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"I took about 3 months getting to know my machine and getting through Rookie Season before I started taking in quilts and honestly have not looked back."
Michelle Pratt gives an inside look into how Rookie Season helped her launch Seashell Quilting Studio.
"I went from someone who didn't know anything about running a quilting business, to now being a confident entrepreneur."
Orlando Ramos used the skills he learned in Rookie Season to build a successful quilting business in NYC.
"Because of Rookie Season, I was ready to start having clients as soon as I opened."
Emily Vardeman shares how Rookie Season helped her jumpstart her longarming business so that she could start helping other quilters tell their stories.
Hi, I'm Jess.
Would you like support getting your longarm quilting service started?
In addition to quilting industry jobs like pattern designer, magazine contributor, (former) podcaster, and pantograph designer, I've been a professional longarm quilter for the last 10 years. I now run a membership of over 300 other longarm quilters called the Longarm League. I call myself the commish because if there are two things I love, it's shortening words and not taking myself too seriously.
Here's the thing, for as much success I had in my business (having a queue of 50 quilts at one time, working with dream clients, LOVING my work, making good money),
I never truly felt like I was "doing it right".
It wasn't exactly imposter syndrome. I felt pretty good about my technical skills at the machine. It was more that I totally winged the business part and honestly? It didn't feel great.
If someone would have asked me exactly how much I was making, I would have shrugged. It turns out that not having a system for bookkeeping... is not a smart plan.
The good news is that I'm not in that place anymore. In fact, I've distilled all of my hard-won lessons into an online course that'll streamline YOUR business launch.
I'm a grown-up business person now who knows her numbers, is confident in her systems, and can help you skip the YEARS of winging it like I did.
And why? Why do systems matter? Putting yourself out there can be hard enough as it is. When you lack confidence in parts of your business, it comes out in ways that you might not even realize. Not only that, you leave actual money on the table while you play the trial-and-error game. Ask me how I know!
I don't want anything holding you back from providing the service that your clients NEED AND WANT. Even the clients who don't know you yet!
Let's face it, doing some of this stuff sucks. I get it! I would rather quilt, too. But taking care of this with other people and having some accountability built-in can make it suck less. 😂
Intro/Getting Started (Week 1)
Materials and Supplies (Week 2)
Quilting Techniques (Week 3)
Design Advice (Week 4)
Working with Clients (Week 5)
Managing Your Finances (Week 6)
Building Your Website (Weeks 7-8)
Catch-up Week (Week 9)
We WILL be getting our Zoom on.
This is a big one.
When I say that we'll be with you each step of the way, I mean we will host a total of EIGHT 90-minute group Zoom sessions (plus an introductory kick off call) over our time together.
Think of these calls as "office hours". They're all about your needs as a student and a group. If you need help processing any of the course information, if you need advice based on your unique situation, if you are curious about any other quilting topic even if it's not covered, this is the time and space we are creating for you to ask.
Not to mention, it's a boost emotionally to meet other quilters who are also chasing their dreams. There is beauty and magic in these calls!
Why it's worth it:
I cannot adequately describe the bliss I experienced once I really got in the groove of my business... but that won't stop me from trying. :)
I have this memory that sticks with me. It was all the way back in the pre-COVID days... April of 2019. I had a big meeting later that afternoon that had the potential to be career-shifting. It was a morning that I was working in my sun-lit room after the kids had left for school. It was an already warm-for-spring day and I had the windows in my studio cracked open. I was listening to a podcast while I had a quilt on the frame that I was absolutely in love with. It was from a friend I had met through Instagram but hadn't yet met in person – it was her pattern release and she had mailed it to me from a state away.
It was probably because I was considering making a change that I remember this morning so clearly. I felt SO aligned and happy in what I was doing, so grateful that I got to use my gifts to make other people very happy.
I took this photo later that day. 🥰
Trust me, it was a difficult choice to even think about pivoting away from *this*, but it was also because of that opportunity that the Longarm League came into existence. So, I have no regrets!
