Business Tips

March 14, 2017
Running a longarm quilting business – Q&A with Maria Hall
The second article in our series is all about Maria Hall from Flower Mound, Texas. She started her own quilting business – Charming Prints Quilting – seven years ago and loves the thrill of quilting for others and doing what she is passionate about for a living.
January 17, 2017
Running a longarm quilting business – Q&A with Shirley Jackson
Many APQS owners turn their passion for quilting into a profitable business. We decided to sit down with a few of these entrepreneurs to learn more about how they started their businesses and what words of wisdom they have for others who might be considering it. We begin the series with Shirley Jackson from Murray, Ky.
December 20, 2016
How to handle customer inquires in your quilting business
As a professional machine quilter you will get all sorts of questions lobbed to you from potential and existing customers. Likely the most common inquiry you’ll get is for a quote on how much you charge for machine quilting.
October 25, 2016
Renting out time on your longarm machine
There are many different ways to structure a business of this kind. For this article we spoke to Angela Huffman who owns the APQS store in Louisville, Ky where she oversees a gaggle of happy renters. We wanted to pick her brain a bit about how she has structured her rental program.
August 30, 2016
How to photograph your quilts
Last week one of my kids was looking through the photos on my phone and said, “Momma, all of your pictures are either of us, quilts or cats!” I had to laugh because I am guilty as charged. I take photos of quilts all the time but some photos are better than others. There are certainly ways to help you get the best possible photos of your quilts.
August 9, 2016
Want to start your own quilting business? Take these steps first...
If you love machine quilting, it’s possible to turn your passion into a nice income. In this post I’ve pulled together some steps to make your machine quilting business successful while keeping the fun in it.
June 14, 2016
Shortcuts to making t-shirt quilts for your customers: pricing & easy construction tips
T-shirt quilts are a great way to generate revenue for a longarm quilting machine owner who quilts for others. They are also popular as auction items to raise money for worthy causes.
March 1, 2016
Owning a quilting business - what thread colors should you have?
The good news is that while you might want hundreds of thread colors, you don’t need them to successfully start a longarm business!
February 2, 2016
How to get your longarm quilting business noticed
There are loads of quilters out there looking for a machine quilter to work on their tops. So how do you help them find you? How do you get your small business noticed?
October 16, 2015
How to handle a client consultation
Whether you quilt professionally or just for yourself, when you decide to say “yes” to someone who has asked you to quilt her quilt, lots of responsibility also comes your way.