Sell The Quilts You’ve Made


Sell The Quilts You’ve Made

Once you have created a couple or 10 quilts you might want to consider selling them. You can give them away to friends and family members and you can even sell them for FUN AND PROFIT. After all, you will need to recoup all that money and time you spent creating your fabulous creations and what better way than to sell a few. Of course, the more inventory you can create before you decide to sell the better. And the more the make the faster you will get at making them. There are various avenues for selling your quilts and Spring and Fall are probably the better times to try and sell them. You can pay the fees for a booth at a local quilting show or even pay the smaller fees at your local Flea and Farmers Market. But if you don’t want to schlep all your inventory to any of these places you can create a website.

patworkm quilt - quilting with singer sewing machines
Patchwork bedspread in the eastern style

If you go the traditional route you will have to pay for a domain, pay for website hosting fees and setup a shopping cart. And absolutely set up a PAYPAL account. PAYPAL is a secure credit card/electronic check processing website that keeps yours and your customers information safe and secure. Check out the GODADDY website for an inexpensive website solution that will give you complete control of how you website looks like, feels like and interacts. If you are not internet or web savvy then you can even try ETSY or another online service.
ETSY is another seller/buyer website that gives you leeway in your shop. They do charge $0.20 per item that you list and a small percentage of the amount you sell. They help you get the word out and offer videos and instructions on how to list, take pictures, involve your friends, even pay a small fee to have your items featured quickly. You have to renew your items every 4 months and pay the $0.20 per item fee again. The fees are due by the 15th of the following month. That gives you a little time to list your items and hopefully make a sale or two before they are due. Read through the help sections of any site or service you decide to use. So far we have been happy with all the services we are recommending.

A Quilting Weekend with Friends


They never seem to come often enough — weekends spent quilting with friends. A lot of projects were waiting to go along with me, but I mainly worked on just a couple. I never empty very many bobbins, but that’s not the point of the weekends. It’s the getting together, relaxing, and sharing that’s important (sharing food, advice, stories, and friendship).

I’ll show my projects next time. For now, here are the much more impressive projects shared by the other “retreaters.” quilting with a singer sewing machine

(1) Georgia has been working on her scrappy 12″ pineapple blocks and put them all together on Saturday. Pattern is from
Positively Pineapple. She will be adding a border.

(2) I think the spiderweb Q made by Becky is from a Fons and Porter pattern, but I didn’t find it in their “Best of Scrap Quilts,” as I thought I would. Triangles are 6″ tall.

(3) Following her pattern, Chris’s placement of the cut pieces made the yellow and purple appear to intertwine–with a pretty butterfly background. She trimmed the sides just after I shot this photo.
(4) Pat made the Blogger Girl quilt (from
Open Gate Quilts) using red and green fabrics with gold highlights. She worked hard on the sashing — the on-point squares are labor intensive, but they’re stunning when they’re added to the quilt to frame the blocks.
(5) Sue saw this quilt in someone’s Fons and Porter magazine, and we found
a download-able copy of the pattern online. It’s “Aunt Gracie’s Garden,” AKA “Emily’s Wedding Quilt.” Her background is Kona Snow, and we helped her cut an 8-1/2″ wide border from that. Flowers, leaves, and vines will be appliqued on the wide border
beforeit’s attached to the quilt. Four appliqued flowers will go on last, covering the mitered border seams.
NOTE: There are no curved seams here–only the
appearanceof some. Look carefully. It’s a combo of HST next to squares made with
Tri-Recs toolby EZ Quilting. Google “Tri-Recs” and you’ll find photos, tutorials, and ideas galore.
(6) We’ve been given all steps for our guild’s current mystery quilt. This is Kris’s version. Some gals used one fabric for the alternating snowball blocks; others used varied fabrics, as Kris did here.
(7) The biggest stash buster I’ve ever seen in person was this one that Georgia brought to show. She cut 30″ squares of fusible grid interfacing and ironed on 2″ squares. After folding on the lines and stitching 1/4″ seams, she ended up with
22-inch blocks (225 squares on each). The main body of the quilt is made from nine of those blocks plus three half-blocks. quilting

