In the Spotlight: Quiltz 4 Pawz

quiltz4pawz_4We are delighted to introduce you to Lyndi Cutting, the talented artisan behind Quiltz 4 Pawz. She makes beautiful quilts for pets! We caught up with Lyndi and asked her a few questions so you get to know her better. Here we go:

What’s the story behind your company?

In December 2015 I was diagnosed with a brain tumor and as a result, my ability to function as a nurse manager was impacted. Not anticipating such an event at this stage of my life it was time to pull out a “Plan B” file and go to work on something I could do on my own. I’ve always been a pet parent to one or more animals and I find creativity to be extremely therapeutic, so a combination of the two led to the creation of Quiltz 4 Pawz.

It was important to me to create something unique about the quilts, so I made two firm decisions about the direction I’d go. First, I wanted to reflect the pet’s personality… something stately for a Great Dane or playful for a Beagle. Second, I’d never make an identical quilt. It may be a very subtle difference, but I want people to be assured they own something exclusive.

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What inspires you?

I brought home a German Shepherd 2 years ago and it was one of the greatest gifts I’ve ever given myself. Through our training together, Xander has taught me so much about selflessness, persistence, respect, the importance of playtime and naps, and the meaning of deep loyalty. I am proud to say there is a little of Xander in every quilt I make.

quiltz4pawz_6What is your favorite product to make?

The dog quilts are definitely my favorite, although I’m having a really good time with the new kitten “mini’s”. They’re only an 18” dimension, but because they’re for kittens they’re whimsical and fun. We did a show last month and they got a lot attention!

How would you describe your style in 3 words?

Versatile, Relaxed, Simple.

In your opinion, what’s the best part of being an entrepreneur?

Flexibility and focus. I have an ability to work around appointment and treatment schedules and it keeps my mind and hands busy doing something outside of myself. Every pet parent likes to talk about their dog, so it’s an easy question to start conversation and bring smiles while waiting. If I’m not actually working with fabric my mind is churning ideas for future quilt designs or marketing strategies.

If you were to start all over again, what would you do differently?

I would have been better informed about social media marketing. There is a wealth of information and tools out there… and incredibly knowledgeable people to help steer the course. I wish I’d have had a better grasp on both. I’ve been on the learn-as-you-go-plan for these past 7 months, but it’s been such a positive journey of discovery and growth.

What’s next? Any plans for the future?

I’ll continue the creative process with new designs and may expand with a few more “accessories”.

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Contact information:
Name: Lyndi Cutting
Website/Shop: www.etsy.com/shop/Quiltz4Pawz
Facebook: www.facebook.com/quiltz4pawz
Blog: www.quiltz4pawz.com (Opening August 1, 2016)

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