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Old 07-29-2008, 06:16 PM
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You know what...
To keep peace in the family, I would let her buy everything! Plenty of thread, rotary blades, fabric and backing and binding with lots of wiggle room, and a bit of a chocolate stash.
Then I would say how bout xxx dollars and then you will have to send it to the long armer to quilt which would be about xxx dollars...if she balks, then tell her your price may be a bit negotiatable but the long armer costs this much "really"...
People don't realize what it "actually" costs to make a quilt regardless of size.
Try and have your cost substantiated like in a previous post.
Good luck....I wouldn't do it :?
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Old 07-29-2008, 06:19 PM
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I agree that the price is too low. If you were doing it just for a gift or partially a gift, it would be different, but she wants you to make her one. If she pays for all of the materials, do you think $100 would be worth all of the hours to do it in? I think you should do it for the price YOU feel comfortable at, if you think it sounds too high, and she does too, she doesn't have to have you do it. It takes a lot of time and patience and work for a quilt...any quilt, but the price is something you should feel comfortable with. You could always check prices online like the others mentioned.
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Old 07-29-2008, 06:26 PM
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Remember, you are an artist! You don't have to accept peanuts for your work! You're providing a handmade product, and you deserve to be well compensated for it. $100 for a twin is a ridiculous price! Figure how many hours you'll spend making the quilt, then figure what you'd want to earn per hour--$8 to $10 is not unreasonable.
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Old 07-29-2008, 07:33 PM
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I don't know if this helps you or not, but I made a very simple one (about twin sized) and I charged $225.00.
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Old 08-07-2008, 03:13 PM
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I gave my SILs SIL my price on making a king size quilt. Her buying everything to make it. Being she was in the family, but not really close to me. I quoted the price of $300.00 which it seems is really cheap. She also wanted me to tie the quilt not machine stitch in ditch. Witch to me is harder to do than with machine. Arthritis in fingers. ANYWAYS she said Quote,that is a lot of money,I really didn't think it would cost that much. UNQUOTE. Well I informed her she needed to do it herself and then see if she thought $300.00 was to much. :lol: :lol: She is not FAMILY enough for me to do it any cheaper. so now I can concentrate on my attic quilt and forget about her.
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Old 08-09-2008, 06:51 AM
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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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Old 08-09-2008, 03:06 PM
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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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Old 08-11-2008, 03:19 AM
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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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Old 08-11-2008, 09:17 PM
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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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