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    I also do my quilts for pleasure there is nothing more gratifying than to see someone face when they see it. Keep on what you are doing cause you will be rewarded for your work

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    So the consensus seems to be: double the price of supplies plus a resonable hourly rate for your time. The suggestion of $25 an hour seems expreme to me. I've been known to work 6 hours a day on a quilt, but I don't really see this as work; it's a gift to be useful to others, sustains me on my path. Well, yes That's not going to fill the bread box. but there must be a compromise somewhere that feeds both body and soul. And we must ask yourselves are we quilting for money or for personal expression? Deep questions. Do I really know why I quilt? The same reason I write books to make my existance a value to the human perfection to which we attain.

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    I never felt I needed to make minimum wage - when I work at quilting I don't have any of the expenses associated with work - commuting, work clothes,etc. So I am willing to work for less in order to be able to work at home, at my own pace.
    You have to decide for yourself what your time is worth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kamaiarigby
    Hi the prices of our fabric here (anything up to $32 per metre) makes quilting very expensive, I do mostly scrap quilts, my friends give me their scraps, but if anyone asks me to make a quilt I suggest we go shopping together for the fabric !!!!!! they soon change their minds, which is a relief to me as sewing quilts is my passion and I LOVE to give them away to needy people
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    Dale, you are smart - better still, let them watch you cut and piece!
    Not on topic but just saw pictures of Christchurch on TV (Prince William was of course the topic as he is there) just this noon - what a terrible thing. I heard on BBC radio but didn't see pics before. You will certainly have people who need quilts. Wishing you folks all the best.
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    Quote Originally Posted by newbiequilter
    When I am asked about making a quilt (outside the family) I always tell them that my time is worth at least $25/hr plus the cost of fabric and fabric for a lap quilt can run any where from $150-$200. That usually shuts down the discussion!
    Glad to hear that. I asked for $12 an hour, and I've been thinking maybe she thought that was too much; although, when I quoted her that price, I said some people might think that's too much, but that I think my time is worth at least that much and she said, "Absolutely!"

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    I agree Jack. People get all excited when you give them a quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tink's Mom
    I have an older neighbor that thinks that she is doing me a favor when she asks me for a baby quilt....$20 is too much. I willingly give her a discounted price, but I have at least $20 in just materials...and I sell these at craft shows for much more.
    When she called me the other day to say she needed a gift for a baby girl, I told her I didn't have anything in stock, but if she would tell me how much she wanted to pay I would make something up for her.
    She wants to spend $10....She is getting bibs. I will not do a quilt for $10.
    How about asking her to pick out and buy the fabric she wants in the quilt (Tell how much yardage) and tell her that you will only charge her fifteen dollars for just the sewing....
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    Quote Originally Posted by EverNow
    Many posts so the topic has wide interest. I would like to ask quilters what they consider a fair price for a hand made quilt? Last year I sold a wall hanging for $50 but I knew it was worth much more. But she was an elderly lady and insisted the quilt was the perfect color for her sewing room. What do you think an ethical price for a hand quilt that can take up to 2 or 3 months? I've no clue.
    A few years ago I paid 1100 dollars for a hand made pieced and hand made Queen quilt. I also have bought over time, three or four bed sized quilts that are machine pieced and machine quilted that the average price was $800, all but one are simple geometrics. (The one is a more complicated geometric). They were all very well made.
    Anybody can spend lots of money for fabric and work hard on the quilt, but if it isn't well made, or the colorblends are not fantastic, it just is not going to be worth the same money!
    I think I have paid fair prices for smaller quilts too.
    DON'T PM ME ! I AM NOT BUYING ANY MORE! I WON'T ANSWER THEM! This is for your information only!

