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Making www.quiltingbusiness.com a resource for quilting business owners

Quilting Business is Back Online

by Charlotte Colmon


Well, all I can say is that I'm back and ready to take www.QuiltingBusiness.com to the next level.  And by that I mean I am ready to start posting regular content and making it as useful as possible to quilters who want to turn their passion into a full- or part-time quilting business.

What have I been up to?  Well, I was working full-time at a company that got acquired by a French-Canadian technology company.  I worked with the French-Canadians for about a year, and then they had some lay-offs in June of this year.  I was one of the person's layed off.  Which I understand in this economy.  What I didn't like was that they started advertising for my replacement within a couple of weeks, and they were advertising for a lower-level person.  They really just wanted to cut costs!

That got me thinking… I'm never going to be safe in a corporate environment because I'm not in control of my career.  Someone else decides if I'll be in the next round of lay-offs, or my entire group could be axed.  It's not a particularly comfortable place to be.  So, even though I've been looking for a full-time job for the past 4 months, I've decided that I should try and work on QuiltingBusiness.com and see if I can make it worth my while, and also make it worth your while to keep visiting.

So, here are my plans for the site:

  1. I'm going to update the site at least 3 times a week.  This will include at least one quilting business article, some content that I find on other sites that I know you will enjoy (and I'll put my spin on it), and whatever else makes sense to share with you.
  2. To make sure I'm covering what you need to make your quilting business a success, I'm going to ask for your input.  I'll have polls and questions which you can answer.  I really want to make sure this site is useful.
  3. I'm going to re-work all of my quilting business products into leaner, meaner versions that cost less!  All of my products will offer the same good information, but I'm going to reduce prices.  I think it's the right thing to do in this economy.
  4. If I can't make good on the above, I'm going to sell of www.QuiltingBusiness.com.  I do believe there is a real need for this content, and if I can provide the information on a regular basis, I'm going to sell the site to someone who can.

So, the first thing I'm going to do is send an email to the 6,000+ members of the mailing list to see who wants to stay and who wants to go.  There are going to be a lot of old email addresses (since I haven't really done much in the last 18 months), and there are going to be people no longer interested in a quilting business. What I want to do is help the people who are looking for that full- or part-time quilting business, and I don't want to annoy anyone else.

Watch for the email and decide for yourself if you want to stay on for the ride.  I promise to do my best and keep the site up-to-date and informative.  Hopefully, you can contribute and share as well.

Thanks, and best regards,


P.S. I'll also make sure I update you on my family and my wonderful dog, Ginger.  In fact, the picture above is Ginger in our back yard.  Hope you like it!

{ 36 comments… read them below or add one }

Carolyn October 15, 2009 at 9:42 am

It’s great to have you back! I’ve missed you!

Sandy Hebert October 15, 2009 at 10:01 am

Glad to hear that you are back – I always enjoyed your site before and I got a lot of helpful information – looking forward to future information.

Tish Prestage October 15, 2009 at 10:08 am

It’s so funny , I was just making my 2 granddaughters quilts today. I haven’t quilted in quite a while. Glad you’re back.

Patricia A. Robertson October 15, 2009 at 10:18 am

I wondered what had happened to you, I e-mailed you a couple of times and no responce what-so-ever, as though you had fallen off the face of the earth. Well, I’m glad that you are back, I miss you and your site…….Don’t do that any more! lol


Patricia A. Robertson October 15, 2009 at 10:23 am

Please keep me on your mailing list. Thanking you in advance.

Patricia A. Robertson

BB October 15, 2009 at 11:12 am

Please keep me on your mailing list! Glad you are back!

Geraldine October 15, 2009 at 11:17 am

It’s great to know that I’m not the only one still wanting to get into the business! Please keep me on the list.

Joanna October 15, 2009 at 11:40 am

Glad you are back. Ginger is a cutie! What kind of dog is she?

K Korwek October 15, 2009 at 12:44 pm

Welcome back! Looking forward to new info and updates. Thanks for returning.

linda murphy October 15, 2009 at 12:52 pm

I thought I was lost to your messages as my e-mail went through a reconstruction and may yet again since my computer won’t start and I need a new part. Please do keep me on your list. I plan to retire in 2+ years and want to do my quilting full time but haven’t decided on which aspect. I feel I am still learning and wish to learn all you have to share. Welcome back!

Evelyn Kern October 15, 2009 at 1:01 pm

Yes I would like to stay on the mailing list, and look forward to your new information!

Deborah Peacock October 15, 2009 at 1:53 pm

Welcome back!

“We must not allow other people’s limited perceptions to define us.”
Virginia Satir
Family Therapist, Lecturer, Trainer and Author

Debi P

Marlene Stabin October 15, 2009 at 2:28 pm

I too wondered what had happened to you and also had emailed a couple of times. Sorry about your job. Too bad they didnt offer you a choice to stay at a reduced salary or leave. Geesh.
I hope this works out for you.
I am still interested in getting your newsletters so please keep my email address. Thanks

Pam Crosslin October 15, 2009 at 2:29 pm

please keep me on your mailing list. Currently, quilting has just been a hobby but with our construction business slowing to a crawl I’m hoping to change my hobby to part-time income.

