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

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    Not to say "What the market will allow", but I agree at a minimum cost of material x 4. Actually, you should get cost of material plus a minimum of $10.00 per hour for your time.

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    I agree, $1200 seems like a fair price to me. If money is not an issue with the customer, present an estimmate/invoice to the customer and let her know this is approximately what you would need to charge, but that it is subject to change if necessary. If she agrees, run with it. If she gives you static, tell her she can shop around for other estimates, or try to find someone else who would sell it to her at her price. Good luck with that one. Or, find out what she is able to pay, and try to come to an agreement. No way should you "give away" something that gorgeous - your time and effort are worth whatever you choose to make it worth.
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    I don't think I would charge less than $800 minimum. Applique is alot of work let alone everthing else you will be doing to it to construct it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ritamaew
    cost of materials times 4.

    just my thoughts

    Rita

    at leasat $1200
    I agree with Rita. Especially having seen your work.

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    $1,200 .

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    Eddie -- I paid $1300 for an Amish quilt 10 years ago. It is a stunning quilt, and I think your quilt is every bit as stunning. So go from there. If she wants it bad enough, she'll pay the price. Don't low-ball yourself.

    Janet in Ohio

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    http://www.amishquilter.com/amish-qu...ique-c-74.html
    link to some Amish quilts.... http://www.amishloft.com/amishloft/quilts.html (this site has beautiful quilts)

    Cutting and piecing the Amish quilt together - Labor time 400 to 700 hours to make just one handmade Amish quilt.

    A high quality Amish quilt will usually have between six to eight hand quilted stitches per inch or more than 50,000 stitches throughout the entire quilt, depending on the size
    I think they get the price also because of what it symbols...A different lifestyle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by suezquilts
    $500-$600
    In our area, hand made quilts go for around $500 queen size.

    I love the quilt. It is so hard for me to market and sell quilts here, especailly now.

    You do wonderful work. I admire the details you put into the leaves. Keep up the good work.
    This is what I would charge also. Beautiful quilt!!

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    In Australia it would easily be $1200 - it is never worthwhile selling any quilt under $600. However, I know our expenses are different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie
    By my calculations, the fabrics will be about $210. I figure it will take about 30 minutes per leaf, and there will be about 80 leaves on the quilt, and about say 10 on each pillow, so about 100 leaves - so that's 50 hours. Plus the time to make the top itself and then about 30 hours of quilting. So if we say 80 hours, the price that I was thinking of asking comes out to only about $3.84 per hour in labor - I just don't want to sell myself short.
    From the looks of your work, you are worth more than that!! I agree with the 1200 nto 1400 price, and if they want it, go for it! A painter sometimes gets thousands of dollars for a painting, and this is no different. They are paying for your talent. IF you really want to do it, charge for your time and talent. I would love to have the pattern and do one for myself and I hand applique and hand quilt.... but do not sell them. That would be like selling a child of mine!
    Have you had any of your quilts appraised? The appraisers go by the kind/cost of the material, the workmanship and pattern, etc. You might want to try that.
    Good luck, and God bless, Eddie.

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    Somewhere on the web is an actual formula for determining the cost for making a quilt. I can't put my hands on my copy but try Google or about.com. I think that's how I found it. I think you'll be surprised to find that you may be undervaluing your work.

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    Since she is already a customer I am sure she knows making quilts aren't cheap. She will be getting a beautiful quilt of her own.

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    Eddie, It's absolutely gorgeous. DO NOT sell yourself short! Are you kidding.....$3.84/hour, ha....not even minimum wage. If I were to do something like that, labor intensive, I'd be pricing it at least $1200-1400, probably more. But then again, I live in California so we pay more for everything it seems. I can go to Macys and easily spend in excessive of $1000 for bed covers.

    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie
    By my calculations, the fabrics will be about $210. I figure it will take about 30 minutes per leaf, and there will be about 80 leaves on the quilt, and about say 10 on each pillow, so about 100 leaves - so that's 50 hours. Plus the time to make the top itself and then about 30 hours of quilting. So if we say 80 hours, the price that I was thinking of asking comes out to only about $3.84 per hour in labor - I just don't want to sell myself short.

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    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!

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    Oh and I forgot to mention in my last post, she is paying for an artist, not a simple something to cover her bed. Your work is exceptional!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ritamaew
    cost of materials times 4.

    just my thoughts

    Rita

    at leasat $1200
    I agree. I sold a queen pieced for $800 should have been more. but needed the money to pay for a dental cap. sold to my dentist. true..... his wife had been wanting one of my quilts.

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    Eddie, that's a fabulous piece of art. Try buying an original painting that size for $1,200 - and that's kind of what you are creating.
    Can't imagine what you would pay for something like that down here, but I can assure you it would be lots.
    I don't think it has much to do with fridges and sinks; the fact is you are selling an heirloom. It's worth every cent of what you eventually get for it.

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    I agree!! I almost want to suggest to you Eddie, that you are an artist that quilts.

    Quote Originally Posted by okiepastor
    After seeing some quilt sales in Amish country, etc. I think $1200 would be BOTTOM dollar--and more likely $2000 would be a fair price for such beautiful work.

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    Well, I guess it is all working out for you, but you ARE selling yourself way too short!

    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!

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    Beautiful quilt!

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    Quote Originally Posted by magpie
    Do comparison checking on ebay or there are a lot on etsy too.
    I think this idea is the best. I agree we should charge to cover the cost of supplies and our labor. However if we get to greedy and charge too much, then you will not be able to sell anything. In these times people are looking for a good deal.

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    I certainly am glad she didn't wont to spend that much money! You would have been selling yourself so short!!
    I think that design, material, and your work are worth over $3000.00 for that project. I've see lesser works go for a lot more.

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    Just a thought - but do you get your quilts appraised? Might be some useful information in case this same type issue comes up again. Surely it will, as you do beautiful work. I would be curious in learning how much an appraiser would set for the lap size leaf applique that you did. (Which would give you an idea of the value set for a queen size version.) With professional written appraisals for your quilts, plus the information regarding what it cost you to buy everything to make each one, plus what you normally charge to LAQ you would have a valuable tool to use in the future. Not only that, but you will also be able to show your client why the quilt you are doing for her/him should be appraised and insured.

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    What ever you charge probably still will not be enough for all the labor and love you put into it.

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    You definitely should get a thousand for it. Figure out cost of fabric, batting and backing your normal charge for queen quilting then go from there. I think you'll be surprised how much your cost is. It is beautiful.

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