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Thread: Quilts that you make to sell??

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    Quilts that you make to sell??

    Quilts that you make to sell, how do you price them? I'm thinking i may try to start selling some of my quilts, and I have no idea on how to price them...I know you never get paid for your time thouigh..

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    I don't know, I don't sell mine, just give away to family, friends and some people I don't even know.
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    People tend to be more attracted to items with a clear price (instead of having to ask) and a description of the quilt. Before I quilted or knew anything about quilting, a description would have drawn me closer to buying a quilt.

    ex: "Evening Star": custom made 100% cotton quilt with cotton batting; hunter's star blocks with needle turn applique flowers in the border and hand stitched binding. 60"x70" custom machine quilted and perfect as a sofa throw, lap quilt or wall hanging.

    Keep receipts for materials in your project box (or estimate cost of scraps) plus an idea of the amount of time to complete. When someone asks, you can state the cost of the materials and the number of hours of labor to produce.

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    A friend of mine owned a quilt shop and had to close it and brought home all of the fabric that did not sell at the end and started to make quilts to sell and said that all she could get out of them was the cost of the fabric - nothing for her labor - so she quit.
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    When I did craft shows the general rule was materials times 3..If you have a lot of hours in a quilt, maybe add the amount of materials plus a set amount per hour for labor..It is hard to determine, not knowing how quickly you work, or how intricate the quilting pattern

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    I'm finding a good market in t-shirt quilts. Since it's more of a personal item, people are willing to spend the money on it. Just finished my 3rd one. I charge $16/shirt. For an average quilt of 20 shirts I get paid $320. Only took me two days to prep and assemble the whole quilt top. Hopefully I can set it up on my longarm next weekend to finish it.

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    I was in Cracker Barrell for breakfast and their quilts are around $200 for a full/queen.....BUT they are also made in a sweat shop in China. That makes me so mad!
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    I dont make quilts with the intention of selling but have sold several that were shown at quilt shows. I always get my price. Heres how I price them. I figure up yardage including backing and binding at current prices and triple that. Even if I got the fabric on sale or using fabric left from another project. Then I add in actual price of batting, long arming and embellishments. (usually crystals if any). For example if I use 15 yards of fabric @ $10 (or more now days) that would be $450. Then lets say $25 for batting, $150 long arming, $50 for crystals if any.. Adds up fast. I never sell a quilt for less than what is calculated. I sell enough to pay for my habit. All the ones I sell are quilted by check!

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    Quote Originally Posted by snipforfun View Post
    I dont make quilts with the intention of selling but have sold several that were shown at quilt shows. I always get my price. Heres how I price them. I figure up yardage including backing and binding at current prices and triple that. Even if I got the fabric on sale or using fabric left from another project. Then I add in actual price of batting, long arming and embellishments. (usually crystals if any). For example if I use 15 yards of fabric @ $10 (or more now days) that would be $450. Then lets say $25 for batting, $150 long arming, $50 for crystals if any.. Adds up fast. I never sell a quilt for less than what is calculated. I sell enough to pay for my habit. All the ones I sell are quilted by check!

    What does "quilted by check" mean?
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    I was wondering the same thing.

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    Quilted by check= paid someone to do the quilting
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltingCrazie View Post
    Quilted by check= paid someone to do the quilting
    Sorry, it still doesn't make sense to its meaning... must be slow

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    I have went to many craft fairs as a seller and sold knitted items and charged 3 times the cost and so I do that with my baby quilts. People that understand all the work put into them do not heisatate on the price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SewExtremeSeams View Post
    Sorry, it still doesn't make sense to its meaning... must be slow
    She sends them to a longarmer for quilting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bamamama View Post
    I was in Cracker Barrell for breakfast and their quilts are around $200 for a full/queen.....BUT they are also made in a sweat shop in China. That makes me so mad!
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    This makes me mad also. I think each Cracker Barrel should put "local artists' items" in their stores!! They could still carry the cheaper souvenir(sp) type items. $200 is a lot for a mass produced item from overseas, even if it was a better quality item!! Just think of how many local items they could sell because of travelers who stop in the area!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bamamama View Post
    I was in Cracker Barrell for breakfast and their quilts are around $200 for a full/queen.....BUT they are also made in a sweat shop in China. That makes me so mad!
    This makes me mad also. I think each Cracker Barrel should put "local artists' items" in their stores!! They could still carry the cheaper souvenir(sp) type items. $200 is a lot for a mass produced item from overseas, even if it was a better quality item!! Just think of how many local items they could sell because of travelers who stop in the area!!

