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Thread: From Don-isewman--?? for everyone

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buckeye Rose View Post
    I told her it wouldn't be less than $350 and possibly more depending on pattern and final size requirements (those extra thick mattresses can turn a full size into a queen size). She hemhawed around and finally told me that was too much.
    Wow! $350 is really inexpensive, especially for a quilt of that size. I charge around $300 for a lap/crib sized quilt. Queen sized quilts are $700 and up, depending on the number of pieces and the difficulty of the piecing. I factor in my time and charge $10 an hour. I am skilled labor, after all (truly, $10 is low). I mean, my goodness. Fabric, batting, and thread for a full-sized quilt can get as high as $250. For the 25-35 hours or so you're spending on shopping for fabric, planning the quilt, piecing it, and quilting it, you're only charging $100 more? That's like $3.50 an hour.

    If people are going to under-value my time and skill that much, they don't deserve a handmade quilt and I point them to Walmart.

    Don (isewman) - For a lap-sized quilt, you should charge at least $200 for pattern choice, cutting, piecing, and quilting. Even though they gave you the fabric for it, it still represents a lot of your time and your effort, not to mention time lost making quilts for family or yourself. If they truly value handmade quilts, they will think that's a fair offer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by isewman View Post
    Thank you lady's to have answered my ???. I made 2 blocks with another color I had here at home. Took the 2 blocks down the other day or so. to have her get a ideal. She wasnt sure when I showed her what I thought, of at the time. Brought, back 1 block, and pinned the neutral color she wanted, on to a pattern, I'm useing,(ellens star). Pinned rectangle, triangles, and sq's on a quilt block. Took it to her this morning, before I posted this note, and said this is what you will get.Make a long story short, she(we). wasnt sure yet. I told her another day-another time. Thanks again lady's. Don
    I think you made an excellent decision, Don!!

    Dina

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    I made a red white and blue star quilt for a fund raiser someone came up to me and asked me if I would make a king size one for her. I said sure minimum of 500.00 plus material. He never brought it up again. :-) Would love to make some for money but you know we don't make quilts for money.

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    In my area, people just drop their jaws when you quote them a price - I recently was asked to make a table runner. When I figured in all the costs of materials, time, etc., I came up with a price of $75. This was to be all custom to match her fancy dining room. Her answer? "I could just pick one up at Home Goods for $12.99." My thoughts are unprintable!! lol!! I won't take any orders from anyone - just not worth the aggravation!

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    Don, you said she bought the fabric for the quilt? Did she also buy for the backing, batting & thread? I have sold several quilts, but my prices are low for this area. The way I figure it is the total cost of supplies & double that plus add 20% to that. I also require non refundable half down before I even start it. That way, at least the supplies are covered if they try to back out. I have never had anyone back out so far. If someone ever brought me the fabric, what I would do them was to figure the cost of that fabric & go from there. I don't think the $150.00 is to much. I would be on guard, though, since she is already showing signs of not being satisfied with what you have already shown her. It would be best, if you decide to go ahead with this project, to make her chose the pattern too. That way, if she is not happy with how it turned out, you will be able to say you picked the pattern & fabric. Since you have already made a few samples & she is not happy so far, require at least half down before even starting her quilt & be firm about it. You have already spent valuable time making the samples for her.

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    Good morning Don,
    I had someone ask me recently if I made quilts to sell. I just told them 'no' because I don't like deadlines and folks don't want to pay what the quilt is worth in material and time. The someone happened to be my cousin so she just might get a quilt as a gift but the fabric and pattern will be my choosing and no deadline. Be sure to factor in the time already spent in blocks you have made etc in giving her something to choose from. That's part of the process too.

    I am going to place the items I make on a shelf. If a relative (close friend) admires one in particular, they might find themselves the owner of a new quilt. This way I don't have to worry about being disappointed or worried if they like the quilt.

    Word does get around that Don Wiseman will 'make you a quilt'. Do you have a response ready?

    Happy quilting!


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    I made a quilt last year for a lady that has a beauty shop near me. It was a queen size with University of Kentucky logo fabric). She asked how much I would charge and I told her $125.00. She was okay with that. It took me weeks to complete the quilt, sent it to my long arm quilter and when she delivered the finished quilt she told me I could have gotten $1,500.00 for the quilt. Whoa! I was shocked! When I delivered the quilt I told the lady that "her" price was $125.00 but that I was advised the quilt could have sold for $1,500.00. She didn't seem to care that I had underpriced the making of this quilt. There were several ladies in her shop at the time and they oohed and ahhhed over the quilt but quieted down when I revealed what the quilt should have sold for. Why do people that our time isn't worth anything? They expect to be paid at their job, so why shouldn't we? May not be a job but it is still our time and money involved.

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    THANK YOU- THANK YOU TO EVERYONE with a answer on make a lap quilt(20 blocks) for this lady friend. She had her 5 fabric's, but not a background fabric. The fabric she had, I could of cut out certain size sq's, or certain size rectangle. Yes and no to charge her $150.00 may of been a little high. But doing her a quilt top, to me I wasn't doing it for little cost. I would rather make quilts for my family & grdkids. And after, I mentioned $150.00, to make her a top, she changed her color's of wanting. Again THANK YOU LADIES for your knowledge & thoughts. Don-isewman

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    Quote Originally Posted by Holice View Post
    just her undecision would make me pass on the deal. I believe you have already spent too much time making samples to show and still appears to not satisfy.
    I agree with Holice.

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    Thank you, for this thread! It is always a point of frustration for me..(prices) I look around and I could make more at McD's with kids wages than people will pay for art that is so much work!! /took me lots of years to make my art work skill where it is.. When people watch me paint..make a pattern..etc. one question usually is "how long did that take you?" couple min on some things but a long time to learn how! I usually ask them what they do and how long did it take them to make or do what they do.cost of material-time to make it.interesting study!! love the QB!

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    Sounds good to me.
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    When they supply the fabric, I do it on an hourly rate of $8.00 per hour and if there's a cost for machine quilting, they pay that as well. $8.00 per hour isn't much, but I get to stay home and do something I really like doing. So it's enough for me.
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