Sunday, July 29, 2012

Am I insane?

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!


  1. I know about what those big bad babies cost. It scares me. I am a wimp. As for names........

    "Beautiful Bee Quilting & --------" You must insert the proper B word there....... But I can't think of an appropriate one right now. My inlaws just left. :)

  2. Haha! You're a natural!!! Go for it, my friend! Binding is the natural fit for your blank, but I'm not sure you want to go there! Have you considered clearing out the garage and making it your new quilting space?! How exciting, Melissa!! Next thing you know you'll be chairing a committee for the guild! Or you'll be PRESIDENT!! LOL!!! :)