Archive for January 2016

Never a good look in the QuilTak office....

.....this happens sometimes,, but not very often over the last 24 years.  But un-repairable.  We have a great source for help on our website,, just send us a note or call us and we can talk you through just about any QuilTak tool issue over the phone,, and I am pretty sure we have heard them all ;-))) Just saying.  

The main reason for a jammed tool is this:  After inserting the needle into the layers of your project and pulling the trigger to insert a tak,,, you MUST release the trigger before pulling the needle out from your project.  Otherwise the ratcheting mechanism hasn't completed its action and the needle will get jammed with a tak in the channel of the needle.  

If that happens--PLEASE DO NOT REMOVE THE SCREWS IN THE TOOL!!!  Otherwise the above photo is what you will get.  If a jam occurs, simply turn the needle lock towards the nose of the tool and pull gently to get the needle out . This will release the trigger of the tool and the jam should be solved.  Then reinstall the needle. If you get a tak end stuck in the needle channel, you can remove it by sliding a needle along the channel to the point of the needle.   You are welcome to call us with other issues.  We want happy basters ;-))  grins for your day,, bari

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Backing up Data-Just Do It!

So,,, I am not truly consistent about backing up my data on my computers and various devices on a regular schedule.  However I am really good about backing up to my mobile hard drive before I update my computers.  But, what I realize is that I am taking for granted the fact that the back up will work if I have an issue like I did yesterday when my main computer that I run two businesses off of, Crashed while upgrading to El Capitan.  

YIKES!!  So I am here to tell you that those back ups do work and it's always especially lovely when you have a tech savvy web support folk on the phone to hold your hand while your computer is trying to figure itself out.  All is well--disaster was averted and I will encourage each of you to back up your data.  I was most worried about all our of photos.  Talk about heart failure.  I am investigating more ways to protect those precious memories.

Molokai, Hawaii
Today I am going to ClayWorks in Toledo to play with clay.  A nice alternate activity to working on the Computer ;-)) After yesterday's stress I am looking forward to the change of venue.  grins,, bari

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A New Beginning for 2016

The Oregon Coast

It's been awhile ;-)) (don't even go look for the date of the last posting)  what can I say,?? life happens and we do the best we can do with the adjustments we can make.  But lots of fun stuff is happening for QuilTak at the start of this new year.  And it's worth mentioning.  QuilTak is 23 years old!!! and we are getting a fresh look on our new packaging for our product line!  We have enlisted a graphic designer, Janessa at JB Design, in Eugene, Oregon,who does Photography and Graphics.  We are going for Purple ink on our card stock and a nice clean look on our design.

We are also getting a new website design from our long time Webmaster, Gray's Web Design.  One that will be mobile friendly and have a blog included. So hopefully this blog will make a smooth transition to that site.  And room for some You-Tube video's.  We will also put our toe in the water for email marketing.  But... we will only be sending relevant info for how to use the QuilTak tool and other fun tips,,, mostly from my book- Bari's Book of Quilt Basting and Batting Basics. No spam coming from us ;-))  It's quite the learning curve, I have to say,, and it seems like it all is happening at once.  Staying up with the times and all.  Coming up on 65 next month, all I have to say is it's either going to keep me sharp or kill me.  Hoping for the first option.

We did have a fun get together a while back in the studio.  Lots of great stuff was created.  Here are a few pics just for grins.  Sammi Cutler/Sister, Bari Williams/Niece, Ellen Anderson/True Blue long time friend and myself.  Tons of fun was had by all.





Doesn't this make you just want to go create ;-)) That's what it does to me.  Heading to the studio now. grins. bari


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