Customers for life is the goal!

Customers for life is the goal!

Customers for life that is the goal! It is cheaper to keep customers than to find new customers. Here are 5 tips to turn customers into fans that keep coming back for more t-shirt quilts. As children we learned the golden rule. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. How does this apply to your t-shirt quilt business?Treat your buyers like you would like to be treated-fairly. Keep you commitments. Many customers want their t-shirt quilt by a certain date. The quilts are for graduation or birthday parties. Your buyers are counting on getting them back…
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The B word and what to do about it.

The B word and what to do about it.

In a forum a t-shirt quilt maker mentioned she just didn't feel like making t-shirt quilts. She wasn't excited and did not have the desire to cut out t-shirts and sew them together. Burnout-the B word! It happens to us all. Unfortunately most of us are on schedules that we have to keep moving forward or the B word turns from burnout to Behind. Here are some ideas to overcome burnout: Switch gears. I also make patchwork quilts and napkins so if I cannot bring myself to look at t-shirts I switch gears. Even though every t-shirt quilt is  different…
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The fastest way to make money selling t-shirt quilts.

The fastest way to make money selling t-shirt quilts.

What is the fastest way to make money selling t-shirt quilts? ETSY Several people have asked me how to sell t-shirt quilts fast. They don't have time to design a website or facebook business page. I understand. They are worried if their day job is secure. Their life has been turned upside down. Etsy is a great platform to learn the ropes on how to sell your t-shirt quilts. You will learn about pricing, marketing, customer service, and shipping. All very valuable skills to learn. And you will sell t-shirt quilts while you learn! Now is a great time to…
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Tips for pricing t-shirt quilts

Tips for pricing t-shirt quilts

 Tips for pricing t-shirt quilts. The topic comes up frequently in Facebook groups. Quilters agree to make a t-shirt quilt for a customer and they have no idea how much to charge. How much to charge for a t-shirt quilt depends on many factors: The style of t-shirt quilt.The expertise of the t-shirt quilt maker.The demand for the t-shirt quilt.The location of the t-shirt quilt maker.The perceived value of the t-shirt quilt.Quality of fabric and supplies used to make the quilt. The style of t-shirt quilt. Some styles are easier to make and take less time and fabric. An example would…
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Obstacles for starting or growing your T-shirt Quilt business.

Obstacles for starting or growing your T-shirt Quilt business.

What are the obstacles for starting or growing your t-shirt quilt business ? Do you think you don't have enough money to start? How about skills? Too old to learn social media? Start with what you have. You do not have to have a fancy sewing machine or long arm machine to make a t-shirt quilt. Plenty people are making quilts on their grandmother's old Singer sewing machine. In fact the older heavy duty machines are ideal for sewing t-shirts. All you need is a sewing machine that makes a good tight stitch and sews straight. Many times  the thread…
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Marketing Your T-shirt Quilt Business

Marketing Your T-shirt Quilt Business

Marketing your t-shirt quilt business is a crucial part of running a profitable business. Business coaches say you don't have to have the best product you just have to out market your competitors. There is a lot of truth to this. Before I started my T-shirt quilt business I did long arm quilting for clients. I had several clients who did excellent work. The quilt tops were perfectly pieced. The fabric choices were beautiful. The quilt borders were not wavy and the borders laid flat. The quilt had the "wow" factor that would win awards! You would think they would…
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Proof to approve before quilting stitches are added.

Proof to approve before quilting stitches are added.

Should you send a proof to approve before quilting stitches are added? Some businesses do and some don't. I choose to send a proof. Mistakes happen. Everyone is human and mistakes do happen. You may have used the wrong fabric in the quilt top. You may have missed the note saying put the "Yankees" shirt in the center. The customer may have sent the wrong shirt. Yes this does happen! I have had a couple t-shirt quilts that had to be redone. One quilt the customer realized her daughter had included her friend's shirt by mistake. Also I have had…
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