Business Webinar: Developing a Financial Plan

Join Kathy Mack to gain insight into developing a financial plan for your online business. Running a craft related business is an artful balance between following your passion and making sure there’s enough profit at the end of the day to make it a financially viable pursuit. Kathy will share her experience in starting, growing and operating my online fabric shop over the past 6 years. She has learned quite a few things about online retail, making a realistic financial plan, and how to navigate her way out of trouble spots.


Get to know Kathy:

Kathy Mack is a passionate sewist, quilter and entrepreneur. She lives on Bainbridge Island, Washington where she is the owner of Pink Chalk Fabrics, an online fabric shop and Pink Chalk Studio, a line of quilt and accessory sewing patterns. After spending years on a traditional career path as a CPA and software developer she jumped off the corporate ladder and began following her love of sewing with the goal of creating a financially viable business. She enjoys sharing her experiences and business knowledge with other creators that aspire to turn their passion into a business. Kathy is also a current Board Member of the MQG and the Interim Treasurer.

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Business Series Webinar: Starting your own business

Thinking about taking the leap into starting your own business? Join Amanda Clow of, Shea Henderson of the Empty Bobbin Sewing Studio, Kathy Miller of Michael Miller Fabrics and Kelly Stevens of for a panel discussion moderated by Heather Grant on starting your own business.
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We’ll learn about best practices, pitfalls and more covering a wide range of topics including: writing a business plan, goal setting, identity & branding, cash flow, inventory management, marketing, work/life balance, policies and administration, software tools, taxes, professional organizations, pricing and more! A Q&A will follow the panel discussion.
About the Panelists
Amanda Clow Quilting and sewing have always been a part of Amanda’s life – from the Mama-made clothes she wore as a baby to the quilts and clothes she now makes for her own three girls. Although she started sewing at a young age, learning hand-sewing, quilt piecing, and clothing construction from her mother, she denied her crafty heritage once she hit her teen years. Amanda’s DIY nature popped up from time to time (those embroidered cut-offs in high school!), and she now fully embraces her need to sew, quilt, and embellish pretty much everything.
Shea Henderson Shea Henderson is owner of the pattern company Empty Bobbin Sewing Studio and co-founder and a past President of the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild. Her work has been published in Modern Quilts Unlimited and Quilts & More magazines and she is a contributor to the book, Modern Baby. Her first book, School of Sewing, will be published in the fall of 2014 with Lucky Spool Media.
Kathy Miller Kathy Miller founded Michael Miller Fabrics with business partner Michael steiner in 1999. Before starting Michael Miller, she spent over 20 years honing her fabric design skills, encompassing everything from kid’s wear to women’s wear, lingerie, bedding and the home sewing world. As an owner with a designer’s viewpoint, she directs Michael Miller’s diversely talented in-house artists, freelancers and a fabulous group of licensed designers.
Kelly Stevens Kelly  Stevens’ love of textiles began at a young age and became especially apparent while studying in Madagascar and Zaire during graduate school – she traded the shrunken heads of her students for some wonderful, graphic local fabric from Zairois women at a market. She continued to develop an appreciation for textiles when she studied Textile Science at CSU Fort Collins and curated the university’s historic costume collection. Soon after, Kelly discovered and fell madly in love with Japanese textiles. With four suitcases and a wonderful trip to Japan, she started superbuzzy with a friend who shared her passion in 2006 – just before the Grand-Recession. In 2012, superbuzzy moved to a flagship storefront in Ventura CA, and the rest is history yet to be written.
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Webinar: Design Fundamentals of Modern Quilting

We are pleased to announce our next webinar presented by Heather Grant, Director of Marketing & Programming at the Modern Quilt Guild.

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In this entertaining lecture, Heather will briefly cover the philosophy of modern quilting before going into an in-depth review of design fundamentals, such as scale, grid work, negative space and more. Using photographic examples from modern quilters in the movement, the audience will understand how these elements are central to modern quilt design and how to apply them into their own quilts.

Join us on March 26 at 9 pm EST/6 pm PST

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