Sunday, June 18, 2017

I Found the Tweezers!

Under most conditions this would not be an event to celebrate.  However, I needed these for my students at the Curved Piecing Without Pins class I was teaching this past weekend at the Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival.  And I thought I had packed them, but when I arrived at class they were not there.

I looked EVERYWHERE.  I spent 2 days looking for these dratted tweezers.   You need them to hold onto the ends of the curved pieces while they go under the needle.  Really makes it easy to get your ends to match!  And I didn't have them for my class on Friday morning and have been kicking myself ever since.

Today (after a well-deserved late rising) I went downstairs to my studio, and there they were, big as day, sitting on the bookshelf next to my cutting table.  That was the one place  I had not looked on Friday night and again Saturday morning when I was running around frantically looking at them to take back to have in my booth on Saturday.

Well, I promised my students they could get there tweezers and now they can.

Click here to go to my website and order a pair, and I will honor the student price of $5.00 for the next few days.  The regular price of $6.50 will return after next week when I get home from Reno.

The second of my super flubs of the festival was not having enough handouts for my Demo on 60 Degree Diamond Stars.  If you were at the demo and didn't get a handout, click here to download a copy.  Thanks for attending the demo.

A special thanks to my readers and subscribers who came to visit in the booth.  It is always a treat to put a face with a name and I loved hearing how you were using the patterns I have shared over the years.  It was a great show, and I hope you had a great time too.

Monday, June 5, 2017

June Free BOM Block now available

It is time to download your free BOM block for June.  Click on the 2017 BOM tab on my blog navigation bar to get the link.  Yup it is free for the whole month of June.  This is block 6 Swirly Star.

If you subscribe to my newsletter you can get the free bonus block.


The link to the bonus block is in the newsletter, which is sent to subscribers on the 1st and 15th of each month.

If you want to get it there is still time to subscribe and get the link in the June 15th newsletter.

Plus there are some 1/2 price patterns and a new deco garden block.

Bonus Block 54 Big Blue Rose

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Did I Mention it was Free? . . . . . . .

I love my Newsletter Subscribers.  They send me such lovely notes wishing me a speedy recovery on my recent surgery, showing their appreciation for the Free Block of the Month I offer every month, and for the bonus blocks I give to my subscribers just as a small thank you gift for hanging out with me. 

Occasionally I get a note from someone who had trouble getting the free blocks.  Over the years I have tried lots of ways to make this easier for my subscribers.  
  1. First I used (free) until it became very glitchy.  
  2. Then I got, ($$) which worked really well for most people but some people had trouble with it.  I pay $100/year to upgrade Dropbox to the Pro version to be sure that my free pattern files get priority access when requested by my subscribers.  I want you to have an easy and pleasant experience when you go to get your free block. Still I got a lot of complaints. At the same time I had a new website developed ($$$) for Word Press to upgrade my look and improve the reliability of my shopping cart.
  3. In January, I went to a whole new website Host and Software system ($$$$) to make my website easier to navigate, make my shopping cart more problem free, and to insure I had a trouble free file download service to make sure those free blocks got to you without any problems.  I thought I had finally found a goof proof delivery system after 8 years of supplying free BOM patterns. In an attempt at full disclosure, I pay A LOT more for this new website!  In addition to several thousands dollars set up fee I now also pay a monthly fee, nearly as much as Dropbox cost me for a year! (Ok, do I have you feeling all sympathetic and oooey goooey yet?)

Despite the trouble and cost involved, I occasionally get a subscriber who either can't get the block, or, as in the case below, can't open the block.  I have sent literally hundreds of emails to subscribers to help them troubleshoot the problem and get that FREE block delivered. 

The problem is, this takes time.  And I don't have much of that left after I design the BOM blocks, write patterns for each of them, upload the FREE block patterns to my website, and write out a newsletter which delivers links to those FREE block patterns twice each month to over 3,500 subscribers!  WOW  

Oddly, I spend the rest of my time writing patterns, designing, yes, and occasionally I get to sew!  So in an attempt at reducing my problem-solving time, and increasing my revenue-producing time,  I offer the following advice if you are having trouble getting the FREE block each month.  (Did I mention it was free?)
Since two people this week mentioned they could not open the pdf files, here is what I suggested they do.  I am sharing it with all of you and hope it helps.

1.     Download and save the file to your computer first.  Then open and print the file.

2.     The files are big (2 mg) and may take longer to download than you are giving them.

3.     Use a different browser.  Not all browsers like PDF files equally.

4.     If you are on a mobile device, wait until you have access to a computer and then try to download the files again.  (see items 1, 2, and 3 above).

5.     Monthly blocks can also be downloaded from my blog and my website.  The link is in the block description on my website, and on the 2017 BOM tab on my blog.  

Unfortunately the bonus blocks can only be accessed from the newsletter. That is how I keep those blocks exclusively for subscribers.

6.  Call your spouse, son, daughter, grandson, great granddaughter, neighbor, milk man, UPS driver, or other tech savvy individual to help you.
7.  Kick something.  It never helps but I usually feel better after 1-6 don’t work.

Before you give up and call or email me,  try 1-7 again. 

If you still have a problem please be aware that . . . .it is possible. . . not in your case of course,. . . . but for others. . . . . .that it could possibly be. . . . .dare I say it. . . . .USER ERROR?????  

When you can unconditionally rule that out. . . .then consider that you could always purchase the block and the bonus block on my website.  


I know, I know, you want to get it for free, you need to get it for free, you deserve to get it for free,  you count on getting it free every month, you got all the other ones for free so you should be able to get this one too!  Yes, and I also know that you are on a fixed income, receiving disability, under collections and chapter 11, just lost your dog and your best friend, your computer crashed and you lost all your free blocks, you are undergoing treatment for an unpronounceable disease and look forward to your free block as your only solace in an otherwise bleak world.
So if everything else fails and you decide to call me

or shoot me an email,  just remember,  I like chocolate. 😎

(and I might be in the tub.)