Help starting my own quilting business!

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Hi everyone! My name is Casey and I am 26 years old. I have been quilting for about 10 years and love to do it. I am trying to start my own business with the quilts that I make. However, I'm not quite sure how to start networking. I thought that this was the perfect place.

I make Made-to-Order Baby Rag Quilts (as well as purses, pillows, blankies and larger quilts). The prices are as follows:

Crib Quilt – 36”x60” - $60
Decorative Pillow – 12”x12” - $20
Blankie – 30”x30” - $40
Tote Purse - $30

Depending on the size of a larger quilt will depend on the price.

If anyone is interested, please send me an email to skelanimalsluv@yahoo.com I have a couple photos that I can email. I'm currently working on a queen size quilt and will have photos of that soon. After I finish that one I am going to start to make random quilts for stock purposes.

Thank you so much.

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Jana - posted on 11/23/2009

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If you haven't already, you might want to check out etsy.com.....it's like Ebay, but only for handmade/vintage type things....good luck with your business endeavors!

Renee - posted on 11/07/2009

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I would highly recommend that you go on the chat forum for APQS. They are a long arm quilting machine manufacturer. I owned one of their machines but I had to sell it and abandon my business due to a divorce and moving. There are hundreds of professional quilters - mostly these are women (and a few men) who finish other peoples' quilts. Selling ready made items is different but you will get a feel from the forum on how their businesses are doing right now. Homemade items are a luxury and if you find the right market you could do fairly well. Ebay is rife with homemade items and you will not get those prices there. It's just sad but even veteran quilters are struggling right now. I would try the website etsy.com as Yvonne suggested. Look for others too. The quilting industry is a multi-billion dollar industry with lots of people in it. You might also try setting up a booth at a local craft fair or swap meet to see how people react to your products. You will definitely need a website if you're going to do this all from home. Good luck to you!

Yvonne - posted on 03/17/2009

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i do not have a quilting business. however. i did sell items until just over 6 months ago until a younger sister and her new baby boy needed help. i sold my items through etsy (www.etsy.com), i also sold wholesale through there to shops that passed my criteria who contacted me through the site. there are quilt shops who are doing very well through the site. i would check it out. i was just about to go locally when i had to put everything in storage. contact me through messenger if you want to chat. right now my computer isnt working since it needs a power cord but i will reply as quickly as possible. ps, i plan to sell again when life smooths out. lol.

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