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Thread: Had someone want me to give an estimate on a quilt

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    A friend that works with dh wanted to know how much it would cost to make a king sized quilt for a friend of his that is getting married. I did the math and came up with the price of $650.

    He also wanted a fancy center and I told him that would probably add more money for this quilt. It was going to be hand quilted.

    Well, he said, "that is not doable". Really? I think he wanted me to drop the price to like $200! Hello?!

    I explained that the fabric alone would cost a lot more than that, plus batting, thread and backing. I tried to explain to him the costs of fabric and the increase in all material. Plus, my time hand quilting it should be worth something!

    Needless to say, he wants something much smaller! I really don't think I want to make anything for him. He seems to think I am over charging.

    But, he is an advid hunter and thinks nothing of spending big bucks on equipment to go hunting with!

    What is wrong with people?! LOL

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    Hmmm, no sense in spending your time and talent doing something that isn't truely appreciated! Especailly when there are so many people who would be appreciative and greatful for your work.

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    I think he should walk in a LQS and get some bussiness cards and then call and get some estiments ,he will see that you are not charging enough for a king lolololol

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    same ole same ole. everyone including us wants everything for the lowest price we can get. think about fabrics you want and wont spend say the 8 to 10 bucks per yard but let it go on sale for 5 bucks and then you are all over it. same thing applies to quilting and selling our quilts. we want top dollar.

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    It's because what YOU do isn't as important as what HE does.
    Since he's a hunter tell him you'd like to have a real bear skin rug. Would he please go to Canada, get a permit, kill one, have the meat processed, the head and skin made into a rug and give you a price for that. He'll start listing the costs of everything including his time off from work. Then tell him that you just want a small bear and couldn't he do it for $200?

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    Quote Originally Posted by raptureready
    It's because what YOU do isn't as important as what HE does.
    Since he's a hunter tell him you'd like to have a real bear skin rug. Would he please go to Canada, get a permit, kill one, have the meat processed, the head and skin made into a rug and give you a price for that. He'll start listing the costs of everything including his time off from work. Then tell him that you just want a small bear and couldn't he do it for $200?
    You sure got that right! That is why I'd rather make quilts for charity or to give to friends. They don't have high expectations of what they are looking for.

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    He's right. It's not "doable" LOL
    What a putz!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sueisallaboutquilts
    He's right. It's not "doable" LOL
    What a putz!!!
    I am with you on this one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by raptureready
    It's because what YOU do isn't as important as what HE does.
    Since he's a hunter tell him you'd like to have a real bear skin rug. Would he please go to Canada, get a permit, kill one, have the meat processed, the head and skin made into a rug and give you a price for that. He'll start listing the costs of everything including his time off from work. Then tell him that you just want a small bear and couldn't he do it for $200?
    Awesome. :lol:

    "I just want a smaller bear"

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    Quote Originally Posted by raedar63
    I think he should walk in a LQS and get some bussiness cards and then call and get some estiments ,he will see that you are not charging enough for a king lolololol
    Added note:

    My sister did this....She tells the people to 1st check other peoples prices, then come talk to her. More times then not they have her do the work.

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    I used to run into this a lot when I first started painting show cars. They would want me to justify a $10,000 paint job. After explaining the amount of money that the materials cost and the amount of time it took getting the body ready for paint they sorta understood. Now its a joke with a lot of my clients and friends that if you have to ask me how much it cost for a paint job you can not afford me.

    Funny thing is now $10K is a very cheap price for a paint job and is what I normally charge to paint a bike for.

    So you might need to adapt that philosophy, "If you have to ask then you cant afford me!" :mrgreen:

    Billy

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    'Sounds like a "tire kicker" to me. You know the type, all blow, wannabe bigshot. 'Eager to impress you with his money and to imply that you're not worth it.
    Stick to your guns. In fact, if he does shop around and come back to you, go up in price. You're still not getting what it's really worth.
    "That's my advice and I'm stickin' to it."
    Karen

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    If he says that's not doable, you say "okay". That's the end of the transaction to me. :)

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    There are some of the best comments here I've ever heard! Wonderful sentiments, valuing your own work.

    Remember to print this out and keep it at hand for future 'questioners". (And as it is, it's behind the times fabric price-wise!)

    What It Really Costs To Make a Quilt

    QUEEN SIZED, MACHINE PIECED, HAND QUILTED

    MATERIALS:

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

    Total $ 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 (130-810hrs) $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 (130-810hrs) $2600 - $16,200
    Total $2741 - $16,400

    (Found on the Internet 1995; unknown author)

    Jan in VA

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    Quote Originally Posted by raptureready
    It's because what YOU do isn't as important as what HE does.
    Since he's a hunter tell him you'd like to have a real bear skin rug. Would he please go to Canada, get a permit, kill one, have the meat processed, the head and skin made into a rug and give you a price for that. He'll start listing the costs of everything including his time off from work. Then tell him that you just want a small bear and couldn't he do it for $200?
    I'm LOL!

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    Quote Originally Posted by raptureready
    It's because what YOU do isn't as important as what HE does.
    Since he's a hunter tell him you'd like to have a real bear skin rug. Would he please go to Canada, get a permit, kill one, have the meat processed, the head and skin made into a rug and give you a price for that. He'll start listing the costs of everything including his time off from work. Then tell him that you just want a small bear and couldn't he do it for $200?
    I LOVE this! I also mention to folks of the same ilk, if you want a Walmart quilt ... go to Walmart!

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    That is why, when I make quilts for others at their request, I make them buy ALL the materials and charge just for my time to piece it and if they want it quilted, it's extra and they buy the batting. It's the only way I have found to make nonquilters understand what all is involved in making a quilt.
    The last time I went with a friend of a friend to Joanne's. She loved a certain fabric and when the saleslady and I told her how much yardage she needed for a full size bed, for the backing, at $8.50 per yard--she told me she had to rethink the whole thing.!

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    Heard a good one recently! Someone asked a friend to make a quilt in exchange for a Christmas cake!!!! Great deal!!!! Needless to say No deal!!!

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    To have a trophy deer head mounted is around $900 to $1000+ around here. He'll probably buy an imported one with "toe catchers" quilting. When it falls apart after the first washing, he'll realize "you get what what you pay for"
    :

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    This is good information Jan, Thanks!

    Joan_quilts...stick to your guns (lol) your talent, time, etc. is worth every cent you charge. If your friend wants the "thrift store" price, tell him to go shop at Goodwill.

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    I never even bother with doing any math or designing for other people. I look them square in the eye and tell them "twelve hundred minimum." Then I go back to working on what I was working on and they go to Walmart and buy some cheap piece of crap. It keeps me happy and really that's all that matters.

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    They buy cheap mass produced items of little quality. They do not take into consideration the cost of good quality fabrics that will last for years or the high quality workmanship of the artist. With this dude's attitude, he could no longer afford anything that I made because it would suddenly become one of those priceless items you see in musems. Just tell him that you get what you pay for and let the cheapscape go.

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    I worked for a while in the summer at a store in Talkeetna, Alaska. People wanted to pay the same for a hand done quilt as for one of those made in Indonesia. I told them to buy the one from Indonesia and wash it, then come and see the locally done quilts. They would find the prices more than reasonable. The old addage stands firm. "You get what you pay for" (I miss you, mom) toni

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    I was asked to make a queen size quilt that would need almost 8000 small pieces. I told them you buy all the materials, and I will make and hand quilt it for $1500. It should be done in about a month. Some people value our work.

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    The only answer to the cheapies who don't want to pay what it is worth---

    "you should go shopping at walmart, I'm sure you'll find something you like there"

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