’s “worthy”.

Piece out.


My Babes · My Favorites for the Season

What’s keeping me cool this summer?

Wow, summer is in full swing and the fun is just beginning.
. . . . and the pool is open Woo Hoo!!!

The boys and I jumped into our (first of many) closest pool yesterday!
OMG was it nice.

Yes, they look so grown up don’t they?  Lewie is now 7 and rocked 1st grade, Jack is 5 and is ready to jump into Kindergarten. They both have different likes and personalities.  Ahh, I love being a mom!  It’s the greatest job in the world.  And I get paid in kisses and hugs – the very best form of payment I say.

Know what else is good summer fun?
Traveling, visiting quilt shops, collecting good stuff, adding to your stash (despite groans from the peanut gallery) and . . . .

Makin Lemonade!  Yay-yah

Hate the thought of “machine quilting” a table runner?
I feel yer pain.
I designed this table runner to be 100 percent machine quilting free!
Yep, it’s a simple quilt-as-you-go method that anyone can do. Yes, even you.

Want it immediately?  Click HERE to order the digital download

Live Simply Blessed – table runner
Finished size 14 x 38 in. 
With refreshing light yellows as the back ground, each end of the runner has a vintage Ball canning jar vase for lemon branches and white daisies. The words Live Simply appliqued on each side of the runner and the words Blessed and simply embroidered on the Ball jar to mimick the antique Ball logo.
You can whip this up in one hot afternoon and sip lemonade on it the next.

If you’re lovin’ the lemons in everything this summer,
I have several Lemonade and Lemon themed summer projects –
click HERE on our what’s new page to see them all.