Getting Organized

I’ve finally decided to get serious about this quilting thing. With the help of my daughter–the consummate entrepreneur–I am now a full-fledged home-based business. I have ordered business cards from this very cool website (http://us.moo.com/), I’ve signed up to accept credit card payments via my smartphone, and I’ve formulated my Vision Statement, which goes like this:

“I will use my quilting skills to enrich my life and the life of others through artistic expression, community involvement, income generation, and to express love and friendship to my friends and loved ones.”

I think that just about covers it. I really find quilting to be a wonderful thing. It is a great avenue for self-expression. It promotes friendship: I have found some of my best friends through quilting. It allows one to contribute to the community, as in the case of charity quilts. It helps one become integrated into a new community–I didn’t know anybody when we moved to North Carolina last November, and now I know and am friends with a bunch of people who I wouldn’t have otherwise met. It helps to fill up the hours that would otherwise be wasted in front of the TV, or on idle trips to the mall, or playing computer games. Plus a nice bonus: it may afford me the opportunity to earn some extra cash.

So folks, get ready to see more of me “out there.” Presently some of my quilts are being sold at my daughter’s booth (marshallcommunityarts.wordpress.com) throughout Western NC (i.e., EarthFare Westgate in Asheville; Hot Springs, etc.), and right now via word of mouth. I expect to have an online presence as soon as I find the best venue that suits my needs. I have an Etsy shop, but it is not exactly what I need, since I’ll be selling not only quilts, but mostly services as described below. Who knows? Maybe this new endeavor might just help finance the construction of a proper quilting studio, which right now I share with a guest room in my house (cam we say “cramped?).

I specialize in making quilts and quilt tops from other people’s discarded or leftover blocks, reworking old quilts into new designs, and saving old quilts from the ignominy of oblivion or bad design. I have already “saved” several quilts that would have otherwise been discarded or disowned, as well as created several new quilts from leftover blocks, mine and other people’s.

Here are some examples of this type of work.

Rearranged blocks that had never made it into a quilt, pieced and quilted it.

Created a top from blocks inherited by their owner from a loved one, machine quilted it, and made its owner very happy.

Pieced and quilted this top from odd blocks of all sizes and shapes. Finished product went to charity.

Took these beautiful odd blocks from a very talented quilter and put them into a quilt top that eventually went to charity.

These Victorian Ladies came to me in several pieces. The resulting quilt also went to charity.

More odd blocks that someone had no use for. Now it is a beautiful quilt.

I found these Sunbonnet Sues in a bag of scraps. I appliqued them onto muslin, pieced the blocks, quilted them, added a prairie points border, and viola! A nice finished quilt that would make any little girl happy. (currently for sale at my daughter’s booth–see above)

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