Thursday, January 23

Aye-aye-aye… Errata’s!

I have to change my hat many times a day. The Manager hat is possibly the scariest one! Then there’s my BOM Coordinator hat, Customer Service hat, the Daughter hat… the list goes on. One that seems to be going on more and more often is the Pattern Drafter hat.

As popularity for all things Jen Kingwell grows, the word spreads about her patterns. Recently it was brought to our attention about some errors in one of them – the Gypsy Wife booklet.
It’s always a bit of a blow to hear about errors but this one even more so. We try so hard to make sure they are perfect, but unfortunately something happened in the production of Gypsy Wife.
The hardest part about this was how we found out. There have been some comments on Instagram that brought it to our attention – they’re not the kindest of comments, and they weren’t directed to us. Just about us. Ah… The joys of social media!

Firstly – I would like to apologize on behalf of Jen (the boss lady) and myself to anybody who has experienced difficulty with this pattern due to the errors. What it comes down to is human error. We look at the pattern, correct it. Look some more. Correct it. Look again. Correct it. We even asked people who had completed this quilt when it was a Block of the Month, and they came back with glowing reports. It’s just an oversight – one that we tried to avoid. Obviously we would never send anything to print with a known mistake it in.
Being a “the glass is totally full” type when it comes to this industry, I can see a positive. It’s not an error where you cut meters of fabric and then realize. So wastage of beautiful fabric, money and time is not an issue. Silver lining?! Hopefully!

Secondly – To all the quilters out there, who are clever enough to spot the error that the maker/pattern writer did not see, send an e-mail! It’s my experience that quilters are the warm and cuddly type so they will be so thankful to hear about it so they can amend the patterns printed, send out an errata etc.
This is a community based industry I think so let’s keep that community growing in a positive direction!

Just to let you all know – The errata is up HERE. We are putting a note in all the copies we still have in our possession.  Unfortunately - We print big quantities of these for one reason; the more we get printed at once, the cheaper it is. We source local printers that use more environmentally friendly methods. We’re all about supporting local but that’s not always cheap so in order to cut costs to keep the prices down for all our customers we print a huge quantity. Great! Until you find an error, hey!

Thank you for taking the time to read this post.

I'm off for a mini break over the next few days so the office will be closed until next Thursday the 30th.

Happy Stitching.

Thursday, January 9

Happy New Year

We all hope you've recovered from the silly season and are feeling ready to take on the new year.

Here's some photos taken around the store recently.

New Liberty of London is in store!

Louise's Scrappy Trip Along is being quilted - LOVE the colours!

My vintage hexagon quilt is growing... slowly.

A new window display to bring in the new year. This quilt is by Sandra who teachers here on Thursdays.

More of the new seasonal Liberty collection.

Hard days at the desk make easier if there's beautiful fabric to look at.

Beautiful bundle.

Another beauty by Sandra that's now on a lot of people's 'to do' lists.


Friday, January 3

A road trip to Sohar Oman

We had a lovely day driving to Sohar on New Years Day. Richard was checking out a new client and I went along for the ride. The scenery is amazing

Lunch was enjoyed at a lovely hotel right on the beach and I had my first "dip" in the Gulf of Oman.
We smiled at the beach front properties. They don't seem to have the premium price tags they would back home in Australia and there was something charming about that.