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Thread: Does anyone do this anymore?

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    Does anyone pay to have quilts hand-quilted anymore? Especially with huge machines that will do the work will people still pay for the good old-fashioned hand-work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HomespunHandmaiden
    Does anyone pay to have quilts hand-quilted anymore? Especially with huge machines that will do the work will people still pay for the good old-fashioned hand-work?
    Yes! I do.
    To me not every quilt is a candidate for LAQ or DSM.
    Some cry out to be handquilted.

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    I do hand quilting for other people, not as much as I used to, but I am sending one off tomorrow and picking up another one at the Post Office, so I am happy.

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    I live near Amish country and have a lady that is begging for hand quilting work. My hands are not what they used to be so if I want the thing hand quilted that is what I have to do. My dream is to make a quilt worthy of Charishmah to quilt for me. Her work is so beautiful!!

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    I haven't recently but did have a Double Wedding Ring done by an Amish lady. It was a wedding gift for my daughter and I wanted it to be really special and perhaps a family heirloom.

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    How much do people typically charge for hand-quilting?

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    I love to hand quilt, but my time is so limited now. If it were affordable, I'd pay for hand quilting. I've just always assumed otherwise.

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    I had two quilted in the past when my husband was seriously injured at work and I couldn't get the lone star tops I had pieced for my sons finished for Christmas. (One of the quilts was treated as a keepsake and the other one got used and loved to rags.)

    I completed a top from blocks begun by a friend's mother and grandmother 70 years ago. I recently found a woman to quilt on it because such an heirloom deserves hand work and I'm just not getting to it. I quilt by hand and with my Singer.

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    My aunt has hers hand quilted since she sews hers by hand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LisaGibbs
    I live near Amish country and have a lady that is begging for hand quilting work. My hands are not what they used to be so if I want the thing hand quilted that is what I have to do. My dream is to make a quilt worthy of Charishmah to quilt for me. Her work is so beautiful!!
    I, too, wish to make a quilt worthy of sending off to Charishmah!

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    I love to hand quilt, that is actually how I learned, and all I did until about 2 years ago...it can be really relaxing to sit with dh, and watch some tv, while I hand quilt...I can't tell you what the rates are, as I have never charged for it...I don't think anyone ever gets paid what it really is worth, though...lol...

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    We have a LA but there are so many quilts that just scream to be handquilted. And I really do enjoy it.

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    I hand quilt all of the things I do for myself and family. Most of the time if they are for clients they want it machine done because it is less expensive for them and they are in a hurry to get it back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HomespunHandmaiden
    How much do people typically charge for hand-quilting?
    The Amish quilters usually charge by how much thread they use--a way of determining the size and intricacy of the design and the quilt. I don't know what the going rate is currently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmdquilts
    I hand quilt all of the things I do for myself and family. Most of the time if they are for clients they want it machine done because it is less expensive for them and they are in a hurry to get it back.
    You really can't compare hand and LAQ in an "apples to apples" fashion as to which is more expensive. The intricacy of the work for each determines the end price.

    My experience has been that they are both in the same ball park. I let the other factors help me decide which to have done ... end usage (durability required), style of quilt, which technique will look best, and overall look I want to achieve.

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    I usually do FMQ on my Bernina, but I have decided to learn to hand quilt, so go so far!

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    I have a friend that handquilts --- stays busy all the time!

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    I hand quilt all my own quilts (except those for charity that require machine quilting). I don't know that I'd do work for others as I don't think my skills are THAT good. Everyone I've given a quilt has been blessedly complimentary but I don't know that the average person would pay for my skill level. Hence, I have no idea of fees.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HomespunHandmaiden
    Does anyone pay to have quilts hand-quilted anymore? Especially with huge machines that will do the work will people still pay for the good old-fashioned hand-work?
    Sure they do! I have an ex-SIL that hand quilts and makes a pretty decent living at it!

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