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Thread: I need some input

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    Super Member mpspeedy's Avatar
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    Mar 2008
    rural Maryland
    That was a very interesting line of questions and answers. As a handquilter for hire I run into that problem all of the time. Those who don't do any kind of handwork have no idea what it is worth. I live close enough to the Lancaster Amish area to be able to go there at least once a year. Their quilts sell for huge prices. Most of them starting at $600 and going way up. I have seen some appliqued ones for $1500. I have also noted that they do not always use high quality fabric and often don't remove their markings which are usually #2 pencil. One of the guilds I belong to sent a raffle quilt to an Amish woman to have it quilted. It cost them $700 about 7 years ago. They then entered it in the State Fair and the judges commented on the pencil markings that were not removed.

    I have discovered a way to "tie" a quilt by machine. I use it on Linus quilts or items for my grandchildren. I set my automatic buttonhole on my Bernina for a tiny buttonhole. I then use it to "tie" the quilt. That stitch tacks both ends of the "tie". I then just slide the whole thing over to the next area and resume. At the end I have a lot of threads to snip but that is all. I used this method a lot before I finally broke down and learned to machine quilt in a very minimal way. Instead of in the ditch I use a decorative stitch so that it becomes a part of the design. I can do a Linus quilt in a little over an hour on my home machine.

    Most of the general public is like your relative. They are accustomed to the "disposable" bedding now found in our big department stores. My basting is usually smaller than the so called quilting on those items. Tell her your work would be like the 600 thread count sheets that bring premium prices these days.

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    kd124's Avatar
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    Mar 2007
    Camas, Washington
    Never sell yourself short. Just to have one quilted cost quite a bit.

    I'm with mpspeedy about tying. I do not tie when our group makes charity quilts using the envelope method. I tack all of the ones I do. It's faster and easier on the hands/fingers.

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    reneebobby's Avatar
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    Mar 2008
    cleveland ohio
    I agree not enough money to make one. I know with knitting and crocheting rule of thumb is 3 times the amount of material, and with a quilt it just might be the same. So her $100.00 of material is now a $300.00 quilt. So if it takes you 40 hours that is $5.00/hour. less than minimum wage. :lol: Oh well, it's family and well, everyone likes making them. maybe get her to help.

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    Senior Member k_jupiter's Avatar
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    Dec 2006
    Bay area CA
    Honey BBB *L*

    You all ain't got enough money to have ME make a quilt for you. If I make one, it's because I have an interest in you.

    I think you did the right thing. Send your SIL off to look at what an Amish Quilt Store (online) charges and I think they get too little for the work they do.

    tim ( I quilt fer myself) in san jose

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