Friday, June 17, 2011

FAQ's - Friday's Frequently Asked Questions

What do you do in the evenings when you are not quilting or sewing or blogging? 

I package product, like note cards, mini quilts and extra wide fabric sample squares.  
When you own your own business your work is 24/7, so you really need to love all the aspects of the business.  

My favorite part is the quilting.  
My second favorite part is meeting with the customer to decide how their quilt will be quilted - choosing the thread, designs, and batting. 
My third favorite part is packaging the products. 


I set it all up on the dinning room table and organize it kind of like an assembly line, but it is just me to do each step.  I had pressed and rotary cut all the 5 inch squares days before.  I did not do it all in one day.  I am a multi-tasker, so when I need a break from quilting, I press a few pieces of extra wide fabric and then rotary cut them into the squares.  Once all the squares are cut, I am ready to package them. 

This is what I did on my "fun filled" evening last night... 

I carefully stacked one of each fabric, so that I had 30 squares in each pile.  I put them in the ziplock bag with a label and a business card.  Quilters order them on my website, so they can match up their quilt top with the backing fabric before they order it.  

Remember everyone can order fabric, you don't have to be one of my quilting customers.
  
I carry in stock 30 extra wide fabrics and I even sell to other long arm quilters.

Some of my customers order the extra wide fabrics for borders too, so they don't have to piece the sides for a long border.





Each sample package of 30 squares sells for only $5.00 plus $2.00 shipping. 

Update:  
I have discontinued the 30 packs, but you can order five 5 inch squares for $1.25. That way you choose the fabrics that you want samples of. Click here to go to the fabric page.

It is a great way to see if it matches your quilt top.






They are packaged and ready to go.






One night I packaged Mini Comfort Quilts for my online store.  

Wow !   I really have some exciting evenings!










These are the $4.50 Mini Comfort Quilts - available in 4 patch and 9 patch. Email me if you are interested in ordering a Mini Quilt.
Photo is old. Current price is $4.50 each.


And here are the 5 1/2 Inch Crazee Patch Mini Comfort Quilts and they sell for $6.00 each.

Both come with a printed message.





Why do I write a blog?

Monday's Post about wiggle line quilting inspired Jeannie from Quilting by Jeannie .  She is also a long arm quilter and she tried the wiggle line quilting and posted it on Thursday!  Hop over and see it.  It's great!  

And that is exactly why I write a blog.  I love what I do so much, I really want to inspire others to create!  

Thanks for the questions... keep them coming... Marcia@craftysewing.com

Have a great weekend!

Marcia

2 comments:

Heather said...

Your evenings sounds just about as exciting as mine (without the little ones to 'help'). :)

Tonya said...

Does your husband ever tire of your quilt time? Mine does not like me spending much time in there.