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I was asked a while ago if I would be willing to be interviewed for an article on Jewish Women in Business and here are excerpts of some of my answers:

What inspired you to create your business? I had just moved into a new house in a new neighborhood and was in between having babies; and a friend of mine who also sewed a lot approached me and asked if I would like to open a sewing store in my basement, foolishly, I agreed.

Were there any areas where you discovered tricks to cut costs? If so, where and how? I started giving classes so that I could save on the cost of a teacher, even though teaching is not my favorite thing to do.  We also are more careful in our ordering pattern. We order to restock sold notions but order new fabrics not more than once a month.  We also moved from a store front bck to my house so tha I could cut down in the rent and other commercial obligations.

Have you encountered any challenges specifically relating to your being an Orthodox Jewish women business owner? Not so much challenges as venues that I cannot participate in because I choose to be orthodox.

If so, how did/do you deal with the challenge? I do not participate in the many shabbos venues for quilters.

What advice can you offer other Orthodox Jewish Women entrepreneurs? Realize that being a woman today is not what will make or break a business.  Being orthodox puts many restrictions on you but you can compensate by working harder and manuvering around the system.  Know your business inside and out, network, and most importantly, take some business courses.

How do you maintain a work-life balance, juggling the roles of a business owner and mother?  Although any job outside of the home is stressful, if your goal is to work for pleasure because you love what youre doing, you can manage.  I love to run my business most of the time.  I have also been given the golden opportunity to work with my children.  They were always with me when they were small and when they got old enough, the girls work for me, either full or part time, and the boys help with stock when they could leave yeshiva.

Our challenge quilts are due soon and I am pretty excited about it because quite a lot of people bought the challenge fabric.  Remember: they are due the begining of March.

Thanks to all who brought in their UFOs for the contest. But…WE WANT MORE!
Why so shy? All you have to gain is finished projects and cleaner sewing room, and nothing to lose!
Thanks to Susan who sent in  lot of of UFOs:

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Good Luck to all quilters!

Join our new “Finish-a-Work-in-Progress” challenge.  It’s relatively easy:  register your UFOs (UnFinished Object) by emailing info@sewmaterialistic.com or in person, check in with us your progress every 6 weeks, and when each project is completed, show-and-tell to receive a gift of fat quarters.  The one who finishes the most UFOs by the end of the year 2011, receives a gift certificate.  Remember, there are consequences for those who don’t finish… Let the race begin!

Check out the store’s blog for the first UFOs to be submitted! www.sewmaterialistic.blogspot.com

Good luck! 🙂

2011 Quilt Challenge Guidelines:

Deadline for entries: Sunday, March 27

1) Purchase our challenge packet which includes:

*This fat quarter

2) Create a wall hanging using a recognizable piece of challenge fabric plus fabrics of your own choice.

3) The finished quilt cannot be larger than 24” x 24”.

4) The quilt must be made of three layers top, batting, and backing. The three layers should be attached in some way ie. tying, quilting etc.

5) All quilts must have a sleeve and paper label pinned to the quilt. The label should include your name, phone number, or/and address.

6) Your name should not appear anywhere on the front of the quilt.

7) The quilt must have a title and artists’ statement. Please type approximately 50 words.

8) The quilt must be delivered to SEW MATERIALISTIC by 6:00 on March 27. Quilts will be on display from March 28- May 1.

9) The public is invited to vote for the favorite entry (once a day) until March 18. The winner of the $72 and $36 gift cards will be announced May 2. The exhibit will be closed on May 1.

10) Please pick up your quilt between May 1- 8. We can make arrangements for return shipping.

Quilt Challenge Fabric

 

I’ve been making more postcards for this trading group I joined- “Trading Fabric Post Cards”- a group of 25 people who from all over the world who has to also send out 25 postcards. There is no fee and no rules. If you would like to sign up, just google quilted postcard trading group. I still have these in my possession (past the due date) bec. big cities are quite uncooperative in hand stamping… If the fabric postcards were to go through the machine it can be damaged. By me, they charge .44 cents, then .20 cent fee, then $1 for each handstamp!
As an aside, Sew Materialistic offers free postcard workshops, where everyone just sits and sew postcards- lots of fun!

Quilted Fabric Post Cards

Quilted Fabric Post Cards

Quilted Fabric Post Cards

Quilted Fabric Post Cards

Quilted Fabric Post Cards

My daughter, Blima, made this lap quilt as a wedding gift for her best friend. Her friend loves flowers and hearts, so Blima used every flower and heart fabric she could find. It is a positive/negative quilt. If you want more info about how to make it, you can email Blima at info@sew-materialistic.com.

