Saturday, February 28, 2015

Gut Check-Can I make My Dream Happen?

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Can my idea move forward?

CLASS SIX

1.      Is this a business, product/service or event something that you can make happen?

2.      Is it something that you still want to happen?

3.      I have had people do this research and tell me, “I didn’t like doing the research about this, why would I want to do this daily?”  

In doing the research you spent ZERO of your savings to find out you don’t like your idea or that your idea is PERFECT !


In doing “MY” research, what I learned, 
This is also known as
your “Gut” check moment


I want to OWN a Shop, NOT run a shop. This is very important in retail.
You have to do some soul searching, what is it you want? And this can take some time. Take the time now, and not after you’ve jumping into something with your time and money.

For me, Working 10a.m.to 7p.m. 7 days a week for me, even with a staff, I’d have to be there 6-7 hours a day. I’d like say, ”10-2” and go home to write, sew and cook dinner. So with my list, I started to really figure out myself and my needs.
1.    Money,
2.    Home, husband, time to create
3.    Travel time, for our Children and grandchildren

A time management problem, I was not willing to give up time, for the ownership of a stand-alone business, the internet was my golden ticket. 

I didn’t quit my day job, yet.  And that, “yet” is what held me together some days. But, I did make my daily job different, it was away out (working at a bank, it paid the bills), it was not my life, the people I worked with became co-workers, not family, I changed, they didn't. Think about it.......


You have to make the decision.

I could not make a quilt shop work, so I kept writing my dream list, I wrote everything down and one day, it clicked.




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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Old Quilts from Arcadia, Florida

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Spent the day in Arcadia, Florida a little town with LOTS of Antique Shops !And I found Quilts. 

Always ASK, before taking photo's in anyone's shop.Not one No !


Quilts in Arcadia, Florida

All hand done - this would have been purchased, but they didn't take ANY charge or debit cards. and I NEVER have cash ! 


Quilts in Arcadia, Florida

Ironing board full of quilts


Quilts in Arcadia, Florida antique shops.

This shop owner didn't know what to do with quilts !

Quilts in Arcadia, Florida

Always check the condition, open it up, touch and look !
These are water marks ??? I don't know if I could get these out?

Quilts in Arcadia, Florida antique shops.

Simple 9 patch set on point, with a GREAT blue border.

Quilts in Arcadia, Florida antique shops.

A Great Quilt ! all Hand done

Quilts in Arcadia, Florida antique shops.


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Monday, February 23, 2015

From Dream to Reality - Asking YOURSELF Questions Class Five

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CLASS FIVE

You have asked and answered the question and you know what you want.It's now time to do the research or the work. Make a "From Dream to Reality" Plan


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My Question
“How can I have a quilt shop?”

With the Internet research can be pretty quick and easy. Read, go to the library and go to the reference librarian, ask for information in book form on your subject. Read study, LEARN. I needed the latest information in book form on the quilting, fabric, and craft industry.  Take notes, leave nothing to memory. (Use your notebook)

For a business you must understand the laws in your area about licenses, taxes and insurance. Learn it. Not the fun part, but a necessity. Talk with suppliers, get them off the internet and make a phone call, always tell them you are new and have lots of questions, they have products to sale and they will help you. A list of questions always helps with this, email off a few questions to suppliers and adds your name and phone number and they will call you, outline times that are the best for them to call. 

NOTE: Write everything down, with this information you will be able to see your dream better and you will have it always. In mid-2009 we had a water pipe break in our basement, a complete redo, drywall, carpet, everything. The best thing I found (in a plastic tub) my original notebook, a wealth of information, my original plan, it re-energized me.­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­

EXAMPLE :
I broke my business down,

My business is a quilt shop.
Product list
Set up store hours
Grand Opening ideas
A years worth of events
Promotions weekly, monthly, yearly
Idea’s to get my message out.
Work schedules
Employee responsibilities
Personal responsibilities
Lay out a floor plan
Insurance for employees
Insurance for product – liability insurance
This is my Dream to Reality plan


I called on rental space – this one can be hard. And as you will learn later on. Don’t tell too much. You are just inquiring and not renting today, “I maybe wishful thinking.”  Ask questions, let them talk.  And always, call twice, I would call and then I’d have my husband call a couple of days later, to see if we received the same information.

