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Machine Quilting Quilt Marketing Quilting Business

Are There Too Many Machine Quilting Businesses in My Area?

Recently, I received a question from one of the QuiltingBusiness.com community about determining if her local market was over-saturated with machine quilting businesses (name withheld). Here is the question (which I've paraphrased for brevity):

While inquiring about the need for a long-arm quilter in our area in a local quilt shop, I was told (in a not-to-friendly tone), “There are 13 home-based quilters in our area and that's enough!” I have been very excited about starting my own business after my Gammill demo and she sure took the wind out of my sails. How do I go about doing market feasabilty without scaring my competitors?

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Quilt Marketing Quilt Shows Quilting Business

Quilt Show Tips – Displaying Your Quilts

Recently, I received a question from one of the QuiltingBusiness.com community who was going to be exhibiting in her first quilt show (in Argentina no less). She wanted to know how to set up her booth and wanted some tips to make the show go smoothly. Here is the question (which I've paraphrased for brevity):

Once a year there is a big fair in my town (cows, horses and hens, tractors, lorries, and the like). Farmers display their products, others show their tractors, and the ranchers their animals. The three big tents will be for the people who sell things or show what they make. I will display my quilts, shams, and pillows, and I will be the only one with quilts, since there aren't as many quilters here in Argentina as in the USA.

I was wondering if you could give me some advice how to decorate my stand and how to best handle the show.

Thanks for your input!
Pat

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Quilt Marketing Quilting Business

Is a Hand Quilting Business Worth It?

Recently, I received a question from one of the QuiltingBusiness.com community about starting a business doing hand quilting (name withheld by request). Here is the question (which I've paraphrased for brevity):

I have a request to hand quilt and I have no idea how to determine what to charge. Could you help me out with the guidelines? I do hand quilting on my own quilts and people tell me I do a good job and they want me to do their quilts. Any information would be appreciated. I'm thinking about doing hand quilting as a business if it will be worth it. It takes a lot of time and I don't think people realize it.

Here's my response to this question…

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Machine Quilting Quilt Marketing Quilting Business

How to Market Your Machine Quilting Business for Higher Prices

I‘m still receiving a lot of questions about how to price your quilting services based on the quilting pricing articles I have written and posted on the site (you can check out the quilt pricing article here or another response here)

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Machine Quilting Quilt Marketing Quilting Business

Revisiting the Quilt Pricing Model

I've had a lot of responses to the quilt pricing model I posted on the QuiltingBusiness.com web site. (You can check out that quilt pricing article here)

Recently, I received the following question from Gail Quast:

Chuck, I appreciate your articles – they have helped me a lot. My questions relates to the article on pricing quilting. I'm guessing the same ‘formula' would apply to doing hand quilting for a customer? I am attempting to start doing so and separately may do piecing and quilting if someone wants the entire process done for them vs. having “an old top” they need quilted.

Also, any thoughts on including pricing for computer generated design as part of planning a quilt for a customer (EQ5 or QuiltPro) followed by constrution and quilting of course.

Thanks for your input!
Gail

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Quilt Marketing Quilting Business

How to Write Your Way to More Quilting Business

So, you've opened up your quilting business?

You're in a good location, provide a superior product and offer compelling prices. Yet, somehow, you'd like to see more people frequenting your quilt shop or signing up for your quilting classes, taking advantage or your machine quilting services, or purchasing your quilts.

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Quilt Marketing Quilting Business

Quilt Pricing

The most frequent question I receive from my readers is, “How do I price my quilts?” For anyone who makes hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind items for sale, the toughest part of your business isn't creating your masterpieces. The toughest part of the business is coming up with the price. And, with this article, I will try to give you my perspective on how to best price your quilts.