Monday, May 13, 2013

Quilt Work

I would like some advice! I am a quilter, love everything about it and for at least 20 years I've wanted to have a career in the quilting industry. But I've never taken the plunge. I'm 49 years old and if I want to do this, I feel that it should be soon!

But of course, I'm nervous. About leaving the security of the job I have now, to take the risk! I have a good job, but it's not my dream job, that's for sure.

I've been thinking of starting a line of patterns which requires lots of time, which it seems right now is in short supply. I have notebook after notebook filled with designs but not enough time to go anywhere with them. I had thought I might be able to pull this off and still keep my day job, but the more I think of it, the less I think that would work. I feel as though whatever I do needs my full and undivided attention. And it's been my dream for years to own my own shop! Now if I only I could make a decision!!

Has anyone out there struggled with these same decisions? Can you give a girl some advice?

22 comments:

  1. Well good luck to you. They say that if do what you love to do, the money will follow. I saw that on a show on successful people so I think you should go for it. That would also be my dream come true to be able to do that as well.

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  2. Darlene, I can sense you have a passion for all things quilting, and this would take you far. Plus you seem to be a real smart cookie, again this would take you far. I am not a risktaker and could only watch from the sidelines, but it sounds like you have already given this a lot of thought. I shop online and the best thing for me are patterns in pdf form...just a thought! Gooid luck in whatever you decide...

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  3. You have the talent, desire and the know how.

    We are here for such a short time. My advice? Follow your dream.

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  4. When I worked I never had time to sew. I was my job, and my job was me. When I lost my job last October, what a series of fortunate events. I got married, at 49 I needed health insurance and I had been putting it off (I haven't had much luck in the marriage department) I started quilting a lot and blogging. It has been so rewarding, I love to experiment and have learned so many new techniques. I am going to go back to work, but just part time so I have time to do what I love.

    Follow your bliss, never look back, or mourn for what if. I have not been this happy or at peace for along time.

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  5. The only advice I can give is: If it's something you really want to do - Do it. Time doesn't stand still and wait for us. We must (as my Mother used to say) make hay while the sun shines.
    Good luck.

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  6. YES! What about part time on the regular income job and part time in your new adventure? Worked for me for a while, but sometimes part time work means a company wants to pay you part time while you put in full time hours!
    Really...you have to go with your intuition :)
    Good luck with your big decision.

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  7. As a former owner of a Quilt and Cross Stitch shop,(back in the late 80's to the mid 90's), I can tell you they were some of the best days I've ever had. It was also a ton of work... days off were usually spent there "behind the scenes." I had a wonderful business partner, and I couldn't have done it without a partner... our trips to markets and shows have left me with great memories. Would I do it again? Absolutely! We both miss it terribly!

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  8. We had a business and enjoyed it.
    I am a positive vs negative person.
    List out both sides. Take a detailed look at the negatives, do what you can to minimize them. Take your desired vacation before you dive in to your adventure. Set aside some money, its called the just in case fund.
    Then chase those desires, and fulfill your dreams.


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  9. Having had some designs published and also a book, here's my thoughts.

    1. Try submitting a design or two to a magazine?
    2. Find yourself some pattern testers. I always find I can follow my own instructions fine, but then, I know what I'm trying to say!
    3. Is there any possibility of finding work in a quilt shop? That would give you a good grounding in what's required to run a business like that.

    I hope this helps a bit, and good luck in whatever direction you go.

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  10. As I once read and if memory is right was quoted by Wayne Dyer "don't let your music die in you " so if this is a passion I say go for it , you will always regret not having tried . Best of luck , I think you are more than capable!

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  11. Darlene, I've been traveling down the quilt design road for the last four years and I've never looked back. I work harder now than I did when I worked at my demanding career. I love being in charge of my own success. If you ever have any questions, please email me and I'd be willing to share how I got my little busness going. You go girl!

