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Thread: What would you want in an app to track expenses for quilts you sell?

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    Senior Member cindi's Avatar
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    What would you want in an app to track expenses for quilts you sell?

    I recently downloaded the app "Project Quilt". It's a nice app where you can track your expenses for each quilt you make. You can see it here http://komakode.com/ , just click on "Project Quilt" to see what it can do.

    I emailed the developer about adding labor costs to it, as this would make it a perfect sales receipt, or even for those of us who just want to see what we're "giving away" when we gift a quilt to someone. The developer, Karl, and I have been emailing back and forth with ideas to add to make the app sales-applicable, as he hadn't considered this aspect. I told him I'd pose the questions here, to get opinions from actual quilters as to what they want. Here are the questions:

    If you were looking for the perfect app to track your expenses and time, what would you want to see? What would you want included?

    As far as tracking time, would you want just a single spot to put in your total time, or would you want to be able to track the time for each day? I thought adding a spot for what you did during that time (i.e. setup, piecing, quilting) might be nice, as most non-quilters don't realize the time it actually takes to do these things.

    What else would you like to see? A timeclock? The app as-is only allows one picture per quilt. Would you want to be able to add more, i.e. progress pictures?

    Karl is VERY interested in updating this app with things that aren't available in any other app. Your ideas would help him create exactly what WE want, not what non-quilters think we want. Be specific. Fire away with your ideas!!

    PS: I am in no way connected to this app. I just like it and would like to see it more "quilter-friendly"!
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    I think it's very nice that you are helping design such a useful app for quilters. But, I'm not so sure I want to know how much I spend on quilts...... it's not a good thing to have a record that my DH could see. I'm very thankful that I haven't had to restrict my quilting at this point..... I wouldn't enjoy this hobby so much if I felt guilty for spending $$$ on it. I don't make tons of quilts but I am able to buy what I need when I need it...... and I don't go overboard.

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    This looks like something I might actually use! My only problem with keeping track of my time is forgetting to stop and start a clock! I am a longarm quilter and sometimes think I should charge by the hour. Would this info be stored in the Cloud? Not sure what else I would want, maybe a place for customer contact info. Keep me posted. Thanks
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    Where/How does one track thinking/planning time?

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    Thanks hcarpaini, I'll get that answer when I e-mail him back with all our replies.

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    ​This application is one I would use. I agree with you that progress pictures would be nice along with the time record.
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    I think it's a great idea. Having a timer that would automatically total the time daily would be fantastic. Perhaps the timer would continue to accumulate the time from all the starts and stops and then the user could send the total at the end of each day to log it in. Or, the user could also chose to not log it daily, but just let it accrue for each part of the project (Set up time, Piecing time, Quilting time). I'd definitely purchase something like this.

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    Fabric price, batting price, ability to customize quilting price for long arm quilting - various complexity of quilting, ability to generate short report (for customer) fith price break down, and long report for personal use. Possibility to add customer contact info; order info such ad date received and date when the quilt is due. Possibility to customize sale tax and generate an invoice to be printed or e mailed...I would purchase this app if it can do all this.

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    I know this is picky, but I'd want an App that had correct spelling (and grammar)!
    The very first word is spelled incorrectly 'your' as opposed to 'you're'. Not a good first impression.
    This lack of attention to detail would make me, as a consumer, think the App itself would have several 'bugs' or wasn't professionally done and as a result I would probably not purchase it.
    Lang may yer lum reek. (I'm a knitter - hence - 'Knit-ette'. Confuses a lot of people!)

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    I don't sell but we have a Lawn/Landscape business so I have an appreciation for making sure customer and quilter are on the same page. Based on other threads I think a contract area that specifies exactly what the buyer & seller have agreed to (and the ability to customize this area) in terms of price, project specifics,delivery date, material/labor/quilting costs, etc is important and the ability to print this separate from the other info for those sellers who prefer to not spell out every detail to their customer.

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    Wow, everyone! Great ideas!! I'll copy and paste all these into my email to him. He may not be able to do them all at once, but it gives his a definite start. Keep'em coming! Every idea will be sent to him!
    Last edited by cindi; 07-28-2013 at 11:01 AM.

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    I can see that they are a company that develops these apps for the iPhone, iPad, etc. How about a version for the pc?
    and a version for android phones?

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    I keep coming back to this. I see that there is an App for fabric stash, Stashanize. Hmmm.
    I do not have an Iphone but do have an Ipod. Yes, an App for an android phone would be nice.
    Sweet Caroline

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    a place for identifying fabrics used, where and when purchased, and price paid

    or for stash fabric - a description area - and approximate replacement cost

    a way to separate 'for user eyes only' and for 'customer use'

    would a way to communicate with a buyer/customer/client be useful?

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    As I'm firmly anti-Apple for various reasons, Project Quilt and Stashenzie wouldn't work for me .

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    Thanks for the link to the apps. Keep us posted on when the app Project Quilt is updated.

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