Not in size, but in regards to exposure.
The person commissioning me is my husband’s boss who also happens to own two restaurants in town, including the one my husband works at. He’s very well known here an in the surrounding area. This will be making a MASSIVE impact in regards to folks knowing my work.
On top of this is what the quilt is being made for.
In December there’s an annual auction. Every year there’s a theme and folks have the option of making a Christmas tree or quilt with that theme. Most folks opt for making a tree because apparently it’s a lot more fun and easier. All the money made at the auction is donated to the local hospice.
I’ve been hired to make a quilt, and quoted that it’d be no less than $1000 when finished. The commissioner didn’t even bat an eye. He completely expects it to be at least $1k. Awesome!
The big part of this is the massive exposure. How? THOUSANDS of people will be at the auction, most of whom are VERY wealthy. When the quilt is set up my information will be provided, including my website, name, and a bit of other information. Folks will be able to touch the quilt, see the detailing up-close, etc. I’ve been informed that a lot of people see a huge rise in their business when their work is auctioned off. Because there are so few quilts they tend to stand out more. Not many of the quilters sell their work though. That means mine will be receiving a lot more attention because I accept commissions and sell ready-made items that can be purchased immediately. I’m local, which means people can come by my home to purchase my work instead of doing so online. There’s also a big “support local business” thing here because we’re rural (town has less than 10k people). I do most of my work my hand, namely the hand-quilting, making each piece a lot more personal. On top of this I’m disabled which swings things a bit more in my favor.
My husband’s boss and a few co-workers have given us warning that I may be a little overwhelmed by a sudden influx of new buyers. In other words, I need to build my inventory.
I’ve budgeted $200 for the fabric I need for this quilt. The Crown Royal bags I’ll be using have been provided for me, but this is a queen size quilt. It’s going to be 96″x108″. I’ll be using more than just the bags (they’re going to be cut down to the size and shapes I need) because the quilt will be impressively boring otherwise. I’ve looked up Crown Royal bags, and though a few are impressive and beautiful, the majority just turn into visual mud with just yellow and purple solids. I plan on using a hint-of-a-print gold fabric and a wilder print containing purple, gold, and possibly white or off-white. I want this to stand apart from the crowd. I had considered using foundation paper piecing but couldn’t find a pattern I liked.
As with all purchases I’ll be making a freebie. This will be done with scraps from the quilt and the commissioner can add this to the auction if he so desires. I’ll accept extra payment if he feels the need to pay me, but it won’t be required.
Unfortunately my husband set up the verbal contract for the quilt before speaking to me, hence why I won’t be receiving the standard 50% up-front payment that would cover the cost of fabric as well as the fuel needed to visit the necessary number of quilt shops I may need to go to in order to find the fabric I want/need.
Anyway, I’ll be making items exclusive to my monthly Ko-Fi supporters, but ultimately most of what I make now will go to my inventory. With the holidays coming up I definitely need to invest in fabric to finish the large quilts I already have as well as make new things. I’m thankful I have nothing but time on my hands.
Feel free to give me $200 so I can purchase the fabric sooner than later!