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Thread: Contract or agreement for doing quilts for others

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    Contract or agreement for doing quilts for others

    Hi everyone,

    I have most of my research done on what it will cost to do a quilt for a friend. I am now wondering if anyone has a contract or agreement they use, and would you be willing to share it? I just want to make sure that we are in total agreement with everything.

    Any suggestions you can make would be greatly appreciated.


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    Super Member Jan in VA's Avatar
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    Piedmont Virginia in the Foothills of the Blue Ridge Mtns.
    I use one like this.

    Jan in VA

    Contract for reproduction of Log Cabin Quilt for Mr/Mrs. -----------------
    By Jan _______________ May 2012

    Quilt will be approx. 96Ē square, 6 x 6 block setting with three plain borders. Fabrics will be blue prints, 100% cotton or cotton/polyester blends, similar to the original prints.
    I will make every effort to locate fabrics at the best low price I can.

    The quilt will be machine pieced and machine quilted with a cotton natural-colored thread.

    The backing fabric will be a white or light print or plain fabric.

    The batting will be light weight polyester at customerís request.

    Customer understands that there are other commission works to complete in front of their order and that it may be 3-4 months before this quilt can be delivered to them.

    The cost of this quilt will be approximately:
    Fabric: approx. $125 (Approx. 15Ĺ yards total for front and back)
    Thread: $2.50
    Batting: $20-25
    Labor: $500 (includes: shopping for similar-to-original fabrics, cutting fabrics for sewing, piecing blocks, piecing/applying/mitering borders, hand basting layers together, quilting, applying binding to front and back of quilt, washing and drying, delivery of quilt)
    Total cost expected to be approx. $650 or less depending on the cost of fabrics and the batting I can locate for this quilt.

    Signature of Customer__________________________________________ ___ 5/12 2012

    Signature of Quilter___________________________________________ ____ 5/12/2012

    Deposit Paid____________ Date_________ Balance Paid___________ Date_________

    Janís contact information:
    email -
    phone -
    Jan in VA
    Living in the foothills
    peacefully colors my world.

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    Power Poster nativetexan's Avatar
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    Wow! looks good to me.

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    Power Poster BellaBoo's Avatar
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    A friend of a friend kept asking me to make her a quilt and she would pay whatever it costs. I had her meet me at the LQS on day to pick out the fabric, pattern, thread, and batting. I told her my cost would be 3 1/2 times the cost of the supplies. After the pattern was picked out and then when she got to looking at the fabric and seeing the cost of that she soon realized the quilt wasn't going to be the $100 she had in her mind. LOL. She made an excuse that she needed to think about her color choice and I haven't heard a word from her about it again. Just be sure the friend has an idea what the quilt will cost before presenting her with a contract. It could be sticker shock.
    Got fabric?

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    Central Florida
    Kudos to BellaBoo -- what a great way to demonstrate the cost of a quilt. Just made a T-shirt quilt for a very good friend. Didn't charge her -- told her it was her Xmas present. She did pay for the fabric, batting, etc. but I didn't charge for the labor. She asked that I make another for her daughter and I did tell her I would charge for this one. I know that I won't overcharge, probably will undercharge. What do you do when you live in a shoe?

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