Tonya Murdock October 15, 2009 at 3:10 pm

Hey Chuck,
So glad to hear you’re back in action. Ditto! The economic plight of the world has had an adverse effect on everything especially ones morale. I too found myself unemployed. Different circumstances but no income just the same. I am quite the avid sewer and have always wanted to do what I love for profit. I have recently joined a mortgage brokerage as a loan officer and manage my own unrelated website as well .These both support my sewing passion with providing financial means to keep me knee deep in fabric. 🙂 So please keep my on your mailing list – I’m still in the search of something sewing/quilting related that I can start-up for my mom to run. I’ll keep an eye out for your next step. BTW- should you know anyone in California that is looking to buy a home, Re-finance a current loan or looking to finance construction of a new home, please pass my info on.
Tonya Murdock
(916) 989-9500
R&R Mortgage, Inc
9267 Greenback lane Ste B-7
Orangevale, CA 95662

Thanks so much and welcome back!

Suzann October 15, 2009 at 3:30 pm

Depending on the reason you were given for the layoff – they are not allowed to fill your position for 6 months. I am in California – you might want to check this out with your employment office. But they can not do what you described.

Kristen Havard October 15, 2009 at 4:03 pm

Hi. I am a newer member and a new fan. I also was laid off this fall. It was disheartening to me that I spent 10 years developing myself and offering my services to company that led me out the door. The next day it was if I never even existed there! I do not want to feel like this again, so I am planning on starting up my own longarm business….researching the business is how I came upon this web site. Thank you so much for your helpful articles and allowing me to make some lemonade in the downer economy! It tastes sweet…Kristen

Anne Weller October 15, 2009 at 4:28 pm

It was good to see your email, I look forward to more from you, and thanks for going ahead with this project.


Michelle October 15, 2009 at 10:00 pm

Glad too see you have come back. I really missed getting your newsletter.

Karen Benke October 16, 2009 at 4:38 am

I opened a quilt shop after using much of your material. It is doing well but I need to go to the next level of sales. We have a ciche in our community with long arm rental and women are loving it. Please continue to encourage me with your email and such.
Thanks in advance,

Chuck Smith October 16, 2009 at 6:14 am

Hi Patricia,

I was very remiss in my correspondence over the past year plus. I apologize for the non-responsiveness, and I’ll do my best to keep on top of things. And thanks for commenting!


Donna October 16, 2009 at 7:32 am

No apologies necessary, Chuck. Glad you’re back. Anxiously anticipating more info and news about machine quilting.

Nina Peters October 16, 2009 at 7:53 am

Hi Chuck! please keep me on you mailing list. I’m glad for the activity!

Dora October 16, 2009 at 8:24 am

HELLO CHUCK!!! SO glad you are back and all is good. Really missed you. Hope everything works out for you. I am working on 2 quilts right now. Thankyou, Dora

Stephanie Potter October 16, 2009 at 9:40 am

Yes, please keep me on you list. I have not yet started my fabrci shop due. I have a farm I must sell before moving towards the business. Sorry to hear about your job loss. Thanks for coming back!

Debra Conness October 16, 2009 at 3:25 pm

I wondered what happened to you! Sorry about your job. I finally took the first step to sell, no luck yet. Would like articles to help me more in this area. One thing is I used a regular camera not digital and the quality of the pictures are not up to my standards; the colors are not what they really are…

Thanks for coming back!
Btw, please keep me on the list!

Lisa Copen October 16, 2009 at 4:41 pm

Glad to hear you are back. I was just going through my older emails last week, and had noticed it had been quite a while since I received anything from you. Looking forward to the new content, as I have started expanding my quilt business offerings.

Elane October 16, 2009 at 7:01 pm

So Glad you’re back.. We’ve missed you and look forward to your future emails.
Big “Doggie Cuddles” for Ginger.. She’s a cutie!

Nelly Morgan October 17, 2009 at 1:40 am

Yes please, I’d like to stay om your list too!

Lynn May October 17, 2009 at 8:57 am

Chuck, Glad to see you are back, alive and well. Always wondered what happened; thanks for your honesty. Keep me on the mailing list.

Lynn May

Joan Wildermuth October 19, 2009 at 12:31 pm

Yes, keep me on your mailing list. Thanks for coming back.

Joan Wildermuth October 19, 2009 at 12:32 pm

Yes, I would like to be on your mailing list. Thanks for coming back.

Lynn Davis October 21, 2009 at 3:40 am

retain me on your mailing list. thanks

trish October 22, 2009 at 2:42 pm

HI Chuck,
I love reading your articles…such a fountain of learning. My business is a bit different in that I create items for sale such as runners, small lap quilts, peny rugs, etc. out of wool that is then appliqued. Any suggestions for such a business? I also create original patterns for wool applique and would love to see that develop beyond my local area.

Thanks so much for everything,

Chuck Smith October 23, 2009 at 8:09 am

Hello everyone, and thanks for the words of encouragement and the support. It’s been a humbling experience getting all this feedback after such a long absence. It means a great deal to me, and it certainly helps with my spirits!

I’m going to start a weekly Q&A article feature, where I’ll take one to three questions submitted by you and do my best to answer them in the most helpful way. I think it will be a lot of fun.

Watch for an email requesting questions, or you can use the Contact page to send me your question. I’ll be posting answers some time next week. And, I’ll be providing some more info as well.


Kimberly October 31, 2009 at 7:36 am

Hi Thanks for returning the site it is helpful. Keep it going!!!!

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