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    Unhappy For the love of quilting

    This will sound like I'm not into quilting for love of it but I truly am. I was doing some research trying to find a way to off set my expenses related to quilting so I thought about making quilts to sale. I found out that probably isn't going to happen because you cant really recoup expenses considering time, material etc and there are not many that will pat that cost. Does anyone have have suggestions as I really don't want to give this hobby up.
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    Default Re: For the love of quilting

    Is it a matter of the cost of materials or that you don't know what to do with all the finished quilts? If it's the cost, there are always yard and estate sales and thrift stores. You can also repurpose fabric from clothing. If it's what to do with the finished quilts, find a charity and donate them.

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    Default Re: For the love of quilting

    If you love quilting, you won't worry too much about the expenses. It is a hobby--something to enjoy--also a way to give to others & have the satisfaction of bringing joy into others' lives. I don't feel we should have to "justify" the expenditure on a hobby that is considered by many to be therapeutic & a positive mental health thing. Angela Walters' web page is titled, "Quilting Is My Therapy". I think that says it all. Donating quilts to various charities not only brings joy to you, but also to the recipients of your beautiful creations.

    My DH has had an HO model railroading hobby for 40 years. The train layout now lies untouched in our bsmt. due to his declining health. But, it was his lifesaver through many hard times, especially when he went through a major depression. He will never recoup the money or the hours of his time expended in that room, but I don't begrudge him one dime of the expense. He used his creative expertise to make something wonderful. He enjoyed it for many years & showcased it to many visitors.

    Having a hobby is a healthy thing. It sure beats vegetating in front of the TV or being glued to one's electronic devices. Even if you have a limited income, you still can enjoy quilting & be a blessing to others. Don't give it up. You might consider joining a quilt guild. I know at our guild, they have kits available that one can sew together & take back when the quilt is finished. These are donated to local charities. Our annual membership fee is only $25. or $5.00 each mo. one attends. I gladly paid the annual fee & haven't missed a meeting except for the sew day. There are at least 200 members in our guild & we have an ave. attendance of 80 to 100 each mo. It's a great way to meet people, hear some great lectures, & share the quilting experience.

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    Default Re: For the love of quilting

    My mother was retired, and on a limited income, and quilting was her favorite pasttime. She hooked up with another lady who had a booth at the local farmer's market. Mom would help set up and breakdown, and would man the booth most of the weekend. In exchange the woman paid the space fee, and mom was able to display and sell her quilts at a price that people would pay and the other lady got a small portion of mom's sales. This arrangement didn't supplement her income, but as she said, it did support her hobby.

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    Default Re: For the love of quilting

    Cost of material is basically my issue but also wanted to be able to bring some extra income since I'm retired and taking care of ill husband. I also have an issue with just randomly buying material because of the color, pattern or even just the feel of the material. It's like being in a library I'm addicted to leather bound books and it same addiction with material--love the stuff

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    Default Re: For the love of quilting

    You have a beautiful outlook on quilting, I thank you

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    Default Re: For the love of quilting

    Thanks to all who replied appreciate your interest and I have to admit it is a hobby that has me captive. I would like to as one more question how any of you hand stitch versus machine stitch your quilts together?

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    Default Re: For the love of quilting

    I machine piece, but hand quilt....

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    Default Re: For the love of quilting

    I am a scappy quilter due to the costs.i certainly understand wanting to contribute. I find cotton fabric in the goodwill in the sheets and tablecloth section for backings. Sewbizzys makes quilted potholders that sell well. You can't make money for your time but you can support your hobby. I made faux fur hats one year and sold them for $10. I had fun making them. Make a couple of quilts and put them out for sale. Someone will come along! You could run an ad and have quilting classes for young people and teach them the basics. You could get income from that.

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    Default Re: For the love of quilting

    There's a blog I follow, and HERE she tells how to get some extra money for quilting.

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