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    One more tip, don't hand over the quilt until you see whatever money you are charging for materials and/or time. Lots of sad stories on the board about folks who make things for other people and never get paid. Be careful.

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    I bet that out of all 6 of them that want one, once you give them a price they wont have you make them. I always tell people, that if they buy the material I will make it. Not one person has bought the material for me to make them a quilt. Which honestly I would love to do. One guy wanted a King size, I told him with material and time the minimum would be 600.00 his jaw dropped and he did not say another word. But I do love to give my quilts away. I am usually inspired to give a certain person a certain quilt.

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    If you want to do it charge at least double the cost of materials and if you don't charge 4 times the cost of materials.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deborah12687
    I just made the blue jean bear for my Grandson, I only had 1 of the panels. The other quilts I am free to do what I want just so the quilts are single bed size girly quilts and want warm and natural batting and simple quilting. I gave them all a call and asked them what they are willing to pay for the quilts and they all agreed to $100.00 per quilt.
    Maybe it would be a good idea to ask for a deposit, that way you have the funds to buy the supplies that you need and also know they are serious about it. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glassquilt
    Give the mothers a supply list with the fabric, thread & batting needed and list your labor as $$$ & approximate time. (Give yourself extra time for what ifs. Customer never complains if you deliver early.)

    If they buy the supplies you know they are serious. Each of you can sign a copy of the supply list as a contract.

    Another thing to consider is the boredom factor of making the very same quilt repeatedly. If you don't like to make the same thing over & over, can you change it enough to satisfy your creative muse and the mother's expectations.

    Add to bottom of list any changes mom makes will cause a change in your labor charge.
    Great advice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deborah12687
    I just made the blue jean bear for my Grandson, I only had 1 of the panels. The other quilts I am free to do what I want just so the quilts are single bed size girly quilts and want warm and natural batting and simple quilting. I gave them all a call and asked them what they are willing to pay for the quilts and they all agreed to $100.00 per quilt.
    Sounds fair. You should get a deposit if you are purchasing the material. My church quilt group got stung when we had a lady order a quilt. The material was bought in the colours she wanted ,then when it was finished being quilted she said that she didn't want it. We did end up selling it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RST
    In your situation, I would find it much more fun and interesting to offer to teach those moms how to make the quilt. You could give them a list of all the supplies, tell them where to purchase,maybe you could offer to buy a quantity of batting or backing and pass the savings along to them. Offer to teach them (as a group) how to make a basic quilt. Give them two dates when you would be available, and if they are really interested, they will figure out how to do it. You may get some quilting buddies out of the deal. If there are steps that they don't feel up to (quilting or binding) you could offer to do those for an hourly rate that you specify in advance-- say $10/hour.


    I like this idea the most!

    RST

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    I am working on a 4 generation family photo quilt for a lady that lives over 100 miles from me. She saw one I done for someone else & called me about it. I didn't give her a specific dollar amount, but tried to do my best of approximate the cost when she ordered it. I just told her that it would be twice the amount I spent on all supplies & would do my best to get the best prices for the supplies. Anyway, when she sent me the photos for the quilt, she also sent me over half of what I thought it would cost for a deposit. Also told her it would also depend on how many photos she wanted on it. She didn't care what it would cost & sent 45 photos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deborah12687
    I just made the blue jean bear for my Grandson, I only had 1 of the panels. The other quilts I am free to do what I want just so the quilts are single bed size girly quilts and want warm and natural batting and simple quilting. I gave them all a call and asked them what they are willing to pay for the quilts and they all agreed to $100.00 per quilt.
    I would be inclined to ask for a deposit on each quilt as well = it keeps them honest and interested and you are not stuck with 3-5 quilts to get rid of.

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    Quilting is my hobby. I love it. If it becomes a "job", would I love it as much?

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