Quilting doesn’t wait for anybody :)

Quilting doesn’t wait for anybody :)

Whoa nelly!  Time is flying by!  As you know, things here have been a little crazy!!  We have been going non-stop all year!! I was reflecting on the past year, and am shocked of all the things we are doing, have done and that been accomplished!!

If I may, I’d like to indulge in a little trip down memory lane.
Last year in February we made an offer and signed papers on a new building for our brick and mortar shop, right on the main street of our little town.  We closed on it in March and all the remodeling began.  It was so exciting!  We had vision and new this place could be amazing!  We only needed to completely gut it and start from scratch!  Easy enough, right!?!?  Our family worked like crazy ripping out all the old paneling, re-wiring, new plumbing, new heating and cooling, paint, carpet etc!  Really, it was an amazing transformation!  And we love it!

For the next few months we had practice for the Community theater production called ‘Broadway Bound’ that Mom, Natalie her kids and my kids were involved in. That was fun to do.  It always amazes me, to see kids with so much talent get out on stage and share it with us!  So brave of them.


We also had our annual bus trip!  Talk about a fun time!  We had almost the same group from the year before!  So much fun to see our ‘old’ friends again!
All the while we were preparing the new shop to open our doors by June 15th, getting things ready for the Open House, and setting up displays.
The first week in July our family had a vacation at the Lake!  And that was a total blast! And a much needed vacation for us all!
Then we had our exciting open house celebration July 18th! Now that was a party!!  We were blown away by the response and friendship shown to us that weekend!  It’s funny looking back, that morning around 8:45am Alan texted me and said he didn’t think anyone was coming!  LOL!  Then the store quickly filled with people, there was no where to stand, and even less parking!  I think we blew away our little town!  I know we were all more than surprised!  We loved every minute of it! We met so many of our online friends and some of you from the forums.

A personal indulgence here:  In February, I had two surgeries within 10 days.  I was really sick for several months. I was still living two hours away from the shop, and was driving every weekend with my family so that hubby could work on the new building.  Then on the 5th of July (while we were on vacation,) I got really sick and had an emergency appendectomy. I was at the open house just ten days after.  And all in the same week, we moved home!  Hahah.  (see, this year has been insane, right?!) 

Then we also got contacted by Fons and Porter to do the new Magazine with them, (have you heard of it? Quilting Quickly)  and got started on designing and sewing! We were really excited about doing a magazine, because we know that most of you want our tutorials in pattern form and it has been difficult for us to get it all done.  We think that together, we can give you both the videos and the patterns!!  Win-Win, if you ask me!!

The rest of our summer into fall was full of sewing and meeting all our traveling visitors!!  I can’t even tell you how much we LOVE that you all come from near and far to see us!!?!?  We LOVE it!  We have a guest book that is nearly full and we love to look through it and see where everyone has come from! It is such a joy to us.

In October we had a huge party for my Grandma who turned 80!   We had family come in that we hadn’t seen in years! When you live all over the country it’s hard to get together often and this was such a special occasion.

Then we went to Quilt Market in Houston, the end of October, Mom rode a mechanical bull at the Moda party. (not kidding!  I even have pictures and video) We had a great time, meeting designers and catching up with other shop owners!
October also brought our town Homecoming!  Along with that is a football game, parade and a dance!  We decorated the front of the shop and our windows won the decorating contest!!  We won money to donate to a school program. We chose Choir.  I don’t think enough money gets spent on the arts, like it used to.
In November our little ‘baby’ turned 4 years old!  NO WAY! We couldn’t believe we’ve been living this dream for four years already!  We had a party, with cake and everything!  We had giveaways to all our customers, and just had a wonderful time (and took our first company picture!)  Again, blown away by all our awesome friends that came to see us!


December brought Santa to town, and we helped put together a food drive for our local food pantry. (each donation earned you a ticket to a quilt made by Mom!) Not as big of a success as I had hoped, but I do think it will get better year after year!  

My husband and Dad also made my dreams come true by wrapping our little tree outside in lights!  I call it a ‘MAGIC TREE’ and I absolutely love it! We lived in Columbia, MO for two years and every year they have two trees in town they dress up like that and I sure missed it!  I am happy to say we have one in Hamilton now too!!  And it really made for a sparkly season!

Then of course underneath it all we have tons of behind the scenes things going on like building a new website.  We have literally been working for a year on this new site for you!  Trying to implement things that will be useful and new for you, to make your experience better! We are going for a more user friendly site, and we sure hope you like the changes!

We ran test after test hoping to have all the bugs out before we launched, but you all know how that goes!!  :)  We have been going through and with your help have gotten almost everything fixed!  Thank you all for your insight and heads up the things that were wonky!  You all were a tremendous help!  And your patience is unmatched!!  You all are the best, most loyal customers!  So many of you have been incredibly understanding.  We are still behind on a few orders working day and night to get things out to you!!  With all the new site changes we made changes to the shipping process too!  Just know, that will all the changes your fabric will be shipped to you faster than ever, once it’s all perfected.

