Quilting Business

Welcome to the Quilting Business Blog!

Welcome to the Quilting Business Blog! This blog is a resource for anyone who is involved (or hopes to be) with quilting as a business. This includes quilt shop owners, anyone offering a quilting service, quilts for sale, long arm quilting services, quilting classes or any other types of quilting business.

If you are brand new to the industry, you will find lots of articles and resources that relate to starting, and running a quilting business.

Small business is something I am personally very passionate about, and it is my goal that by reading this business blog and implementing the tips and advice you find here, you will see improvements in your business that speak to your bottom line. I believe everyone needs a business coach, and that is exactly what I intend this blog to be, your personal business coach. Now, let’s start making some money!



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Q&A: Stay Away from eBay

I received this question from Eileen Keane about selling on eBay and making a decent living…

Good morning Chuck,

Thank you for including me on your mailing list for your ezine! I'm finding lots of valuable information on it.

I've been reading the selling on eBay article and checking out other machine quilters on eBay. I have to admit, I'm very leery about listing there. Most of the longarmers I've talked to have told me that I'd be giving my work away.

If you look at my website, you'll see that I'm reasonably priced for my part of the country/state. I honestly don't know what to do; I want more business but not at the cost of making a decent living.

Thanks and I hope I hear from you,

Eileen Keane

Over the years, I've found that eBay is a great place if you want to pick up some unusual item – a vintage toy or script from a favorite movie – but I haven't really seen much for selling services that seemed like a good deal for the seller.  It seems that everyone searching eBay is looking for the lowest price, and it can be tough to make enough money to make it worthwhile.  So, here's my answer to Eileen:

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Quilt Pricing Calculator

gnome-mime-spreadsheetIn response to all of the questions around quilt pricing, I've created a quick quilt pricing calculator that will help you focus your thoughts on quilt pricing and get you thinking about some of the other factors you should consider when pricing your quilts.

The Calculator is pretty self-explanatory (there are two worksheets – one for calculations and another sample).  Here's the link to download the Calculator:

PLEASE NOTE: The Quilt Pricing Calculator is an Excel spreadsheet (.xls format) file.  You will need some type of spreadsheet program to open and use the Calculator, so if you don't have Excel or another spreadsheet program, I wanted to let you know about a great free tool that Google offers called:

Google Docs and Spreadsheets

This free online tool requires that you have a Google user account, but it's very simple and allow you to not only create and edit spreadsheets, but also create documents.  You can also get a Gmail account as well.  So, if you want to play around with the Quilt Pricing Calculator and don't have a spreadsheet program, use Google Docs and Spreadsheets.

Good luck!


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About Quilt Pricing

calculatorThanks to everyone who responded to my first couple of emails in a while with a resounding “YES! Keep me on your mailing list. It's great to know there are so many wonderful quilters out there who want me to keep (or really re-start) doing what I'm doing here at the Quilting Business website.  And if you haven't participated in the poll yet, there's still time to let me know what you'd like to see on the site over the coming months by going to the poll.

As it turns out, one of the more common questions that keeps coming back again and again is about pricing your quilts.  With pricing, there are a number of different methods that can be employed, but the bottom line is that you want (really need) to get paid for your time and effort and expertise.  A special-made quilt is not an assembly-line product that conforms to simple volume pricing models.  Your quilts are more in line with art than with any type of mass-produced widget.

I have a number of articles on this site that deal with quilt pricing.  Please take a look at these articles:

In addition, I've added a search function to the website so you can search the past posts for the information you are seeking.  There's a lot of good info on the site, so feel free to check it out!

I'll be pulling together a Quilt Pricing Calculator spreadsheet over the next day or two so you can plug in some figures and come up with a reasonable price for your quilts!

Stay tuned,