jameel Posted April 21, 2017 Report Share Posted April 21, 2017 Hi there, I am based in Canada and after a few years of quilting on a Grace quilting setup and now a Millenium i am starting to feel confident enough to consider taking in customer's quilts for long arm quilting. I was wanting to find out how many of the forum members are from Canada and hoping they might be interested in connecting with me to share their Canadian longarm quilting experiences. I live in a fairly under-populated rural area in the Prairies and to date have been doing mostly custom designs on my own quilts while I get up to speed on handling my new-to-me Millie. I am very artistic so the free motion and ruler work has been fun and hasn't been hard to learn (sketching skills over the years from formal training made the learning curve easy, especially on feathers!) and I am only now dabbling in design template work as I can see how much faster it is if I ever hope to make an income off quilting, lol! So far, my efforts are yeilding good results and I feel like I could make customers satisfied with the quality of work I turn out (I am a perfectionist!). I have yet to master pantos but I am not sure if I am just too fussy with the results I am getting? A few years ago there was an established longarm business in my little town that I believe did pretty well for itself. Unfortunately, the one owner has passed away and the second owner I believe is in a nursing home so I am not sure exactly what "pretty well" means in real financial terms. How those customers were sourced and where they have gone is also an unknown to me... I have only lived here for a few years. How I wish I could have mentored with these ladies! The nearest quilt shop is about 60 km (45minutes) away, the next is a Joanns that is 2 and a half hours away in the USA, and then another is 3 hours away heading north. I have a lot yet to learn and could use an increase in speed of loading quilts and need to figure out ideas on how to attract customers (given my location). Money is extremely tight but I can use some credit to invest in strategic items that would generate an income. I am not looking to get rich or be super swamped in work as I have a family that means more to me than being on the eternal wheel of industry. I have a part time job to finance my quilting habit (and fill in the day with quilting and sewing practice) and that I would hope to ultimately exchange for a full time quilting business. I am aspiring to a moderate, steady, dependable income for quality work for the long run. I am sure there are folks out there in cyberland who would be happy to give their opinions and share advice with me... and I would be very grateful for it! I would love to hear from you! Thanks! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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