LFQuilts Posted November 9, 2011 Report Share Posted November 9, 2011 I've had a nearly impossible time getting any business from local quilt shops. One is staffed by primarily LA quilters. Another shop only has a couple of LA quilters she uses on a regular basis. Other shops have LA machines in the shop. I'm really not complaining - I like the fact that the shops are loyal to their LA quilters - I just want to be one of them. About two months ago, a gal who specializes in embroidery opened a storefront. She sells all sorts of things (towels bags, kid clothes, etc) that she then personalizes. I asked if she would keep my cards on hand in case folks asked about quilting. She asked to see my work; I brought in a few quilts. My quality met her standards. I also agreed to make a t-shirt quilt out of her husband's shirts; the goal was for this to be a store sample. I delivered the quilt last Friday and the shop owner paid me for the quilt; I had originally not planned on charging but wasn't going to turn down offered money. I couldn't tell how much she liked (or not) the quilt and I didn't hear anything from her husband. I stopped by today with an 11"x20" foam board sign to hang in the shop showing various styles of t-shirt quilts & prices. The shop owner told me that a) several people had already commented positively on the quilt; three asked how much a t-shirt quilt would cost; and c) her very reserved husband was gushing over his new quilt. She suggested edits for my sign - all good edits since she and her employees don't understand quilts. (I need to keep KISS in mind.) She also gave me permission to take up more wall space with signage than we had originally discussed. We also finally settled on her 'fee' for recommending me and allowing me to hang a sample. I had figured she would ask for %25-%30; she graciouly is only asking for 10%. I think that she is being very generous and supportive. So, I have my fingers crossed that this will be a new source of business for me. For anyone else finding themselves challenged by breaking into the local market, I thought I would share my experience. Perseverance and a positive attitude are key. Lynn Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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