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    that if you put the word "amish" in your quilt description online it goes for more money? Shall we all put on caps and take a picture to get a better price? Are amish quilts so superior to ours that they deserve more money?

    Sorry, I've been searching the internet all day and I'm mad. lol

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    i'm not sure but i think it has a lot to do with the fact that the quilt is hand pieced and hand quilted.

    there quilting designs are supposed to be very elaborate since the fabric selections are always solid colors.

    when i have to hand piece a quilt my price goes thru the roof and the only time i hand quilt is to tie a quilt otherwise its machine quilted.

    i would charge at least $450 for a small wall hanging that i had to hand piece.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kluedesigns
    i'm not sure but i think it has a lot to do with the fact that the quilt is hand pieced and hand quilted.

    there quilting designs are supposed to be very elaborate since the fabric selections are always solid colors.

    when i have to hand piece a quilt my price goes thru the roof and the only time i hand quilt is to tie a quilt otherwise its machine quilted.

    i would charge at least $450 for a small wall hanging that i had to hand piece.
    How long does it take you to hand piece a wall hanging?

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    I don't think they're superior in quality or design. All these posts about what to charge for quilts got me looking more closely. This log cabin is from Amish Loft.

    http://www.amishloft.com/amishloft/p...s.asp?pf_id=Q9

    These are pictures of my log cabin. Not to be immodest but, my hand quilting is as good. Mine isn't hand pieced but still... would I be able to sell mine for $720?? I'm really starting to wonder as my employer, who I have been with for 15 years, is having a very hard time in the financial and insurance business and there have been 2 rounds of layoffs. Who knows what is next.
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    well - if i machine pieced and hand quilting your log cabin (it looks to be a twin size) i would charge $1200 and my clients would pay it.

    i guess this really does come down to where you live and what the people in your area are willing to pay for art.

    the amount of hours you've put into that log cabin would warrant that price or more.

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    I live in Indiana and northern Indiana has a large Amish population, every year they have a big quilt auction and some of them bring thousands of dollars. This may not be a popular opinion but it is mine :-)
    I think some people have more money than they know what to do with and they like to have possesions that other people recognise as "top notch" superior ect. Over the years the Amish quilts have aquired that reputation. I have talked to people that would like to buy quilts and they don't quilt or sew themselves. These people seem to be more interested in the fact that a quilt is hand quilted than if it is pieced by hand or sewn on a machine. But they feel if they pay big money for a quilt like that other people will say well you could have had an Amish quilt for that price. I think some people are just to involved in the status of something rather than pleasing themselves. Sorry to run on about this and don't mean to offend anyone. I think Amish quilts can be beautiful, but do I think they warrent the money some of them bring?....no. Just my 2 cents

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    [quote=kluedesigns]well - if i machine pieced and hand quilting your log cabin (it looks to be a twin size) i would charge $1200 and my clients would pay it.quote]

    It's queen size. This is a picture of before the 6" blue border was on and it's a queen size bed.

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    It's lovely Pam! I can picture a vintage dresser with a basin and ewer on top of it right beside the bed.

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    well then thats $3000. an original work, queen size, hand quilted - that would be my minimum price.

    i've sold a 3 feet x 3 feet wall hanging for $750.

    i think the big problem with trying to sell this type of quilt is its not an original work of art. its an existing pattern that many people have and that decreases its value.

    you'd have to price yourself according to all the other quilters in your area that work off patterns.

    you're really talented - i've seen the pics of your work - you need to up your price for your art and your time.

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    Thank you. I wouldn't have to go far to up my price as I've never sold one. :lol:

    I shudder to think what the last finished top, Starred and Feathered, would sell for then. It's an original design but using traditional block patterns.

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