September 17, 2008 - 10:23 am

Bonjour! Hallo! Ahoj! Hola!*

Google provides a great, free service called Google Analytics for those with web sites. It essentially “reads” your web site and reports back about who is looking at your site, what they’re looking at, how long they stay, etc. Of course, it’s not smart enough to give you names or identities, but what it does tell us is where you guys are and what your favorite topics are!

I thought you might want a behind-the-scenes peek at A chance to see what we see, and a chance to learn about your fellow quilters that are also on our site.

Since we launched a couple of months ago, we have had visitors from 47 different countries/territories on six continents. Wow! The top 10 are:

1. United States
2. Canada
3. Australia
4. United Kingdom
5. France
6. Netherlands
7. Germany
8. Czech Republic
9. Brazil
10. New Zealand

Within the U.S., we have had visitors from all 50 states – that’s great! The top states being:

1. Kansas
2. Missouri
3. California
4. Texas
5. Illinois
6. Ohio
7. Washington
8. New York
9. Virginia
10. Pennsylvania

September 9th we set a record for our highest number of visitors so far.

We’ve had people get to our site from 90 different referring sites! Including our authors’ sites, Barbara Brackman, Bonnie Hunter, and Lizzie B Cre8ive. Thanks, guys!

Based on the stories you are reading, I’ll give you some updates. We just got back the completed The Kansas City Stars: A Quilting Legacy DVD this morning! Doug is taking them to the warehouse this morning to be shipped to all of you who have placed preorders. If you haven’t ordered your copy yet, click here.

I see you all love Blackbird Designs and Barbara Brackman out there! Blackbird Designs will be releasing a new book with us next month, When the Cold Wind Blows: Quilts and Projects to Keep You Warm. So keep your eyes peeled for that. Also, we just released Barbara Brackman’s latest – Carrie Hall’s Sampler – but have more on the way, including a The Lost Quilt Masterpieces notecard set and another project book.

Our Circuit Rider block-of-the-month project has gone really well – the book is now available. And we have now selected our 2009 block-of-the-month project – it’s going to be a goodie! We asked for submissions and had several excellent ones, some of which will become books soon. But we can’t tell you the winner until October, after it is announced at Quilt Market. But keep your ears open for this one as well!

And remember, we are still accepting entries for Doug’s contest. Click here to see what it’s all about. The prizes are great – $100 worth of quilting books!

* “Hello” in French, Dutch, Czech and Spanish

Diane McLendon is the marketing and sales manager for Kansas City Star Quilts. She writes for on Wednesdays.

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