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    I see many cute little pets roaming around sewing rooms, lounging on quilts and perched on machines. For personal and health reasons, pet and smoke free environments seem to be a big thing in the quilting community. If you sell your quilts, how do you address this concern - do you tell all your potential customers that you have smokers and pets? I see many members mentioning that they have received fabric with these orders. Just wondering how you handle this if you have pets/smokers.

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    I wash all my quilts when they are finished. I don't sell my quilts. My pets are allowed anywhere they like, and there are worse things than a pet wandering around the sewing room. Anyone who doesn't like it is welcome to stay away.

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    we have never allowed smoking in our home but we do have pets- i try to keep our cat at a distance...but...
    i always wash finished projects- if it is a quilt to be sold i then fold it and put it in a pillow case to keep it clean until it goes where it's going- I do let people know we have a cat-
    normally the quilts i sell are special orders and it is known that we have a cat.
    we have a niece who is very very allegic to our cat- when we make anything going to their home it is placed in a plastic garbage bag-labeled very well- they take it directly to their washer/dryer- even if i had just washed it----they know we have the cat and take no chances- we know this.

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    you should always let it be known if selling (or even giving) that there were pets- or smoking- or anything else that tends to cause reactions--so customers can make decisions they can live with.

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    I think the person with the sensitivity is where the responsibility lies. I have a cat, and he *is* free to roam. However, he doesn't jump up in the fabric closet, "spray", claw, or otherwise defame my work.

    I don't smoke, but I can see where people that do wouldn't advertise the fact that they do. Because I've received some VERY smelly, brand spanking new fabric that smells like a bar when I open it. For me, it's a difference between having to wash it right away versus tucking into my stash asap, like I would if I purchased from a store.

    There's no way to know which buyer will be sensitive to what environmental allergen. There's a difference between being sensitive and just annoyed. And, if they're severely allergic, they have been that way for a period of time and know to advocate for themselves and what they introduce into their environment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rebecca VLQ
    I think the person with the sensitivity is where the responsibility lies.
    being allergic to lots of things, i agree in part with this statement. however, the person buying should know in advance of the potential for difficulties for them, and choose to buy/accept or not. if it is not revealed, then there is no choice available to them.

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    my sewing room is in a finished basement and our two doxies cant maneuver the stairs , their legs are too short! Blessings come in many ways hahahah
    We dont smoke either, never have.

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    If its going to someone else, I let them know there are pets. As for smokers, sometimes my DH wanders in with a cigar. Does that count?

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    My animals have pretty much free reign in our house, though I do try my best to keep them off my fabrics. One of our male cats is a stinker, though, and has figured out how to get into one of the shelves to nap.

    I have never had a problem with any of them spraying or marking, and I wash everything before it leaves my hands. I also take a lint roller to items before I package them.

    My studio door is closed when I am not in there, and my websites all say 'not pet-free environment'. Noone is allowed to smoke in the house, ever. (I am a non-smoker, hubby is quitting, but we have friends who smoke, so they're relegated to the back porch for butt breaks).

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    I have a lot of allergy issues, so I just make sure to launder anything that could stir them up when they come into my house :D
    I think most of us that have problems like this are used to doing the same :D:D:D

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    Most professional LA quiters operate in pet-free and smoke-free environments. If you are sensitive to either, make sure you ask.

    If you smoke or have pets, please do your best to remove the odor and pet hair before sending your top to the quilter. Smells and pet hair can end up on the leaders and cause problems for the quilts that follow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan
    Quote Originally Posted by Rebecca VLQ
    I think the person with the sensitivity is where the responsibility lies.
    being allergic to lots of things, i agree in part with this statement. however, the person buying should know in advance of the potential for difficulties for them, and choose to buy/accept or not. if it is not revealed, then there is no choice available to them.
    Good advice :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by redmadder
    If its going to someone else, I let them know there are pets. As for smokers, sometimes my DH wanders in with a cigar. Does that count?
    I find cigar smoke to be more offensive than cigarette smoke (which I can't stand). Strong fragrance is bad too for anyone with sensitivities or allergies.

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    I have a small poodle and she is free to go where she wants, typically people are not as sensitive to poodles as other dogs.

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    As you can see from my avatar, I have a very large fluffy girl! I have gifted and sold to family and friends who are well aware of pet hair. If I were to sell to someone even though I would use a lint roller to remove pet hair, I would still inform the buyer/recipient. It's just polite, most people say they are fine and have pets but some do have rather severe allergies.

