Saturday, May 29, 2010

Shortlisted for Top Exporter

We've been selected as a semi finalist by the Wicklow County Enterprise Board for County Enterprise Awards in the Exporter division pitted against two other businesses, out of more than 100 nominations.

Thank you to all our readers near and far. It takes everyone!

When: Finals 15 June; Winners 5 July.

The Wicklow County Enterprise Board promotes the development of enterprise in County Wicklow by focusing on the creation of enterprise awareness, encouraging new businesses to start up and supporting existing businesses to grow. This award selection acknowledges Irish Quilting’s contribution as a small enterprise in Ireland’s economic development and its role in building a vibrant and successful indigenous business sector.

Equally importantly, Irish Quilting’s entrepreneurial role promotes an optimistic and positive message for the future and puts quilting on the business roadmap of Ireland.

In a stressed economy, interest in sustainable crafts soar. By the very nature of patchwork, quilting is a sustainable craft. Quilting is a growing energy in Ireland. With 20,000 magazines in circulation across 15 countries, Irish Quilting serves to promote this craft, showcases its quilters and connects worlds.

In each issue IQ presents focus (quilt) features beautifully photographed on location in Ireland. Introduction text focuses on the backdrop and location, identifying and providing a bird's eye view into Ireland. This is the Irish 'sell', our USP, to readers' abroad. However, each feature is ample full of resources (pattern, fabric, where to/ how to buy) for all quilting communities.

Isn't that exciting?

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Testing on Cloud Nine

Just signing off this long, busy day. We have had a full office of testing, testing and testing. The next issue is nearly at the printers--and yes,it will be with readers very shortly. Hoo-ray!
As you know, I always try my hand at some of the projects. Oh yes, tried and tested. Here is my pride of today, below! Guttermann is sponsoring a quiltart postcard making project--details in your next read!

I call this Hair on Cloud Nine. It will be a congratulations card to my neice in Washington who is beginning beauty school in June. Another hoo-ray!

Tonight, I leave you with one thought of gratitude: Editors are not allowed to participate in the challenges. Lucky for you--'cause I'm hooked on these easy peasy postcards!