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Thread: How Much Do You Spend?

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    Super Member Twisted Quilter's Avatar
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    I'm just curious...on average, how much do you spend when making a quilt? I think I invested about $30.00 in my first quilt. I haven't purchased binding or backing so the cost is definitely going up. Hopefully, I can really get my monies worth w/my JoAnn's 50% off coupon.

    I know there's a lot of variables, but just wondering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twisted Quilter
    I'm just curious...on average, how much do you spend when making a quilt? I think I invested about $30.00 in my first quilt. I haven't purchased binding or backing so the cost is definitely going up. Hopefully, I can really get my monies worth w/my JoAnn's 50% off coupon.

    I know there's a lot of variables, but just wondering.
    Good gosh, I think I had well over $500.00 in my avatar quilt. But the photos ran about $300.00, and the fabric was all LQS. And that isn't counting the new sewing machine!

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    Probably on average, $200-250, but as Gaigai said, $500 wouldn't be out of the question. If I'm going to go through that much effort, I want the materials to be worthwhile also.

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    on full size and larger quilts i spend between 80.00 and 150.00 on tops alone, then add batting, backing if i dont' get the fabric on sale.

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    I buy a whole lot of my fabric on sale so I have a good stash to pull from so it's really hard to say. I think some of my quilts have cost between $100 to $150 for all the fabric and batting. I have made a whole bunch of scrap quilts out of the leftovers though so that brings the cost way down.

    I do have some quilts that cost a whole lot more because they were BOM bought at full price at the LQS. I bought them because I liked the pattern and to help support the LQS.

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    I buy fabric when I see it...usually on sale days.

    But I recently purchased over $100 to add to a 'scrap' quilt I was making...just to make the colors RIGHT.

    Guess it's what you can afford at the time.

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    I don't spend as much as the previous posters but I don't make bed size quilts, just bigger lap quilt size. And I usually use some fabrics from the stash that I have no idea how much I paid for them originally. I'll guess around $100 - that's 10-12 yards of fabric so that's probably close. That's just the direct cost - I'm not counting the machine or the longarm or all the tools and rulers that I have amassed. Fully loaded, the cost would be much higher. I don't think I want to know. :|

    I am only counting the fabric that gets used in the quilt. Not the fabric that I buy for it but don't use and add to my stash.

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    Yeah most of my quilts are smaller, but I have a hard time buying fabrics that have no current purpose, so I miss out on most of the sales. Id say I usually spend $100 to $150.

    Rachel

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    lol, I don't like to think about it. Probably why I do a lot of scrap quilts, so I don't feel like I'm throwing money away ;-)

    I find that when I buy yardage for that one special quilt, I can still see the fabric in two more scrap quilts. I stretch my quilting dollar as far as I can.

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    I don't want to think how much I've spent for each quilt. I could take a really nice vacation,lol! Vacations come & go, but quilts are here to stay(hopefully).

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    I have only made charity quilts so far, and scrap quilts. The only time I purchased fabric has been like FQ from here or a panel, or FQ from my LQS, 2 or 3 at a time. And my charity quilts have been lap size. But someday when all the fabrics line up I will doi one for my bedroom and one for everyone of the kids and all my special friends and my 3 sisters. This is if I can live to be several hundred years old. LOL

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    Depending on the size $80 to $120. But I don't buy at JoAnns.
    Usually quilt store fabric or ebay.

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    I would have to say mine averages $200-$300 and that includes backing and batting. I'm not buying much fabric any more. I have so much in my stash that I need to use. I only buy fabric if I need something special that I don't have.

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    Mine have all been couch size, or smaller for the grandkid ones. I think I've usually spent about $60 or so for each.

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    I think I spend on the average about 70-150.00 on fabric for a quilt. I just finished a top for my son, it was king size and I have 150.00 in fabric. I am spoiled..I love nice fabric..but am a bargain hunter. Our LQS is way to expensive their fabric starts at 10.00 a yard. I refuse to pay that.

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    Never really thought about it. Don't know if I really want to know!!! :lol: :lol: I buy, but yet still end up pulling from stash so really don't know.

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    As little as possible right now. If I had more $$ the sky would be the limit if I had a fabric that I couldn't live without.

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    My current quilt, the cost of thread, it is scraps, the previous, about 50.00 including batting. I try to keep everything under 100.00 including the batting. I get fabric off Ebay, Esty, at garage sales, thrift shops and such. I will piece the back, and that also helps save on cost. (Plus I like the look of the back pieced.) My patterns and books are even used!

    I have to stay on a budget, but I don't feel like I have compromised in quality. I tend to make art, scrap or crazy quilts and I like how the challenge of buying "altenatives" leads to creativity.

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    I usually spend around $150 in fabric just for the top. But I do buy extra, to build up a little stash. For instance, if the pattern calls for 1 yard, I'll buy 2 yards.

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    probably between 250 and 500 for queen size quilts...some LOTS more, some maybe less...this year i've been doing great, using my stash and not buying other than batting, so this years quilts have been much less expensive...bad news is though, i've about run out of decent size pieces, and tired of my stash...almost time to start buying again :)
    i am almost done piecing a queen size flannel quilt for my sister, all out of scraps, and it is turning out great...will post pics soon!

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    I'm in denial. I have no idea. Well, I have an idea, but don't want to dwell on it. :)

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    I just don't keep track, it would ruin the fun for me. Right now, I make mostly smallish quilts and rummage through my stash. Usually, I can find something I like and with a little additional fabric I'm good to go.......

    But, I do need to add that a sale gets me in mood to buy and that I have found lots of great fabric at yard sales for practically nothing......

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    meant to tell (on my self) the first BIG quilt i made, king size dragon fly stained glass dragonfly quilt for my daughter's wedding present...started with a class for a stained glass block, class, pattern, fabric ect started me out with $125...then i had to make that center block (24"x30") into a king size quilt...spent almost $700 more before it was done...then went to the local quilt shop to find out...what now...they gave me a business card and said...call him, he will get it quilted for you and take good care of you. I made the call, took in the quilt...was told he charges 2.25 cents per square inch...ok, what ever that means, i don't care, wedding is in 3 weeks i need the quilt. He did a wonderful job!!!quilting cost? $385. I almost had a heart attack!decided i could never make another quilt...unless i learned to quilt them myself.
    i have not done anything even close to that since, it was very overwhelming.even though my daughter tried very hard to keep wedding expenses to a minimum...lots of things sure wound up costing... about 6 months later i bought my self a longarm so i could keep quilting...i figure it paid for itself within a year. :)

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    Material, thread, batting, backing and longarm quilting it is in the 200-500 range. Im doing a king that will probably end up about 800.

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    just making small projects right now, lap quilts

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