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    Marianne Fons said that a king size quilt is worth $2,000. Didn't say you would get that much for it, but that's how much it's worth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcrow View Post
    Marianne Fons said that a king size quilt is worth $2,000. Didn't say you would get that much for it, but that's how much it's worth.
    That's pure baloney. No one can give a blanket price (no pun intended) like that. It depends entirely on the quality of the materials, the skill of the maker, the sales record of the maker, the quilting pattern, and several other things that differ for each and every quilt, even if they're identical in size and design.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SewExtremeSeams View Post
    Sorry, it still doesn't make sense to its meaning... must be slow
    She wrote a check to have it quilted.
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    Three times what t cost to make.

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    I've only sold one baby quilt, took it to my LQS for advice, and shop owner said 3 x costs to make.
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    It depends on the quilt and where you want to try to sell it. Do some research if you choose to sell it on line via Etsy check out what comparable quilts are selling . If its local via a craft show ... attend a few and see if there are quilts for sale and the price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Latrinka View Post
    I've only sold one baby quilt, took it to my LQS for advice, and shop owner said 3 x costs to make.
    When I sold my embroidery work and ceramic work, I always charged 4 times the original cost of the piece I was working on. For example, a piece of greenware would cost $2.00 - sell for $8.00. I do, however, think quilts are different. You never get out what you put in. And especially in these times when money is at a premium. I would much rather have a side hobby to sell and give my quilts to family and friends. If I made a double quilt, all of my time, materials, quilting, hand work, I wouldn't be able to afford it! Thank heaven for my stash!!!!! I can make all the quilts I want to and give them away. But each to his own. I don't even make quilts on request except for the cancer quilts I have made that go up on a raffle for the Susan G. Komen Three Day Walk in St. Paul. They make money!!!!!!

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    You might try quilts for sale, it is a website where individuals sell their quilts. It is hard to sell quilts for what they are worth, most people don't appreciate hand work anymore. I only make rag quilts to sell. I get material at thrift stores and I buy flannel sheets for backing and middles. Also, I find handmade jumpers for $2.50 because no one wants them. They have lots of material if they are gathered at the waist and of course the bigger the size the more material. I buy denim jumpers too. Men's shirt are good but you really have to get a deal because of the small amount of fabric. I can sell baby and lap quilts for $40 - $50 and full size for $80 - $100. You have to beat Walmart prices if you're going to a flea market or even craft shows. I sell at a local flea market and on Etsy but it is still slow except for the holidays. If you can save on your materials it will help you a lot. I also feel good about recycling instead of always buying new.

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    I have been quilting as a business for the last 30 years. I have sold most of the quilts I made. Once the imports started coming in, sales went way down. What can you do, it is a global economy.

    You have to figure out how much you would be happy with. Take a crib quilt. If someone gave you $1000 for it you would be ecstatic. If you only got $5 for it you would be unhappy. Now work in from both ends.

    We used to sell them for much more than 3x materials, fabric was only $2 a yard (wholesale) and they were hand quilted. Around $400 and up for a bed sized quilt.

    I have had a bed size, hand quilted, small piece scrappy Log Cabin on Quilts For Sale website for about a year, for $200. No bites. They do not have a good way for someone to search if they are looking for hand quilted. I am doing better on Etsy.

    ETA - plus, when we started, very few people were making quilts. Now there are something like 20 million quilters in the US, it is getting to be like afghans - every one knows someone who can make them one.

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