School Starts Early at the Open House

School Houses have become so popular that we have made them a two day event – which means the entire Open House is a two day event.  The vendors are setting up on Saturday so you will be able to visit with them, attend school houses, and shop to your hearts content Sunday AND Monday.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

9:00 – 10:15

Making the Independent Shop Owner More Successful

I can’t wait for you to see what we have in store for you!  The folks at Checker have been busy developing exclusive products that will never be available in chains.  Don’t you love it when you get to compete on an even playing field???  We are working with many of your favorite designers to create quality products that will have your customers returning over and over again.  Combine these products with education and demonstrations on Checker You and your entire Fall schedule will be set before summer is even over!

10:30 – 11:45

“Know How You’ll Grow – Develop a Strategic Plan for Your Business”, with Todd Gibson from Liesl  & Co., Inc.

Todd Gibson has a business background and combined forces with Checker and FabShop to survey quilt shops and develop a plan to grow your business.  I have heard so much about this one – I can’t wait to see what all of the buzz is about!

1:00 – 2:15

“How to Host A Successful Demo Event: Tips That Will Sell Product!”, with Sue Hausmann

Sue and Herb are like family – but this branch of the family is selling their house in Ohio and moving to Arizona.  They will still be back for visits, but will no longer be just a few hours away.  And, Sue is so busy travelling that she can no longer visit all of the shops that invite her so she is telling you exactly how she hosts successful demo days all over the country!  She will tell you how to do it – and then literally show you!  You will have a front row seat and watch her demonstrate just like she would if she came to your shop!!!  Learn from a legend – and see her favorite products.  In fact, she is giving you  a list of them and all the information you will need to duplicate it in your neck of the woods!

2:30 – 4:00


“How the Heck Did I End Up on TV?”,
with Alex Anderson. Note: Alex will also be availalbe for book signing in her booth.


Many of you became quilters because you watched the great T.V. shows on quilting.  Come meet one of the legends in that genre and learn how it all happened.  She will be available in her booth for book signings and pictures during the Open House.

Monday, August 20, 2012

8:45 – 10:00

“Be the First to See Her New Products – Rulers, Fabrics and Patterns”, with Judy Niemeyer.

If you are a Judy Niemeyer certified shop or instructor – or would like to be one – this is a must!  Judy will be sharing four new patterns, a new Creative Grids template set, and a new series of classes that will be launched next year!   You can have the patterns, your samples done, and the rulers in stock two months before Fall Market!  All I can say is WOW!
10:15 – 11:30

“Five Easy Tips That Increase Your Bottom Line” with Karen Montgomery.


Learn how suggestive selling and knowing your products can increase sales at the register!  Karen will also share how intelligent buying and management can reap profits!  Karen’s lectures at Quilt Market are always standing room only – but at this event, you will be able to sit down and enjoy the show!!!

Come learn from the best and the brightest in our industry!  You will be glad you did!



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