I am a pretty new quilter. I really started being obsessed a couple of years ago when my obsession changed from cutting paper and scrapbooking to cutting fabric and making quilts. One of the first things I did to meet people when we moved from Texas to Alabama was to look up the local guild on the internet and go to a meeting. I didn't hesitate and joined that first time, at my first ever in my life guild meeting. I didn't even really know what it was about. I was expecting a small group I think. Not so much at a membership of over 200.
That is not the insane part. I mentioned about a month ago that I went to see a lady about a long arm quilting machine and her business. Well... I am seriously going to do it. I am going to go all out and get the biggest, baddest one out there. Here's the catch, there is no space in my house for the beast. Which means I will have to rent a space, which means more expense and overhead. Hmmm.....
I am hesitant to tell people about what I am doing. First of all, what if it doesn't go well or I end up not really going through with it? Plus, there are already at least four talented long arm quilters right here in Huntsville and I don't want to step on any toes. I really feel there is more room in the market. Just in my Thursday stitch group alone I could get several jobs. Plus my resource (JoAn Knight) mentioned that she gets most of her quilts mailed to her from around the country, not locally.
I am trying to brainstorm ideas of what I can combine with the long arm quilting to be able to pay for the space. Allow artists to display their work and take a commission? Have space for other artists to come and use on an hourly basis to teach their craft? I don't think either of those would create enough income. Maybe paired with a tea room of sorts? I don't know enough about that plus it would involve food licenses I think and I don't want to go there. A quilter's clubhouse where one person or a group could come and work? But there is already a fabric shop close by that has a big room people can use, I think for free since she sells fabric and it would increase her sales. I would have to charge a fee. I want something where people can come just hang out if they want but I have to be realistic and make money at it too.
Do you have any ideas? Oh and the name... Beautiful Bee Quilting and __________ . What do you think of that? Let me know. I am super nervous to be letting the proverbial cat out of the bag, I don't like the idea of public failure, so this has to work out!