Saturday, October 22, 2011

as promised - pictures!

 This quilt is just too cute.  It was made by Mickie M. from Quilters for Comfort.  I don't know where she got the bird designs but they are simply adorable.  For quilting, I just outlined the birds and did continuous line quilting in the squares.
 These applique turtles have personality to spare.  The use of the different fabrics just add to them.  This is another quilt by Mickie - she does awesome work.  I quilted this with loops and leaves.
Pink Princess - at least that's what I called it :-)  Another winner from Mickie M.  The log cabin hearts  have appliqued  'tops' - just a really pretty quilt.

As you may have noticed from past posts, I rarely show a close up of my quilting - I still am not real confident - but I'm really happy with the results on this quilt.  I need to work more on my ribbon swirls - but I'll get it eventually!

 This is actually a customer's quilt panel.  She wanted to use a doubled high loft batting to 'set off' the figures and tree.  I used a light to dark varigated green thread on the tree itself and it really added highlights to the tree - Even though I cringed while working with this, it turned out nice and the customer was happy.
And lastly, Rudolf (who doesn't love him!?)  Same customer, same fluffy batting!  Had this been my personal quilt, I would have added a lot more quilting texture to it and NOT have used the fluffy batting - but it's about what the customer wants and if she's happy, I'm happy!

Hope everyone has a beautiful weekend - I'm off to watch my grandson play baseball!


Friday, October 21, 2011

Holidays and Customer Service

I do have pictures - just haven't downloaded them out of the camera yet - ummm, Maybe this weekend. 
The Holiday season is fast approaching and if you're anything like me, you'll be doing this, doing that and trying to keep track of everything that you want, need, should get done.  If I could be cloned for just 4 weeks a year, I might actually get everything accomplished that I want, need and should!
So what about customer service???? I've been reading on some blogs lately about poor customer service.  It's out there, we've all experienced it at one time or another.  What do you do about it?  I've done a few different things - You may want to get a cup of your favorite beverage - this could take awhile! 
I want to start by saying that I was a C-store manager for 15 years and that in that time, I found that the customer wasn't always right - but there are usually ways to handle that.  Anyway.....
One year (during the Holidays) I was in a national chain grocery store and had a basket full of groceries.  I was pushing my cart down the aisle after finishing my shopping and lo and behold there was a cashier with only one couple ahead of me.  I looked down the row of cashiers to see if someone with less than me was looking to get in line. Nope, clear sailing.... the cashiers weren't busy at all.  So I unloaded my groceries onto the belt as the cashier finished with the couple ahead of me.  She watched as I unloaded my cart and then said, " this is the express lane - 15 items or less" ... Excuse me!  why did she wait until I unloaded my cart?????  I looked up saw the sign began to apologize and take my items off the belt and return them to my cart when it hit me.... there was no one behind me in line, the store was not busy, the only person I may have been inconveniencing was the cashier herself.  Instant anger.  I walked out of that store leaving everything behind.  After I got home (which was a 30 minute drive), I called the store and asked to speak to their manager.  I told him I'd left and that I wanted to apologize for whoever had to restock those groceries, at which time he told me it was him.  I explained what happened and told him that if I'd been thinking more clearly I would have had the cashier ring out only 15 items at a time and paid for them that way - then she'd have understood inconvenience!  He thanked me for the apology and in turn apologized for the behavior of the cashier as it was not something that should have happened - he also asked that if I ever had an issue in the store again, to please contact managment before leaving the store - well it was probably 5 years or more before I ever shopped that store again.  Moral of story - talk to management when you're unhappy with the service provided.
Another time - and this was before above said incident.... I was in one of the 'big box' home improvement stores.  It was early.  DH and I were working on a project that we wanted to finish that day, so we hit the store as it opened.  Another case of coming down the aisle and having a cashier open!  I pushed the cart to the open cashier who was on the phone.  Didn't think anything of it until she continued her conversation which was obviously a personal call about a party she had attended the night before - before I left I knew who drank what and who did who!  But..... she scanned all my items, pointed at the display to the total, I wrote my check and handed it to her and stood there.  She dropped the phone back a bit and said, "Oh, that's all"  I walked away, stopped and told my DH to please take the stuff to the truck.  He looked at me and said, "oh, you're not, are you?"  and I said, "oh yes, I am!"  He thought I was going to rip her a new one - and if she'd been my employee, I would have!  Instead I went to the customer service desk and asked for a manger.  They asked if they could help me, I told them "yes, you can get me your store manager"  I guess they decided I meant business and called him to the front.   I explained to him what happened and proceeded to tell him that I'm sure she was probably a very good cashier but her treatment was inexcusable and because I managed 9 cashiers that if something like that had happened in my store, I'd want to know about it.  He thanked me and I noticed when DH & I were  driving out of the parking lot, the manager had the cashier outside talking to her. 
Okay, so again the moral is - talk to management.  I would never want someone to lose their job, but if they aren't protecting their jobs, well maybe they don't need them!  But seriously, if you have an issue as to how you've been treated, the only people who know are you and the person who treated you that way.  Management can not correct an issue they do not know about - and yes, I agree, sometimes management IS the issue.  If that's the case, and this is a chain type store - contact their corporate office.  Maybe if people started sharing their experiences with those who can correct the issues, things would improve.
And one last story (sorry),  I was in a hobby/craft store - it was really busy, the holidays again and the store was packed, every register was open and the lines were long.  I was thanking God that it wasnt' me working!  The customer ahead of me was giving this young cashier hell about them not having something in the store.  This cashier was offering to call a manager, she was apologizing, she was doing everything RIGHT to try and please this customer.  Nothing would have made that customer happy - NOTHING!  The customer snapped up her package and said "well, I won't be back here again"  My darling son (10 years old at the time) very loudly said, "well she was rude!"  This poor cashier was close to tears.  I looked at her, told her to take a deep breath and to thank God that not all customers were like that.  So moral here?  When you're feeling rushed and irritated during the upcoming holidays - remember you're not the only one!  You will get out of that store, go home and hopefully be able to put your feet up for a few minutes but those cashiers will put up with cranky customers and have sore feet - smile and try to be patient!
If you've made it this far - thank you and even though it's early - Happy Holidays! 