    In fact I am also a quilter, and right now have no clue how to get fair prices for my own quilts!!!! ...In fact I am now only fabric shopping out of my own stash!
    I have a full bedsized completely hand made mariners compass made with colorways of the same print that is 40 years old I would like to sell! Then I could buy somebody elses quilt!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpthequilter
    Quote Originally Posted by EverNow
    Many posts so the topic has wide interest. I would like to ask quilters what they consider a fair price for a hand made quilt? Last year I sold a wall hanging for $50 but I knew it was worth much more. But she was an elderly lady and insisted the quilt was the perfect color for her sewing room. What do you think an ethical price for a hand quilt that can take up to 2 or 3 months? I've no clue.
    A few years ago I paid 1100 dollars for a hand made pieced and hand made Queen quilt. I also have bought over time, three or four bed sized quilts that are machine pieced and machine quilted that the average price was $800, all but one are simple geometrics. (The one is a more complicated geometric). They were all very well made.
    Anybody can spend lots of money for fabric and work hard on the quilt, but if it isn't well made, or the colorblends are not fantastic, it just is not going to be worth the same money!
    I think I have paid fair prices for smaller quilts too.
    DON'T PM ME ! I AM NOT BUYING ANY MORE! I WON'T ANSWER THEM! This is for your information only!

    In fact I am also a quilter, and right now have no clue how to get fair prices for my own quilts!!!! ...In fact I am now only fabric shopping out of my own stash!
    I have a full bedsized completely hand made mariners compass made with colorways of the same print that is 40 years old I would like to sell! Then I could buy somebody elses quilt!
    I sometimes sell quilts at the museum on commission (60/40 split) and the price is set by a certified quilt appraiser.

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    It just goes back to the fact that non quilters, don't realize the cost of the materials and labor that go into handmade quilts.
    I make quilts for myself, family, and gifts. I have sold very few, mainly because it hurts more to sell them cheaply, than it does to feel good about just giving them away to someone that will appreciate the jester.

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    An associate and I construct t-shirts quilts from start to finish and quote a per shirt price which covers all labor and materials. If they don't want to pay that price, they say they'll just do it themselves, but two years plus after the occasion they needed it for, it's still in the planning stages.

    We charge for a reason....we get it done on time.

    Also, I think we're very reasonable compared to some price quotes I've seen on websites, but it's better to have the business at what the market will bear than no business at all.

    The one time I quoted the relative of a in-law a price for a regular quilt, including material and labor, I never heard another word on the topic.

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    I was in the crafting business for about 10 years. I had the same problem with selling quilts as everyone here knows. Too little money for the amount of dollars spent and time spent. I did make a good income of selling Quillows (quilts folded into pillows) although they weren't pieced and they were tied quilted. I made some that sold for $50, with $20 worth of fabric and 1 hour of time. I got out of the business and am now very content making quilts for my family. My inherited son is getting married in May and his wife likes butterflys. I am making a quilt that is so springy in colors, it makes me crazy but it is soooo cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by applique
    Quote Originally Posted by jpthequilter
    Quote Originally Posted by EverNow
    Many posts so the topic has wide interest. I would like to ask quilters what they consider a fair price for a hand made quilt? Last year I sold a wall hanging for $50 but I knew it was worth much more. But she was an elderly lady and insisted the quilt was the perfect color for her sewing room. What do you think an ethical price for a hand quilt that can take up to 2 or 3 months? I've no clue.
    A few years ago I paid 1100 dollars for a hand made pieced and hand made Queen quilt. I also have bought over time, three or four bed sized quilts that are machine pieced and machine quilted that the average price was $800, all but one are simple geometrics. (The one is a more complicated geometric). They were all very well made.
    Anybody can spend lots of money for fabric and work hard on the quilt, but if it isn't well made, or the colorblends are not fantastic, it just is not going to be worth the same money!
    I think I have paid fair prices for smaller quilts too.
    DON'T PM ME ! I AM NOT BUYING ANY MORE! I WON'T ANSWER THEM! This is for your information only!

    In fact I am also a quilter, and right now have no clue how to get fair prices for my own quilts!!!! ...In fact I am now only fabric shopping out of my own stash!
    I have a full bedsized completely hand made mariners compass made with colorways of the same print that is 40 years old I would like to sell! Then I could buy somebody elses quilt!
    I sometimes sell quilts at the museum on commission (60/40 split) and the price is set by a certified quilt appraiser.
    Dear Debbie,
    I lived in Woburn MA for about 3 years (and belonged to the North Parish guild in Redding) and have been to the museum in Lowell several times....is that where you mean?
    But, Many Many Thanks for the idea! I live a little more than two hours from Houston....
    Jeannie

