Welcome to Day 20 of How to Earn $ From Sewing and Quilting! This week we are talking about Quilting for Others, and today Susan from Granny Smith’s Quilting is joining us!
Susan and I are blogging friends turned real life friends! We even lived in the same town for a year, which was lots of fun because we got to have sewing days together!
Susan is a fantastic quilter – not only does she do beautiful long arm quilting, but she also designs quilts… and she has a book in the making! I can’t wait till it is done!
But today is all about quilting for others, so on with the questions….
How long have you been sewing and quilting?
Sewing since I was 7 (51 years) & patchworking for 40 as I made my first quilt in 1977.
When did you first decide to quilt for others?
Kinda of when I was made redundant from the bank in 1999.
What kind of machine did you start with and is it the same one you still use?
My first was a Designer Quilt short arm with a huge weighty oil-bed underneath. I now have a lovely 22″ Gammill with a Statler computer.
Would you recommend the machine you are using to others?
I’d definitely recommend a Gammill. I didn’t have such a good run owning an APQS.
Where you nervous starting to quilt for others?
Oh yes! I still get so anxious which is why I don’t do much anymore.
What do you like best about quilting for others?
As long as all goes OK, I like to see something finished for someone.
Do you keep track of all the quilts you have finished for yourself and others?
Yes I do, but not sure where the old book is, that I kept. Not many per year usually for others, but lots for myself.
Has there ever been a quilt you refused to quilt?
Once, for an “extremely” fussy lady & another who wanted the most amazing custom quilting which I couldn’t do.
Do you like it when customers say “do what you like” or do you prefer for them to be more specific?
Either, depending on whether I know them or not.
Some quick fun questions:
Food you can’t resist:
All time favorite movie or tv show:
Calendar Girls. Maybe we could do one in the nuddy wrapped in quilts (lol).
(Joy ~ Lol, you first Susan!!)
If you could be an animal, what would you be?
Tough, oh, I don’t really know.
What is your favorite quilt block?
What advice would you give to quilters who want to start quilting for others?
Do your research, go slowly & practice, practice, practice.
And now for some of her beautiful work! These are quilts she brought to my place one day to show me…
Lovely variety of quilting on this one….
I just love this one….
Close up of one of the blocks and quilting:
Thanks so much Susan for sharing your journey and beautiful quilts with us!
I’ll see you all again tomorrow with Quilting for Others – FAQ About Quilting for Others Part 2
PS Please remember I am answering your comments in the comment section below and not via email like I usually do. Sorry for the hassle, but I am hoping this month we can share ideas!
PPS The main page of this series is here along with links to each post for this series.
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