Happy Friday! As a reward for making it through the week, we here at Pellon® wanted to give you a little something special as you head into your weekend. This week, we were lucky enough to sit down for a virtual interview with Patrick Claytor, the owner of the up-and-coming Quilty Box!
We love to be on top of industry trends, and we immediately fell in love with the idea of Quilty Box. Seriously, who wouldn’t want a box filled with the latest and greatest craft and hobby products, all delivered to your front door?
Yes, it’s true. With Quilty Box, every month feels just like Christmas! We wanted to give you all the secrets, details, and sign up information so you can experience how amazing Quilty Box is too! If you’re already a subscriber, you received a sample of our 100% Natural Cotton Batting in your August box. If you sign up now, you might see a few of your favorite Pellon products in the near future!
Pellon: Can you tell us a little more about Quilty Box and how it works?
Patrick: Quilty Box is a monthly subscription box full of quilting awesomeness. Each month we have a guest designer or blogger curate a surprise box of 4-5 products. We pack the boxes and ship them all out on the 11th of the month. Every subscriber receives the same products for that month. Our subscribers are introduced to new products, new techniques, and new designers. We encourage our subscribers to try every product in the box and share their creations on social media to inspire others.
Pellon: What inspired you to start this business and how did it all come together?
Patrick: I grew up in a quilting household. I learned to drive by running my mom around quilt shop hops. My mother is always working on a quilt and her creations fill my house. Every milestone in my life has been marked by a quilt: from my high school and college graduations, to my wife’s graduation, to our wedding. I know how much time and passion go into creating a quilt and I enjoy helping quilters expand their skills and their stash.
Monthly subscription boxes are a great way to discover new products. I’ve subscribed to a few different boxes and was looking for a gift for my mother for Christmas. Unfortunately there were no active quilting subscription boxes, so I contacted the previous owner of Quilty Box and it has been a rollercoaster since. I thought this would be a great opportunity for my family and a great way to help quilters. Since June, we have helped hundreds of quilters Get Quilty. We’ve shipped boxes to all 50 states, Guam, Great Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Sweden, Japan, and the Netherlands. We are excited to continue to grow and to continue to help more quilters Get Quilty.
Pellon: What’s your favorite thing about Quilty Box?
Patrick: My favorite thing about Quilty Box is talking with all the great subscribers. It excites me when they tell me that “receiving Quilty Box is like waiting for Christmas.” And, it warms my heart to see what they create using the products they’ve received. We have a great group of people who like to post their projects on Instagram.
Pellon: What is some of the best feedback that you’ve heard from your subscribers?
Patrick: Our subscribers are great! They have been continuously giving us feedback on how we can improve. They’ve given me theme ideas for future boxes, they’ve clued me into great products, and they helped us improve our process. In the end, we do this for the subscribers, so their feedback is critical to our success.
Pellon: Is there anything exciting on the horizon for Quilty Box and your subscribers? What can we expect to see in the future?
Patrick: We have been planning many exciting things for Quilty Box. We should have a new website in a few months. We’re looking at improving how gifting works. And we are planning different styles of subscriptions. So, whether you are a traditional quilter or a modern quilter, you’d only receive products in line with those styles. And lastly, my wife and I are going to Quilt Market in Houston this October so we can meet many great suppliers and manufacturers to build relationships that will benefit our subscribers.
Pellon: We love that you work with Quilts for Kids, an organization near and dear to us here at Pellon. Can you tell us a little about your involvement with them?
Patrick: I decided to help Quilts for Kids because I know the impact of a quilt. A quilt is a very unique and personal item. It is made with time and care and love. It warms the heart and the soul and becomes a keepsake to the kids who receive one.
We donate 5% of the profits of multi-month subscriptions to Quilts for Kids. So far our only involvement has only been monetary donations. I have had a few conversations with Linda on how we can help in a more meaningful way and we both have many ideas. The best way for now though is to sell more multi-month subscriptions and encourage our subscribers to make a quilt and send it to Quilts for Kids.
Here’s all the vital information you’ll need to know to start receiving your very own Quilty Box!
Types of Subscriptions Available: We have a month-to-month subscription and 3-month, 6-month, and 12-month prepaid subscriptions. All of our subscriptions are auto-renewing but subscribers can cancel their renewal anytime or skip a renewal. We offer gift subscriptions of 1, 3, 6, and 12 months which are not auto-renewing.
Schedule: We ship on the 11th of each month. If a customer subscribes on or before the 10th, they will receive that month’s box. We ship 2-day USPS shipping so the boxes show up on doorsteps around the 15th. Our renewals occur on the 21st of the month.
Types of products included: Fabrics, patterns, tools, notions, and gifts. The best way to get a feel for types of products we feature is to look for our subscriber’s photos on Instagram using the hashtag #QuiltyBox. For fabrics we’ve included Clementine by Heather Bailey, Flourish batik by Wilmington Prints, and Picnic by Melody Miller from Cotton + Steel. We’ve had patterns from X-Blocks and GE Designs as well as Sweet Tweets by Erin Cox from Martingale Publishing. Threads from Sulky and Wonderfil have been in Quilty Box. We’ve had some great tools as well like the BasiX template and the seam guides from Guidelines4Quilters. Lastly, who could forget the great sample of 100% Natural Cotton Batting from Pellon! (Hooray!)
Open to International subscribers?: Yes and we are excited to ship anywhere in the world. Shipping to Canada is an extra $10/box and anywhere else is $20/box. We are working hard to bring down our shipping costs for our international subscribers.
We want to see what you make with the items in your Quilty Box this month! Tag us @pellonprojects on Instagram and show us how you use all of these great products and our 100% Natural Cotton Batting to ‘Get Quilty’!