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  12. Go and talk with the owners of your local quilt shops. Get some advice from them. I have no doubt they would love to share with you. Do it... if you don't you will always regret it. Good luck!
    Ellen

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  13. I think you should go for it! I read your blog a lot, and have been making the mystery quilt. It is turning out really great. I am amazed at your talent and great teaching. Just believe in yourself and it will all be great. Tricia

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  14. I think you should go for it! I read your blog a lot, and have been making the mystery quilt. It is turning out really great. I am amazed at your talent and great teaching. Just believe in yourself and it will all be great. Tricia

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  15. Go for it.. Life is too short to not fulfill your dreams. In 1984 I a life changing expereince and opened a craft shop ... a dream I had for a long time. I put my nursing career on the back burner and every once in a while I volunteered in that field. My expereince as a business owner was fabulous. I met some wonderful people and enjoyed working in an adtmospher that brought peasure to my customers. I will certainly be one of your customers! ♥ You do beautiful work.

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  16. Darlene, I too am 49 with a dream of opening a quilt shop. :-). I have been a business owner before (a flower shop) which was a tough one. Because of that my husband is very leery of my ideas. Wondering whether a quilt shop will make money, knowing how much work is involved and how it ties you down but knowing how much fun touching fabric, creating and meeting quilters is....well, it's a tough decision isn't it????? Good luck with your decision. :-D

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  17. e'una decisione difficile. Potresti cominciare con un negozio online per vedere come butta e nel frattempo prepararti per aprire un vero negozio.
    Buona fortuna
    Laura

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  18. I would love to have a job in the quilting industry...but would I be able to match my current income? Probably not... And would I be able to be disciplined enough if I wasn't punching a time clock? Maybe. I am 51 (and also named Darlene) so we have a lot in common! It seems to be getting harder and harder to get myself to get up and go out to work. I'd love to work from my home. Maybe I could be a pattern tester for you!

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  19. I would love to have a job in the quilting industry...but would I be able to match my current income? Probably not... And would I be able to be disciplined enough if I wasn't punching a time clock? Maybe. I am 51 (and also named Darlene) so we have a lot in common! It seems to be getting harder and harder to get myself to get up and go out to work. I'd love to work from my home. Maybe I could be a pattern tester for you!

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  20. Hi Darlene, I have had the same struggle. I have been designing and teaching for a a few years now and would love to take it further but am too scared. I am constantly asked where my patterns are available. My answer is that they are only available if you do a class with me or if that particular pattern was featured in a magazine, then try to get a back issue. My fear is that if quilting became my source of income so to speak then it would become a chore. I love what I do and don't want to ruin it. Also there is the problem of pattern testers. Everyone I know is too busy to be testing my patterns and I am too nervous to try selling them without them being independently tested. Could you start by submitting to magazines and seeing how that goes? Is working part time a possibility so that you can ease yourself into things? It is a huge leap of faith but if that is your dream .... Vicki vickilorraine at hotmail dot com

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  21. Hi Darlene, With such a talent that you have one must follow that dream.. That power to "break out" is strong within you. GO FOR IT. We as quilters will be right beside you holding your hand & cheering you on. A wonderful talent must be shared.. Blessings:Dianne...

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  22. Caution is the word to use in all the processes of making your plunge.
    I did take the plunge with bolts of fabric, an shop online etc and I just couldn't find the joy in my life with that. So I stopped it all, paid my debts and redirected my energy to finding a way to get to my dream job, teaching!

    I'm posting the whole story on my blog in the next few weeks, now that everyone has learned I've taken a new job as On the Road Instructor for Northern Vacuum and Sewing in Terrace, B.C.

    Don't give up, just keep a close eye on finances, its hard to make the thing you love to do make money for you! But its possible and I'm an example of that now, its happening right now. I'm Canadian and I'm going to start following you if you have the option of inbox email following.
    Love the posts I've read, I'll be back!
    Carli

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