Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 1 of 5 1 2 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 113

Thread: QUILTING FOR OTHERS ADVICE

  1. #1
    Banned
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Posts
    961
    Hope the amazing ladies here have some suggestions.

    Normally I machine quilt for just myself and a friend. I do hers in exchange for her doing the handwork on my binding. Once in a while another friend will finish one and I'll quilt it for her. I have always done my FMQ table top with my juki.

    So, 2 months ago I purchased a grace start right/juki frame combo. It's my first frame and I've already quilted 5 tops on it. I mostly do meandering (large, small, medium depending on quilt design), hearts or leaves with loops, small curls and on the borders what I call waves. Nothing fancy. With my frame I did buy the Grace Pattern Perfect but haven't used yet as i like doing it freehand. I'm just starting to practice some flowers but I love meandering.

    With all that said, here's my situation. The ladies in my weekly group send their quilt tops to Kentucky for $25-40 per top. The LAQ advised them last month she is retiring so they asked me about quilting for them. I looked and her patterns she's done look pretty much the all over standard pantographs I see for sale for most FMQ. My question is how can I figure what to charge them. They're telling me crib size should be about $15 and lap or throw size no more than $30. Apparently the LA was only charging $40 to do a queen size. Maybe I'm slow but it takes me half hour just to pin a queen on the frame. I finished a carpenter star 70 x 70and did it in 2 colors thread with small curls all over the top. It took me several hours.

    Is there a way to decide what would be fair? I think about squaring the backing, pressing the backing and top, pinning it all the the frame and then charging $15-20 and I'm thinking it's not worth the trouble. Any ideas? I attached a couple I've quilted but not sure you can see the actual stitching. I haven't learned all the fancy feathers and not sure I want to but I think I do a nice job.
    Attached Images Attached Images



  2. #2
    Cyn
    Cyn is offline
    Super Member Cyn's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Jacksonville NC
    Posts
    6,761
    Blog Entries
    17
    Well it sounds like a great price for the ones paying you to do all the work but I'd be darned if I'd do it for that :)

  3. #3
    Power Poster amma's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Out searching for some sunshine :-)
    Posts
    59,092
    Blog Entries
    1
    Although the prices they have been paying are very reasonable, they are not very realistic. It sounds like the quilter was not trying to make any money on her quilting.

    I have been quoted from several places $40-$50 for a large, all over meander on quilts approx 50 X 72" and then shipping on top of that. It may have been more, I am not sure, as these are all charity quilts and they may have been giving me a better deal. :D:D:D

  4. #4
    Super Member charismah's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Ephrata, WA
    Posts
    8,914
    Blog Entries
    29
    OK ....I try to stay out of these types of topics because everyone has a different opinion and since I have started LAQ I have had to adjust my prices several times. It is the nature of the business and trial and error...chalk it up to experience.
    :wink:

    I know why that other quilter retired! I don't know her or anything about her. But she was worn ragged and clearly under valued herself. :thumbdown: They were paying more in postage sending stuff back and fourth...hardly seems worth the time.

    You are right! It isn't worth it. I would look at fair market value...check out other local quilters. See who offers the same type of services you do and keep it within the same range. You know after a few quilts you will realize what is worth your time ...I really feel bad for that other quilter..honestly!

  5. #5
    Moderator Jim's Gem's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Camarillo, California
    Posts
    35,480
    Your quilts and quilting are beautiful.

    Around here that wouldn't even pay your thread costs!!!!
    I don't send out any quilts because I don't want to spend over $200 for a double to queen size quilt.

    I would not think it would be worth your time for even double that price!

  6. #6
    Banned
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Posts
    961
    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    Although the prices they have been paying are very reasonable, they are not very realistic. It sounds like the quilter was not trying to make any money on her quilting.

    I have been quoted from several places $40-$50 for a large, all over meander on quilts approx 50 X 72" and then shipping on top of that. It may have been more, I am not sure, as these are all charity quilts and they may have been giving me a better deal. :D:D:D
    I did one about that size this week for a friend and said $40 cause it was a large meander so didn't take long. She immediately said no at least $50 and I accepted that. The one I have on order now is 96 x 105 and is a star pattern with light teal and maroon. She wants the little curls all over in teal and small flowers in the maroon centers done in maroon thread.

  7. #7
    Banned
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Posts
    961
    Quote Originally Posted by charismah
    OK ....I try to stay out of these types of topics because everyone has a different opinion and since I have started LAQ I have had to adjust my prices several times. It is the nature of the business and trial and error...chalk it up to experience.
    :wink:

    I know why that other quilter retired! I don't know her or anything about her. But she was worn ragged and clearly under valued herself. :thumbdown: They were paying more in postage sending stuff back and fourth...hardly seems worth the time.

