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Thread: soooo frustrating

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    I totally agree with accompanying her to the store and let her pay for the supplies.

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    If she wants to pay $12 for a table runner, I'd tell her to try the Dollar Store! What nerve!!

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    Glad you told her you couldn't do it for that price. If you made it at that price everyone else would want the same deal. I just tell people that I just make quilts and things for my kids and grands.

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    Oh, my . . . . people who do not quilt don't have a clue.
    The $12.00 is just the beginning and doesn't even include
    your labor. If she bought the table runner at a craft show she most likely would pay $35.00 for it.
    I hand quilted a couple quilts and kept track of my time.
    I doubled my time to equal $2.00 per hour for quilting.
    The lady I quilted for had no problem with the final price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tealfalcon
    I just had to come here where you all would understand....I had this lady ask me today about making her a table runner....she wants the spicy spiral table runner or one with stars...every time she comes over she oos and aahs over my quilts. So i told her i would be more then happy to make her one....here is the kicker...she wants to pay 12.00....ummm there isnt any way to make it for 12.00 unless i am wrong, if someone knows something i dont please fill me in....She is a pastor's wife...not at my church and a very sweet lady but i just cant do it for that price...when i told her i couldnt do it for that price she acted like she was offended...so what am i supposed to do? just give in an do it for that? anyways just had to get that out and hope that some of you can relate
    When it comes to manual labour (like quilting) people immediately turn things upside down:
    Do you go to a store and tell the manager: "I am willing to pay you $ 2.00 for this piece of meat?"

    The pastor's wife obviously is an adult and should know how the world works. She probably would not tell her tax accountant how much she is willing to pay him!

    BTW, here is the answer to "Let's go to the store and get the materials":
    "Oh, I thought you could just use some of your odds and ends!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by FroggyinTexas
    Quote Originally Posted by tealfalcon
    I just had to come here where you all would understand....I had this lady ask me today about making her a table runner....she wants the spicy spiral table runner or one with stars...every time she comes over she oos and aahs over my quilts. So i told her i would be more then happy to make her one....here is the kicker...she wants to pay 12.00....ummm there isnt any way to make it for 12.00 unless i am wrong, if someone knows something i dont please fill me in....She is a pastor's wife...not at my church and a very sweet lady but i just cant do it for that price...when i told her i couldnt do it for that price she acted like she was offended...so what am i supposed to do? just give in an do it for that? anyways just had to get that out and hope that some of you can relate
    Fiddlesticks, no don't give in. I don't know about her husband's salary package, but I do know lots of other preachers and their salary packages, and many of them have more disposable income than any teacher I know. I am a retired pastor and I know about preachers' compensation packages. froggyintexas
    Ever seen a minister in a cheap suit?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TacoMama
    I don't mean to offend anyone, but here is what I have learned this far in my life. There are some people who think because they are who they are, they are "entitled" to things at a reduced or free price. Some preachers and their wifes fall into that catagory. I have some in my family that are like that and I have others in the same position in my family that would NEVER do that. Some just think they are entitled to get things just because they are who they are. Don't feel like you have to do this for them. They would be offended if they were asked to preach for nothing or a very small fee. Hold to your guns!
    I had an aunt who thought nothing of asking for you to make things for her for free. I used to make Swedish Tea Rings, which are delicious, and not cheap, and they do take time and effort. Not only did she enjoy them when she would visit, but she wanted me to make them and SEND them to her across country. Uh, no. Lol. But then, she ALWAYS thought she was a privileged character.

    If someone asks you to make something for them, and then offers you a totally ridiculous price, just nicely tell them you are sorry, but the price with materials and labor will be $$$$, and if they are still interested, make arrangements to take them to the store for THEM to purchase the fabrics. Get half down on the labor. Then no one needs to be offended.

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    Sometimes it's hard to turn someone down. I had a lady that wanted a table runner made from Feed Sacks. She wanted a price right now and I told her the price would start at $50. I know she is on a fixed income, so am I. I felt bad bc I could not help her, but again so am I on a fixed income.
    We as sewers do tend to sell services short. Hope you don't.

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    Take her shoping and let her buy the materials, thread, and batting. When she sees the prices she will change her mind or offer more.

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    If she's a pastor's wife and reads her Bible, then she should know the verse about a man is worthy of his hire. Don't give in.

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