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Selling quilts for what there worth?

Old 11-21-2020, 01:39 PM
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I agree with u!
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Old 11-22-2020, 05:14 AM
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Originally Posted by luvstoquilt View Post
I agree with you Tartan. I made the “Roscoe” quilt for my son. It took 27 yards of fabric to complete. Fabric here is $14 a yard. I had it machine quilted for $180. I love it and so does my son. I don’t sell my quilts and won’t ..no one understands the work involved. They see “Bed in the Bag” for next to nothing and think that is the value of our quilts! I gave a quilt to a friend and her husband asked if I got the fabric at an Estate Sale. He had no idea about time and labor involved.
That said, I have a friend that sells at craft shows and does well. She sells small quilts about 10x12 and tiny ones in frames.
27 yards? Wow...that must be a huge quilt!
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Old 11-22-2020, 07:14 AM
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why would you give a quilt to a customer without collecting your money? My customers pay what was in writing for the quilt or quiltjng of their quilt then they get their quilt.
Treat your hard work like a business, your customer wouldnt pick up their cleaning and not pay.....I would send her a bill!

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Old 11-22-2020, 07:32 AM
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A lot of the younger generation are more interested in fleece blankets which can be made for quite a bit less than a real quilt. So many just won't pay what a quilt is worth, not even the cost of supplies to make one. I just give mine away to people who have touched my heart in some way. The feeling you get from that is worth more than the money to me at this point in my life.
There are still some people that appreciate quilts so keep trying.
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Old 11-22-2020, 08:03 AM
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I made and sold a few quilts along the way but stopped a number of years ago. Now my quilts are for gifts and gifts alone. I have many more to make as gifts. The few I made, I was right up front with the purchaser, on the cost. $250 for a wall hanging. $600 for a full size quilt. $980 for a queen. I did all the quilting myself. I used a contract that required payment for fabrics separate and upfront. and 50% of the finished cost up front. If for some reason they backed out after I started the quilt they forfeited their deposit and I kept the quilt. Payment was due at the time of pickup and the dates for all things were very specific. Only a few walked away. They would choose their own patterns and we went from there. I gave them books and magazines to choose patterns from or they would bring their own.. The only other one I refused to do was to rework the border work of someone else's quilt design on a round quilt. The man that came to me about it paid over $1000 for the quilt and the changes he wanted done on it IMHO needed to be made by the original quilter. She wanted to much to make the changes in his opinion. I refused to touch another quilters magnificent work.
I know it is a challenge to get paid what you are worth. Be upfront and all someone can say is no. Then there is nothing lost or gained. Like I said I only did a few.
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Old 11-22-2020, 09:11 AM
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Are you financially able to sew for donation to a cause? That's what I do with most of the quilts I make. I have sold only a few, and they have been fancy and labor intensive, like the Bonnie Hunter designs. People are more likely to buy something they can't make themselves.
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Old 11-22-2020, 11:11 AM
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I've sold a few quilts. Strangely, the most I've ever sold was at an exhibition I had of my quilts at a bar. Who would think people coming into a bar would buy a quilt? But, I sold more than 1/2 of the 12 I had on display.
I really think a lot of times it's a question of getting the quilt out there for people to see.

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Old 11-22-2020, 01:32 PM
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My daughter does beautiful art quilts, some are hand painted or she does mosaic quilts and all are beautifully quilted . Her husband keeps trying to get her to make some to sell and we keep trying to tell him that she would not even be able to get the cost of materials let alone her labor. The paints she uses are expensive and she uses good fabrics. That said, I can't wait to get the one she is making for me. She showed me the work in progress when I was visiting her last month.
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Old 11-22-2020, 04:54 PM
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I sell quilts for their value. People will pay what they are worth, as long as you market them that way. I usually recommend to someone who wants to sell quilts to start with having a couple they made appraised. The American Quilters Society certifies appraisers and has a list of certified appraisers listed by state. Once you have a couple appraised you will see what they are worth ( insurance value- what it would cost to replace them) then, if someone asks about buying a quilt from you you can show them the appraisal and give them a deal- I’ve had quilts I have $300-$500 into making, appraised at $3,800, sold for $2,650 - the buyer felt he got a great deal. I include a copy of the appraisal with the quilt for their insurance purposes. If you undermine yourself people will expect nothing more.
I sell baby quilts for $125-$175. And can’t keep up with the requests ( I hate making baby quilts- for no apparent reason- they are always adorable- I just don’t enjoy making them.
I generally sell 10-15 queen or king size quilts a year, supports my ( habit) and usually allows us some extra weekend trips and a vacation
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Old 11-23-2020, 06:08 AM
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I,also, find that anything home made and sold belongs to you forever. Meaning that if a repair is needed etc. the buyer returns to you for repair.
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