    You are right! It isn't worth it. I would look at fair market value...check out other local quilters. See who offers the same type of services you do and keep it within the same range. You know after a few quilts you will realize what is worth your time ...I really feel bad for that other quilter..honestly!
    Thank you Chrismah. She actually told them she was simply overworked. She has enough on hand to quilt for almost 4 months and couldn't keep up. I have a full time job at a tax and investment firm and I enjoy the FMQ but I'm just thinking those prices are crazy but it explains her 1-2 month turn around.

  8. #8
    Banned
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Posts
    961
    Quote Originally Posted by Jim's Gem
    Your quilts and quilting are beautiful.

    Around here that wouldn't even pay your thread costs!!!!
    I don't send out any quilts because I don't want to spend over $200 for a double to queen size quilt.

    I would not think it would be worth your time for even double that price!
    Thank you. And good thought - I didn't even think of the price of thread. I usually buy gutterman or Isacord and the gutterman cotton is $8 a spool.

  9. #9
    Super Member butterflies5518's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Houston, TX
    Posts
    4,032
    I recently paid for a queen top, batting (W&N) and shipping at $125.00. I thought I got a wonderful price and the work was beautiful.

  10. #10
    Senior Member LisaGibbs's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Western Kentucky
    Posts
    792
    That is the wonderful thing about choices. I would put your price list out there and they can pay or go elsewhere. I wouldn't devalue your time and efforts just so you won't hurt feelings. What about yours? How long would you be doing this for "nothing much" before you begin to resent the entire process.

  11. #11
    Power Poster ckcowl's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Northern Michigan
    Posts
    11,165
    Blog Entries
    1
    start with calling around- check with a local quilt shop- see who they use- call and ask lots of questions (not as if you are planning to compete with them- but ask what it costs---some charge by the inch- some by the foot- some by the project-
    and the next one of yours you do- set a timer when you start to load it- each time you walk away- stop the timer- see exactly how much time you spend- write that down- and the measurements---remember mimimum wage is like $7.75 an hour- and that's minimum---i know my time is worth more than that!
    most long-arm quilters expect the quilt top, backing and batting to arrive ready to be loaded and quilted- you should charge extra if you are having to square- or press any of the pieces-that is not generally included in cost of quilting. and if you have to trim the quilt after unloading-that is extra too-
    some charge by the bobbin for thread- extra for color changes- some include the thread in their quilting price- there are lots of variables-
    but if you choose to do it for the prices your little group are (hoping for) you may find yourself spending 18 hours a day trying to get everyone elses quilts done- with no time to ever make another one yourself...
    after calling around and finding out what everyone else is charging it is ok to charge your close little group less if you want- but be careful- word of mouth travels FAST!you may want to tell them- i am only charging YOU this price- anyone else would have to pay.....

  12. #12
    Power Poster dunster's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Lake Elsinore, CA
    Posts
    12,394
    If you want to be in the LAQ business, do it on your own terms and set prices where you need to. You're under no obligation to give your services away simply because another quilter chose to do so.

  13. #13
    Super Member sweetpea's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    southeast Kansas
    Posts
    1,463
    You quilt are lovely, you should only take on the quilting bus. If is some thing would like to do. If turn into a job it is not fun any more. I charge for the quilting by the sq. yd.

  14. #14
    Super Member Rose L's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Nebraska..The Good Life
    Posts
    2,142
    Blog Entries
    1
    I live on the prairie in Nebraska where the cost of living is dirt cheap and I paid the local quilt shop $100 to do a twin size. And believe me it was VERY lightly quilted. I'm afraid your friends are trying to take advantage of you in a big big way!!

  15. #15
    Banned
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Posts
    961
    I knew I'd get some good advice but this is great advice. The LSQ owner has become a friend over the 8 years I've been going in and her sister does the LA there so maybe a trip tomorrow to talk to her. Those prices seemed insane to me and I think mostly I wanted to know if I was the only one that thought so. I figured maybe I was just over rating myself but for $30 or $40 it seemed a lot of work. You're all absolutely right. Because she chose to work for a crazy rate doesn't mean I do just so they are all happy. I have spent the pas t year studying Joyce Meyers book on not being a people pleaser so maybe time to kick it in gear. Thank you all again for all the advice. I didn't want to charge professional prices becasue I'm not one but I do have about $3000 investing in my frame combo so saw no need to do them for free either.

  16. #16
    Super Member snipforfun's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    1,971
    Blog Entries
    8
    The LA that I use for edge to edge charges 1.06/sq. inch and I feel that is a bargain. I have paid up to $500 for a couple that were custom. Perhaps you should join the Yahoo Group called Machine Quilting Professionals. You'll get some good advice from those who do LA.

  17. #17
    Senior Member laurlync's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Atlanta, Texas
    Posts
    630
    Your quilts are beautiful. I love them all.

    I am wanting to get a beginner (budget friendly) frame and machine and the prices I found for your setup have my interest piqued. Can you tell me what size throat your Juki has and how wide of a design you can quilt? Do you feel this is a good beginner setup for the money?