Positive/Negative Flower and Heart Quilt

I’ve been keeping myself busy doing nothing for almost 2 weeks and have finally pulled myself out of the funk and started quilting again!  It’s so funny that for the last week all I wanted to do is vegetate and sleep, and this week I’m so hyped up, I’m not sleeping at all!  That means I have all this time to QUILT.  I worked on 2 3rd baby quilts (if you want to know more, just email me) and on some projects I’m taking classes for.

I’m making a selvage tote bag that I’ve always wanted to try and a new technique for me, portraits.  I think I’m more comfortable with the selvage bag than the portraits but im still working away, which is the point, isn’t it?  To challenge yourself and hone your skills,

’till next time.

Malke

This was my daughter’s project.

To make a wrap-around baby carrier (like a Moby Wrap):

  1. Cut approximately Five (5) yards of a slightly stretchy fabric 45″- 60″ wide that also “breathes” (eg cotton knit).
  2. Cut in half the long way; making two wraps.
  3. Fold in half the short way.
  4. Iron on or sew an applique to indicate the center for when you are ready to use it.
  5. The two ends should taper off to be points for an easier tie, so cut a triangle off each.

And that’s all folks!

Moby Wrap: Make it Yourself

Moby Wrap: Make it Yourself

If given the choice between sewing [even with a deadline, my daughters dress] or quilting, there is’nt much of a toss up.  But since I have to justify quilting instead of sewing, I got involved into making a chupa for her.  A chupa is a covering that jewish brides and grooms have over their heads during the ceremony.  I wanted to try the Ricky Tims kaleidescope.  It came out beautiful!  I gave it to our longarm quilter to finish and now its full-time on the bridal gown!

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I’ve been working on my daughters dress.  The train, which is the focal point of the gown, is finished but now I have to figure out how to attach it to the skirt.  I have some organza flowers from the train that I think I will use; pictures to come. I used one pattern for the bodice and another for the sleeves and they are not going together that great, so that’s the project for tonight.

All the live ballots, absentee ballots, oversea ballots, hanging chad ballots and all other ballots have been counted and we have a winner to the 2009 Challenge Quilt Contest!

Madi #4 Sweet Dreams!

Runnerup is Susan #9 “New York Mosaic

Thank you to all of you who voted in my quilting store and online and thank you to ALL of the entries!  They were all fantastic!

Please reference this post about the Challenge Quilt Voting.

A number of people have contacted us regarding the poll not working.  I have put up a new poll so please vote again!   Although this is highly unusual we hope the Florida Supreme Court will uphold our decision.  Hanging chads will not be counted.

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“The Old Stomping Ground” by Linda

“I lived in lower Manhattan when I first came to NY.  I quilted the most travelled route I took in those days between the Lower East Side, where I lived, and the World Trade Center where I worked.  (Ii never took the bus).”

2009 Challenge Quilt The Old Stomping Grounds (NYC)

2009 Challenge Quilt The Old Stomping Grounds (NYC)

“New York Mosaic” by Susan
“The first thing that struck me when I moved to NY from the Midwest, almost 30 years ago, was the non-stop motion everywhere, the lack of patience and the need for everyone behind me to be somewhere else five minutes ago, if not esterday.  To me, NY is a true mosaic, not a melting pot, with each person a unique part of the whole.  This quilt is based on the subway tile station mosaic motifs, trying to incorporate motion, people, landmarks, traffic and some of the many things NY is know for: finance, communication, entertainment, food, etc.”
2009 Challenge Quilt New York Mosaic

2009 Challenge Quilt New York Mosaic

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“Convergence” By Joyce

“I was inspired by the convergence of the people, cars, trains that form New York City.”

2009 Challenge Quilt Convergence

2009 Challenge Quilt Convergence

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“Quilt Show Grid Lock” By Malke

This is mine so there is no voting on this one.