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    I have two dogs and while they don't hop up on my fabric like cats do, it is inevitable that a hair gets in here or there. While we don't smoke, I do work in a house with a fireplace and kero heater, I cook smelly things like cabbage, and sometimes my husband or son will burn something (passive aggressive when they're asked to cook!). How do I handle it? When I send out veils, they go with a rose/lavender sachet. Hopefully the scent overwhelms anything else that might get in there. I also have a proviso on fabric and related items: If you have a nose like a bloodhound, go shop somewhere else!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marion T
    I wash all my quilts when they are finished. I don't sell my quilts. My pets are allowed anywhere they like, and there are worse things than a pet wandering around the sewing room. Anyone who doesn't like it is welcome to stay away.
    AMEN from Texas! I feel sorry for people who don't allow room in their hearts for a pet. I will respect allergies, and really don't like my cats on my fabric because of the shedding - it's so difficult to get it all off and black fabric is the worst! They are, however, allowed almost anywhere else in the house, except for countertops or tables - the rule is that no cats go where food goes.

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    I only make quilts for family and friends and they're all allergy free. I'm the one with the allergies and I had 3 cats in the sewing room with me all the time. I do wash before giving anything away. so far no complaints from the giftees.

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    No smoking at all in our home or even in our yard. I have a dog and cat that are indoors. If someone is very allergic to pet hair then I don't give them a quilt. I can't guarantee no pet dander/hair is not somewhere on the quilt. I'd never pick fabric over my pets.

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    Oh My don't tell my 2 Doxies that their legs are to short. GGG! They just won't believe you at all. I can't believe some of the stunts my 2 do with them little legs.

    Verna

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    both DH & i require a pet free environment for our art and we have a studio set up the covers an entire floor of our home and our 4 cats are never allowed onto this floor.

    when i'm doing work that isn't for sale i move my sewing machine to the family room to be with the cats.

    no one is allowed to smoke in our home. actually i don't even know any one who smokes. its beyond me why any one would be smoking any longer considering all the health risks.

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    My dogs have free reign in my home.
    (and i have never caught them smoking,but they do get in the trash occasionally! )

    most of my friends are animal lovers..

    I don't make quilts to sell.

    i smoke, but never in the house. (yes, i know..it is so bad)

    i wash everything i make, before i bless someone with it..

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    I note on my sale listings that I have cats. I do generally wash my quilts before they leave my house.

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    Quote Originally Posted by verna2197
    Oh My don't tell my 2 Doxies that their legs are to short. GGG! They just won't believe you at all. I can't believe some of the stunts my 2 do with them little legs.

    Verna
    Ha ha ha..yeah that's my two little fellers..... but they sure can do steps. Our two doxie's will NOT even attempt to come down the basement steps, but..uses the steps to go upstairs to bed everynight and comes back down those steps in the morning. Strange, we have no idea what the difference is.

    I have to kinda chuckle over people with pet smells and smokers smells... so many people are focused so much on just these two aspects. What about perfume odors? I work in the public sector and have to wait on guests daily all day long. I have had to walk away and stop waiting on guests because they smell like they took a shower in their bottle. Most who wear it, are fine..but some..I really think they shower in it. When your in the back of a restaurant, and can smell them as soon as they walk in..that is horrible.

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    I am one of those dreaded smokers. And I have 2 dogs that are allowed anywhere in the house. I don't sell anything. When I give quilts as gifts they all washed, sprayed w/Fabreeze (sp) and packaged before they are gifted. And all recipients know the circumstances of my life/house. When I do blocks for swaps (rarely for the above reasons) they are Fabreezed first and sent in a plastic ziplock. I always include a note stating the pet/smoke with apologies and if the block can't be used for those reasons I understand. Haven't had any adverse comments yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by merry
    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan
    Quote Originally Posted by Rebecca VLQ
    I think the person with the sensitivity is where the responsibility lies.
    being allergic to lots of things, i agree in part with this statement. however, the person buying should know in advance of the potential for difficulties for them, and choose to buy/accept or not. if it is not revealed, then there is no choice available to them.
    Good advice :thumbup:
    And I also partially agree with YOU! :D

    I think it depends on the degree of difficulty, really. If cat dander gives you a little twitch in your nose and washing fixes the problem, the buyer can pretty much buy whatever they want knowing they might need to wash it asap. If it will cause anaphylactic shock, they MUST clarify whether or not the seller has pets.

    Then, the person that is owning the fabric could have purchased it from someone else who had a pet, since they don't have the sensitivity they would be none the wiser, and so even if the buyer asks "Do you have pets" the answer is no, but there may be an allergen on the fabric.

    "The choice available to them" is to purchase or not purchase. If there is an allergy concern, they must protect themselves and cannot depend on others to be up on all the allergens out there. Cats, dogs, ragweed, peanuts, shellfish....who knows if someone went to the flea market and picked up some (new) fabric one day, and stuffed it in the bag with spanish peanuts? I *will*, however, try to remember to mention my cat if I ever sell in the future! :thumbup:

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