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpthequilter
    Quote Originally Posted by applique
    Quote Originally Posted by jpthequilter
    Quote Originally Posted by EverNow
    Many posts so the topic has wide interest. I would like to ask quilters what they consider a fair price for a hand made quilt? Last year I sold a wall hanging for $50 but I knew it was worth much more. But she was an elderly lady and insisted the quilt was the perfect color for her sewing room. What do you think an ethical price for a hand quilt that can take up to 2 or 3 months? I've no clue.
    A few years ago I paid 1100 dollars for a hand made pieced and hand made Queen quilt. I also have bought over time, three or four bed sized quilts that are machine pieced and machine quilted that the average price was $800, all but one are simple geometrics. (The one is a more complicated geometric). They were all very well made.
    Anybody can spend lots of money for fabric and work hard on the quilt, but if it isn't well made, or the colorblends are not fantastic, it just is not going to be worth the same money!
    I think I have paid fair prices for smaller quilts too.
    DON'T PM ME ! I AM NOT BUYING ANY MORE! I WON'T ANSWER THEM! This is for your information only!

    In fact I am also a quilter, and right now have no clue how to get fair prices for my own quilts!!!! ...In fact I am now only fabric shopping out of my own stash!
    I have a full bedsized completely hand made mariners compass made with colorways of the same print that is 40 years old I would like to sell! Then I could buy somebody elses quilt!
    I sometimes sell quilts at the museum on commission (60/40 split) and the price is set by a certified quilt appraiser.
    Dear Debbie,
    I lived in Woburn MA for about 3 years (and belonged to the North Parish guild in Redding) and have been to the museum in Lowell several times....is that where you mean?
    But, Many Many Thanks for the idea! I live a little more than two hours from Houston....
    Jeannie
    Hi Jeannie,
    Yes The New England Quilt Museum has all kinds of quilty things for sale on consignment.

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    The carpenter or plumber analogy is a good one. Just ask someone if they had a carpenter do some work on their house and he worked for 5 full days with a materials cost of $200, how much would they expect that job to cost them? $600? $800? $1000?

    I figure that a very simple queen sized quilt top, I mean REALLY simply like Yellow Brick Road or something like that, could be done in 3 days. Then another two days to quilt (if you have a longarm) and bind.

    A Quilt-In-A-Day pattern is probably based on a smaller size and who really gets one of those done in a day? :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by pittsburgpam
    The carpenter or plumber analogy is a good one. Just ask someone if they had a carpenter do some work on their house and he worked for 5 full days with a materials cost of $200, how much would they expect that job to cost them? $600? $800? $1000?

    I figure that a very simple queen sized quilt top, I mean REALLY simply like Yellow Brick Road or something like that, could be done in 3 days. Then another two days to quilt (if you have a longarm) and bind.

    A Quilt-In-A-Day pattern is probably based on a smaller size and who really gets one of those done in a day? :P
    Quilt in a Day orginial book took my Mom 3 months to piece and another 3 weeks to hand quilt. Maybe Gram telling her to NEVER tear the fabric made it take longer. Mom could only tear the strips after Gram was asleep.

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    I work with a couple of women that only think about how to make a buck. They always want me to put my items in craft shows, yard sales and list on etsy....they have even suggested that I make up fabric yo yos out of scraps and sell those. They don't know the diffence between my JOB and my HOBBY and that I don't want my LOVE to become my WORK. It is nice to know that they think highly of my skill and that my projects would appeal to buyers, but I don't need to make money that way. At this point in my life I would rather make what I want and gift to those that are deserving. They don't understand my way of looking at it ---- they think I'm sitting on an untapped gold mine and not raking in "easy money" LOL They probably think I'm either lazy or crazy --- or both! Oh well....

