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Thread: How much should I charge for this quilt?

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    How much should I charge for this quilt?

    Here is the link of an advent calendar which I am asked to make and using all Moda fabrics. How much do you think I should charge? The finished size is 37"x53"

    http://www.modabakeshop.com/2010/12/...kets.html#more

    Thanks for any feedback
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    i usually start w/ how many hours it is going to take me to do and the difficulty in the project. That looks like that could be a time consuming project.
    my name is becca and i'm a quilt-a-holic :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 117becca View Post
    i usually start w/ how many hours it is going to take me to do and the difficulty in the project. That looks like that could be a time consuming project.
    Since I have to give a price before I start do you think $250 would be too much? If I am using the regular price of moda used in it it would be around I guess $110 with ric rac and heat and bond...etc. a lot of people multiply by 3 to give a price but I am lowering since it is for a friend. Does this math sound good to you?
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    Looks like it would take quite a while - I'd ask at least $500 - plus cost of materials - because I wouldn't want to make it.

    Who asked you to make it? Friend - co-worker - relative - acquaintance?

    Read all the other posts about people not getting paid - or the requester reneging -

    Get the materials paid for and a deposit upfront before doing a thing. And then get the agreement in writing - and signed.

    This looks like something I MIGHT consider making for myself -

    ETA: Your post went up while I was typing.

    Making things for friends can end up being stressful - in many ways -

    Why should one make something for a friend (that is not a gift) for any less than one would ask a stranger to pay?

    As far as that goes, why would a friend - especially a friend - ask one to make something for less than she/he would pay a stranger?

    ETA:ETA: Why do people tend to not value our expertise? If we were carpenters, plumbers, or electiricians, people hardly bat an eye at paying $50 to $100 per hour for labor. Most of us also have tools, skills, education and training - we may not have certificates or licenses, but we still had to learn and practice.
    Last edited by bearisgray; 11-27-2012 at 01:00 PM.

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    I always price stuff materials plus labor. You can always pick cheaper materials. I will also consider who is asking - friend, family, relative, co-worker....I also enjoy doing this stuff, so if I can put something together for someone else, I get a "fix" and win w/out spending any of my own money. Then I make a few extra bucks to fund my next "fix"

    Wow, that sounds like I'm some drug addict!! LOL!!
    my name is becca and i'm a quilt-a-holic :-)

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    Or maybe let her buy the materials and then charge $150-200 to put it together??? This way she understands that it's not an inexpensive proposition, and it's her money tied up in the materials.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess View Post
    Or maybe let her buy the materials and then charge $150-200 to put it together??? This way she understands that it's not an inexpensive proposition, and it's her money tied up in the materials.
    I always think its a good idea to get them invested in the project whether its just by paying for materials or helping pick out the materials or even working together on the layout.
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    I would have her buy materials and get half of a deposit up front. I would charge at least 300 to make the top if you are quilting more
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    People that don't make quilts often have no idea of what is actually involved in the making of one - either in cost of materials or time and effort making it.

    I think they base their idea of what it might cost on 'store-bought' items - and think someone 'can make it for less'

    It's a good idea to have a discussion ahead of time and avoid sticker shock later.

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    I went to a consignment shop in a few towns over. A woman there has had her quilts for sale and they are beautiful! Never used...Hard designs...and only 125.00 to 235.00 they do not seem to be selling. I did not check the size but my guess would be queen. Sadly it does not seem people want to pay for quality work. So many people claim they get a lot of money for quilts. I wonder how many do really...

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