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Jul
09
2010

NotQuiteJuneCleaver’s July Interview & Giveaway!

Comments and Contest Closed!  I will announce the winner later today!  Thanks to everyone who participated.  Good luck to each of you.  And I hope you found and purchased everything you wanted/needed at the FatQuarterShop!  Remember the coupon code is good thru the 23rd of July.   Check back this evening for the winner’s name!

You all know how much I love aprons and fabric and sewing and such!  A LOT.  A WHOLE LOT!  Well, one of  my favorite online shops is the Fat Quarter Shop.  I have purchased my fabric for my Grandma’s Flower Garden quilt project from Kim.  LOVELY fabric, even LOVELIER service!  And super fast too!

Now meet Kim, the owner and VERY VERY generous provider of July’s FANTABULOUS GRAND PRIZE!

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Take a look at this!
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I know, AMAZING, right? How very generous!  Yes that’s FIVE apron patterns plus the Riley Blake book Eye Candy with quilt and apron patterns. And guess what!! I am adding an apron to the prize! WOOT WOOT! Made from fabric I bought from Kim! Sweet huh?

Someone is going to be one lucky duck! You know how to enter, surely.  But in case you don’t: Leave me a comment on this post and promise me you will go check out Kim’s WONDERFUL shop. You know you should buy some stuff while you are there.  And you won’t believe this but we ALL win here!  Kim has also given us all a 15% off coupon code: notquitejunecleaver (excludes clubs, gift certificates, things like that)! This code expires on 7/23. You will enter it when you check out.  I have about a dozen fabrics I need!

The drawing will be next Wednesday July 21st at noon.  So you have until then to get your name in the jar.  And be nice and tell all your friends, k?

Before further ado, here is my interview with Kim! Not only is she extremely generous with the prizes but what a great bunch of answers!  And what a pleasure it was for me!

NQJC: Please tell us about the origins of Fat Quarter Shop – I LOVE it by the way…GREAT service…GREAT selection of all things fabric related!
Thank you!! I learned to quilt years ago and discovered all these beautiful quilting fabrics. I went looking for one in particular, a 3 Sisters line from Moda Fabrics and surprised that I couldn’t find it at any of my local quilt shops. I found it online, but wasn’t impressed with how my orders were handled. Around that time, things at my corporate job started to slow down, and I saw it as an opportunity to start an online store where you could find anything you needed AND get great customer service. I started FQS right out of my house in 2001, and eventually it became my fulltime work. My husband came onboard a few years later, and we just kept growing, always keeping in mind my mission for the store. That’s why we have so many different lines and wonderful people to help you sort through it all.

NQJC: Do you ever say “What have I gotten myself into”?
LOL! Of course there are those moments…sometimes you wish the world wide web had opening and closing hours! But every day I’m so glad to be running Fat Quarter Shop. It’s been a huge investment over the last few years, while also raising three kids with another on the way, but the rewards are worth it. I love getting emails from customers that say, “I could only find it here!” or “The service I received was wonderful.” That’s the experience I want when I’m shopping, and I’m glad to be able to offer that to the quilting community.

NQJC: What’s the best thing about what you do? And the worst?
The worst thing is that the store never closes! We’re open 24/7 which means you have to be vigilant about making time away from work. But we love our customers, so I can’t complain! The best thing would be connecting daily with people who have the same passion for quilting & fabric that I have, and getting to carry out all the ideas I have, like the Designer Mystery Block of the Month club .

NQJC: Do you have a particular quilt that is your favorite?  And did you make it or was it a gift?
I have a few, but the one I’m working on now is my current favorite. I love making quilts for my babies. I’m making this one for my daughter, and it’s for her “big girl” bed. I used this fantastic fabric, Bliss by Bonnie & Camille for Moda, and I’ll show it on the FQS blog as soon as it’s back from the quilter!


NQJC: Do you have a favorite artist? author?

I certainly have favorite fabric designers. 3 Sisters (who designed the fabric that sparked the idea for FQS) and Lake House fabrics by Holly Holderman  always amaze me.

NQJC: What is the hardest thing you have faced being a business owner of a web shoppe?
The worst might be what I just mentioned, and any internet shop owner will understand – we are always open! It can make for a crazy, hectic lifestyle. Thankfully I have been able to find a great staff to shoulder that work with me. If you’ve ever called or e-mailed, you’ve probably spoken with Debbie, Cheryl or Kathy, who have years of experience in the fabric world.

NQJC: Do you have any words of wisdom for women looking to opening their own business?
Know what you do. Know what is going to make your store or service different, and don’t compromise that. Adapting to the climate is key of course, but always strive to have a strong, unique identity that will differentiate you.

NQJC: Do you find it hard to merge home business with homemaking?

Neither is an easy task! I do my best at both and am still learning. Our children are all still very young (3 years old and under) so we’ll see what happens!

NQJC: Tell us about your home. I imagine it is just overflowing with beautiful things you have made.
I love it. I have so many quilts on display on racks and walls, table toppers on the dining set. My daughter’s room is especially filled with girly quilts, and I’m still working on filling up the boys’! I have set up a nice studio tucked in the back of the house where I can get away and sew.

NQJC: Now that I have picked your brain about business tell us a little about your childhood and how you think it influenced your creative spirit. Take as much space as you want here! I am intrigued and I know I am not the only one!

