Local Quilt Shop Owners – My Heroes!

I think nearly everyone who is a quilter (no matter if they are a piecer or machine quilter) has at one time dreamed about opening their own quilt shop. Just the thought of all that fabric at your disposal, to make ANY quilt you want, at any time you choose,  is enough to make a quilter drool or swoon! But running a quilt shop is HARD, HARD WORK!

From choosing the fabrics, notions and other supplies for the shop, paying for all these purchases, organizing the classes, teachers, employees, etc., all of this can be OVERWHELMING!!  There are TONS of details that need to be taken care of on a daily basis for any quilt shop owner, no matter where they are located! And, on top of all of this, the quilt shop owner and employees need to be pleasant to EVERYONE who comes into your shop. (Usually it isn’t hard to be pleasant to everyone, but there are those “special” customers and there are “those” days!)

Personally, I admire anyone who owns a quilt shop! They are the true heroes of the quilting industry!

Most quilt shop owners are receptive to new machine quilting businesses, but if they are not, don’t blame them. There can be reasons you don’t know about as why they are feeling this way.

Maybe they have been “burned” by a new machine quilter in the past. Maybe they work with a specific machine quilter or two that are already established. Whatever the reason that a quilt shop owner may not be receptive to your new business, respect them for that.

Having a local quilt shop “on your side” is great, but if this is not the case, you need to think creatively as to how you can start (or increase) your business without their support. Fortunately, this is not too hard to do and we will talk about this in the future on this blog.

The next time you are in your local quilt shop, give the owner a hug, a pat on the back or tell them “Thank You” for all they do for the local quilters, the local economy and for the quilting industry!

About Cindy Roth
Mother of 3, Grandmother of 10 and quilting forever!

One Response to Local Quilt Shop Owners – My Heroes!

  1. Peggy says:

    Having worked in a sewing machine/fabric store for 10 yrs, I completely agree with article. I loved our customers, but there were days it was hard to please everyone. I have to say it was one of the best jobs I ever had, except for my long-arm quilting business now. But I was not the one responsible for the business, I was an employee, there is a big difference. I am thankful for all the shop owners,

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