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Hidden Gems: Meet Katie Glancy of Blue Door Quilting

Today we’d like to introduce you to Katie Glancy.

Hi Katie, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
My quilting journey started when I was 11 years old. I went to the Minnesota Quilt Show with my mom and her friends. As soon as I walked through the doors, I knew this was my thing. The colorful fabric and the amazing machines were what drew me in. In 2008, my mom purchased a wooden quilting frame. I learned to long arm quilt on a domestic sewing machine with a 7″ throat space (that is the space where the quilt gets rolled into). Fast forward to 2018, I purchased a computerized longarm quilting machine (with a 26″ throat space), and I dove into long arm quilting as a business. Through the first 2 years of my business, I realized what I wanted to do, and in the summer of 2020, I rebranded to my business today, Blue Door Quilting.

We all face challenges, but looking back, would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I would love to say it has been a smooth road, but realistically it has been anything but easy. Learning all of the ins and outs of running a business is challenging. From taxes and business lingo to marketing and pricing to social media and website design, I have learned as I go. In the beginning, I struggled with remembering when certain things needed to be done or renewed. Some things are renewed yearly, and others are a one-and-done deal. Learning which is which and making notes to remind myself was helpful. Self-marketing is also a struggle for me. I know I am good at what I do but sharing it and promoting myself seems foreign. I’m working on it, though!

We’ve been impressed with Blue Door Quilting, but for folks who might not be as familiar, what can you share with them about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I am a long-arm quilter. This means a quilter will sew their quilt top together and send it off to me. Then I will make the sandwich with backing fabric, batting, and their quilt top. The computerized longarm quilting machine has many different designs that one can choose from. After loading all the layers on the frame, the machine will stitch all the layers together, creating the quilt. One of my favorite things is helping others complete a project they are proud of. It doesn’t matter the level of quilter you are; I am more than happy to work with you. One thing that I don’t see a lot of in the quilting community is quilters my age. I am not the “typical” age you would think of when you think of quilters. I love that about me, though. Anyone from any walk of life can be a quilter. I have loved learning from the quilters at this for many generations. If that knowledge doesn’t get passed on, the art of quilting will diminish. I want readers to know that Blue Door Quilting is welcoming and encourages others to learn the art of quilting. There are no rules to quilting, but a quilt isn’t a quilt until it is quilted. That is where I come in and help you finish your quilt!

Alright, before we go, can you talk to us a bit about how people can work, collaborate, or support you?
I can work with others in helping them finish their quilts. Whether longarm quilting or quilting and binding their pieced quilt top, it goes back to you finished. I can collaborate with others on an entire quilt as well. If they have an idea of a quilt they would like made, I can make it for them! I have made many quilts for graduation and Christmas gifts. They are gifts that are treasured forever. Being Minnesotan (born and raised), I have the welcoming, Midwest nature. I am truly blessed to have an amazing, supportive family. I couldn’t have done any of this without them. I would love to have you join the Blue Door Quilting email fam, but only if you want to. I am not one to send daily, weekly, or even monthly emails. It is more of check-in and sharing of what I am up to. I’ll even get you some hot dishes to show my appreciation for your support.

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