Where Can You Sell Your Unique Quilts

Where Can You Sell Your Unique Quilts

Now that you have mastered the skill of making quilts and you have quite a few in inventory you might want to think about selling them. You have several options to selling your creations. You can attend Craft Shows, Quilting Fests, Flea Markets, Consignment Agreements with Quilting Shops but the best and possibly the least expensive way would be creating an online store and selling them directly to the public. You may have to use a combination of a few methods to get the word out on your store. We can help you with that if you like.
Attending Craft Shows and Quilting Fests.

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Patchwork bedspread in the eastern style

You will need to apply for a Vendor’s Space at the show, pay the fees, have your own table, chairs, be able to accept credit cards and have promotional materials ready to hand out such as business cards, flyers and perhaps some trifolds with information about your creations or even a Percentage Off Coupon that they can use on their next purchase. You will also have to have pictures of your products. Most Craft Shows require that you fill out an application before hand and include pictures of your products with the application. The fees can run anywhere from $200 to $600 per show. These are also two or three day events that you will have to be prepared to man your booth the entire time. So having a couple of partners to relieve each other for bathroom breaks and food breaks will be essential.
These type of shows usually just give you a 10×10 space on the floor and you have to bring everything to display your products attractively as well as the selling stuff. The selling stuff might include shoppers bags, a small printer to print receipts or you can get one of the small carbon copy receipt books from an office supply store. Finally, you will more than likely have to pay for a Business Tax/Occupational License for the county you are selling your creations. You are required to collect Sales Tax on physical goods sold within the state. So, you will have to apply for a Sales Tax Number as well. These may have to be gotten before you submit your application with the shows. Check the requirements of the show on their websites very carefully to make sure you can meet the terms and are happy with them.
Showing your Quilts at these types of events should be thought of as a chance to show off what you can do. It is also a great time to meet other quilters, network, and get and share tips. If you have your promotional items ready to give out to anyone who shows interest in your work and with a website already up and running they may decide to buy from your website. You may not make any money at some of these events but it is a great place to garner interests in your work.
Flea Markets
Now selling anything at one of the local Flea Markets is about the same. You will have to pay for a booth which is probably just a couple of tables in a 10×10 space. You will have to bring your goods, your selling stuff such as customer bags, receipts and even the ability to take credit cards. Remember that these types of places generally attract bargain hunters and not so much those who would be willing to pay the price of handcrafted pieces of art. And you will have to pack up your goods every day and return in the morning to set back up again. Most flea markets are located outdoors with some spaces having a roof and the least expensive ones with no roof. However, an indoor flea market with lockable doors might be a way for you to start a small store. And the indoor Flea Markets have air conditioning for the summer and heating for the winter. You will have to pay a monthly fee for the booth but you can leave your stuff, use it as a store address, lock up when you are not there and it is less expensive than a regular commercial space. Flea Markets do generate a lot of foot traffic and that is a good thing when it comes to getting the word out about your quilts.
As with the Craft Shows if you elect a monthly booth at the Flea Markets you are going to have to get a Sales Tax Number, Collect Sales Tax from anything your sell and send them in monthly or quarterly as well as getting a Business Tax License from the County. Even if you just go on occasional weekends it is a good idea to go ahead and get the Business Tax License and Sales Tax Number. These are business expenses and are required for any business selling within the state.
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patchwork quilt in the village interior

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Selling Your Quilts Online
To sell your quilts all you need is a decent website, a social media account or two, a shopping cart and the ability to accept online credit cards. Signing up with Paypal then you can have both without any added cost. They do charge fees when you get a credit card payment. With a social media account such as Facebook and Twitter you can use one of the many online stores such as Etsy.com and Copius.com. Etsy charges $0.20 per item to list every 4 months as well as a small fee when you sell your items and Copius is free to list but charges a small fee when you sell your item.
Now we are offering small business quilters that want to sell their unique creations online a website off of our domain. More information on this website

Home Sewing Machines – For the Love of Sewing

Home Sewing Machines – For the Love of Sewing

Home Sewing Machines – Find new and used home and commercial sewing machines.’It is astonishing how, in a few years, the sewing machine has made such strides in popular favor, [going from] a mechanical wonder [to] a household necessity …’ – Scientific American 1859singer sewing macjines

In 1791, when Thomas Saint first patented the design for a sewing machine, he only imagined that it might one day be used on tough fabrics such as canvas and leather.Difficult to sew by hand, British Inventor Saint envisioned a machine that would be used sewing boots together.Though he may have considered these machines as industrial sewing machines, his designs were never built in to a working model and a later attempt to do so resulted in a sewing machine that didn’t sew at all.

The Brit may have been sore to learn that instead, in 1830 a French tailor by the name of Barthelemy Thimmonier patented and built what was deemed the first practical sewing machine.The new sewing machine sewed a straight chain stitch seam using a hooked needle that was suitable for many different fabrics. He built 80 of his commercial sewing machine and put them in to use in a factory sewing French Army uniforms in the 1840s. Angry French tailors, however, fearing the sew machine and its challenge to their socioeconomic position, destroyed the factory, leaving Thimmonier bankrupt and hiding in England.

Ignoring the fates of earlier sewing machines and their creators, American Walter Hunt set out to build a sew machine that did not attempt to recreate the work of hand sewing. Instead, it produced a lockstitch and was the first machine to do so.Hunt did not see value in his machine, however, and sold it off without acquiring a patent.

In 1845, Elias Howe sought and won patent on a sew machine built on the principals of Hunt`s design with some modification.When he couldn’t sell his invention, even after repeatedly winning speed testing, he traveled back to the old sewing machine home of England and attempted to sell there. He was unsuccessful and when he returned home to the United States, he found his patent being infringed upon. He ultimately won lawsuits that made in a $2 millionaire by the time the patent lapsed in the late 1860s.Saint, Thimmonier, Hunt, and Howe may have invented the new sewing machine, but Isaac Merritt Singer made it, well, sing. Singer`s design pulled from the ideas of all his predecessors as well as his own background as a mechanic (his background in theater had little to do with the invention). More can be found about the Singer sewing history on the Singer Sewing Machines

Improvisational piecing

I have a variety of classes demonstrating my particular style of improvisational piecing and colour play. Participants can learn either improvisational strip piecing or free-form piecing, both techniques holding endless potential for explorations of colour and composition and moving towards original work.

Touchstones – Improvisational strip piecing and colour play based on my award-winning quilt Touchstones #2 – Gingko Garden. Working with 20 fat quarters, participants will learn to blend colours and fabrics in a deliciously random way in this deceptively simple quilt. Suitable for all skill levels. Two day class (with time for piecing between classes).
Strata – Free-form piecing presented in an achievable wall-hanging, with some organza embellishment added just for fun. A two-day class with the quilt top pieced on the first day, ready to explore free-motion quilting on day two (suitable as a weekend workshop).
Constructions – Investigate three different approaches to improvisational piecing in this fun introductory class, opening up a world of possibilities. One day class, suitable for all skill levels.
Explorations – A more in-depth look at improvisational techniques including free-form piecing, fused construction, organza embellishment, paint techniques, bobbin embroidery and free-motion quilting. Two-day class or weekend workshop.

Contemporary techniques – Series 2

Following on from the first series, this set of classes features more techniques for contemporary and art quilts. Rather than a collection of sample pieces, this set will come together using a quilt-as-you-go technique to make a wall-hanging depicting the changing seasons. Suitable as the next step for those who completed series 1 or an alternative starting point (series 1 is not a pre-requisite).