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Thread: SELLING QUILTS?

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    Everywhere I go people ask me if I am still making quilts. Of course, the answer is yes. Then the next question is am I selling them. When I say no - I get this look and then the response "What are you going to do them all"? Some even try to get me to set up stands at the local farmers market, craft shows etc.

    My husband has a fishing boat - he catches fish but noone expects him to start selling fish.

    It is my hobby I do it for enjoyment. Am I the only one that gets these questions?
    My quilts are given to people and charties and the rest I like to look at often. I use them on my bed to keep us warm. lol

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    People ask if one sells their quilts but very few of those asking are willing to pay what a quilt is really worth. They would be the ones that want to buy a quilt for $40.00.

    It's my hobby, as well. I do it for my pleasure and I get a blessing when I give a quilt away.

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    I completly get it . People ask me the same. When I quote a price and I have quoted as low as fifty bucks they look at me like I have five heads lol.

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    I know what you are saying! They always say, I can go to Wal Mart and buy one for 20 bucks, I say, go for it!!

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    I have an older neighbor that thinks that she is doing me a favor when she asks me for a baby quilt....$20 is too much. I willingly give her a discounted price, but I have at least $20 in just materials...and I sell these at craft shows for much more.
    When she called me the other day to say she needed a gift for a baby girl, I told her I didn't have anything in stock, but if she would tell me how much she wanted to pay I would make something up for her.
    She wants to spend $10....She is getting bibs. I will not do a quilt for $10.

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    I have been asked the same question many times. I am currently an avid hobby quilter, but will make it a retirement job (in 15 years!), I hope.
    I do have 1 quilt I'm working on for a "customer". A fellow I work with wanted a t-shirt quilt made. I told him I'd do it for a combined payment of cash and his fantastic BBQ sauce! I'm not done with it yet as he doesn't have a timeframe. But I got a jar of sauce as a down payment!
    I have another lady at work that would like me to custom make the entire quilt for her. I told her I would discuss it with her, but she can't have a strict timeframe as I do have a "day job"! I also explained the cost of the quality materials, and my time. She understands and fully expects an "heirloom", not just a Target or WalMart quilt.
    I think the mindset of the customer is key to choosing who you want to make a quilt for, if you choose to!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tink's Mom
    I have an older neighbor that thinks that she is doing me a favor when she asks me for a baby quilt....$20 is too much. I willingly give her a discounted price, but I have at least $20 in just materials...and I sell these at craft shows for much more.
    When she called me the other day to say she needed a gift for a baby girl, I told her I didn't have anything in stock, but if she would tell me how much she wanted to pay I would make something up for her.
    She wants to spend $10....She is getting bibs. I will not do a quilt for $10.
    You're more generous than I am. I'd tell her to to to Wally's.

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    I have had people ask me if I would sell quilts, I just smile and say "oh hun, I could never get paid the amount that I have in them" LOL then they just have to ask exactly how much do you have in them and I smile and say in a range of $150.00 to $200.00 not including my time then I get the fish face look you know the mouth wide open. LOL Needless to say I don't have any customers LOL. Quilting is a hobby for me something I enjoy doing if I had to make quilts to sell I would not like it. LOL

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    Most people who ask this question would faint if they knew how much a quilt was worth. As indicted in another posting, they're use to the cheap imports at Walmart and such.

    As a quilt store, we have built up a good supply of quilts that we used as samples, and have often offered them for sale, but at our low prices, most people think that its too high.

    We also give some to charities and good causes.

    Lanny

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    I sell when the price is right. One quilt paid a years worth of car and house insurance, property tax, and filled my propane tank for the whole winter.

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