Friday, March 6, 2009

Barter Your Quilting Skills

Barter - to trade by exchanging one commodity for another. I've been watching the news about people losing their jobs and turning to bartering. Rather than exchange money they have their skills for trade. It all makes perfect sense to me.

It got me thinking. Why not use bartering in the quilt world? How many bloggers would rather piece a top than to quilt the top? What about applique? Are you awesome at applique but not so fond of, let's say a paper pieced project you've admired? Do you make for example tote bags or purses but always long for a table runner or quilted pillows? Quilter's also have tools of the trade (extra rotary cutters, templates, rulers etc) and fabric stashes they aren't using but do need or want something different. The quilt world is a good place for bartering.




15 comments:

Fiesta said...

I agree and I do this quite often.

Lurline said...

It's the inspiration I get - see gorgeous projects and want to do everything!
Hugs - Lurline♥

Cindy said...

Bartering is a GOOD thing. We lived in Cairo, Egypt for just under 4 years in the 90s and bartering is a fact of life.

And, for a couple years I sewed for the Bernina Shop and my pay was "bartering". In other words, I received no money but got "store stuff". It was great!!

Carole said...

Ya know, Cheri Meineke-Johnson (crystal lady) has been bartering with Linda Taylor since she first started to quilt. That's how they got together! Sherri would make 2 quilt tops and Lynda would quilt both and keep one. Of course, as her quilts became more complex, they just started colaborating. ;o) Sherri, said that it became too time consuming to make 2! Cheers!

Cathi said...

That sounds like a wonderful idea!! I love to piece. It might be fun to do cutting as a bartering tool sometime. Not eveybody has the patience or physical ability to cut all the pieces to a quilt (like one of Bonnie's LOL) but they can sew.

Libby said...

I think you're on to something here *s*

Carol said...

Great idea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pat said...

Good idea, Mary...you should set up shop and organize a bartering community!!! (in your spare time, of course....LOL)

Carrie P. said...

I have thought those same things just never said them in writing. It is a super idea.

paula, the quilter said...

I have bartered two king sized quilts: one for a bronze statue and one (that is in the piecing stage) for 7 cords of firewood. I love barter

Wendy said...

I agree what a great idea. Half my wages at the store are paid in fabric, I guess that's bartering.

*karendianne. said...

What a wonderful way to live within these times, gracefully - with a new level of kindness and support.

A Four Star Post!

Tins and Treasures said...

Hmmm...great idea...
I could cook and clean for you, and you could make me a quilt?!!
lol...Mary, you know I'm just teasing.
So, which part of the quilting process is your favorite?

Brenda said...

I totally agree!! I LOVE!!! to piece - and I hear I do a good job too!! But I get all frustrated with the quilting part - when I try it, it just doesn't flow.. I know, I need to practice more, but I would rather sew two pieces of fabric together than get frustrated sooo.... But, why not trade skills?? It's a win/win.

Quilt Nut said...

i barter with a friend who is a hair dresser. she cuts all of our hair and i longarm her quilts. i love it!