I learned to craft very early on, though I didn’t learn to sew until I was an adult. I started to crochet when I was five. My granny taught me and I still crochet at least one project a year. I learned to cross stitch when I was eleven, and I still cross stitch all the time! I am about to start a new cross stitch project; I make them for all my children. I didn’t learn to sew until 1998, and then when I discovered quilting, I was completely hooked! Now my house is filled with quilts, and I couldn’t be happier.

NQJC: Was there any one particular person that inspired you to follow your dreams?
My father was always my biggest supporter. He always encouraged me to work hard, and that with hard work, success would follow.

NQJC: What blogs and mags do you read and what shops do you shop at?
Too many to keep track of! A few must-reads for me, in no particular order, are L.A. quilter (a good customer of ours who became a great friend – I love keeping up with her stash busting adventures), Moda Lissa (a staple for any true Moda fan!), Bunny Hill (a wonderful pattern designer who also became a close friend, and now she designs fabric for Moda), Sister’s Choice (she is just so darn prolific, and I love her quilts), Pam Kitty Morning (this goes without saying, Pam Kitty Morning is a hoot), and Simplify (Camille’s blog is always a breath of fresh air). Other blogs I love to peruse with great project tutorials are Moda Bake Shop and Sew4Home . And when I shop for fabric, I shop at Fat Quarter Shop of course!

NQJC: As you know I talk alot about food on my blog so I have a couple of food related questions:
What is your very favorite meal, including dessert? Tacos and cookies and cream ice cream!
What kitchen gadget could you not live without? My waffle maker!
Who does most of the cooking at your house? Nobody LOL! To be truthful, we eat out a lot.
Is there a favorite food from childhood that you wish you had the recipe for? Peach cobbler.

NQJC: What three “things” can you not live without?
I couldn’t live without my kids, my sewing machine, and my TV!

NQJC: Any words you live by?

Never take shortcuts. Be a perfectionist.

THANK YOU SO MUCH KIM!!!!  And a big BIG thank you to Jocelyn to help make this all possible!

Jun
27
2010

It’s gonna be a bright, bright, bright sunshiny day…

and likely a scorcher with a high of 97.  You know, I just don’t understand the whole “heat index”/”actual temperature” stuff.  Look, if it feels 107, then it IS 107.  K?  And apparently, it isn’t going to get any better for the next, say 60 days or so and while I will tend to things outside early, early in the day and late, late in the evening, most of my time will be spend indoors.  I started off the weekend cleaning book shelves.  Ridding myself of 10 (more in some cases) of magazines.  One part of me wanted to gather them by year, wrap them in brown paper and store them.  But NO.  NO.  NO.  I am 50 years old (very nearly 51) and there are important worthwhile things I need to do.  Decluttering is at the top of that list.  Some useful things I will be offering up in my etsy shoppe.  I have quite a lovely collection of vintage cookbooks/booklets and I have looked at and read them all and now it is time for them to find new homes.  I will also be looking for places to sell tons (and that might be literal) of gently loved schoolbooks from our 22 years of homeschooling.  Yes, Benjamin is still in “school” but he will be a 9th grader this year so I have absolutely no use for 6th grade math books!

Also, with both Hannah & Rachel going to college in August, the baking business will no longer be something I will pursue.  I have no desire to do it by myself.  It isn’t that much fun!  And it is an awful lot of work.  It has been a good little cottage business that we have moved in and out of over the years.  But I do not care to stand on my feet as many hours a day as that requires especially on top of the baking I am doing preparing the next NQJC cookbook.  So I have found a friend (Hiya Nan) who might be interested in some of my paper products: cake boxes, pie boxes etc.  What she doesn’t want, I will add to my etsy shoppe.

Then there is the haberdashery that is my life!  The dictionary calls a haberdasher: a dealer in sewing notions and small wares. Oh yeah…that would be me.  I deal with them on a daily basis!  But I have accumulated way too many to ever use so they will be making appearances in my etsy shoppe as well.   The balance will find their way onto and into aprons, tea cozies, market bags and other such lovelies that, yes, you guessed it, will be part of my wares over on etsy.  You will all know just as soon as I have my shoppe set up!  I have the banner up and categories named so if you want to take a peek and bookmark it here’s your link:

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I mentioned I am working on book 2 of the NotQuiteJuneCleaver cookbooks ~ cakes…YUM.  And I am still trying to get at least one quilt square (hexagon??) done a day.  So maybe a year is a reasonable goal to finish the pieces to the quilt? Maybe?

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I will be posting more pictures of finished hexes soon.  It is going to be so pretty.

Okay, my tea cup is empty (yes, I drank a cup of tea instead of a POT of coffee this morning).  Got to get rolling around here.  Still two more areas of my computer cabinet to clean and organize this morning.

Please PLEASE check back often – I have an AMAZING giveaway/interview coming up…the first of at least three that are confirmed – one a month is my goal.  And now I will leave you with this little tidbit that could have actually been writing by me but I borrowed it.  VERY fitting though!

I know a little bit about a lot.  Actually,  just enough to make me dangerous.

Nov
14
2009

Good Evening! Two Announcements!

First,  tomorrow is a VERY BIG day here at NotQuiteJuneCleaver.com!  Please, please don’t miss it!

Hints: Aprons, Books, Vintage, Linens, Friend.  Can you hear me squealing??? And an AMAZING AUTUMN Giveaway ~ You are going to love it!

Second, the NotQuiteJuneCleaver 2010 Kitchen Calendar is available NOW! Including twelve of my favorite culinary photos from this past year.  You can get yours by clicking on the “Shoppe” tab at the top.

calenderwebSo please stop by by tomorrow and read all about it!!

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