I stopped quilting for others in March of this year - had too many family things going on. Since, I have been called by several customers with requests that I have politely turned down and given the names of other quilts in the area who are good friends and do beautiful work. Yesterday, I had a previous customer call me in tears - yes, I am a sucker for tears. But, I had been thinking of starting again on a limited basis anyway.
I am not sure the family issues will ever be totally quiet, but my parents have adjusted somewhat to being elderly and sick - or else I have adjusted to the fact that I can't make them younger and well again no matter what their requests of me might be. And, I can't move to Missoula which is 200 miles away. Now - having an apartment in Missoula where I could just go and sew - that might work? No way - banish that thought!
So - I am starting to take in quilts again. I have a lady bringing (hope the tears are over) three this afternoon. I am kind of excited again about it. I am going to order a quilt top from eBay and cut it into 4 pieces - so must find the right one. I am then going to quilt it at 4 price levels so customers can see what they pay for before I end up doing custom for E2E prices just because I think it "needs it". And - I am going to do two with a busy back and machine starts and stops and two with a plain back and buried threads - so they can see - and be prepared - to pay the difference. I should piece my own, but I think I can find one on eBay - or do you know of any available for a good price?
I think this might just work. I will see how it goes with my return customer and the ones I kept (several very close friends). Then I may officially hang out my shingle again.
We are planning to do some traveling this fall and winter - so I am going to have to be careful and try to get tough when there are tears.