Saturday, October 15, 2011

middle of Oct already?

September seemed to just creep by and then, bam! here's October half over.  Just because I started thinking of Christmas doesn't mean it has to come at me any faster :-)  I did actually get something done this week, but not as much as I'd like.  I got the binding on 4 quilts but still have to stitch it down.  I've been battling an extremely itchy rash on my stomach for a little over a week now and finally gave in and went to the doctor.  She doesn't think it's internally (food, med, etc) related as it's not all over the body but it had spread to my elbows- inside and outside!  Also, I haven't changed my soaps, lotions or any external item either - so we're at a loss as to what caused it.  Anyway.... she gave me a shot of Kenelog, put me on the 8 day dose of prednisone (I hate that stuff) and told me to take Zyrtec once a day and see her in a week.  The heavy dose of steroid upset my stomach and gave me the jitters - it was all I could do just to hold my knitting let alone sew!  All I wanted to do is sleep and that's not easy when you're itching!  Even Benedryl cream didn't help much with that.
This morning we head into Tucson to watch my 5 year old grandson play his first ever baseball game.  I can hardly wait!  I love to watch the little guys play ball.  With that said, I'd better get in gear and get DH out of bed so we're not late to the game.


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Extra Christmas fabric?

Do you have extra Christmas fabric laying around?  I've posted a button to the right that you might want to check out.  Purple Panda Quilts is hosting a stocking drive for foster children.  If you have some extra Christmas fabric and an extra hour, maybe you could help out.  Maybe even check in your own community to see if such a project is in need.  Just a simple way to help put a smile on a child's face.


Tuesday, October 11, 2011


A real treat - a picture of me!  I rarely allow my picture to be taken - I'm the one on the right.
These are the aprons I made for our Rotary booth.  We had a cool morning and a really beautiful day.
So now that this is 'out of the way', I will be concentrating on getting some quilting done - my stack of quilts needing quilting is dwindling, but my stack of quilts needing binding is growing...... and I'm working on a quilt that will alternate a quilt block with a chenille block.   When I started this quilt, I was planning it for myself, but I'm thinking I might also give it as a gift...... darn - more decisions to make ;-)  I'll try to remember to get a picture of the actual block - I'm really liking it and the fabrics I chose.
'til later


Saturday, October 8, 2011

Answering Comments

I sometimes receive responses by email when I post a comment on someone's blog.  I would love to be able to do that, but quite frankly..... I don't know how!  I've checked my settings and couldn't see where I could change something to enable that...
Anyway, I do want everyone to know that I appreciate your comments and I do read them and if you can offer some advice of what I need to do to be able to respond to your comments personally, that would be great!


Friday, October 7, 2011


Where has this week gone?  I mean, seriously, it's Friday already!!!  It has been a busy week and I have got some things accomplished, just not as much as I'd like.  I suppose that's the case with most people.  I'm thinking I'm needing to start my Christmas list.  I almost always plan to do more than I can realistically get done.  But maybe, just maybe... if I get started early......   What's early you ask?  Well, before Dec  1st!
So, I'm curious are you a 'last minute' Holiday person? or are you well planned and executed type of person?  And a few gift hints would be appreciated......


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Getting back on board!

This is a little wallhanging or maybe a 'doll' quilt.  I've had all the components for quite a while.  The 'angel' is from an issue of an Australian Patchwork and Quilting magazine.  I rarely do applique and when I do, it is machine applique.  The star blocks are 4" (finished) and the fabrics are seasonal themed.  I made this up for a swap and was glad I was able to use all these for something (finally)!
I am back into the sewing and quilting rooms.  I have 4 quilts quilted and waiting to be trimmed and bound (don't forget the labels!), I have a set of blocks started that I'm going to put with chenille- anxious to get it finished but have other things in the works that have to take priorities!  A lady brought me a couple Christmas panel quilts to quilt for her.  She normally does them by hand around the figures of the panel but was injured in a car accident and unable to do them.  I told her I don't do hand work but would do what I could - the downfall for me...... She's put really puffy batting with these panels - I'm not fond of 'extreme' loft batting, but I'll do my best and hope she's happy (pictures to follow).
Also, I'm the secretary for our local Rotary Club and I've got to get some aprons finished by Saturday for a booth we're holding for our local fall festival (Copper Town Days).... so I am staying busy just not as much as I'd like in the quilting department :-)
Seems to finally be cooling down here in AZ.  Hope you all are enjoying 'fall like' weather.