I want to pass along the same love and giddy joy to others that I felt longarm quilting while getting paid for it.
So, let's get your journey started!
This course is designed to get your business started the right way - leaving doubt, worry, and fear behind!
Not only that, but the way the content is broken down will feel doable. We'll take things a week at a time giving you time to do the darn thing!
Want a closer look? Tour the course with me:
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: My longarm just arrived and I'm really new to all of this, would the course benefit me?
Q: I don't have my longarm machine yet. Should I take the course?
Q: I don't have computerized equipment and I'm not sure that I'll ever want to invest in it. Is this course only for computerized quilters?
Q: This is a lot to spend, can't I find this information online for free?
Q: Is Longarm League membership included with the course fee?
Q: I'm afraid I'll get behind in the course material. What happens if I can't keep up?
Q: I'm familiar with some of the course material, but not all of it. Should I take the course?
I do not want you to get into the course and feel like it was the wrong information at the wrong time for you.
That's why I'll give you your money back if you request it up to 14 days from gaining access to the course. You will be able to evaluate all of Module 1 and Module 2 in that time so that you can make an informed decision.
We asked our students how likely they would be to recommend this course to a friend beginning a longarm quilting business. Using a 5-star rating, the average response was 4.8!
I have learned so much from Jess! One of the MOST important things she taught me was to price my services appropriately and pay myself first. Thanks to this life-changing knowledge (no exaggeration), I was able to retire from my full-time job and now spend all my time on my longarm career. I feel really confident in my finances, and have the know-how to manage my cashflow for success.
Without getting this information at the start of my career, I would have wasted so much time... I will be forever grateful for the hyper-specific guidance, advice, and knowledge I have received from Jess!
"Around the time I got my longarm, Jess started the Longarm League and I signed up immediately. I was nervous about learning all the things I needed to learn about the machine, starting a business longarming for clients, and having to figure everything out on my own (bc it's not like longarmers can go in the the office and chat with each other everyday). But I knew what kind of content Jess was lining up for the group and it made me feel a million times better about what I was doing here.
"Fast forward a few months and a lot of getting started lessons, and I'm VERY LITERALLY stitching up quilts that will go in a BOOK. And yes, that's Urban Quilting from @the.weekendquilter. Not only was it amazing to work with Wendy on her beautiful quilts, it was exactly the kind of quilting work I wanted to be doing. I've said this before, but I really don't think I would have said YES to this opportunity if it hadn't been for everything I learned in the first few months of the Longarm League.
"Rookie Season is a lot of that wonderful "getting started" content for people who want to start their longarm quilting business, wrapped up in a fun course format. If you're thinking about it/on the fence, I highly encourage you to check it out. Truth, I was also nervous about getting my own clients when I was already following so many talented longarmers. But seriously, there is more than enough quilting work for EVERYONE."
If you'd like to join us as a Rookie, here's how:
When you complete your purchase, I'll immediately send you some lessons to get started before class begins. There's no reason to wait!
• Determining Your Business Structure
• Naming Your Business
• Mindset Resource List
What happens next:
• You'll receive a welcome email.
• A week before class starts, we'll invite you into our private online community.
March 14, 2023 - Class starts
• We'll email you at 12 pm CDT with the first module
• That evening at 6 pm CDT, we'll have our first Zoom call to introduce the format and get to know each other.
•New info goes out on Tuesdays. You'll read/watch the content at your own pace.
•Every other week, we'll have group Zoom calls.
After the course - Membership starts
• You'll get full membership benefits shown here for three months.
• We'll email throughout the three months, highlighting our most relevant info for beginners.
• Every month we'll have group Zoom calls.
• You'll have the option to join the League annually for a big discount & a generous bonus!
Registration Ends & Class Begins
Don't miss out!
Once the September 2022 cohort begins, we will not be offering the class again until March 2023.
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