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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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Favorite Quilting Tools/Rulers for LA

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Charging for your quilting

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Comment by Gin on October 30, 2011 at 11:49am
Hi Paula, :) I have learned that 'follow up' and building relationships with customers is very important. It gives the retailer opportunity to suggest purchasing 'related' or new products. It's unfortunate that store owner doesn't seem very friendly.
Comment by Paula Coleman/KS - "Sew Silly" on October 27, 2011 at 4:40am

I have a Handi-Quilter and I love it.  However, I am self taught and thank goodness for the internet sites, blogs and chatting.  No training was provided by the man who sold it to me (he set it up and left) nor has he ever contacted me since (we live just across town).  When I go to his store to purchase something he acts like he has never seen me before.  If you purchase something costing as much as these longarms do, wouldn't you think the company or someone would send you some type of information, survey, email or phone call to see how things are going?  I guess I am thinking of the old days of customer service.  I have recently felt confident enough to advertise my quilting and have made several quilts for people from start to finish.  This forum will provide me with even more information and inspiration.  Thank you!

 

Comment by Gin on October 3, 2011 at 8:28pm
I would suggest payment options? reserve their quilt till payment is done then ship to them. Another avenue to consider can be - well, for wall hangings- rent them, rent to own options? Just some thoughts :)
Comment by Donna Nicholson on October 2, 2011 at 2:55pm

Prices for completed quilts may depend on what your particular location/market will bear. I haven't had much success selling completed quilts to date because I price them according to the amount of fabric included, batting, backing, level of quilting and complexity of the piecing pattern. That, apparently, creates a cost that is more than my area is willing to consider. I am attending a craft show in early November and will try a different tactic and hope to sell some there. We'll see. I'd be interested in hearing from others who successfully sell completed quilts and get their take of effective pricing strategies.

I have found that it's easier (for me) to sell my price for longarm quilting services and have had no one balk at those. Go figure!

Comment by Caroline Osborne on October 2, 2011 at 7:10am
Oops -- see=sell
Comment by Caroline Osborne on October 2, 2011 at 7:09am

Business plan is a great idea and we have that.  Our business is with my sister and myself and fortunately what one person's weaknesses are the other person's strengths.  (I am the extrovert, so I'm dubbed with the marketing aspects.)


Another question, if you all don't mind......

We've gotten a lot of information on pricing for quilting services (on the LA) and have decided on a pricing structure.  However, we also have an abundance of completed quilts to sell and patterns for some unique custom quilts.  Our research has shown that prices for quilts are all over the place.  So, how do you decide what to see completed quilts for?

 

Comment by Gin on October 2, 2011 at 5:06am

Gift Idea - I think a great selling item to provide would be a embroidered and framed picture. Something that's a small-medium size, black on white background, slim black frame. Just a thought :)

Comment by Gin on October 2, 2011 at 3:36am
Hi Caroline, I'd suggest a biz plan. It will provide you with direction, strengths, weaknesses, etc. Doesn't have to be anything fancy, just something that will least provide you with a outline to follow and areas to work on. It's sort of like answering the what, when, where, why and how. Hope this helps :)
Comment by Caroline Osborne on September 29, 2011 at 6:18am
Just Starting!  We are just starting our long-arm quilting business and have been reading everything I can get my hands on.  Does anyone have any advice for the beginning entrepenuers?
Comment by Gin on September 22, 2011 at 12:41pm
Hello members :) I have the basics of biz development and hoping to learn more here. I think it's a wonderful business idea since it is fun too. :)
 

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