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Thread: Please stop me from dreaming....

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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
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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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    All quilters dream of quilts LOL
    so go ahead, and put that pocket in!!

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    I think we quilt for the love of it, not for the profit!
    Live to DREAM!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa_wanna_b_quilter
    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.
    I agree. Sadly, my DH and MIL believe I can make a fortune with my quilting. I'm going to make up some stuff and prove to them that it really isn't worthwhile. However, if it does work out, I will gladly apologize to them. If it does about as well as I expect, at least I will have plenty of Christmas gifts for next year. ;)

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    Dream on! :thumbup:

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    I think we all go thru that (dreaming). It sounds like your defintly hooked

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    :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

    Oh my another one bites the dust!!! I hate to tell ya but it only gets better. :lol: :lol: Welcome to the addiction!!!

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    I checked into joining a cooperative a different artisans who have a shop in a local mall. To be considered you have to do a juried exhibition. After the exhibition and I was accepted, I was told the cost. The woman in charge of running the store, proudly told me she makes about $1 (one dollar) on average an hour.

    I told her no thank you and walked away. I sell bowls boxes and other small items on Etsy and it takes more time to advertise than to make most of the items.

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    Sometimes I have more fun looking at patterns and pictures than I do actually sewing. I love to plan in my mind - would never live long enough to actually make everything.But keep a written list going as a reminder of all those great ideas (like the hidden zipper, which really sounds neat). The problem with selling craft items is that sure as anything someone will pick the most difficult or your least favorite and want four of them, all alike. Kind of jumps you from a home crafter to mass production, and where's the fun in that?

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    Weeelll...I dreamed of making enough money from selling a few foals every other year to pay for the horse hobby. Didn't work. So, I decided to make more quilts and sell those to pay for the horses. Didn't work. Thank goodness I have a good job! :-D I still dream and am having an awful lot of fun in the meantime--in the barn and in the sewing room. ;)

    You never know till you try.

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    Quilting is not for profit IMHO. It is more for yourself... something you enjoy that makes you feel good and to create something out of nothing. I give quilted gifts to my family and they all LOVE them. Just a thought :)

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    I love the whole quilting making process (except the binding)I give a lot of them away. It makes me feel good deep inside to know I've help someone less fortunate than me. I've learned to that the more you do for the Lord the better your life is. My scrap box is like the woman in the Bible whose flour barrel didn't run out. I've sold a few quilts but I mainly give them away.

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    At some point you won't be able to sleep, because you're planning your next quilt. That means you'd better start sewing if you're ever gonna sleep again. As for making a profit - unlikely, other than the major pat on the back that comes when someone says 'Thankyou!"

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    I had a lady at work who saw a quilt in a magazine that I was looking at. She loved it, and asked what I would charge her to make one for her. I told her she would have to cover the cost of all fabrics, batting, and then I would charge for the time it took to do it. She had the same reply as others who don't know what it takes to make a quilt, in that she could probably find it elsewhere.

    For me, quilting is something I enjoy doing. Just like my crocheting and hand embroidery. I enjoy doing the creative stuff. As someone said in one reply, keep a list of things you want to do. I have been collecting quilt patterns from the internet, quilt magazines, etc. and put them in sheet protectors in a binder. I probably have more projects than I will ever do, but I like having them available when I want to do them.

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    And next you will be buying fabric as if all the manufacturers are quitting the business in the next few weeks. You will accumulate tons of the stuff and never have enough to coordinate together, so you keep buying. Make sure you have a BIG empty closet right next to that filing cabinet that holds all your patterns and ideas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nancy in Louisiana
    And next you will be buying fabric as if all the manufacturers are quitting the business in the next few weeks. You will accumulate tons of the stuff and never have enough to coordinate together, so you keep buying. Make sure you have a BIG empty closet right next to that filing cabinet that holds all your patterns and ideas.
    :oops: How did you know? ;)

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