Each month in the Longarm League, we hold a coaching call with one of our members to talk about their business. This month I sat down with Amber Foret of SunRae Designs. We talked about her interest in adding additional revenue streams to her business and the value of business coaching in growing your business.
While League members have full access to the recording of the call, we asked Amber to share a little more about herself and her business with our blog readers.
Without further ado, let's meet Amber...
Located: Katy, TX
In business: 2.5 years
Machine and software: Bernina Q24 with QMatic, Art & Stitch
In the Longarm League: 1.5 years
Tell us a little about your business and the services you provide at SunRae Designs.
I provide E2E quilting services and batting.
Do you have any advice for someone just starting out with their business?
Join the League and have fun with your machine. Also, be open to learning and growing.
How did you get started longarm quilting?
About six years ago, I went to the Houston Quilt Festival and fell in love with the longarm machine. I then went home and researched more about longarming. I stumbled upon the Longarm League and Shelly's Ma Tante Quilting blog post about the League, and I was immediately interested. In 2020, I started my business, and in 2021, I joined the Longarm League. I couldn't be happier!
Could you tell us about a business "win" you've had?
Being able to successfully align a quilt! I was taking my imperfections with pantographs seriously. Maybe a little too serious because when they would drift or the bottom of the quilt would arc, my self-esteem and mood would drop tremendously. But then I got it! That was a huge win for me!
What pantograph(s) have you been loving lately?
Oh, gosh. That is so hard to say. I love so many. But I recently quilted using the Vega pantograph by Sew Shabby Quilting, and I loved it. I have also really been wanting to use Driftwood or Rich Girl. But there are so many to love, and I feel bad choosing favorites! Ha
What is your favorite notion for longarm quilting?
What's your favorite part of making a quilt?
Designing and cutting.
Favorite snack while sewing?
What other hobbies do you enjoy aside from quliting?
Walking my dogs, exercising (although I don't really enjoy that), crocheting, eating, cooking, and reading.
If you'd like to watch the call with Amber, or are interested in being a guest, we'd love to have you join us! Whether you're interested in starting your own longarm quilting business, or wanting to improve your current business, check out our Rookie Season course! You can see all the details, read about how the course has helped previous students, and get started here.
Thanks so much for talking with us this month Amber!
We'd love to share a little bit about how we support longarm quilters through education and community. Updates typically go out on Wednesdays - we'd love to stay in touch with you!