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Thread: How Much Is that Quilt in the Window?

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    Okay, I have decided to finish the two quilt tops that I was going to sell. So I need to know how to price this, I've looked at places like Etsy and Art Fire... and Ebay... the finished quilts are way expensive, and granted, as much as I need 300 dollars, I'm not going to sell one thing for that amount. That and I'm a beginner.

    So the heres the run down.

    The quilt that I'll be able to finish tomorrow will have a polyester filling cause we have a lot of polyester batting that mom bought last year for her quilt. she bought a ten yards of it. I estimated about how much I would need and the cost of that already, I'm thinking about 8.00 and then the backing is something I bought for a different quilt but decided to use it for this, since I didn't make that other quilt. the cost for the is at $21.00 for the the 3 yards of fabric that I had to buy. It's a fleece, but I believe it can still be used.

    The quilt top was made with fabric that was donate. The size of the quilt is 48x64.

    So I would like to know what you would do price something like this. (I know I keep asking these questions, but I just want to be sure.)

    I'll have more details of the other quilt in about 2 weeks, since I might be getting fabric for the back. Thanks!

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    Pictures would help.

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    In general, and since, as you say, you are a beginner, start at double the price of the materials. So if all the fabric, batting, etc. cost you $50, then ask $100. As you get better and do some nice quilting, you can add $$ to your asking price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    Pictures would help.
    I KNOW!!! lol, I want to take photos! But my sister is being a brat and won't charge the batteries to her camera, and her camera has special batteries, I've asked her for the charger and she claims she doesn't know where it is... Next stop is telling my mom!

    I tried my camera, but my camera is dead and not coming back to life so I'm stuck with hers... I'm so getting a new one... when I can of course.

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    Without seeing the quilt it is hard to know how to price it. Could someone you know take a pic of it with their cell phone? I know it seems like everyone's phone these days has that ability. Would love to be able to help.

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    I guess I'm confused. It sounds like you're interested in selling tops, but then you're talking about including the batting and backing?? Or are you going to quilt them and sell them?

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    I think if its done with batting, ect, it would be worth more than a top, but I agree, it would be nice for a picture. Hope you can get your camera working!

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    Until you can post pics and get more specific advice, you might like to check out these recent threads for lots of fabulous info and debate on selling quilts, pricing etc.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-4293-1.htm

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-42701-1.htm

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    I would double the price of materials and how that goes these sites. I put stuff on those sites and people just don' t generally like to pay to much. I just don't get it. All are work is a piece of art. Puzzled

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    When figuring the price of the materials, be sure to consider REPLACEMENT price. You say some are donated --- but you may not get donated fabrics for the next one. So figure the replacement cost. I have a friend that refuses to consider the sale price, either...said he may not get the sale price next time. He must be right....he just bought a new longarm with his profits!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    When people see a "quilt" advertised for $59.99 for any size - they think that something "home made" should cost less.

    Although if paying for custom cabinets or something generally associated with "male" things like welding, they don't seem to mind coming up with the money.

    Go figure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace
    I guess I'm confused. It sounds like you're interested in selling tops, but then you're talking about including the batting and backing?? Or are you going to quilt them and sell them?
    I'm going to complete the quilt and then sell it... I'm just tired of my mom saying, "I think you should finish the quilt, I don't think anyone will buy it if its not done." Tried explaining it to her, but she doesn't get it... its allright. i'll finish it.

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    I have the top complete, tonight i'm going to put it together and what not.

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    at our local farmers market there is a lady who sells quilts all day long about the size you stated, with poly batt & backing...she sells them for $45 each. double your costs and try, but i don't know how well it will sell, it really depends on LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION. i spent one summer selling (beach quilts) they were about 60" x 72" we sold about 40 of them for $125 each...(at the same market as the $45 lady...it just depends. good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl
    at our local farmers market there is a lady who sells quilts all day long about the size you stated, with poly batt & backing...she sells them for $45 each. double your costs and try, but i don't know how well it will sell, it really depends on LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION. i spent one summer selling (beach quilts) they were about 60" x 72" we sold about 40 of them for $125 each...(at the same market as the $45 lady...it just depends. good luck
    Maybe "beach quilts" sounds more "fun" and so people were willing to pay more?

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    Pics really would help.....and you will need a pic when you post them to sell.

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    I was thinking about making those... A nice soft top but the bottom more durable. Maybe put a weight in the corners to keep it flying away.

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