The Fight

Monday, February 28, 2011

Well FINALLY!

Today I picked up my first order of finished Poke-A-Dots.  It was a very small order, just enough to keep me happy for a few days, then later this week I should get the balance of the order.
Once I pick them up, I have to package them, but hopefully they will be shipping out pretty soon!
FINALLY!

This has taken soooo much longer than I expected.  (Obviously)  Perhaps I should have consulted my resident manufacturing engineer (DH) about the time line, but I was (as always) optimistic.
Overly optimistic.
So I am a few months behind.  I can only do what I can do.

So, you ask, what do you do with a Poke-A-Dot? 
 Well, you stick it on your finger, and use it push your needle so that you don't get POKED!
Great for stitching on bindings, hand applique, even just sewing on a button.  And they come in a cute little tin, which is perfect for holding your thread and needles, too.  So when you are on the go, this is all you need to grab.
 Sometimes if I am working on an applique project I need many colors of thread with me. I don't really want to be carting around all those big spools of thread, so I wind thread onto bobbins.  That way I can take lots of colors and still fit them all into my little tin!
And they are re-stickable.  Just take it off and stick it back on the tin until the next time you need it.  You can use them a few times, until they don't stick any more.  Better yet, I don't even bother taking it off.  You can do all sorts of things with the little Dot stuck on your finger and you won't even remember it is there!
Like address a package...

 Play a tune...
 Eat a snack...
Hug a grandchild...  (use your imagination on this one.  I find it hard to take a picture of myself hugging a grandchild when my arms are full of grandchild.)


Any way, you get the idea!  And these little wonders are "grippy" too, so they can PULL your needle when you get in a tough spot.  The cute texture on top makes it so the needle doesn't slip off and gives you a lot of control.
There are 18 dots in each tin.  That's enough to bind 4 quilts, applique 12 blocks and sew on 17 buttons.  (At least in our independent marketing study.  Results may vary.)

To those of you who already know all about Poke-A-Dots, sorry to repeat myself.  But I am so excited about this new little notion!  I will have these available on my website within the week.  You can also watch for them to show up in quilt shops.  Soon all the cool quilters will be wearing Poke-A-Dots!

15 comments:

Madame Samm said...

Fabulous idea...I have been using thimble its for sometime...but I love the idea of something softer...way to go Jill for such innovation...

Barb said...

I have never heard of them before, glad to discover something new.

JCnNC said...

Thank you for sharing this notion. I have not heard of them. They look like they will work great. Judy C

Mommarock said...

Yippee!! I've been waiting.. and watching.. I certainly hope they come to a store near me :) Cuz this momma wants me some!! And they are cute even! BONUS!

Christine said...

I'm am literally using my last little thimble pad down to the base because I refuse to buy more... I just want to get to the end of the month so I can buy some POKE-A-DOTS!!!! I hope you plan on bringing a huge quadruple order to quilt retreat because we are all going to want a couple tins :) I can't wait to have a cute thimble!

Roos said...

What e great idea, Poke-A Dots!
I'm not always like a timble and my fingers get sore when I don't use a timble.Auch!
And I think that I'm gonna wind thread onto bobbins too, another great idea.
Thanks
Roos

ladybug said...

Can't wait to buy some! I HATE real thimbles! These are right up my alley!

Sarah Tucker said...

I'm so happy to see these little pok-a-dots!!! I love that they are textured with the cute Jillily flower!!! Can't wait to get my hands on some! yay!

Sarah

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Deonn said...

This is great!! I have been using little leather dots with a sticky back, but I love the tin, and how many pokes come in the package! Can't wait to get one of my own--Congratulations on another great idea!!

Passions and Pursuits said...

What a good idea! Will try!

deboraolson said...

This is a wonderful website. We drool over it everyday at work. Psst...don't tell our boss

Ta2Jewess said...

Hi! I received my order of Poke-A-Dots today!!! They were sent to my office, so I haven't had a chance to use them, but I did open the package and stick one on to my finger. I AM IN LOVE! I generally use a leather thimble or go without because I push the needle with the corner of my finger (next to the corner of my fingernail bed). Metal thimbles just don't have a good surface for this, but the Poke-A-Dot molded to my finger and stayed put. I am in HEAVEN! Can't wait to go home and stitch! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

Susan said...

I am excited for your poke-a-dots, how can we order them!!!!! Sounds like an awesome idea!!!!

Jillily Studio said...

Susan,
They are available on my website, jillilystudio.com. Or hopefully you will soon see them in a store near you!
Jill