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Thread: Help.... How much????

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwilter
    Please do agree ahead of time on a price and have her pay 1/2 of it as a deposit with the rest due at completion. It will help to have her not change her mind somewhere along the way!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ask me how I know.......(sigh)
    Even for friends n family I do that it saves so much embarrassment.

    I work out the price by adding up cost of all the fabrics and double it. I don't make much if anything out of it but at least I am not out of pocket.

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    Get a deposit that is enough to cover the cost, then 3 X the cost plus a bit for your time. We are worth at least minimum wage are we not?

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    $10 an hour plus materials - including batting, thread, fabric, new rotary cutter blade, and machine needle.

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    Very pretty! I will follow this line because i too have difficulty knowing what to charge when someone wants me to make them something.

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    how about making the birds either blue jays or cedar waxwings. Could change the block colors to match.

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    Charge 3 times what the material cost, that is the price you charge for the article.

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    Quote Originally Posted by donnajean
    Figure the cost of materials & multiply that by 3. Make sure to get a deposit before starting the project.

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    I like to have the person I'm making the quilt for purchase the materials. That way, they get a better understanding of the costs involved.
    Yep have them buy the fabrics. That way if they flake out on you at least you can sell to someone else

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    Quote Originally Posted by nakuna
    I made this wall hanging for my Brother and sister-in-law for Christmas... a friend of hers saw it and would like me to make her one and said she would pay anything for it... I have no idea how much to charge. I know you don't get paid for your time that you put into projects, but I don't want to charge too much or too little. So I haven't given her an answer yet... please help.
    How big is the piece? Beautiful

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    I tell people that I only make quilts or wallhangings for my family. I have no idea what a person should charge. You probably never get what it's worth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by donnajean
    Figure the cost of materials & multiply that by 3. Make sure to get a deposit before starting the project.

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    I like to have the person I'm making the quilt for purchase the materials. That way, they get a better understanding of the costs involved.
    I have people that I make quilts for do that. They are shocked with the cost of materiel. But then don't balk at the price when finish as they all ready bought the materiel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nakuna
    I made this wall hanging for my Brother and sister-in-law for Christmas... a friend of hers saw it and would like me to make her one and said she would pay anything for it... I have no idea how much to charge. I know you don't get paid for your time that you put into projects, but I don't want to charge too much or too little. So I haven't given her an answer yet... please help.
    Maybe give her a ball park figure "like between $50 and $100" and ask her to make you an offer. I would make up a material list and keep take of time spent and let her look at it so she can make you an educated and fair offer.

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    45 x 45....say three yards of fabric time the going price of fabric $10 = $30, thread - $5 = $35, embroidery these days is not free, say $10, Batting - $7 ... Quilting is say .025 per sq. inch -$50, it is now up to$102 total. $42 for materials times 3 is on the nose! ($120) This comes out to $18 for putting the pieces together.....hmm.
    This was a eye opener for me. Thanks for making us calculate!
    D in TX

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    Can't help with pricing but love the finished product.

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    Whatever you decide, get the money up front! My daughter did a painting for someone of a very specific subject and he lost interest and wouldn't reply to any of her calls. People want to BUY IT NOW and don't understand that these things take time.
    I smocked and appliqued reversible toddler clothes & sold them 20 ago and barely paid for the fabric much less the time! It was very discouraging--I love to make quilts for other people but it is my inspiration, my creatiion so I have fun. I ask about a color palette or some design idea and go from there. My DIL is from Denmark and I am making everyone in her family a quilt. when I asked for colors-they said black and white. I asked what colors their rooms were painted and they are all white! It was a challenge but now I love black and white quilts and fabrics are easier to find . I'm about to start on one that is all black and white batiks-no color.

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    I would have her go with you to purchase the fabric (so she knows what it costs) then figure out what is fair. I think I would pay $50 to $75 for it

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    Since it is personalized you need to get 100% not just a deposit. All of us have known people who walk away from things they've ordered, unfortunately. Since this is personalized you won't be able to sell or give it to anyone else. There are no stores or catalogs that I know of that will allow you to have things personalized without paying in full.

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    i have an artist daughter who was working for a law office in another state. the owner of the practice wanted a portrait of his two daughters, together, as a holiday gift for his wife. after establishing a ball park figure for the work, daughter put in countless hours, doing a photorealistic portrait in mixed media, and brought it to him for approval/purchase. he looked it over, pronounced it perfect, but too expensive. when she would not come down in her price, he had the nerve to ask if he could get a xerox of it for $25, instead. it remains in her portfolio as an example of her work, and a reminder of how fickle clients can be.

    set a fair price. stick with it. do have the client purchase the fabric if you can, so they have an "investment" in the piece. get your contract in writing, if at all possible. no, you don't have to bring in "the law", but a visible contract is more binding than a verbal one. and know that the "workman is worthy of his wage". your artistry is worth it!

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    Depends on whether you want to give it away of not. Once you charge too little, HER friend will want one at that price and HER friend will want one....Once you visualize making seven of the wallhangings, each personalized and carefully designed, see how much money you want so that you are not upset that it's taken all your time! You do excellent work DO NOT undervalue it! I would think that $150 is a place to START.

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    Don't sell it for less than you would make more for. If someone else wants one, you can't change your price then

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    Three times what it cost - include the cost of full reels of thread when you calculate.

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    Your time and talent are worth something too, so that should be considered along with the cost of materials. I'd ask between $70 and $80.

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    That is a beautiful wall hanging, just remember you can never go up in your price, and get at least 1/2 of the cost. I've told clients that if it is personalized, I get full payment before hand.

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    beautiful quilt

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    It is very pretty. I agree with some of the others. Cost of materials x 3.

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    non-refundable deposit of half the final cost. IN writing what the details will be, and what the costs are.

    I have paid more than that for a small embroidered label!

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