    I would appreciate any advice you may have.

  18. #18
    Super Member Scissor Queen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Southwest Kansas
    Posts
    4,829
    Quote Originally Posted by Zhillslady
    Quote Originally Posted by charismah
    OK ....I try to stay out of these types of topics because everyone has a different opinion and since I have started LAQ I have had to adjust my prices several times. It is the nature of the business and trial and error...chalk it up to experience.
    :wink:

    I know why that other quilter retired! I don't know her or anything about her. But she was worn ragged and clearly under valued herself. :thumbdown: They were paying more in postage sending stuff back and fourth...hardly seems worth the time.

    You are right! It isn't worth it. I would look at fair market value...check out other local quilters. See who offers the same type of services you do and keep it within the same range. You know after a few quilts you will realize what is worth your time ...I really feel bad for that other quilter..honestly!
    Thank you Chrismah. She actually told them she was simply overworked. She has enough on hand to quilt for almost 4 months and couldn't keep up. I have a full time job at a tax and investment firm and I enjoy the FMQ but I'm just thinking those prices are crazy but it explains her 1-2 month turn around.
    Ask yourself this, "Do I want to spend all of my free time quilting for somebody else at rock bottom wages?"

    You'll end up with no time to do your own quilting and everybody and their sister will come out of the woodwork to have you quilt a quilt at about a quarter of what it should cost.

  19. #19
    Super Member mom-6's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    6,486
    I have not inquired into LAQ pricing as yet, but I know I personally would expect to pay more than the amounts you mentioned.
    Part of the reason I haven't inquired, as I don't want to take advantage of anyone's generosity and for now I'll just do ones I can manage myself. Also I do have a machine capable of doing it when I feel confident enough with my small items to go to something larger. And in the mean time I can always hand quilt!

    Don't sell yourself (your expertise, your time, your equipment investment) short!

  20. #20
    Power Poster
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    MN
    Posts
    19,358
    With friends like that, who needs enemies?

    YOU spent the money on the long arm,

    YOU would be spending the money on the thread, maintenance, etc.

    YOU would be spending the time on the thing - I would think it would take almost as long to set up a "little" quilt as a "big" quilt - I don't know - but that's the part I would dread

    If you really don't want to do it - quote a ridiculously high price - and if they scream and holler - say "Hey, feel free to go elsewhere - I really don't want to do this" -

    and maybe stop at that part of the sentence - I would be tempted to add "for cheapskates that have no comprehension of what's involved" - but you may want to talk to these people again or deal with them - so some politeness may be in order. :mrgreen:

    As someone else said - just because someone else chose to give away her services - no need for you to do the same.

  21. #21
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Pratt Kansas
    Posts
    1,202
    Blog Entries
    3
    hmm, age differential? I'm 55 & went I started sewing, stamps were 5. Fabric was under $1/yc. Are these older ladies?

    Your obligation is to you, your family & your equipment. Do your research, write up a price list. Until you know what you charge, just say, I'm still researching, I will get back to you.

    Self employed people need to make a living wage, enough to pay social security (was 15.3%, but FICA ee went down), state, federal taxes, supplies, for VACATIONS, RETIREMENT and EQUIPMENT. If you are worth $15, so is your machine, and that is $30 per hour. lol - can you tell what I do for a living? (accounting)

  22. #22
    Honey's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Central Wisconsin
    Posts
    1,684
    First of all, your quilts a beautiful. Second, around here I would pay at least twice that and I provide the backing and batting. Don't let anyone guilt you into doing something you don't want to do.

  23. #23
    Super Member jljack's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    North Carolina - But otherwise, NOTW
    Posts
    8,073
    Blog Entries
    9
    In our area they charge by the square inch, depending on the type of quilting. Meandering or simple pantographs are one price, more challenging pantographs are another price, and custom heirloom type is the most expensive. Plus the maker provides the top, backing, batting and pays for the thread.

    As a favor to my neighbor I offered to quilt her queen sized quilt and give her batting too for $50. She's a senior citizen and I don't mind doing it for her really cheap. She turned me down!! So, don't feel guilty!!

  24. #24
    TheSevenYearStitch's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Norman, OK
    Posts
    208
    Definitely shop around and see what other prices are. Don't be afraid to price yourself in the top tier if that's what's going to be fair. You DO NOT want to be the cheapest show in town or you're going to end up backed up and doing all your quilting for everyone else and nothing for you. Charge a fair price and get a fair amount of business and don't worry about making EVERYONE happy.

  25. #25
    Super Member Candace's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Outer Space
    Posts
    9,839
    Quote Originally Posted by dunster
    If you want to be in the LAQ business, do it on your own terms and set prices where you need to. You're under no obligation to give your services away simply because another quilter chose to do so.
    You said it perfectly!

Page 1 of 5 1 2 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.