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QUILTING AS A BUSINESS

This group is for all quilters who already have a quilting business or would like to start one. Our purpose is to share ideas and to help one another as we quilt for fun and profit.

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Comment by Cat Lady--MO on June 23, 2012 at 7:31am

Leah Day of The Free Motion Quilting Project ran a ten article series on Quilting as a Business.  Here is a link to her tenth article, and from there you can find the links to the first one.  She has a number of good points for all of us to consider.

Comment by Cheri on June 21, 2012 at 9:52am

since you have an embroidery machine - maybe that in itself could be a place to start. Say, putting logos on shirts and other attire for clubs, sports teams and such. A friend of mine is on a bocce ball team and she made team shirts for all of the members of her team. She once pit a logo on a shirt for me. In this case, I supplied the shirt, she put the logo onto it. People could possibly give you (whatever number/size) shirts and you could put the same logo on each one. Would that be a possibility?

Comment by Anita Chick on June 18, 2012 at 10:37am

Ladies - I need your opinions, suggestions and honest feedback.  I am 57 and anticipating the possibility of retiring within the next 5 years.  I am toying with the idea of starting a business providing sewing and quilting services.  I need to understand what would provide the most profit. I would love to have my own quilt shop, but not sure that would be financially possible.  As I only have a sewing machine (Janome) and a Janome Embroidery machine, I currently don't have the tools to do elaborate quilting.  Any suggestions as to where to start would be greatly appreciated.

Comment by Cheri on May 8, 2012 at 9:01am

I haven't been saying much lately, but "checking in" daily. It's good to see more activeity lately. I want to try selling my quilts (and other fabric crafts) - one thing I found locally was a little store called "Artisans Marketplace" - artists of various crafts sharing a store with each other. I was a member for about a year and a half, then decided that it wasn't working out as well as I hoped (it's a seasonal community) I still have a few pieces there on a consignment-type situation.

Comment by Becky Ray on May 4, 2012 at 7:08am

When I did some commission work, I chose to set a "per square foot" price. I used the time and supplies for a project I was working on and I factored in the cost of fabric, time and any other costs. Fifteen years ago, I worked it out to $30 a square foot, but fabric was substantially cheaper then. I also considered my time at $10 an hour. With fabric almost twice the price now, that per sq foot is not accurate. When you multiply it all out, a bed quilt is very costly. I do mostly art quilts now, so a wall hanging is more affordable.

Comment by Lisa F. ptracker on May 3, 2012 at 1:46pm

Ty Donna.. that does give me ideas..

i would like to eventually start making quilts for others.. usually by word of mouth for right now.. maybe later on do advertising...i do both hand and machine quilting..my daughter in law also asked what does one charge for a quilt .. so i do thank you for all that in put..

i am so glad that she start quilting and sewing.. and my 10 yr old granddaughter.. she just loves doing it now.. she is finally making time to make things..

Comment by Donna Nicholson on May 3, 2012 at 4:23am

I've only done a few myself. A lot depends on the anwers to a number of questions: how complex is the pattern (i.e., your time to piece), who supplies the fabric and thread, is it to be hand- or machine-quilted, is there sufficient time (i.e., not a rush job), and lastly, if this is your first commissioned quilt, do you want to provide an "advertised" discount to encourage repeat customers or word-of-mouth advertising (or is this a friend or family member for whom you want to "cut a deal"). After answering those questions, you may find that the quilt could run from $450 to $750 or more. This is somewhat vague, I know, but also try searching on "quilt pricing" and view other professional quilters pricing guides. Here's hoping that others on this list will provide some insight for both of us. :-)

Comment by Lisa F. ptracker on May 2, 2012 at 9:06pm

Good day is anyone here anymore.. i have a question on how much do i charge someone for a queen size quilt that they asked me to make... if anyone can give me any ideas let me know thanks and have a nice week

Comment by Gin on December 27, 2011 at 8:44pm

Yeah, the New Year is around the corner indeed. Safe, Happy New Year to you :) I hope we finally get to settle back into our routines f/t rather than here n there. Well, least I've managed to get something, even if a small task - done, lol. @Road home quilting, now that sounds like a good tool! ty for sharing.

Comment by Tina Reed on December 26, 2011 at 12:25pm

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