I took this photo of Susan Fitzgerald’s Instagram props drawer last week when I visited her studio to record a podcast.
I’ve got lots of interesting tidbits to share today.
First, I’m excited to be attending QuiltCon for the first time. I’ll be flying to Savannah next Thursday in the late afternoon and will have all day Friday and Saturday at the show. I feel honored to have been invited to record some podcasts while I’m there in the brand new QuiltCon podcasting booth. My only regret is that there isn’t room for a live studio audience – I wish there was! I’ll be talking to Kathy Miller of Michael Miller Fabrics, Heather Givans, and Jen Carlton-Bailly. Those shows will air throughout the spring. I also have a few meetings set up, but I would love to meet you, too. If you’re going to QuiltCon and would like to say hello, please don’t be shy. I don’t get to travel very often and I’m really looking forward to this experience!
Second, I spent the last two weeks talking with people who teach knitting and crochet at Michaels stores all over the country. Those conversations culminated in this article explaining what it’s really like to be an instructor at the nation’s largest arts and crafts chain and what the impending changes to teacher compensation there will mean. Researching this article was both fascinating and frustrating and I feel really good about sharing these teachers’ stories with a wider audience.
And finally, I’ve changed the popup here on the blog. For years I’ve had a HelloBar popup that slid in from the right (I’m sure you remember it, possibly not very fondly). Popups get a bad reputation and sometimes rightfully so, but they are incredibly effective. I stopped using HelloBar, though, because last week they “fixed” the free version I was using by removing the x that allowed you to close the popup! No matter how much I believe in having a pop up, I also believe you should let users close it easily when they want to. So, I’ve installed a free WordPress plugin called Scroll Triggered Boxes and I love it so far. The popup politely appears from the bottom (not at all on mobile) and once you’ve seen it you won’t see it again for 30 days. What do you think?
A couple of other things I’m working on…I’ll have a column in Sew News magazine this year. I’ve always wanted to write a column and I’m very excited about this opportunity. And I’ve hired the amazing Jacque Boltik to do a total redesign of my newsletter. Jacque has designed some of the best newsletters out there including the Ann Friedman Weekly and Lenny and I’m thrilled to have her apply her coding and design skills to mine (my newsletter content will remain the same – just delivered in a new and shiny package). The new version should launch in March.
So that’s the news from here. What are you up to?