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Thread: Pricing quilts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carla P

    So, do you have the first Million Dollar quilt?? If so, how much are you going to charge us to see it?
    Let's see. There must be a million quilters here on this board... $1.00 a piece and I will donate the quilt to the charity of choice for y'all to auction off... if I ever get it done (No 'f' words here).

    tim in san jose

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    Beautiful quilt, quiltmaker

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    quiltmaker I think you need to talk to a different insurance co. or hang it on the wall and call it art for the appraisal because that is what it is. I think the $850.00 appraisal is more like it and that even seems low. I saw some selling a smaller quilt-top for $750.00 I can't remember who it was. It was some one who'd had her work featrured on one of the pbs. sewing shows. And the work she was selling was nice but like I said It was only the top not even quilted. I think like Tricia said to go with your gut for the price you could feel comfortable parting with it.

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    rebecca If someone asked me how much I'd charge them for a quilt I believe I would have to answer the Q with the Q "How much do you think it would be worth?" If they are serious I'd expect a serious offer. If the offer was ridiculously low I would wonder about their qualification to be a recipient of fine art. :lol: Like if they are looking for a dog blanket Wallyworld, or even better, Big-Lots sells quilt look-a-likes for about $12.00. I'd let them know about how long it takes to do 1 square. to start with and let them add that up for themselves at whatever rate you consider worth your time. And mention the cost of materials and the cost of time you might spend on the quilting. If this person seems serious enough I might indicate I would be open to negotiation. :twisted: :arrow: :thumbup: Of course this is a moot point if you are not availiable to do the work. But having an opportunity to eduacate a non-quilter about what it actually takes to create a "one of a kind" masterpiece in the medium of fabric art would certainly be it's own reward don't ya think?

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    I am just completing (no "F" words out of my mouth) a 16 block lap/sofa quilt. It has taken almost 2 months of my free time. Unfortunately, if I were to seel this, no one would pay me for the time invested in it, so I just give them away and know the joy I have given the person getting the quilt.

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    I agree with you , about sort of being the one to ask the questions. Then point out everything thats in involved.

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    I'm working on a few give aways myself. And that's just the thing! Most people have no clue as to how long and hard hard we work on some of our projects.

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    Even when they actually see you working on them... :shock:

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    I sell my quilts through a consignment shop and after the shop owner's percentage average $45 for baby quilts and $30 or so for table runners (depends on the size). I figure I get about ten cents an hour! Worth it though, because I know they're going to homes where they'll be used, loved and appreciated.
    Plus I get to try out my own designs.

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    Hi ~ I think this is a subject we all struggle with. I make quilts because I enjoy it. I keep records of time and all supply receipts. I always buy the best possible product and try to get it on sale. I basically figure the cost of the supplies plus 12 cents a sq inch for machine quilting, 15 cents an inch to machine & hand sew the binding on and then depending upon the quilt I charge between 15 & 25 cents a sq inch for the all over assembly; cutting & sewing of the quilt. If people want a hand made heirloom quilt they will pay the price. Explain to them, this is not made in China and with proper care instructions it will last a life time. I like to make a lot of scrap quilts which triples my time (because very little assembly line cutting is going on) BUT I enjoy the challenge so I don't pass that time expense onto my customer. I know fellow quilters that double the cost of supplies or charge $10.oo an hour. Some work fast some slow. Let your quilt speak to you. Its definitly not a job paid by the hour...I think more by the completed project. Hope this helps :)

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    Just joining, but seems the direction I was leaning in has already been covered.

    A stroll thru local quilt shops is of immense help. I did that when I moved near the Lancaster, PA area. Beautiful handmade work carries a price and those that know quilts know the prices to expect.

    When starting out fresh, the prices seem outrageous or in no way reflect proper compensation. Don't be shy about the commitment you made to your project. I was just on a site that I saw a quilt priced at $10,000.00!!

    Another thought, never feel you have to justify your prices by all the explanations as to time, effort, materials and so forth. You need to be compensated satisfactorily for your work.

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    I've looked at several amish quilt sites in Pa and their quilts are hand sewn many of times. They are true quilters of days gone by. Many are priced well over $1000. But I know they are worth it.

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    I agree with the Amish If I have to dress like them to get a fair compensation I would do it.! (actually they look pretty cozy in those skirts). I was wondering what rate you charge for the time it takes you to figure out how many inches you sewed :lol: ? That, I think, would take me as much time as the sewing? It sounds to me like its high time we had a Quilt-makers of America Union... What do do you say Ladies and Tim? (I'm not totally joking!) Shall we set a standard for American Made Quilts? The thing which matters the most to me is that these are all INDIVIDUAL works of art. And WE as quilters need to learn to value our own work. Individual not just because ea. work is different but, also done by a single individual. these are Not turned out cheaply on an assembly line by piece work. I believe I am seeing a trend to value this type of industry much more than in the past and We can help by valuing our own contributions more. We should however keep doing what makes us happy tho and if that is selling them for pennies or giving them as gifts or to charity then I say your work has become priceless.

