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Thread: Charging for Repairs

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    I'm new to the message board, so forgive any bad behavior! :) A friend of mine is a longarm quilter and she asked me to take on a client of hers that wanted an antique-looking quilt repaired. I was very specific as to repair vs. restore. She said he wants it repaired. Now the cost part. Obviously, I charge for materials (ie fabric). How do I fairly charge labor? There are two blocks that need to be replaced in this quilt. There is no batting, and simple hand quilting. Block One I used new fabric and salvaged old fabric. Removing and replacing and quilting took me about 9 hours total for that block. I have no intention of doing the same with Block Two. Both fabrics are too rotted. I'm replacing with similiar looking fabrics and machine piecing like Block One. I've been told to guess between what I would pay someone else to do it, and what I should charge for my time. The blocks finish at 11 1/2", I've had to hand stitch them back into the quilt, and then hand quilt. (okay beginning hand quilter I am!). Suggestions? (let me know if anyone wants to see it, I'll post a pix!) Thanks!

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    I think obviously the cost of materials, and then about $10 an hour for your labor. I think that's more than fair, but that's just me.

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    I like having the money part cleared up before doing any work. Too many non-quilters like to change their minds or add extra work, and then balk at pricing differences.

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    I really want to see a picture. The suggestion of supplies and ten dollars and hour sounds fair to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by littlehud
    I really want to see a picture. The suggestion of supplies and ten dollars and hour sounds fair to me.
    sounds fair to me too, please do post a pic.

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    Okay! I ended up charging the client $65. Probably too little. But I figure $30 a block isn't bad for removing the block, restitiching or recreating it in better fabrics, and restitching into the quilt, and requilting by hand. We'll see how it goes when he is presented the total by the first person who accepted it! I did reuse the background fabric for the blue block (with elephants)...it took me FOREVER to deconstruct and reconstruct.....about 6 hours. Didn't do that for second block! Here is a composite picture of the before and after blocks. The shadow on the block in the lower right is really just a shadow.
    Thanks again for suggestions!

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    You did a fantastic job.

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    Wow! Wonderfull job!

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