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What's That In My Bathroom?

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We spend over half of our time on the road but we don't just travel to quilt shows.  We love meeting people, doing volunteer work, and experiencing life in other countries.  We all know that customs are different in other countries, in fact, that's one of the things we like best about travel.  We enjoy learning how other people do life.

Last summer we went on a trip to South America, to volunteer in a vision clinic in Paraguay.  We flew to Chile, then on to Paraguay where we took a 5 hour bus ride to our final destination of Ciudad del Este.  We were there for 2 weeks and were housed in a decent hotel.  It reminded us of a college dormitory.  Basically, we had a queen sized bed, a twin bed, a counter with a refrigerator under it and small closet and a bathroom.  No chairs.  There was a restaurant downstairs where we ate the included breakfast and ordered dinner occasionally.

This was all very interesting and we enjoyed shopping locally and eating at nearby restaurants.  We also traveled to Argentina while we were there and visited the amazing Iguazu Falls.

During the 2 weeks we were away from home, we stayed in 3 different hotels.  We also encountered 3 different types of bidets.  I knew what a bidet was but not how to use one.  I'm still not entirely clear on that part.   I had no idea there were different kinds of bidets!  The first one was simply a hose with a sprayer on the end, like one might find next to a sink. I feared I would spray the ceiling so I left it.We stayed overnight in Argentina at a really cute little boutique hotel.  The bathroom was long and narrow with the shower at one end, opposite the toilet and the sink was in the middle facing the door.  This bathroom had an attachment on the toilet with dials and buttons.  I walked over and leaned over to look at it and touched one of the buttons.  A stream of water shot across the room and into the shower!  Very impressive.  I didn't attempt that one either.

Finally, after a long bus ride back to the city where we'd catch our flight home, we checked into one more hotel and found a third kind of bidet, the kind I had expected to see, a separate throne of sorts.  It was very late, I was tired and grumpy and I did not touch that throne once!  I look forward to more international travel in the future and I'm looking for a class on bidets.

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What's That In My Bathroom?

Posted by Julie Luoma on

We spend over half of our time on the road but we don't just travel to quilt shows.  We love meeting people, doing volunteer work, and experiencing life in other countries.  We all know that customs are different in other countries, in fact, that's one of the things we like best about travel.  We enjoy learning how other people do life.

Last summer we went on a trip to South America, to volunteer in a vision clinic in Paraguay.  We flew to Chile, then on to Paraguay where we took a 5 hour bus ride to our final destination of Ciudad del Este.  We were there for 2 weeks and were housed in a decent hotel.  It reminded us of a college dormitory.  Basically, we had a queen sized bed, a twin bed, a counter with a refrigerator under it and small closet and a bathroom.  No chairs.  There was a restaurant downstairs where we ate the included breakfast and ordered dinner occasionally.

This was all very interesting and we enjoyed shopping locally and eating at nearby restaurants.  We also traveled to Argentina while we were there and visited the amazing Iguazu Falls.

During the 2 weeks we were away from home, we stayed in 3 different hotels.  We also encountered 3 different types of bidets.  I knew what a bidet was but not how to use one.  I'm still not entirely clear on that part.   I had no idea there were different kinds of bidets!  The first one was simply a hose with a sprayer on the end, like one might find next to a sink. I feared I would spray the ceiling so I left it.We stayed overnight in Argentina at a really cute little boutique hotel.  The bathroom was long and narrow with the shower at one end, opposite the toilet and the sink was in the middle facing the door.  This bathroom had an attachment on the toilet with dials and buttons.  I walked over and leaned over to look at it and touched one of the buttons.  A stream of water shot across the room and into the shower!  Very impressive.  I didn't attempt that one either.

Finally, after a long bus ride back to the city where we'd catch our flight home, we checked into one more hotel and found a third kind of bidet, the kind I had expected to see, a separate throne of sorts.  It was very late, I was tired and grumpy and I did not touch that throne once!  I look forward to more international travel in the future and I'm looking for a class on bidets.

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Here Comes The Judge!

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"Quilts should lay flat".  Really?  Even when they are to cover lumpy people?

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Here Comes The Judge!

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"Quilts should lay flat".  Really?  Even when they are to cover lumpy people?

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Should You Gift A Quilt?

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I often say that the first rule of quilting should be, "Don't give quilts to people who don't like quilts."

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Should You Gift A Quilt?

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I often say that the first rule of quilting should be, "Don't give quilts to people who don't like quilts."

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Do You Want A Door With That Shower?

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She nodded sympathetically and then asked, "Do you need a new room or just a shower?"

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Do You Want A Door With That Shower?

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She nodded sympathetically and then asked, "Do you need a new room or just a shower?"

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Shopping At Quilt Shows

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Selling products at quilt shows is both incredibly fun and frustrating.  We manufacture many of our own products and order others from individuals and distributors.  It's always a guess as to which products will sell the best and what sells well one day, sometimes doesn't sell at all the next.

Recently, we determined that our stemless wine glasses were outselling our traditional wine glasses about 10 to 1.  We decided that we would discontinue the stemmed glasses at the end of this year and wouldn't you know it?  The next two customers bought wine glasses with stems. We're still going to discontinue them, though, and expand our drinkware line in general.

Another example is our wood ruler stands.  A simple description would be boards with slots in them.  The process of making them, however, requires a radial arm saw, a router, a belt sander, a drum sander, spray paint and a drying rack, or a hand rubbed finish.  They were selling really well last winter after being featured in AQS Quilting magazine and we made several hundred before setting out on our long road trips.  The boards sold well on the East Coast, but not on the West Coast.  Does that even make sense?  We sold very few from May - September.  Again, we decided we'd probably discontinue them at the end of the year.  And then in our October/November tour of shows, we sold out!  We'll be making more.

This leads me to wonder what inspires a quilter to buy a particular item at a quilt show.  Is it mostly impulse?  Is it the endless search for the perfect tools?  Is it a color?  We once had a customer buy one of everything in our booth if it was pink. 

What do you look for at quilt shows?


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Shopping At Quilt Shows

Posted by Julie Luoma on

Selling products at quilt shows is both incredibly fun and frustrating.  We manufacture many of our own products and order others from individuals and distributors.  It's always a guess as to which products will sell the best and what sells well one day, sometimes doesn't sell at all the next.

Recently, we determined that our stemless wine glasses were outselling our traditional wine glasses about 10 to 1.  We decided that we would discontinue the stemmed glasses at the end of this year and wouldn't you know it?  The next two customers bought wine glasses with stems. We're still going to discontinue them, though, and expand our drinkware line in general.

Another example is our wood ruler stands.  A simple description would be boards with slots in them.  The process of making them, however, requires a radial arm saw, a router, a belt sander, a drum sander, spray paint and a drying rack, or a hand rubbed finish.  They were selling really well last winter after being featured in AQS Quilting magazine and we made several hundred before setting out on our long road trips.  The boards sold well on the East Coast, but not on the West Coast.  Does that even make sense?  We sold very few from May - September.  Again, we decided we'd probably discontinue them at the end of the year.  And then in our October/November tour of shows, we sold out!  We'll be making more.

This leads me to wonder what inspires a quilter to buy a particular item at a quilt show.  Is it mostly impulse?  Is it the endless search for the perfect tools?  Is it a color?  We once had a customer buy one of everything in our booth if it was pink. 

What do you look for at quilt shows?


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