Georgia added a 3″ black border, then a border of squares, four squares wide. My quick estimate is that there are more than 3000 2-inch squares in this quilt. I’m also estimating it’s around 84″ x 93″.
I have a lot of 2″ squares and some iron-on grid interfacing, so I could start one any time. I also have a daughter who enjoys the artistic arrangement of quilt blocks. I think she’ll enjoy arranging those squares for me–at least for a while. (I’ll take the help as long as I can get it.)
I hope you had a quilty weekend. Mine was filled with inspiration and relaxation.

Quilt Show


Clothing embellished with the PNQ logo may be purchased from Top Dog Promotions, (formerly Top Notch Promotions, and still displaying that sign), at 13825 Hwy 32 & 64, Mountain. You may call at Sheelagh School at (715) 276-2444; fax at (715) 276-2459. Her email address is [email protected] Come in and try on a garment in which you are interested; they have denim shirts, white shirts, polo shirts, knit shirts, jackets, and fleece garments. These may be ordered especially for you in any color and your appropriate size.

Quilt Show: We held a very successful first quilt show, “Color My World.” at Suring High School in Suring on Saturday, October 7, 2006; We had 370 visitors attending. Program and Listing of all entries (with descriptions) are posted on the MEMBERS page. Winners of Raffles were listed in the October-2006 newsletter. Our next quilt show will be held on October 11, 2008. We hope you will look for us then.

Membership: Membership is currently open. Each year we have a few open positions after memberships are renewed in May/June/July. If you wish to join, you may ask to be placed on our waiting list. Inquire at the Hospitality Table at the next meeting to be directed to our Membership Chairman. You may alternatively send an email to [email protected]

Guild of quilters in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest


We are a guild of quilters in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. We came together as a formal group in May of 2003, and are now beginning our fifth year. We meet (temporarily) at the Breed Town Hall (check the top of EVENTS page for directions), south of Mountain, Wisconsin. We have a limit of 75 members.

Each Month:

Regular meetings 3rd Monday at 7:00 p.m .
Sewing Session 1st Monday at 3:30 p.m.
Newsletter posted ten days prior to regular meeting
Slideshow added within week after meetings & special activities

Winter Meeting Cancellation Information: We never know what “Old Man Winter” will send our way! If the weather is nasty, and you’re not sure if a meeting or sewing session will be held, you may call an officer to find out. For the sewing session a decision will be made by 2:00pm , and for a regular meeting by 5:00pm. You may call LaurieS 7l5-276-6l43, DeannaT 920-842-2057, or DebB 715-276-7085 [Angela is the fourth officer, but since Angela works during daytime hours, you will not find her at home.] If conditions are too bad for you to venture out, then there is no need to call anyone.

Special activities are scheduled throughout the year. Feel free to browse our website. Watch for a second quilt show to be held on Saturday, October 11, 2008. This is not a juried show; we prefer to display only the quilts of our members. The MEMBERS area is restricted to current members of our guild.

For the fourth year, we are displaying a “car” in the Christmas Train in Mountain. This is part of a promotion by the Mountain Area Business Association during the Christmas season, and is lighted at night.. View the slideshow on MABA’s website.

President’s Challenge: Laurie Schonenbeck issued a challenge to members of the guild in December of 2006. Prior to that, the guild met Deanna Tachick’s challenge in 2005-2006. During September, 2005, members of our guild created quilts (over 50) and shipped them to serveral places to be distributed to those persons displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

Laurie’s President’s Challenge came to a close at the May meeting. A group photo was taken with all the quilts and their quilters. Then on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, our President’s Challenge quilts were displayed at Tabor Lutheran Church in Mountain, following the Memorial Day Cemetery Service that the VFW does every year. Look at the President’s Challenge page for an update on this project and to see more pictures of the quilts!