Sunday, January 5, 2014

Tech Sunday - Staying "In Production"

First and foremost, my business is quilting for others.  That is what I tell people I do for a living, and is still a big part of what I do.  For me, getting quilts on and off the frame is the essential.  Some take longer then others, but in the end, all I want is to get that quilt back to it's owner, beautifully quilted, and as quickly as possible.  When I talk about staying "in production", that is what I am talking about.  Keeping the quilts flowing through the business and back to their owners.  My goal is to keep my business in production and to get those quilts quilted.   

This is where Quilt Path has made the biggest difference in my work life.  I have always been a fan of keeping my zippers full of backs ready to be loaded.  Before Quilt Path, staying in production for me meant that I had the next back ready to load.  Normally Friday afternoon, I would sit and load 5 backings onto zippers for the next week.  If I ended up on a conference call or if I was talking to someone on the phone, I would be loading backings at the same time.  I did a fairly good job of not having to stop to load the next backing. 

Things are so different now.  I unzip the quilt when it is done and zip the next one on.  Change thread, program Quilt Path and get it started quilting.  Then I unpin the quilt I just took off the frame.  It takes me under 5 minutes to unpin a quilt and get it into it's bag, so I am always done before the first pass is done on the next quilt. My goal is to have that done by the end of the second pass that Quilt Path is working on.  Then I pin a backing on the the zippers I just freed up and hang in back up with it's quilt.  Even a baby quilt normally have 4-5 passes.  Do you see what this is going?  Quilt Path has given me extra hours in my day!  

I have had several people ask me how I get so many quilts quilted.  The answer is simple I use the time that Quilt Path is working to get the next quilt ready to go onto the frame.   I am never far from my machine.  Always listening for something to just not sound right.  For some reason, I know longer feel compelled to have all the zippers full.  I do normally have 2 loaded, but I have time to load them without going out of production so I stopped obsessing about it.  

I started my own business because I wanted to love my job.  I bought the longarm that I fell in love with because it was the best decision for my company.  And I bought Quilt Path to make my world more productive.  So far those have all been the right decisions for me.  

I think the biggest compliant I got during the Christmas rush was that someone that has know me for years notice that I was more relaxed that she had seen me in a long time.  Normally by mid November I am a complete lunatic because I am stressing about getting the quilts done.  This year was so different.  I never got stressed.  One more huge reason to love my Quilt Path!

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