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    A lady brought me this quilt pattern/kit and asked how much to make it. I would also do the quilting, but I can figure that part out. How much would you charge to make this? It is around 80x90.
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    It's beautiful.
    It would depend on the amount of time that you think it would take you. Are the leaves all appliqued or just the geese. Applique would take more time (at least it would for me)
    How skilled are you at curved seams, if they are not trouble... but if they are not a strong suit of yours, that's more added time to work those in.
    I guess I'm not much help, am I?

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    Sorry I have no idea how much I would charge, I just wanted to say what a beautiful pattern it is!!

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    The only applique is the geese. I have made many drunkards paths so I am comfortable with curved piecing.

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    This is information I got a couple of years ago for pricing custom quilts. It might work for you.

    Basic price for custom quilts is $15/square foot of finished quilt. This cost includes fabric, preparation, piecing, quilting and finishing. Price can vary depending on complexity of block pattern, preparation time, complexity of quilting, etc. Price can also vary (decrease) if customer provides own fabric.

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    I don't have a clue but its gorgeous!!!

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    Are you going to do raw edge applique, or turned? Simple quilting or more complex designs? Hand or machine quilting... There are so many factors to determine the cost of making such a beautiful and large quilt :D:D:D

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    is it a kit? Did she supply ALL the materials? Do you have to supply the materials?

    I charge (what I think is) high, but I am usually also designing something from scratch. But I also haven't done a commission quilt that required applique yet, which is labor intensive (although I have done paper piecing... also labor intensive).

    it wouldn't be worth it to me to do it for less than 800 dollars, including the quilting (which I would have to subcontract to a LAQ). I think that everyone deserves a living wage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ktbb
    This is information I got a couple of years ago for pricing custom quilts. It might work for you.

    Basic price for custom quilts is $15/square foot of finished quilt. This cost includes fabric, preparation, piecing, quilting and finishing. Price can vary depending on complexity of block pattern, preparation time, complexity of quilting, etc. Price can also vary (decrease) if customer provides own fabric.
    wow... my guesstimate isn't far off... this quilt is 50 square feet (just calculated it from the 80x90 dimensions given) and that comes out to 750.

    And that doesn't include "custom design" fees, either. Hmmm...

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    Like everyone else who has responded, I have no idea, BUT if she brought you the kit and that includes everything you need to make the top except thread & machine needle(s), could you charge her by the hour ($$.00????) and keep track of the time you work on it? If that is an option and you and she can both agree on how much $ per hour, that would bring you up to the quilting part, the pricing of which you are already knowledgeable.

    That would involve a certain amount of faith, of course, because she wouldn't be standing there clocking you as you work.

    Since she bought the kit, as a precaution, it might be wise to get a contract signed ... an agreement that she does not get the finished quilt if she does not want to pay the bill when the quilt is completed.

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    i have that pattern and have a third of it done trust whatever you charge it will be well worth it a lot of time ,will be put in it,good luck

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    Get a deposit, especially if you have to provide any of the material. Then a signed contract. You don't want to be stuck with a quilt that, while beautiful, isn't what you would have made for you.

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    Do you WANT to do it?

    It is a magnificent design.

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    It does look very labor intensive, cost is up to an individual, but the least I would charge would be $20.00 per hour and to give her an estimate I would over estimate, final price can always be less than the quote.
    As she has provided the kit, I would guess that should be all the needed fabric for the top, include a clause that if the fabric is short (as it can be) you will need to add that cost and your time in finding and purchasing the fabric.

    Good luck, it is a beautiful quilt pattern and look forward to seeing your progress on it.

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    I have a book with this pattern and I've wanted to make it forever but don't know if I'll ever get to it. I like the way they "staggered" the pine trees boughs. As I recall the geese are all appliqued. It's a gorgeous quilt. I hope your client will appreciate all the work that will go into making it.

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    I think I would be more willing to pay by the project than by the hour.

    It can always be adjusted downward if the original estimate is high.

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    I would want to get her past the 'sticker shock' before I started on it.
    The written agreement and ?half down? is a good idea. If she doesn't want to you will know she might not have been prepared. Some who don't quilt do not know the expense and labor involved.

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    Some who don't quilt do not know the expense and labor involved.[/quote]

    Your exactly right! With the influx of "cheap" quilts in places like JC Penney, we surely don't get what we deserve.

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    How come people will pay a mechanic, electrician, or a plumber major $ per hour - and what we do requires as much skill and expertise as those jobs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    How come people will pay a mechanic, electrician, or a plumber major $ per hour - and what we do requires as much skill and expertise as those jobs?
    Because they can't outsource that work to India, China or Indonesia where people can support a family of 5 in good style on 150 dollars a week. (I had this discussion in an international freelance job board once, and we were discussing how programmers would bid 100 dollars on a job that a US worker would need 10 times that and still be underpaid).

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    way more than anyone in their right mind would be willing to pay.

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    The kit owner obviously has really good taste. I LOVE that quilt pattern and everything about it! Granted that non-quilters are "in the dark" about labor & care involved, but it is very possible she won't quibble about the price, once you determine how much to ask. But as I said earlier and others have said also, I wouldn't seal the deal with just a handshake ... mainly because the kit is her property ... a gray area should she decide that she does not want to cough up the $$$$ when you are finished.

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    i had a wise quilter tell me once when someone asks what it would cost to have a queen size quilt made for them, with them providing the materials the answere is;;;$500 and up, what do you have in mind? so, that being said...i do think $500 should be the smallest amount, but really i have made this quilt, it is BEAUTIFUL! and really was easier than it looks...if you want to make it and don't want to charge her so much, figure out an hourly amount (like the earlier mentioned $20 per hour, look over the pattern, think about your quilting capabilities and speed and give her a time estimate or range...like 40-60 hours what ever you think...but estimate high...that way if you get it done and decide it wasn't so bad and didn't take so long...was fun to make you could give her a price break in the end. she would think she was getting a great deal and you would still be covered. i hate doing this type of projects for people! i much prefer to make a quilt, show it off, and when someone says....oooh i love it is it for sale? i can say yes and give them a price...seems like much less stress that way ;) remember...people who do not quilt have no idea what goes into creating such an item...be prepared by finding quilts for sale, in the price range you are thinking and printing off some samples so you can show her it is not just you wanting to take advantage but this is really what it takes...

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    I don't think 800.00 to make this quilt is to high. There is a lot peicing and applique. Not to mention the quilting..and the cost of the fabric.

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    Wow! You guys are high!! You know its worth that and so do I, but I live in S. Indiana and I just cant charge nearly that much! I wish!!

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