Tuesday, November 23, 2010

My first customer quilt !

My first customer quilt
I'm so excited to finally get to a quilt other than one I made. Here is my friend (and former boss's) dog quilt.
She's the owner of a screen printing and embroidery company. The quilt is made out of old jeans. Then she embroidered the squares with applique dogs and bones. It was VERY heavy. Because of all the embroidery I had to freehand stipple around all the dogs. On the long strips I used the computer to quilt another dog pattern. She was very pleased with the finished result.

I guess she wasn't a "real" customer...we didn't exchange any money. I traded her for lots of custom embroidered quilt labels, a tape gun and tape, and a diet coke :)

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Remembrance Day in Gettysburg, PA

Click here to see last years' Remembrance Day parade!

This is last year's parade in Gettysburg, PA (about 30 miles from my home)
It is a fascinating parade of the North and South reenactors. Some of the southern soldiers even march without shoes, because some of them really didn't have any by the time they got up here.

Ladies dressed in mourning clothes stand along the parade route and throw flowers at the soldiers feet. One of the bands plays "Hail to the Chief" as they pass by "Abraham Lincoln" who is standing by the cemetery with his color guard.

The end of the parade route ends at the "high water mark" where the soldiers split up and shake hands across the stone wall.

An amazing day...I probably won't get to go this year...have a quilt to finish, and can't get the hubby motivated.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Tips for selling on eBay !

While I'm still practicing and getting ready to "open for business" (January 2, 2011), I thought I'd share my tips for successful selling on eBay:
  •  The best time to SELL is fall, winter and early spring (more people are indoors and spending more time at their computers)
  •  The best time to BUY something on eBay is summer! (which would make that the worst time to sell)
  • The number one rule is to always include a GOOD picture (the more the better) of the item(s) you are selling. Most people will not buy without a picture!
  • The best time to list an auction is so it starts on a weekend and ends on a weekend (more people are on their computers then, and it causes more bidding wars)
  • Take a gamble and start your listing at .99 cents! I know that sounds scary, but it makes your item stick out and most people are searching for "lowest price first" in the drop-down menu.
  • Make your shipping prices REASONABLE! Trust me, no one wants to pay for "handling" Go to USPS or UPS web sites to "guesstimate" the shipping.
  • Be careful shipping over seas or out of your country. Some countries have some strange "custom" laws. Also, shipping over seas is costly, it's like buying your package an airplane ticket!
  • In your description, always be accurate and honest...if it has a scratch...list it. Include measurements, colors and sizes. Also, if it smells musty, tell them!
  • Respond promptly to any questions or comment...even if you think they're dumb. Remember, the customer is ALWAYS right!
  • Never leave negative feedback for anyone. Because, they will leave it for you, and just one negative feedback drops your rating below 100%. It will take a year of no negative feedback's to get your rating back up to 100%! *If you feel you must leave a negative click on "positive" and leave your somewhat negative response in the dialog box...or...don't leave feedback at all for that transaction.
Hope these tips help! Let me know if you have others to add!   Check out my eBay!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

eBay keeps reminding me that it's almost Christmas!

Rudolph "book" quilt getting ready for the machine!
Every time you click on your eBay account now it reminds you how many days are left until Christmas! Ahhhhh! Can't believe it's that soon! I'm not ready!
Well the good thing is that I'm that much closer to officially opening my business! (Jan. 2, 2011)
This is a quilt I'm finishing up. It was a children's soft book, but I cut it up and made it into a quilt.
And , yes, that is my beloved Pfaff 7570 in the picture. I had to go rescue her from the "hospital" (for machines) They wanted $200 DOLLARS to fix her!!! I brought her home and cleaned and oiled her, and reset all the tensions myself. She's doing OK....