Talk with your area banker about  an SBA loan, this can be a long process and what you will learn, is to save all you can up front. I took a class at the community college, “How to get a SBA loan.” It was one evening and just the handouts were worth the small cost and time of the class.  Area Colleges are a wealth of information, take classes, on writing, photography, and web design. Learn what you need to make your business the best.


1.    Outline your Dream
  1. What – type of business – type vacation – type of wedding
  2. Where- Business in home, on Main Street, a destination wedding, school on campus or on the internet
  3. When – your time line
  4. Money – your budget for each item, employees, training, travel, clothing.
  5. Insurance – Medical- property – liability.
  6. Make the phone calls, do the research, make a 100% smart decision.


EXAMPLE :
“How can I be a stay at home mom?”

Do you want to work from home? Can you?
Size down, pay off all bills
Do the numbers.  What are your weekly costs of going to work? You will need support, not just financially, but you will need a way to keep medical insurance going and put groceries on the table, be realistic. Do the numbers, factor in partners income also.
This 100% a number decision – add and subtract the numbers
Will you like being home? Make a daily list, fill your hours
Go part-time
This is your Dream to Reality plan – START


EXAMPLE :
“How can I do back to school?”

Do your internet research or library research
Talk with area schools – funding – fees
Take one night class, can you do it? Can your family do this? Will your present company help with tuition?
Put together a plan of action, baby sitters for children, budget cost, meal preparation, sounds strange, but everyone still need to eat and you need to read four chapters and do a presentation for the next day.
Have a backup plan. The more organized going in the better
This too has a financial side, you have to eat, pay rent, and buy books
This is your Dream to Reality Plan – START

 QUESTION:

Can my idea move forward?




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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Quilt done and on the Wall

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After all the planning, cutting, sewing and measuring, it's on the wall and I love it.




Machine pieced and machine applique, my original applique design.


Thursday, February 19, 2015

Block 2 of 2015 Quilt Pattern for the Month from The Quilt Ladies

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Quilt Pattern of the MONTH
How to make 2 different size triangles for one fabric square  HERE

Cat’s Cradle
Free quilt pattern for you to make or share

Larger Block 13 1/2" x 13 1/2" 
Make 6 Triangles
3 Squares 5”’ x 5”
Sew as shown

Free quilt pattern for you to make or share



Free monthly quilt pattern for you to make or share

Smaller Block 10 1/2" x 10 1/2"
Make 6 Triangles
3 Squares 4”’ x 4”
Sew as shown
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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

What I Really Want Questions - How to Class Four

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You have taken the time to write out your list, you have thought a bit about money, budget and how to save.
NOW !
free class on how to make your dream a reality

1.    You are ready to ask yourself the question?   
2.  Your question?  Not Mine, Your Question?  
And this takes some people weeks to come up with, and then others have it in moments, let yourself take the time YOU need to ask this question.  
The Question:
Sample questions 
How can I teach overseas?

Can I move to a new position three states away?

How can I go back to school?

So, I wrote my question.
“How can I have a quilt shop?”
I took a while to figure this out, what "I" wanted.

A few Sample Questions
 “How can I be a stay at home mom?”

“How can I go back to school?”

“When can we afford to retire?”

“How can I have a quilt shop?” 

Now it's time to answer the question ! 
And you can only answer by doing the research or the work.

Stop Back soon ! 



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Monday, February 16, 2015

Floating Squares Quilt - Putting it Together

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Let's Quilt Together
Floating Squares Quilt
We are now ready to put it all together,
Lay the squares out, block one then block two
Free How to make a floating square quilt pattern.
Play with them and when YOU like the placement.....
Cut 12 Burgundy - 2 1/2" x 5 1/2" 
Sew between the blocks
Press the burgundy to the center each time.

Free How to make a floating square quilt pattern.
2 rows pieced 

How to make a floating square quilt pattern.
Cut 3 Burgundy - 2 1/2" x 26 1/2"
Sew in between each row

How to make a floating square quilt pattern.

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Cut 2 Burgundy - 4 1/2" x 26 1/2"
Sew to the top and bottom

Cut 2 Burgundy - 4 1/2" x 34 1/2"
Sew to the sides

How to make a floating square quilt pattern.


