Happy 2016

By Mary Covey

Scrappy Star Quilt with floral backing

Scrappy Star Quilt with floral backing

After the holidays I am always ready for the fresh start that a new year brings. It is such a great time to evaluate the past year. You can learn from failures and move past them but you can also learn from successes and celebrate them. The new year lets us look forward with enthusiasm to changing old habits and lets us embrace new ideas.

I have numerous ideas for improving my business to make it more efficient, organized, and up to date. I am committed to doing the same high quality work for my customers that I have always tried to do.  But after listening to the requests of so many of my loyal customers and in an effort to better serve you, we will be updating our invoicing process to accept credit/debit cards and PayPal. We will still accept checks but in a slightly different manner. You can learn all about the changes on the Longarm Quilting page or just give me call if you have questions.

I have never been able to operate without the help of a team of people who work behind the scenes – quilt shop owners, wholesalers, teachers, etc. In 2016 my daughter in law will be learning some different aspects of the business while teaching me some much-needed lessons in technology.  My sister-in-law Shirley (who many of you have known for years as the lady who binds your quilts) will be helping in the role of inspecting finished quilts. Shirley Pittinger will continue to provide her expert support managing my website and social media.

I am excited  to be hosting two new groups on Facebook that share nothing but pictures and information about free motion quilting. To keep up on the latest, ask to join one of these groups – Free Motion Quilting or Freedom With Free Motion Longarm Quilting. Because I want to stay current on the latest trends and designs in quilting, I will be involved in numerous training seminars around the country this year with some of the top teachers in the quilting world. I am happy to say that I will also have the opportunity  to teach a few quilting seminars myself.  Teaching “Creativity to Cash” at Jenks  Community Education and taking a business training course from International Association of Creative Arts Professionals are just a few of the other things I will be involved with in the coming months.

There are so many other plans and projects in the works that I am looking forward to sharing with you in the coming weeks and months. If you have tips or ideas you would like to share with me, write me a comment or send me an e-mail so we can learn from each other. I want to thank each of you for all your words of encouragement over this past year.

Best wishes for 2016.

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Woo-Hoo!

By Mary Covey

I have been a quilter, author, and teacher for over 25 years. Over the course of those years, and because of my passion for teaching and sharing with students, I have attended a lot of conferences and classes. I have had the opportunity to work with and learn from some of the best people in business. One question that I am always asked is “How did you start your business?” Trying to share this information on the go and in just a few sentences was always difficult.

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Recently, I was given the opportunity to develop a class that will be presented at Jenks Community Education. This is a Woo-Hoo moment for me. I will be able to share my experiences with others who want to have the freedom of owning their own business.

“Creativity to Cash – How to Start a Home Based Business” is the title of the class. The class will take you through the basic steps needed to start a home based business. We will explore ways to profit from your hobby, how to make a business plan, create visibility and branding, and organization. You can view information about the class and register at www.jenkscommunityed.com or call 918-298-0340.

#entreprenuer #smallbusiness #biztips

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