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    I have sold about 10 of my quilts but most are given away. I have taken payments as many of the young women buying mine were minimum wage employees. I never have a problem getting $200.00 or more for a lap quilt and I am by no means an expert quilter but I love what I am doing so much that it is just an added bonus to get a little money and kid myself into believing that I paid for some of my materials. I am currently doing a crazy quilt/memory quilt for a young lady's grandmother. She is taking resonsibility for taking care of doing the copying of the pictures onto the fabric sheets. I am looking forward to it. It will be mostly pinks, purples and butterflies. I will buy nothing for this as I have a big stash. It is fun to make something unique made with someone's special interests in mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bottle Blonde
    I work with a couple of women that only think about how to make a buck. They always want me to put my items in craft shows, yard sales and list on etsy....they have even suggested that I make up fabric yo yos out of scraps and sell those. They don't know the diffence between my JOB and my HOBBY and that I don't want my LOVE to become my WORK. It is nice to know that they think highly of my skill and that my projects would appeal to buyers, but I don't need to make money that way. At this point in my life I would rather make what I want and gift to those that are deserving. They don't understand my way of looking at it ---- they think I'm sitting on an untapped gold mine and not raking in "easy money" LOL They probably think I'm either lazy or crazy --- or both! Oh well....
    So I'm not alone in this . . . see what their hobby is & see if they want to start selling it??? When I tried to get my friends to teach bridge or golf they did not get my point. Hobby means no profit. enough said right.?

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    Our chruch group raffles a quilt every year. The quilters have gotten older and are getting tired, not to mention several of them have health problems in the family. So they are kaput! I'm doing my best to get a queen quilt done for summer. A very simple snowball pattern, a few blocks embrodiered by a 90+ year old. I've picked the fabrics and design, doing most of the piecing and I mentioned at a recent meeting that I was going to see about having it machine quilted since I HATE HAND QUILTING. After about 3 of them sucked all the air out of the room, one declared there was no way our group was going to have machine quilted quilt--------------"you can get those at Wal-Mart for $39.95!".

    I haven't told them yet, but since I'm doing most of the putting together I'm going to be chosing a machine quilter to finish the quilt off.

    $39.95, indeed. I've got more than that in just the backing.

    (this quilt is very simple, but pretty, I think. I just get side tracked on all sorts of other stuff to do! May be ready to send out by the end of the week)

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    I haven't sold one yet -
    It seems like it would feel like a business and less enjoyable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrannieAnnie
    Our chruch group raffles a quilt every year. The quilters have gotten older and are getting tired, not to mention several of them have health problems in the family. So they are kaput! I'm doing my best to get a queen quilt done for summer. A very simple snowball pattern, a few blocks embrodiered by a 90+ year old. I've picked the fabrics and design, doing most of the piecing and I mentioned at a recent meeting that I was going to see about having it machine quilted since I HATE HAND QUILTING. After about 3 of them sucked all the air out of the room, one declared there was no way our group was going to have machine quilted quilt--------------"you can get those at Wal-Mart for $39.95!".

    So did any of them volunteer to hand quilt? How much will people pay for the quilt?
    My Mom's circle sent them to missionaries in the tropics. They had so much fun making the quilts (I played under the frame and listened to the gossip). It was so funny to hear my Mom and Gram pick out each woman's stitches. I have all my bed size quilts done by a longarm quilter. Does this mean I'm just a piecer?

    I haven't told them yet, but since I'm doing most of the putting together I'm going to be chosing a machine quilter to finish the quilt off.

    $39.95, indeed. I've got more than that in just the backing.

    (this quilt is very simple, but pretty, I think. I just get side tracked on all sorts of other stuff to do! May be ready to send out by the end of the week)

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    Quote Originally Posted by KathyAire
    People ask if one sells their quilts but very few of those asking are willing to pay what a quilt is really worth. They would be the ones that want to buy a quilt for $40.00.

    It's my hobby, as well. I do it for my pleasure and I get a blessing when I give a quilt away.
    Bingo! I was just trying to explain the $40.00 scenario to a friend of mine tonight. It is my pleasure and my hobby. I do not work for peanuts. I'd rather donate or give away than "work" for some boob that does not know just how much effort (and skill) is required to pull off some of these designs. :? Okay, done ranting now. ;)

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    Exactly, I guess if we were churning them out like they get in the store, $40 would be fine, but they don't have a clue how long it takes to put together. Heck, it takes me forever to figure out how I am going to machine quilt the quilt after the top is put together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mshollysd
    Exactly, I guess if we were churning them out like they get in the store, $40 would be fine, but they don't have a clue how long it takes to put together. Heck, it takes me forever to figure out how I am going to machine quilt the quilt after the top is put together.
    Someone asked me "why do you quilt?" It's a hobby. Then I asked why do you hit little golf balls all over the grass? Anwer: exercise. At least we have have something lasting to show for our hobby. (and I don't loose weight doing it LOL)

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