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Friday, February 13, 2015

A Little Valentine's Quilt

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Little Valentine's Quilt
Machine Pieced and Hand Quilted9 inches x 9 inches

Valentine's Little Quilt by The Quilt Ladies

Squares cut 1" x 1" sewn together and set on point.

Little Quilt by The Quilt Ladies

No pattern hand quilting in border, just followed the fabric lines

Little Quilt by The Quilt Ladies


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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Floating Squares Quilt Pattern, Let's Quilt Together - Block 2

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Part Two

Block 2 of
Floating Squares

make a floating square quilt top
This is block one and you should have 8 of them


Block Two
Cut 8 - Scrap Colors - 3 1/2" x 3 1/2"
Cut 8 Burgundy - 2 1/2" x 3 1/2"
Cut 8 Burgundy - 2 1/2" x 5 1/2"

make a floating square quilt top

Sew together   3 1/2" x 3 1/2"
 and 2 1/2" x 3 1/2"

make a floating square quilt pattern.

Press to Burgundy

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Add 2 1/2" x 5 1/2"
Sew

How to make a floating square quilt pattern.

Press to Burgundy 

You will need 8 of these block 

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

How to Save to take your Dream to Reality How to Class Three

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How I Saved to Fund The Quilt Ladies Early ON !
I took my knowledge one step further:
How to save by changing your life

What I started doing in 2003 was my own savings program, I knew what I was doing (working at a bank) was not right for me, but at the time, this is all I did know.

I started to save this way, as if I was making a car payment. I opened up a savings account with $25.00 (at another bank, I’m very private) and made out 3 years of deposit tickets just as if I owed the money to the savings account, like a car payment.


Due date_______________________

On the  1st, the amount____________

Late date, the 15th amount_____________

I could afford to do $160 month, if late it would be $168.  This is after the changes in our life style,(coffee, shirts, changed cable plan, I stopped my cell phone)

I became obsessed with paying these coupons off and I did it in just over 2 years. Without interest, I had just over $9600. I kept making out the coupons, I did this from 2003 to 2007 (I still do this) and had a pretty good nest egg.

Please no matter what your dream is, do this…….
Any amount from $10.00 to $300.00, weekly or monthly.
Do this, doing this is life changing.

You will start to think about money for your dream in a different way,  you will begin to make decisions with thought, research and with logic. You will say to yourself, “If I take my lunch today, I add 6.50 to my savings account and the dream will start sooner.” Start today ! 

Remember All things have money involved, that’s the way life is, you have to pay for what you want and work for it. A budget is a numbers game, an addition and subtraction problem.  Do it truthfully and honestly and your Dream  can become a Reality.

Do NOT quit your day job, you MUST eat, pay bills and have health insurance.


From funding a business to planning a wedding, you better have a very detailed budget before going into the flower shop. It’s always easier to say, “That’s over budget.” And even better to say, “My budget is___.” That way no one is hurt or unaware.

You have taken the time to write out your list, my list had 64 things on it. You’ve thought a bit about money. NOW !

"From Dream to Reality"

Stop back soon.....or purchase the book !



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Monday, February 9, 2015

Floating Squares Throw Size Quilt

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I'm making this month's 
Floating Squares A Throw - 34" x 34" 
Over the next week or so, I'll be share this pattern, stop back in every couple of days

Block ONE

Tutorial to make a floating squares quiltc  #quilting, #quiltpattern, #thequiltladies
Cutting for 8 Blocks
Cut 32  Scrap Colors - 2 1/2" x 2 1/2"
Cut 16 Burgundy -  1 1/2" x 2 1/2"
Cut 8 Burgundy - 1 1/2" x 5 1/2"


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Sew 1 Burgundy - 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" 
on 2 1/2" x 2 1/2"
Use 1/4" Seam Allowance

Press to Burgundy


Add another 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" to side, sew 
and again Press to Burgundy 
Do 2 of this unit for each block

Tutorial to make a floating squares quilt.

Add 1 1/2" x 5 1/2"  Sew and 


Press to Burgundy


Sew second unit to bottom and press to Burgundy

Tutorial to make a floating squares quilt.

You will have 8 of these blocks

See you in a few days !


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