A Few Changes in Store and Some Help Needed

I’m not one to keep all my desires, goals and plans secret until they are all perfectly in place.Β  The good thing about this is that I feel like I have a great support network to encourage me in anything I do. The downside is that sometimes things seem to take forever to accomplish!

With that said, I’ll let you in on some upcoming changes around here. For some time now, I’ve felt myself being drawn more and more into the modern quilting movement and my store is starting to reflect that. I’ve decided to completely revamp my online quilt shop which is a scary and slow process, but it feels like the right thing to do.

Christa QuiltsI want to focus more on fabrics that I actually use and become more of a niche shop rather than trying to appeal to everyone. This will allow me to streamline my business and free up much of my administrative time to do more of what I like best – making quilts!

It boils down to this: I want to clear out nearly half of my store’s current inventory so I can make way for more Kona, Kaufman, Kaffe, and Kits.

Dr. Seuss BundleKaffe BundleQuilt Along Kits

So here’s where you come in to help. Without trying to sound overly commercial here, please help me clear out my huge clearance section. I’ve spent the last week combing through my inventory and marking down nearly 700 different fabrics anywhere from 20% to 50% off!

I tried to be very generous on marking it down because I’d like to move it quickly. The sooner I clear it out, the quicker I can get in more of an eclectic mix of fresh, modern and fun fabrics!

Kona SolidsFor those of you wondering where all the precuts went, they are now on Amazon. I can now carry about 10x the amount of precuts that I used to because Amazon stores and ships them for me! You can visit ChristaQuilts on Amazon here.

As for more upcoming plans, I’ve mentioned a few times that you’ll start seeing some of my quilts in a few of your favorite quilting magazines this fall. If all goes well, I even may start writing a book.

I will have kits available for the magazine quilts once they’ve been published. Plus, I’m putting together kits for another popular blogger friend of mine whose quilt will be published in another big magazine in September/October, so please be on the lookout for that.

I’ve realized I love putting kits together almost as much as I love making the quilts because picking fabrics is half the fun. So I will expand my selection of kits, especially unique ones that you won’t find anywhere else.

One thing I will definitely continue doing is my series of Quilt Alongs. This has satisfied my need to create (on a schedule) so I already have more fun projects in the works!

Christa's Quilt AlongIt’s been very gratifying to sit down with Jason and really determine the direction we want to take with our business. Being your own boss is always a risk, but for the last few years that we’ve been doing this, it has its own rewards. πŸ™‚

Family Picnic

23 thoughts on “A Few Changes in Store and Some Help Needed

  1. Jeri Niksich says:

    So happy your going to focus a lot on the Kona & Kaufman especially and I being fairly new to Quilting like doing quilts. I love you easy to understand Quilt alongs and you blogs (Ifollow vis email), I would like to see some Riley Blake added to your sales. Good luck with your book sales & I’ll be watching for the kits that go with the magazines. Now I’m off to see how much I have available on Amazon before I can look at your fabrics you have on there. Again good luck in your new ventures.

  2. Melissa Brown says:

    Glad you are using Amazon, but sad too cuz looks like your pricing on charm packs went up, and now there is a charge on shipping.

  3. Anne says:

    I wish you all the best in your adventure. I enjoy following your blog and looking at fabric available in your store. With Amazon it will be free shipping to Canada, so good news.

  4. kimr says:

    Congratulations! I hope you would consider carrying some other popular manu–Riley Blake and Moda have some great designers too–like Bonnie and Camille, October Afternoon, etc. They can be used for more modern looks also.

  5. Kathy S. says:

    I’m so excited for you to move into the modern direction! Whohoo! Best of luck to you and your business. I’m also excited that you will continue the QA’s. I’m hoping you will have several modern QA’s in the plans too! Thanks, Christa!

  6. Anne Dawson says:

    Great idea! I am sure it will be successful. I always enjoy reading your blog and now your shop will relect that.

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