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Thread: How much would you charge for an applique quilt like this in queen size?

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    Super Member carolaug's Avatar
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    ugh...now that is a lot of work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by carolaug
    did you buy a die for the leafs? if so from which company. I saw a few for the studio
    No, I cut them all out with scissors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie
    Quote Originally Posted by LovinMySoldier
    Beautiful! I can't quite tell from the picture. Is the big center pieced or is it just one great big square? Just wondering if there is a bunch of piecing and applique or just applique? How long does it take to applique one leaf down? Are you hand cutting all of the leaves or are you using some sort of die cut?
    The center area with the very light colored batiks is actually pieced as well with 8" blocks. Each of those blocks contains 4 pieces, so there are several different background batiks in the top. So the quilt is actually both appliqued and pieced, although the piecing is very simply done. When I was working on this, I would usually do 3 - 4 leaves a night, so maybe 30-45 minutes per leaf (for the larger ones)? I'm pretty obsessive about how I do things so am probably slower than most others. These are all hand cut as well with scissors.
    How much was the other quilts she bought and the size. Multiply their sizes to make them the size of a queen plus extra for time. I would say over $1500 or more. Check out other sites and see what prices they charge and go accordingly. Great work Eddie, I still wish you lives in Qeensland so You can do some of my quilts.

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    I will tell you this from experience " be sure you get what it is worth both material wise and your time or you will be giving your work away. And remember whatever you charge her she is going to show it to other people and then if you make more you will be making them for the same amount so don't be shy. If you feel strange about what you are charging as some of us do on occasion" first check out some othere sites so that you are able to quote simular prices for the same amount of work. good luck it is a beautifull quilt! take care

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    Maybe she could buy the fabric and batting and you could charge her for labor only. When you tell her $1200, if she thinks that is too high, deal with her by asking her to buy the supplies. Maybe that would seem cheaper to her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noveltyjunkie
    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie
    After a LOT of thinking, playing with numbers in my spreadsheet, etc., I e-mailed her a proposal this morning which was $650.74, and included the cost of materials at $246.68, so my labor would have been $404.06. She decided she didn't want to spend that much for a quilt for a guest bedroom, so now we are looking at a much simpler pattern (no applique) and I sent her an estimate for that one and she agreed with it. So we're going to look at fabrics together on Friday. In a way, I'm relieved because I really wasn't looking forward to doing all of that applique again!
    This sounds like a good outcome. She said she wanted it, but she didn't realise the work that would go into it, so now she is choosing something else- perfect!

    I would have priced it as other professionals price their work- with an itemised quote. Then if she didn't like the price she could look at it and say "could you do it with fewer leaves to save labour costs" or whatever. The danger with this is that you end up a design that you might not be too thrilled about, but then again if she is commissioning it, she does get to decide, within reason.

    To the people who said to price it low as a way to get business- we could all be working 24/7 if we worked for nothing!

    I really enjoyed reading this thread because I struggle with pricing too.

    $650.74 was low IMO. And where on earth are you getting enough fabric for a queen-quilt at $246?? Guess it worked out for you after all if you weren't keen on repeating all that applique again. Plus you still made a sale in the end.

    An itemized invoice/quote is a splendid idea. I have found customers have no idea how much quality fabric and thread costs. I've had friends ask about my making baby quilts for them and they are shocked when they hear the price. Heck, I'm not Walmart or JC Penney!

    Thanks for the enlightening reading everyone!

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    Woo.

    Well, at least $650 was enough to deter her...hand-cut appliqued leaves? You must love her very much to "work" for that much! :D

    Still, I'm sure the one you will settle on will be divine! Do pics when you get going on it!

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