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From shop hops to sales, QuiltingHub's unmatched listings are the most significant innovation for quilters since the quilting machine
ORLANDO, Fla., June 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Summer means vacations and road trips; millions of people will leave their homes and offices behind and explore everything America's highways and byways have to offer. For quilters, that means discovering hidden gems, like out-of-the way shops, little-known museums, and special events. QuiltingHub (http://www.quiltinghub.com/) makes this possible with its ingenious trip planner tool.
"No other site comes close to the number of quilting events we have listed at QuiltingHub. Our trip planner tool, for example, is unique among quilting sites," remarked Founder Paul Johnson. "That's why we've earned the #1 rating from QuiltingEvents.com and watched our traffic quickly surpass our competitors."
The trip planner is user friendly, current and, most of all, accurate. Quilters preparing for a long road trip simply enter their starting and ending locations – a city and state is all that's necessary – and watch the map populate with interesting attractions. The planner displays all shows, sales and shop hops within a designated radius of the route. For those looking for a best time to travel, searching the route over the course of a year will provide a visual of different events happening throughout the year along the route. Users also have the option of refining both the search radius and choosing what's displayed on the map.
"As an example, a road trip from Washington, DC to Davenport, Iowa would take you through some beautiful countryside, not to mention put you in shouting distance of dozens of remarkable quilt shops," explained Johnson. "Pennsylvania, Ohio and the Midwest are home to some of the country's best traditional quilters, particularly within smaller communities and Amish or Mennonite settlements. Without the help of QuiltingHub's trip planner, it would be impossible to discover every quilt shop, show, shop hop and sale along this route."
By default, the maps (those without a destination) on QuiltingHub show everything that might be of interest to quilters, including guilds, museums and service providers. This feature is especially beneficial when the destination has been reached, or when one makes an extended stop along the way. Going back to the previous route, the map of Davenport reveals enticing destinations throughout Iowa, Illinois, Missouri and Wisconsin.
For shop proprietors or museum directors, the benefits of being listed on QuiltingHub, the leading site in the quilting niche, are obvious. Having an accurate page listing, complete with contact information, could be the difference between languishing in obscurity or seeing business steadily grow. Those locations slightly off the beaten path likely stand to benefit the most.
QuiltingHub is also curated by the quilting community, which ensures that all information is relevant and up-to-date. From the home and search pages, anyone can add or suggest a shop, museum, guild/group, service or event to the site's listings.
QuiltingHub is the brainchild of Florida native Paul Johnson. He was introduced to the idea for the site by patrons of a quilt shop in November 2009; they suggested the need for a better way to find shops, as well as a more exhaustive listing of important events. Initially, Johnson imagined spending about a year developing the site. Three years later, QuiltingHub became a reality. Within eight months of launch, the site had more quilting events listed than any other website in the world.
Johnson loves art quilts, well-laid-out fabric in shops, solving problems, and helping people. With a Master's Degree in Computer Science, he ran his own financial services company for seven years. He also enjoys teaching, learning new things, and cats. In his spare time, he helps people with Alzheimer's disease.
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