Saturday, October 27, 2012

Progress Brings Pricing Changes

If you follow my blog, you may have read a recent post where I discussed some of the set-backs in owning a quilting service.  I greatly appreciate the time my customers took to answer my questions on facebook, blog and even by phone call! I value all of your opinions greatly and have taken all of your comments into consideration. Most customers value my Mix'N'Match technique and that is the only reason why I have them as repeat customers. It is true that nearly every quilting business in Salt Lake County offers Edge-to-Edge (Pantograph or Computer driven) quilting. I thought I needed to offer it to my customers to be a complete service, but have found out from my customers that is not the case. As a result, I will be eliminating my Pantograph service (I know, this goes against every quilting business plan I have ever read, but I'm gonna try this experiment anyway!). I feel that it is time to set myself apart from the other quilting services in the area. Additionally, due to the cost of shipping, I will only do local quilts. I cannot afford to ship quilts.

So...what do I offer? I will continue my Mix'N'Match custom quiting service. I will only be doing custom quilting jobs as the owner of the Gammill dealership recently quipped to me, "Do you know how rare and hard it is to find a good customizer?" It will satisfy my need for creativity. For those customers requiring a fast/cheap service, there are other quilters available.

My customers also pointed out that my prices are about 25% lower than other services they have used in the past. Effective November 1st, there will be the following pricing structure. Truthfully, it is the same as it has in the past, just the $0.01 per square inch has been eliminated.

  • Mix'N'Match: One back-ground choice and one motif choice carefully placed in your quilt's designated areas will be $0.015 per square inch.
This is a photo of a  Mix'N'Match daisy precisely centered in this quilt block square.  The quilt had a background filler of meandering leaves.

  • Mix'N'Match With Specialized Borders: One or two back-ground choices and one motif choice carefully placed in your quilt's designated areas will be $0.02 per square inch. Why? To make the borders and sashing flow around the quilt. The quilt is done in one direction, un-loaded then re-loaded to get the pattern to flow evenly around the corners without ugly thread starts and stops. This requires more time and hence costs more.
This is my daughter's quilt.  In the butterfly blocks, there are a back-ground filler of loop the loops or swirls, feather plumes in the purple blocks, a specialty wave border and continuous curve border. It's much more complicated and costs more.

I will also require a 50% deposit at the time a quilt is booked. As in the past there is a $25.00 surcharge for a "rush" quilt that needs to be completed within one week--and is subject to my quilting schedule's availability. Also, during the months of November and December, I am not offering my quilting binding service as I need the time to complete quilts.

Since this is the time of year when a lot of quilts need to be done, please email me at to schedule your projects.

 Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  I am giving away a $50.00 gift certificate for my quilting services for anyone who leaves me a comment with your email on this page and enrolls as a follower.

Note:  This is not the actual gift certificate--the actual one has already been prepared and doesn't look like this.