So, here we are…January 2013 almost over!  We are looking ahead to this year with excitement and hope.  Things will be even better than last.  I don’t think it’s safe to say it will slow down, but we aren’t afraid of hard work either! I hope you all know how deeply we appreciate you.  We really do. We talk about your stories (you’ve shared with us) around our dinner table, during family get together’s and we are blown away by you all!  Thank you for letting us be a part of your life, and thank you for being a part of ours.

Have a great week!

New Fabric Friday!!

New Fabric Friday!!

Good Morning Quilters!!

TGIF! It’s that favorite day of every bodies week again. As a treat for everyone’s patience this week,  here are the lastest fabrics that are in the shop right now. Feast your eyes on these beauties!

 

Old Glory Gatherings by Primitive Gatherings for Moda

 

Flirt by Sandy Gervais for Moda

 

Seascape by Deb Strain for Moda

 

 Crackle by Whistler Studios for Windhan Fabrics

 

Simply Color by V and Co. for Moda

Have a great day!

Kate

New Year, New Fabric!

New Year, New Fabric!

Happy 2013!!

New year, new fabric, new website, new magazine, starting this year out with a bang!

Aster by Williamsburg for Windham Fabrics

 

Gypsy Girl by Lily Ashbury for Moda

 

Homeschool by LB Krueger for Windham Fabrics

 

Planes, Trains and Automobiles by American Vintage for Windham Fabrics

 

Type by Julia Rothman for Windham Fabrics 

 

Alchemy by Amy Butler for Rowan Fabrics

 

Happi by Dena Designs for Free Spirit Fabrics

 

Fall 2012 Collections by Ty Pennington Impressions

Have a great day!

Kate

Out with the old, in with the new – MSQC is getting a facelift

Out with the old, in with the new – MSQC is getting a facelift

Happy New Year everyone!!  2012 was an amazing year and we had lot of excitement at MSQC.  One of the things we’ve been focusing a lot of our time on has been a new version of our website.  When I say new version, I don’t just mean a new “look”, I mean we actually started over from scratch and made fundamental improvements   We started by asking ourselves “if we could build the perfect shopping experience for fabric online, what would be different?”  So we put a lot of thought into it and came up with something that we’re really excited about!  Now, it’s not perfect, and we’ll probably have a bunch of bugs for the first week or two, but it is a huge stepping stone to better integration with our community (forums and social media) and better shopping experiences.  So stay tuned over the next several weeks/months and we’ll show you a bunch of features we love (and hope you will too).  And, by all means, if you have any ideas for us, leave a comment or send an email to info@missouriquiltco.com … we’d love to hear from you!

In honor of the big upgrade, I thought we’d take a minute to look back at the road that has led us here :)

So, in February of 2009 we launched the first version of our site.  We had been open for 4 months in our tiny shop and were looking for ways to reach into the internet world.  Believe it or not, here was our version 1 -

The site we launched with

Can you believe it – that was all we had in the beginning!  Then we worked on it for a few weeks and went through a few more revisions.  Take a peek…

Front Page with Odd Header Daily Deal PageFront Page with Revised Header

That version of the site lasted us for almost a year and a half; it’s so crazy to look back!!

So after a while, we had a few more ideas to make the shopping experience better, and we upgraded to what we are now, which has served us well for over a year -

Current Front Page

Current Front Page

Current Daily Deal

 

 

 

 

 

 

And that leads us to today!  Here’s what we’ve been working on.  The front page is a bit cleaner, and hopefully a bit more personal -

New Site – Front Page

The categories that currently are on the front page are in the carousel now, but we also have them in a list view so if you know where you’re going, we can get you there fast -

When you hover over cateogries

And then on the browse page, we like what we currently have, but fabric by the yard is a unique challenge.  For example, let’s say you are looking for a very specific fabric print and our site has 5,000 different bolts of yardage to choose from; how can we help you find that “one” as quickly as possible?  Well, first, we built an awesome search bar (yes, we know the one on our site now is absolutely terrible), and if that doesn’t get you right there, you have categories to narrow down your results on the left, but even after narrowing your search down with those, you may still have several hundred results to browse through.  That would mean dozens of pages to click through, so we added infinite scroll (when you scroll to the bottom of the page more fabric will automatically keep on loading till the very end!).  We also hid most of the text and extra info.  It’s there if you hover over any product, but with info visible, we tripled the amount of fabric you can see on your screen at one time.  We’ve been using it for a while to test it, and we love it!  Hope you will too -

New Browse Page

And then when you actually click on a product, you will get some neat features that were direct requests from users like you.  For example, we show you coordinating solids right there, we pick them in the shop (it will take us a little while to get them chosen for everything, but we’re working on it).  Also, the collection collages below the products let you easily see what else we have in the collections, related products, products that are commonly bought together, and so on (hopefully a lot of helpful suggestions while you shop).

New Product Detail Page

So, we hope you’re excited, cause we sure are!!  If you see things changing over the next few days, don’t be surprised, just know good things are coming.

As a help, if you have items saved in your cart, make sure you make a note of them, because those won’t be saved in the transition, but all of your customer data (including Quilter’s Cash points) and so on will follow you right into the new site, no problem!

Thanks again for such a fun ride, we love building things for people who care, so thank you so much for the emails, the cards (you sent us Christmas cards!), and the calls.  They mean the world to us!

Happy Quilting!  :)