For the first time since I started selling art quilts, I am doing a holiday show in early December in Lewisburg, PA, indoors of course. I really labored over whether or not to accept the invitation to this show, limited to about 30 local artists, because I have noticed a significant decrease in sales from mid-November until January. I know that buying art as a gift is a risky decision. Often at festivals I hear customers reflect how much they think a relative or friend would like a particular quilt but $200 or $300 is more than they usually spend on gifts for each other. I understand this so I’m trying something new for the upcoming December show. I am hoping to have a booth filled with small quilts, most everything under $100 and some very small ones under $50.
One of the daring things I did was take a look at old quilts which haven’t sold and aren’t getting many looks on Etsy. Was there something I could do to or with them to transform them into smaller quilts with more marketability. I had a Red Yellow Splash art quilt that I bravely cut into two smaller quilts shown in the picture at right. I need to make them both the same size so they could work together as a twosome or individually as a small art quilt for someone.
Here are some of the small quilts I’ve made so far. I’ve been in a crazy creating kind of mood so I’m trying different designs and ideas, sometimes just shrinking down to a smaller size some of my regular designs and motifs. These will be great for the Holiday Show in December and also for the annual Stroll Thru the Arts in downtown Lewisburg in early November. This year for some reason I have either sold small quilts or larger ones but not as many of my middle range in size and price.