Welcome to my blog. I was inspired by the book, "Blogging for Bliss" by Tara Frey.

Welcome to my blog. I was inspired by the book, "Blogging for Bliss" by Tara Frey. My goal is to share a little about my life, and a lot about my longarm quilting business, Lone Tree Designs.

Monday, January 21, 2013

January Doldrums

  Usually the month of January is fairly slow moving.  It is like the cold weather just causes everyone to slow down a bit.  However, this year has been a little different.  I have been receiving quilts like crazy and now have the task of trying to figure out how many more I can take, while promising their owners that they will be finished in time for graduation.  Having only been in business for 2 1/2 years, I have spent quite a bit of that time building up a good customer base.  Now, I have that base, plus word of mouth that continues to increase the numbers of people who call me for quilting.  I would welcome advice from anyone out there as to how they figure out exactly how many they can get done.  Most of my work is semi-custom, and I would say that I am fairly fast at my work.
  I used to count on the down time in January and February to work on my own projects.  I am really looking forward to a retreat this weekend where I am taking a class called "The Log Cabin Revisited."  I can't wait.  It will be really fun to learn a new technique, and I am looking forward to it.  My most recent projects mostly became Christmas gifts, but I did finish my Hunter's Star that I had begun last fall in a class with my friends from my local quilt guild.