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Change is the only constant

Last night, I attended a lecture given by Meg Cox, a former WSJ reporter, who now writes about quilting for various publications.  Her talk covered the recent consolidation within the sewing and quilting industry.  The old guard is now retiring and closing/selling those businesses (think HandiQuilter, Fons & Porter, City Quilter, and NQA as examples).… Continue reading Change is the only constant

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It’s quiet – ’cause school’s back in session

Yes, school in these parts starts back God-awful early. Our summer was cut short due to an adjustment of the yearly school calendar. The good news is we’ll be completely done before Memorial Day next year. The bad news is it’s early August and I’m seeing way too many pictures of my friends at the beach and… Continue reading It’s quiet – ’cause school’s back in session

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When the competition closes its doors…

Hancock Fabrics is no more.  The location near me finally closed its doors.  I fondly remember many a Saturday morning spent as a kid with my mom as we made the rounds to Cloth World and Hancock’s to look for fabric. You see, Mom made just about all my clothes until I reached sixth grade. When… Continue reading When the competition closes its doors…

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Should I take my craft business full-time?

Unfortunately, there is a no one-size fits all answer to that question. It really depends on your personal situation. I’m a member of 3 very different craft business development groups (ICAP, Craft Industry Alliance and Make Sell Grow).  The leaders are quite knowledgable and while yes, they do want to sell you their services, they… Continue reading Should I take my craft business full-time?