Quitting Quilting

Okay… I’m not really going to stop quilting, but GloryQuilts – as a business – is undergoing some serious restructuring. I made the decisions a few months ago, but the new year is a good time to announce the changes. I’m changing my business model, which will hopefully change my attitude, because I have started to loathe the very sight of my sewing machine. I’m burned out.

I have loved making quilts for nearly thirty years – until recently.  Lately, most of my quilting has been commissioned and special order projects. Deadlines led to pressure, sucking the joy from what used to be happy creative work. Creating a career from your passion sounds like a good idea, but what was the passion: the creativity or the process?  (That was a rhetorical question.)  Paint-by-number sewing and quilting have taken up all of my time, leaving me with no energy or enthusiasm for the kind of work I used to enjoy.  I had looked forward to having granddaughters to dress in poufs and frills, but instead I bought their Christmas dresses at Kohls on my way to pick up more thread from WalMart. The last two grandsons still haven’t received baby quilts. One of them is already reading. I haven’t had time for those “unprofitable” projects, when there were so many paying projects waiting to be finished.

I never made a conscious decision to turn GloryQuilts into a quilt factory. I just gradually drifted into that situation, mostly for financial reasons. Creating a special order quilt always  seemed like a good idea at the time, when someone was writing me a check, flattering me with their confidence in my skills. By the time I finished, though, it was seldom truly profitable.

When I started selling quilts online, my descriptions explained that I was selling class samples and pattern prototypes.  Those sold well, and I started thinking of it as a job. Eventually, I was making quilts and quilted items to sell, designed specifically for financial gain, using fabrics and patterns that were trendy. My items looked pretty much the same as everyone else’s.

There is nothing wrong with that, if a person wants to run that kind of business, but it isn’t right for me.  I want to keep the joy of teaching quiltmaking, drafting patterns and creating original quilts. Of course, I’d be happy to make money from it, too, but the business has to come from the passion and not squash it.  I am going to continue selling class samples, pattern prototypes, and original, creative quilts and quilted items. I am not going to worry about whether or not the fabrics are fashionable. After all, those will look dated in a few years, and I want my quilts to last much longer. 😉

If a friend asks me to mend a pair of jeans, I want to be able to bless her by doing it gladly instead of saying I don’t have time – or bursting into tears.  I’m not a quilt snob. I do mend and sew crafty things and I don’t regard my creations as sacred works of art. I don’t think all vintage quilts need to be preserved in their original states, wrapped in acid-free paper and packed away from the light.  I think it’s okay to have Aunt Nelly’s hand-pieced quilt top machine quilted if the alternative is to leave it in a box for another 50 years.

I want my sewing room to be my happy place. I also want to spend more time writing. I haven’t been able to do much of that while I have been so over-committed with commissioned projects, and it’s important to me – another form of creative work I am increasingly passionate about.

So now, if you see a new GloryQuilts item for sale, you will know that it was stitched with happiness as well as skill, and it’s a truly unique creation.  I’m excited about the change.

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Free Shipping on Everything in the GloryQuilts Etsy Shop

Tomorrow is Cyber Monday – the online version of Black Friday, for people who want to lounge around in their jammies over the holiday weekend and then do all their Christmas shopping online from the comfort of their own home, still in nice comfy clothes and slippers.  Or is that just me?

There are so many golden opportunities for marketing and shopping this time of year, and it’s such a busy time of year! I was not prepared for Small Business Saturday, but I have a last-minute plan for Cyber Monday:

Every single item in my GloryQuilts Etsy Shop ships FREE today and tomorrow!

The sale is limited to addresses within the United States, unfortunately, because it’s so expensive to ship overseas. If you live outside of the United States and want something special, send me a convo on etsy and I’ll figure out a discount for you.

I had a great response to the gift basket giveaway, and I’m please to announce that Ronnie from Georgia is the winner! Hooray! Thanks to everyone who entered. It was fun hearing from so many of you on my blog.

Enjoy your cyber shopping tomorrow!

Cyber Monday

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WIN A GLORY QUILTS MUG RUG Christmas Gift Basket!

For the coffee or tea lover on your Christmas list.

This useful little mug rug
for your table or your desk,
is a safe and pretty coaster
where your coffee mug can rest.

It makes a handy mouse pad
and a crumb catcher, too,
so enjoy your morning coffee
with a muffin and the news.

CLICK HERE TO ENTER NOW!

In addition to the pretty bluebird quilted mug rug, the basket contains a fun coffee mug, Mountain High Vietnamese  coffee, Bigelow French Vanilla tea, Godiva French Vanilla coffee, Alpine spiced apple cider mix, and some of those fancy dark chocolate rolled wafers! Yum! Keep it for yourself or give it as a Christmas gift.

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Glory Quilts Mug Rug Gift Basket

It is not required that you sign up for the GloryQuilts newsletter to enter the drawing, but if you do,  you will also get the free pdf chevron quilt pattern!

Be sure to check out my Etsy store for more of my handmade quilted items. I have several mug rugs there, including a few more in the Folk Art Birds theme.

Shop handmade this Christmas!

And I’m taking a survey… Do you own quilts? What kinds? Do they have sentimental value?

 

Note: I am sorry, but this giveaway is only available for shipping to USA addresses.

Have a Happy Handmade Christmas!

I’ve been seeing  #ShopHandmade and #HandmadeChristmas on my social media sites lately. Naturally, since I sell handmade items, I heartily endorse the idea.  It’s even nicer when you can #ShopHandmadeOnlineFromTheComfortOfYourOwnHome.

I have a whole flock of birds in my GloryQuilts Etsy shop!

GloryQuilts Folk Art Birds on Etsy The mug rugs my sister had at the fall sales at Pearson Family Farm were very popular, and she asked me to send her some more because she was participating in a local craft show. It takes longer than you might think to make those little quilts, though, and I missed Tuesday’s mail. I got up bright and early on Wednesday and walked to the post office only to remember that it was Veteran’s Day! The post office was closed and I had missed my chance to get them there by Friday.

PLEASE NOTE – I didn’t really miss Veteran’s Day. My husband and two of my sons are vets. We even put up a green light bulb. I just forgot about the mail.

 

GloryQuilts Folk Art Birds on EtsySo I am listing a lot of mug rugs for sale in my GloryQuilts Etsy shop. Mug Rugs are a nice, affordable gift for almost anyone on your list. If you want a “bigger” gift, you can make make one or two mug rugs the focal point of a gift basket, with some mugs and coffee or tea, cookies, chocolates or special creamers.

 

 

GloryQuilts Folk Art Birds on EtsyEvery mug rug comes with a gift tag featuring this original poem:

This useful little mug rug
for your table or your desk,
is a safe and pretty coaster
where your coffee mug can rest.

It makes a handy mouse pad
and a crumb catcher, too,
so enjoy your morning coffee
with a muffin and the news.

 

And mug rugs are lightweight, so I have a special shipping bargain: If you buy any item from my GloryQuilts Etsy shop and pay for shipping on that item, you can add as many mugs or doll quilts to that order with NO ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COSTS.

GloryQuilts Folk Art Birds on EtsySo come by and see my aviary. I have non-bird mug rugs, table runners, wall quilts, doll quilts, and baby quilts, too, but I’m specializing in birds right now! Thanks!