“By air, land and sea we can find a quiilt shop anywhere. And we do! Malke”

Quilt Show Grid Lock 2009 Challenge Quilt

Quilt Show Grid Lock 2009 Challenge Quilt

“All On Time” By Zmira
“I employed a variation of the log cabin block.  My husband and I enjoy traveling to our favorite spots in the 5 boroughs by subway.  “All On Time” was sewn in honor of an artist who was forced by the Great Depression to give up his scholorship to Pratt Institute to work as a NYC motorman. He later came out of retirement to work at a menial job to pay for the tuition of his daughter as a dance major in NYU so that she could fullfill her dream.”
2009 Challege Quilt "All On Time"

2009 Challege Quilt "All On Time"

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“The Maze” By Merri
“Out path starts at the hospital [the bottom subway map starts at a hospital] and ends at the cemetery [the top subway map is the cemetery]. Along the way our loved ones watch over us.”
The Maze 2009 Challenge Quilt

The Maze 2009 Challenge Quilt

“A Wild Ride on the Subway” By Ellen

“‘ A Wild Ride on the Subway’ fits with the theme of transportation that I have been working on.  From boats to taxis to Volkswagons, getting around NYC can be an adventure!  Born and raised in Brooklyn New York, I have been painting for over 35 years.  Over the past five years, I have been experimenting with fiber art, finding it to be freeing and fun. where as my paintings are formal, my quilts are whimsical and playful.”
Challenge Quilt - A Wild Ride on the Subway

Challenge Quilt - A Wild Ride on the Subway

“Sweet Dreams” By Madi
“Some people count sheep to help them fall asleep, I count trains.  It works for me since I live a stones-throw from the Q Train that helps lull me to sleep.”
"Sweet Dreams" 2009 Challenge Quilt

"Sweet Dreams" 2009 Challenge Quilt

“People on the Moon” By Sarah
“People in NY, with it’s great history and diverse cultures, are all on the moon.  Both residents and tourist alike using different means of travel.  Buses, trains, cars and trucks moving over the grand bridges.  Through tunnels, up and down our streets, sometimes at great speed I might add.  Let us not forget the boats that travel in and out of our vast waterways and harbors. We have it all for people on the moon.”
"People on the Moon" By Sarah

"People on the Moon" By Sarah

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I just wanted to let you know if you are in the NYC area you can come view the quilts live.

We are located at 1131 McDonald Ave Brooklyn New York.  The Ave I Subway Station is right on the corner, the “F” Train stops there.

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“Our Day in Central Park” By Perri

“I stared at the challenge fabrics for a long time. Central Park was conveniently in the center of my piece of subway map so it gave me focus, after rejecting the idea of cutting out tiny words from the map and finding fabric to symbolize many NYC destinations.  The quilt became an exercise in fabric scraps and wonder under.”
"Our Day in Central Park" Challenge Quilt

"Our Day in Central Park" Challenge Quilt

“NY State of Mind”

“Our energy, our style of always being on the go and our unique attitudes make us true New Yorkers. that’s why I love every minute of my “NY State of Mind””

"NY State of Mind" Challenge Quilt

"NY State of Mind" Challenge Quilt

We had a Challenge Quilt.  I will be posting a couple of  entries a day.  At the end of the postings I will create a poll.  Being that this is a combination of in-store and online voting we will combine the two votes to come up with the winner.  The winner get’s a cash prize, all the glory and media interviews!

The quilt needed to have two fabrics (I will post them soon), finished back and front with quilt batting and binding and can’t be more than 24 by 24 inches.   One of the fabrics was a subway map and the other fabric had lots of people on it, hence the NYC connection.  I will also post the explanations from the contestants.

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Bernie Siegel, I Hear You – I read a lot of inspirational books to help me through a very hard time.  Bernie Siegel
inspired me to visualize attacking my cancer cells.  I found the bulls eye fabric and I knew exactly what I would do.  The only thing is that maybe my cancer cells came out a little too cute.

Bernie Siegel Breast Cancer Quilt on Target

Bernie Siegel Breast Cancer Quilt on Target

The challenge, for the previous challenge quilt, was to use the two red fabrics. The theme was “Helping Hands” because the fat quarters were hand stamped by women in Africa and this was a fund-raising project. If you are a QuiltShow member, you can see more challenge quilts online at http://www.thequiltshow.com

When I first saw the title of the challenge it brought to mind the story of the woman on a plane.  She flushed the toilet while still sitting down and needed the help of ground crew to get her out of the toilet.  Such an unlikely story…but the truth. I felt the need to translate it into fabric.  The name of the quilt is “Help! I’ve Fallen and Can’t Get Up”.  Obviously, she needs a “Helping Hand”.   🙂

Help, I've Fallen and Can't Get Up Quilt

Help, I've Fallen and Can't Get Up Quilt

I discovered that I enjoy doing journal quilts. I never did traditional quilts per se.  My quilts have to have some humor to them or tell a story.  I started joining small challenges just so I could do that.  The formats are usually small and there are very few restrictions.  You are given a challenge fabric and a time limit.  Both those work well for me.  At Sew Materialistic we are also having a challenge, if you would like to know more about it, please email me.


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