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How To Tell Your Customers “No” Nicely

September 3, 2014 // 8 Comments

It’s inevitable, one of these days you are going to have a customer request a quilting design that is above your skill level, won’t work for the quilt, or is just plain impossible. Handling those situations correctly is important. You don’t want to offend a potential customer or lose their [...]

Who’s Got Your Back?

July 27, 2014 // 5 Comments

Last month I had the opportunity to connect with a great group of  four gals in Denver. They banded together and decided to have me come visit them for a private quilting lesson. While my main purpose was to share some of my favorite quilting designs, we spent quite a chunk of time talking through [...]

The Business of Machine Quilting- A Free Webinar

April 7, 2014 // 4 Comments

    I know it has been quiet here at the BOMQ website. But I promise, there is some fun stuff in the works…..make sure to stay tuned! Until then, I am thrilled to be joining the awesome folks at Handiquilter in a webinar about starting a machine quilting business as a part of their [...]

It’s All About the Presentation

March 9, 2014 // 21 Comments

It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of business books. Even though they aren’t directed to the professional machine quilter, I can always find a takeaway or two to apply to my business.  Recently, the book “Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson made a huge impression on me. A [...]

Quilter’s Kanban- A guest blog post

March 7, 2014 // 9 Comments

I don’t know about you, but I need all the help I can get staying organized! Today’s guest blog post shows one method of keeping track of all the projects and quilts that come our way. Quilter’s Kanban – A Guest Post by Elita Sharpe To learn more about Elita check out her website, [...]

An Entrepreneurial Interview

March 5, 2014 // 5 Comments

Recently Erin (Http:// contacted me and asked if I would be interested in answer a few business-based questions for a course that she is taking at Iowa State University. Of course, I agreed, I do love to talk! It was a thought-provoking interview and I really [...]

Behind the Scenes with Maddie Kertay

February 27, 2014 // 5 Comments

Here at the BOMQ we love taking a peek behind the curtain and seeing what other machine quilters are up to! Today’s behind the scenes interview is with Maddie Kertay, longarm quilter and force behind the Badass Quilter’s Society (BAQS). Maddie has graciously let us pick her brain about [...]

Finding Inspiration- Guest Blog post

February 19, 2014 // 7 Comments

As a quilter and business owner, finding inspiration and other quilters to connect with can make a huge difference. Today’s post is a guest post by Heather, a longarm quilter who is sharing where she finds quilting inspiration.   Starting a machine quilting business can be a lonely [...]

Creating Your Own Customers

January 30, 2014 // 3 Comments

In order to bring you several different viewpoints on running a machine quilting business, I have teamed up with some great guest bloggers to help share their tips and experiences. This is a guest post courtesy of Gina Allen. One of my most valuable resources to help build my client list is the [...]

Quilting Efficiently-Developing a Routine

January 28, 2014 // 10 Comments

“There are far too many people that waste their time telling themselves that they don’t have enough time.”  -Daniel Willey When it comes to quilting, whether for personal or customer quilts, efficiency is best. I just love getting the best job done as quickly as possible. It means that I [...]
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