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    Old 08-11-2010, 04:57 AM
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    She purchased fabric, batting and backing. I need to create a quilt for a four year old in a double bed size with square blocks and have no idea how to price this project. I will also be machine quilting the finished quilt. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. Ilsa
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    Old 08-11-2010, 05:00 AM
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    Depends on how good of a friend, lol! :D

    Seriously though...I have two BFF's that I'm mostly charging for the materials, and donating my time. But they are also two women that I would birth children for. ;)
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    Old 08-11-2010, 05:09 AM
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    That's what I was gonna say. It depends on how good a friend she is. I making a king size one for friend, I had most of the stuff in my stash, she will buy what else is needed plus $50.00. If it is a request then I always charge something.
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    Old 08-11-2010, 05:27 AM
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    I think that in the future I will alway charge something because..... In February my MIL came for a visit. She went to the LQS with me and wanted a very simple quilt for her BF grandson. She purchased the materials for a twin sided quilt. She offered to pay.

    I am disabled and the amount of time I can sit or do much of anything is very limited. I told her to clean while I sewed (I can not do both). This was the deal with my kids while they were growing up. The child loved the quilt.

    Fast forward to MIL visit in July, her friend wanted me to make a walker bag as a new one cost $15.00. Dumb me agreeded, if she would send the old one for me to go by. Did not get the old one was told it was 17 by 19 and had to pockets, just a straight piece of cloth and she sent her own velcro.l

    Before I finished that the BF call with an order for a superman cape for the grandson. See where we are going with this????

    Husband figured out what the walker bag was to look like and I made it. The velco was sticky back and not to be sewn by machine.

    The bag was sent with instructions to hand stitch her own velcro and a piece of red cloth for the GS. I explained to MIL that I can not sew long enough to make the things I want for me much less sew for others.

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    Old 08-11-2010, 05:29 AM
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    I do the price of material + labor($25/hour)(piecing block all the way to binding)! Most of the time it comes out to being $75.00 to $125.00! If it's a hard top or complicated blocks and took longer then usual! I try not to let it go over $150.00 unless it's a BIG quilt!! I hope I didnt confuse you!! ;) ;)
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    Old 08-11-2010, 05:33 AM
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    Originally Posted by Rebecca VLQ
    Depends on how good of a friend, lol! :D

    Seriously though...I have two BFF's that I'm mostly charging for the materials, and donating my time. But they are also two women that I would birth children for. ;)
    like your answer :)
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    Old 08-11-2010, 05:34 AM
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    I think pricing is always so hard. I only did one quilt, a GF baby quilt size, and I charged $90, but that was for fabrics also. I had used an expensive lace for around the entire quilt, plus lace on the fans. The lady didn't even blink! At the time, I looked at what ready made quilts cost to get an idea, and most were over that. At the time, I also went to a specialty shop that sold handmade quilts, and those prices were astronomical!! My advice, don"t sell yourself cheap!!
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    Old 08-11-2010, 05:39 AM
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    I've learned it's a whole lot easier to barter services than to charge friends for quilts. They exchange their labor for mine by helping me with things like spring cleaning, major garden work, stuff that's hard to do alone or is just plain more fun with two people. Works for all of us. :)
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    Old 08-11-2010, 06:23 AM
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    I made a cathedral windows, king size, for my son and family. His wife's friend wanted to know how much I would charge to make her one. I told them they couldn't afford it. It was very time consuming and a labor of love. I have only quilted as gifts. Sounds like you have received some good advice here.
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    Old 08-11-2010, 06:26 AM
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    Last year my BFF asked me to make a small wall quilt for her to give as a wedding present. I charged her for fabric (which I bought) and shipping (she lives in Colorado), but I gave her the "BFF discount" and didn't charge any labor. Usually, I double the cost of the materials used to make the quilt.
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