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Thread: Pricing quilts?

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    f v g, you must never forget the blood sweat or tears.you know what i'm sure what ever it turns out looking like ,i'm sure your friend will just love your quilt .just because you made it........tia sarah

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    I have a friend and fellow guild member here in Pensacola. Claire does long arm quilting, and also makes quilts for customers. Her website is bellaquilting.com and her prices are listed there.

    I have one customer I make quilts for as a side job. It is really hard to price them because I put some much time and effort into them, then I pay Claire to do the quilting. (I don't even try because I know I would mess it up.)

    Usually I count the cost of the fabric, the cost of the quilting and add $100 for my time if it is a queen size or king. Charging what it is really worth would never be affordable, so I count the time I got to spend making something beautiful for someone who actually loves it when its done as a gift to them and a treat for me!

    I made a king size quilt for my own bed. Just the fabrics totalled over $300 and then there was the cost of getting it quilted - $180, so I know I couldn't sell it for even that much. Who would find it as beautiful as I do? See photo attached.

    Anyway, I had it appraised by a professional quilt appraiser, and it is worth $850!!! If I lost it in a fire or flood without that appraisal, I would only get about $50 because insurance companies consider it a "blanket" without an appraisal.

    I hope Claire's website helps you with the pricing!
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    quiltmaker, do you have any idea what things the appraiser considered to get the value? and it is beautiful!

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    Quilt Appraisers base the value on quality of fabric, design, colors, pattern popularity, and the quality of the quilting itself. She looked for damage, fraying, what kind of binding and backing was used, etc. It took most of an hour for her to thoroughly evaluate it, and she took several photos.

    And she told me that Stack N Whack quilts are really not of lasting value - they are a fad. I guess I won't take a class on that one!

    Patterns that have been around forever are the best ones to make if you want a valuable quilt.

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    thank you for your response, it's interesting about the patterns

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    i don't doubt that a professional appraiser knows well enough the $$$ value "assigned" to quilts made between "then" and "now". but unless she has a crystal ball she can't possibly know whether or not stack-n-whack, or any other currently popular trend, will amount to a mere "fad". for all we know those quilts will either stand the test of time or bring piles of money 100 years from now because there aren't many still intact or being made.

    "they" sniffed and sneered at cotton fabric, gas, electricity, telephone, horseless carriages and computers.

    don't decide what to learn or pass by based on somebody else's opinion-driven speculation. follow your heart and instincts. that's the real foundation - and future - of quilting.

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    quiltmaker101, this is simply a beautiful quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ
    i don't doubt that a professional appraiser knows well enough the $$$ value "assigned" to quilts made between "then" and "now". but unless she has a crystal ball she can't possibly know whether or not stack-n-whack, or any other currently popular trend, will amount to a mere "fad". for all we know those quilts will either stand the test of time or bring piles of money 100 years from now because there aren't many still intact or being made.

    "they" sniffed and sneered at cotton fabric, gas, electricity, telephone, horseless carriages and computers.

    don't decide what to learn or pass by based on somebody else's opinion-driven speculation. follow your heart and instincts. that's the real foundation - and future - of quilting.
    I have to agree with the appraiser.. Stack and whack computers... they were just a fad.

    tim in san jose

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ
    i don't doubt that a professional appraiser knows well enough the $$$ value "assigned" to quilts made between "then" and "now". but unless she has a crystal ball she can't possibly know whether or not stack-n-whack, or any other currently popular trend, will amount to a mere "fad". for all we know those quilts will either stand the test of time or bring piles of money 100 years from now because there aren't many still intact or being made.

    "they" sniffed and sneered at cotton fabric, gas, electricity, telephone, horseless carriages and computers.

    don't decide what to learn or pass by based on somebody else's opinion-driven speculation. follow your heart and instincts. that's the real foundation - and future - of quilting.
    And just think... Log cabin was just the stack and whack of it's day.

    tim in san jose

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    how could any body call someyhing made from your heart ,something you pour so much of your time ,and so much of your self into,weather it's a stack and wack or it could be any other quilt . a fad ... i say shame on that person.

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