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Thread: Please stop me from dreaming....

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    Super Member Naturalmama's Avatar
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    I know, but this is how my brain works..... for anyone who's read my posts, yes you're right, I haven't even completed my first quilt yet ----- but I'm getting so excited about this I Spy quilt (that I haven't even started yet) that I'm thinking about making them for friends kids - and then possibly putting some in my booth at the farmers market..... this is where I want to be dragged down - with all the time involved in a quilt, even a small one, is it really possible to make a decent profit?


    (I've been dreaming about putting an invisible zipper in one of the squares so there can be a secret pocket - doesn't that sound fun!? :roll: :lol: )

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    Looks like the quilting bug has taken another victim - welcome!

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    I'm afraid we can't possibly stop you from dreaming... it's all part and parcel of the quilting bug. lol! There's no escape!

    Regarding making a profit, I've given up and just make them for family and friends as gifts because I love making them. Some people just don't seem to realise the cost of the fabric plus the amount of hours put into making a handcrafted quilt.

    You can actually see the thought process as you go through explaining the the costing... "Oh, I can buy one cheaper at 'such-a-shop'.
    No they can't, actually, because each handcrafted quilt is individually made from high quality fabric and and not mass produced.

    Keep dreaming and have fun
    Joanne

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    If we didn't have dreams, we'd never make goals.....
    and if we didn't make goals, we'd never have intentions.....
    and if we didn't have intentions, we'd never get anywhere.

    DREAM BIG

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    We all dream, don't feel bad! Regarding making a profit - I worked really hard on my website and have had it up and running for about 6 months. I've had 900 visits and no takers. Most of my quilts are for king and queen size beds. Then I have wall hangings, table runners and pillows advertised there. Needless to say, I gave up, left the website there for looking at and don't expect to sell anything.

    I don't feel bad even in the slightest, it's been so much fun to quilt, I never started with selling in mind anyway. Just listened to family who said I should try to sell my things.

    Good luck on your endeavors and your first quilt, don't be discouraged at all along the way! :D :D :D

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    There's no cure that I'm aware of...once bitten by the Qbug, forever affected...it'll find its way into aspects of your life with little or no outside help. The good news is that you'll be so happy about it that you'll seek out others to share joy, ideas, help, instruction, etc. I'm thinking that b.zang said it best, "DREAM BIG" ! Quilting doesn't provide most of us a way to make a living...but it does such a wonderful job of making our lives better. Good luck to you in all your endeavors.

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    It's like me not to pick the high-profit business adventures - but at least they do involve creativity. It is good to have a pin stuck in my bubble though - I will dream about things to make for friends & family - but as far as sellling, sounds like it'd be good to set that idea aside!

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    I think people that make a profit quilting are rare. And even those who do profit over the cost of materials and such are generally not making much for their labor.

    Quilters quilt because they like to quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by b.zang
    If we didn't have dreams, we'd never make goals.....
    and if we didn't make goals, we'd never have intentions.....
    and if we didn't have intentions, we'd never get anywhere.

    DREAM BIG
    This is soooo true!!! :D:D:D

    What everyone says is true...those that sell quilts for a decent price are far and few between. BUT!!! I am sure that there are many kids in your family or group of friends, who would love to have one of your I Spy quilts!!! I love your idea of a secret pocket too!!! :D:D:D

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    Gee, I wonder if Picasso ever asked his friends to keep him from drawing three eyes on a face? Stop dreaming? R U KIdding? Dream away. It feeds the creative beast inside.

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