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    Super Member quiltingfan's Avatar
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    Hi I was wondering for those of you that sell your quilts, How do you price them? I need a little bit of extra cash and instead of getting a job my husband told me to do what I like to do and know how to do and that is making quilts. So I was thinking of making some and selling them, and I already have 1 person that wants me to make their son a quilt, but what to charge? The one that I am making for a friend she is buying the materials, but what about the others? I am so glad that we have this site, would be lost without it. Thanks Beth

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    I have never sold one, so I really don't know what I'm talking about.....so I read something online about pricing quilts. The suggestion was to keep track of your expenses and your time. Add up the expenses for the fabric, thread, batting, backing, etc. and then allow $10 per hour for your time. Just a thought.

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    Thanks, that will help me get started. I have a hard time tracking my time because so much is a seem here then get up and switch the laundry. Sew some more and do dinner... Guess I will keep track if I am planning on selling it.

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    I have no experience with this so cannot advise. I have heard that you cannot re-coup your time invested because no one or very few, could afford to pay. Set an amount you would pay, add 20%, and see what happens.

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    I've only sold one quilt and a friend suggested keeping track of my time too, but that was just to difficult. I've decided that if I sell another one, I'll at least double the cost of the materials (batting, thread, everything) and charge that for labor.

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    I sell a lot of tops on ebay. I found that I get a better price for an unfinished top than a finished.

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    oh and block sets sell very well, especially mini block sets of about 9 to 12 blocks that are around 3 to 4 inches square.

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    I sell alot of mine at festivals! I keep up with the cost of material(fabric, batting, thread)! Then I see if it was hard to piece, if it was hard I automatically add $50.00 to it! Then I do $10.00/hr! And $0.015 per square inch on the quilting(overall size of the quilt)!

    I hope this helps!

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    When someone inquired about buying one of my quilts I asked the guild here how much to charge. Their answer was cost of material times 3. Hope this helps.

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    I have several quilts. I pretty much stick to just a few patterns so I know pretty well how much time it takes to do them.
    I find a time when I can pretty much wore a few hours without interruptions.
    Each step in making the quilt I write down how long it took.
    ironing all the fabric...say 30 min.
    Cutting................4 hrs.
    Sewing one block or one panel of a strip piece quilt.... so many hrs times how many blocks or panels. etc.

    after figuring out how much time to do the quilt, I add on a few hours for extras. $10. hrs is a fair price plus all the materials for the quilt. Haven't figured out how to charge for shopping time :-)

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