    O.K. I'm off the soap box. I believe I was either a preacher or a politician in a past life! :lol: ( not much difference if you ask me).

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    the difference is that politicians claim to believe but sell their souls to the other side. preachers are there to drag them back.

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    I meant the tendency to make impassioned speeches.;}

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    If any of you read my post in "Dropping the F-word", you know I do have trouble actually completing a project, but I did take on a commissioned quilt a few years ago. One of the guys I worked with wanted me to make one for his wife who was a big Nascar fan. It was for a "Dale Earnhardt Jr" quilt to fit a hospital bed, so it was close to a twin size. I charged $250 for it... I didn't really figure the cost of my time or materials as such - I just figured that THAT was enough money to keep me on track to get it done in a timely manner! I think finding the right red/orange color to go with the DE Jr fabric was the hardest part. The quilt was a single Irish Chain with simple machine quilting, I liked the way it came out & he & his wife loved it.
    I read something once that showed how much a quilt would cost if we charged our time at minimum wage - Tim isn't far off! lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by susan s.
    I meant the tendency to make impassioned speeches.;}
    being in the habit if passionate speechifiyin' too often myself, i'd say you have nothing to be emnbarrassed or apologize for. now ... if you get worse than me ... we'll make you an appointment somewhere.

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    I'm have no idea how to price quilts, When i had a needlework shop, I bought wholesale and charged suggested retail price.
    But with quilts, we're talking about ART. tHAT'S a diferent category altogether. We're talking about inspiration, beauty, long education, feelings being conveyed and TIME
    When you go to an art gallery, they don't give you an itemized bill for paints, frame, backing. It's here is the price==take it or leave it.
    Once a quilter enters the business of selling quilts, she knows a thing or two. She knows quality of materials and quality of work. And her gut knows how much it's worth. If a quilter needs to make a living, maybe she's better off finding another job and reserving quilting for her own pleasure and her family's. if a "customer" asks about a commission quilt don't be afraid to be truthful. It;s almost like selling your child. here is the price==take it or leave it.

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    Patrice. I wasn't apologizing!:) Or embarrassed!, Though I was stating the obvious LMAO! :twisted:

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    Coming in late to the thread, it's interesting to hear the different views, and they all make sense. I was only a little curious about the topic, and now y'all have got me thinking really hard on the "best way" to price something with so much creative time put in it...

    For my paid work (not quilting!), I have an hourly rate based on the market and recover cost of materials, which is right in line with what you've all been saying. But Virginia's "take it or leave it" is key to getting what I ask for. I used to hem and haw about prices, and it was like my doubts made the customer doubt! I've learned not to waffle, or over-explain, or apologize for the price...now folks pay and don't even blink.

    So maybe part of pricing quilts is setting a price that we're comfortable with and confident about. But IMHO, if what we're asking for is far less than what they're getting in quilt shops, we may just need to learn to be comfortable and confident with the price we set!!

    Just my 2c
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    My daughter in law use to make ceramics. It got to be a pain because once she got through with a piece for a customer, they would invariably want a different color glaze,etc and not want the piece ordered. I am afraid that the same thing would happen with my quilts. If I ever sell one, it'll be one that I decide what pattern, colors, etc and like Virginia said, take or leave it. Its a very hard thing to say and if money was real tight (not like its loose now) well I don't know if I could hold firm, but I
    would certainly try that way first. I guess what I am saying is that we don't need to apologize for pricing our quilts at what we feel they are worth. Sometimes, you get surprised and could actually get your asking price :!:

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    I think I came on too strong or angry. I'm not angry. But after 15 years in my needlework shop and hearing countless tales from my customers about how their work was not appreciated (because it was "homemade" or made in " spare" time). I think we need to as (I think it was) Susan said value our own work and creativity. it's just a shame that so many artists can't make a living at what they love to do. i would love ot be able to sell quilts too. This is what I have decided to try do:

    1.Try to make a name for myself locally (so that I'm known as a quilter) by making charity quilts of excellent quality for local non-profits to auction, raffle etc. I think once a person has a reputation for beautiful work it's easier to command the prices the quilts deserve.

    2.Another I might try is join an artist or craft co-op that sells at reasonable prices. or sell on consignment at an up-scale shop. Maybe i can get a reputation that way.

    Whew!! What a speech. If anyone has other ideas I'd love to hear them. OK speech over . thanks for listening.
    Virginia

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    Virginia! Great ideas all. Passion well placed always pays off. 8)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Virginia H. Cunningham
    I think I came on too strong or angry.
    Virginia, you didn't sound angry to me, just assured and decisive!

    Your plan sounds great, too. I suspect it will be much easier (in the long run) to have willing buyers seek you out based on reputation than to hunt down willing buyers :D

    ~Crystal

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