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Thread: what it really costs to make a quilt

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    this was sent to me by a quilting buddy and I thought I'd pass it on...

    What It Really Costs to Make a Quilt

    QUEEN SIZED Machine Pieced Hand Quilted

    MATERIALS:

    Fabric 12-16 yards @ $9 per yd. $108 - $144
    Batting $25 - $40
    Thread $8 - $16

    Total Money Invested $141 - $200

    LABOR HOURS:

    Piecing 20 to 60 hours
    “Setting” (designing your quilt) 10 to 20 hours
    Quilting 100 to 750 hours

    Total hours invested 130 to 810 hours

    TOTAL COST

    Paying $1 per hour (Would you do this type of work for $1 an hour?!)

    Materials $141 - $200
    Labor $130 - $810
    Total $271 - $1070

    Paying minimum wage $7.25 (by law in 6/2009)

    Materials $141 - $200
    Labor (130-810 hrs) $942.50 - $5872.25
    Total $1083.50 - $6072.25

    Paying skilled labor wage $20 per hour (Don’t you consider yourself trained and skilled in this craft?)

    Materials $141 - $200
    Labor (130-810 hrs) $2600 - $16200

    Total $2741 - $16400

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    We do it for love (smile).

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    Yup. I've seen this one before! :D

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    Always looked at what it cost.. but in black and white, thats unbeliveable. Fuel cost and sergharges for use of ,auto,machines.

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    Nice, I ought to keep this handy to pass out to co-workers that want me to just whip one up for them. It amazes me at the number of hints or flat out asking I get to "make me a quilt" and then they have even gotten offended when I told them what the cost of fabric will be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raedar63
    Nice, I ought to keep this handy to pass out to co-workers that want me to just whip one up for them. It amazes me at the number of hints or flat out asking I get to "make me a quilt" and then they have even gotten offended when I told them what the cost of fabric will be.
    sew, sew true :!: :!:

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    And that's why they put them in museums

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    Quote Originally Posted by raedar63
    Nice, I ought to keep this handy to pass out to co-workers that want me to just whip one up for them. It amazes me at the number of hints or flat out asking I get to "make me a quilt" and then they have even gotten offended when I told them what the cost of fabric will be.
    Yes, I agree. Everyone should print this and give it to the people who want a quilt. It would certainly be a good way to start the conversation about pricing.

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    I thought the ending was supposed to be "the tears in someone's eyes when you give it to them-priceless!"

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    The one quilt that I keep track of the cost to make. I didn't look it after is was done. Love the pattern, color,and the quilting. but not this quilt. have made more useing ths pattern and love them. Just knowing what that quilt cost made me mad. so not keep track anymore. HA HA HA

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