The business of Handmade Quilts

The business of handmade quilts

garage door used for quilting

If you are into stitching or embroidery and love creating different things through sewing, then you might want to try your hand on handmade blankets or quilts. There isn’t always room to make quilts inside our homes. You must look at alternative places to sew. These are handmade blankets that are usually sewn out of old pieces of garments and other fabric pieces. Grandmothers are usually experts in stitching such items and most of us have fond memories of quilts made by grandmothers or great grand mothers and passed onto generations of children in the family.

Handmade quilts are rare items

Nowadays quilts are a rarity. Mostly because people do not have the time to sit back and stitch quilts, piecing together old fabric pieces and decorating the quilts with embroidery stitches. Making full size quilts are time consuming affairs. In addition, you need a space big enough to hold the quilting frames. Some quilters prefer to use their garage for quilting. One thing to be sure of is that your quilt is not bigger than you garage door. If it is you may need to replacement parts for your door. In places like Phoenix Az, it may be too hot to work in your garage in summer months. Insulated garage doors will help, but it may be necessary to add an air conditioner. Most people prefer to buy blankets off the departmental stores than spending time to make a memorable quilt for the family members. However, if you wish to have a quilt with a difference, you could still opt for a handmade quilt which is made and sold by many individuals. Ladies with a passion of stitching and sewing as a hobby or those who sell handcrafted items are often into making handmade quilts as well. While some take on custom orders, you can find several attractive handmade blankets put up for sale in different fairs and even in online forums.

Selling handmade blankets and quilts

If you want to make a business of selling quilts which are handmade, you need to offer your customers different sizes and designs. For this, you could seek inspiration from different blogs and forums. You could collect fabric pieces as per a theme, such as autumn. In such a quilt you will have fabric swatches of beige, gold, green, brown or rust color. Such a quilt will evoke the feeling of warmth and if you have colorful patterns or prints on the quilt, it can make an attractive handmade quilt with the autumn season as the theme.

How to market handmade quilts

When you are making quilts for selling, you can choose fabric designs and prints in order to make a specific pattern. Again, you can choose the sizes you want to make. There are lap quilts that are great as wall hangings as well as for keeping on the lap while resting on a chair. Then again, people prefer full size quits, the size of their bed, to use as blankets during winter or as bedspreads. When you are marketing quilts as bedspreads, you can design them with particular color themes in mind to match with the interior décor of a room.

A great way to market your handmade quilts is to hold a garage sale. Along with other items that you want to sell, you could advertise your handmade quilts and see the response you get. Along with such handmade items, if you are into a profession like plumbing or garage door repairs, you could advertise that too. It would be like killing two birds with one stone. You can advertise your services, no matter how diverse it is, on your blog as well for capturing online audience. 

Are Quilters breaking in to the limo industry?

Do you remember the days when your mom decided to bust out the old wooden boards and the C-clamps? You know what I’m talking about… those long ole’ wooden frames that sit in the storage in the garage or attic for 12 months out of the year. What is it about moms that make them want to bust out a quilt once a year? Utah limo service might be in the sights for these avid quilters.

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I don’t know about your mom, but mine never finished any of them. It seems like she has been working on the same damn quilt for 12 years. Hell, I’ve even someone inherit a half-done quilt, and then hang on to it long enough to pass on to the next generation and guess what?

 Its still not finished?

And the whole time your mom is yelling at you to finish your homework, finish your piano lessons, finish eating your vegetables, all the while they just need to finish the quilt! What happen to them setting the example? They don’t finish the quilt just like you didn’t want to finish cleaning your room!

 

Is quilting really worse than cleaning your room, or eating vegetables? If so, why the hell do people all of a sudden get the urge to break out the wooden frames once a year and put themselves through hell for a few weeks until they finally hang it up again for another year.

I know that here in Salt Lake City there are a lot of quilters. There are entire stores dedicated to just quilters. The Wasatch Front is dotted with craft stores, fabric stores and sewing machine repair shops. I think there’s even a store called the Quilted Bear? What is that? A store that is full of partially completed stuffed animals that sit in storage 11 months out of the year?

This has got to be a class at BYU or at the University of Utah. Never finish a quilt 101.

So why in the world would these once-a-year hobbyist think they can do anything to influence the limo industry?

With all the trends in Salt Lake with the quilted look of clothing, some are deciding that the plush and comfortable look and feel of quilted fabric should belong in Limousines, especially Hummer limos and stretch limos. What’s wrong with the traditional leather? I mean, unless you are going on a picnic in your limo and need to take the upholstery out to sit on while you eat, why would you want a quilt? Limos are for luxury, and quilts are for comfort. Are we getting these confused?

 

That would be like confusing a towing company for a window tinting company. Yeah they can both really help your car out, but if you are broke down on the side of the I-15 in downtown Salt Lake, there’s not much that a window tinting company from Arizona can do for you.

Just like there is a time and a place for towing companies, there is a place for quilters. Inside a the limo full of guys going to a bachelor party at Gracie’s is not the place.

Here in Utah we got to just put our foot down on these ridiculous ideas, this is the beehive state for heaven’s sake. Just like there’s no crying in baseball… There should be no quilting in limos.

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