Wednesday, January 28, 2009


I should be quilting, but I've been hooked on updating my web presence for a week now. Yesterday I finished uploading my new logo to all the sites I use. But this morning I discovered a way to tweak the lettering, which led to the new logo becoming an old logo. The one shown here is now the newest, the best, and the final logo. Honestly.
That means I have to update all of the sites, so another quilting day will be lost. But, hey, there's more than "manufacturing" involved in running a web-based business, and designing logos and business cards and web sites is a part of that.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

New Logo and New Legislation

I spent today on the computer, updating my various sites and memberships. Mainly I needed to get my new logo posted everywhere I maintain a presence. You can find links to these sites in the column on the right, if you want to visit.

So, that's the good news. The bad news is that I may have to stop selling baby quilts. In mid-February new standards go into effect for testing lead levels in all baby products. The law is meant to protect consumers from the lax testing standards in some of the countries the U.S. imports from. I'm all in favor of that! But the way the law is written, every part in every product must be tested for lead, or it cannot be sold in the U.S.

Independent small businesses, including makers of handmade articles, will almost certainly be unable to afford the required testing. I've joined other quilters in researching the new requirements. If you have ever tried to read a legal document you will understand when I say: "Huh?" But we will do what we can. My understanding is that U.S. fabric manufacturers have not used lead dyes for years now, so I'm hoping that as long as we use U.S. fabric we will be exempt from testing. I'll let you know what we find out.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

First Quilt of 2009

This is a special order baby quilt, and one of my all-time favorites.
My husband says I say that about every quilt, but this time I REALLY
mean it!