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Thread: Unusual problem - I think I was overpaid

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    Unusual problem - I think I was overpaid

    I made a baby quilt at the request of a friend. He is a new grandpa. It was very simple. Mom wanted specific colors and nothing girlie. I did have to make a run to a quilt shop to get some of the fabric (80 miles round trip).

    I embroidered the little girl's name, birthdate and a couple of lady bugs on it.

    The entire quilt top had 40 pieces in it. I have made single blocks with nearly that many pieces!

    Quilted it, bound it and delivered it to Grandpa with an estimate of the costs of what I had in it.

    He paid me the cost of materials plus 3.5 times that for labor/design, etc...

    I was shocked. He insists it is worth it to him.

    My husband says, "Tell him you are glad he values your work so much. Thank him and accept graciously."

    I am trying but I am accustomed to being UNDERvalued.

    What do you think?

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    LIsten to your husband. We have to learn sometimes to accept instead of giving all the time. Barny

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    I think that it is wonderful that someone understands what a handmade quilt is worth. Good for him!
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    Praise God for his appreciation and give an offering in the new babies name at church or to a charity. T

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    Thanks, ladies. I can't help but remember the time I made 18 show choir dresses, custom fitting them with out a pattern. I asked for $700 and in the end the choir director paid me $400.

    Those had so much time and effort in them. It just seems odd to have something so simple valued so much more.

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    I second what Stampinteresa said

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    It is nice to hear that someone actually appreciated all the hard work and supplies that make a quilt possible. Just put that "extra" money away in your sewing kitty for the next time you're underpaid.

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    Be thankful that some understands and appreciates fine work. And custom work. As you've learned...many don't. Believe your husband and the gentleman for whom you did the work. They know.

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    I'm with everyone else, be thankful someone finially gets it. so where is the picture????
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    I warned you it was simple. I am almost ashamed to post it.





    I remember five years ago he paid a shop to do one for his grandson. It was a piece of cotton backed with a piece of fleece that had the name embroidered on it. No quilting. No binding. Just sewn together, turned and top stitched around the edge.

    When he asked I went for simple because he needed it NOW but I wanted him to feel that I made an effort for her.

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    That is wonderful and I would spend the money however I wanted to. Not all charities spend money in the best of ways.
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    Can you say "tip"? Thank you sir.

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    Repeat after me 'I really am worth it" ... I really am worth it" .... He was statisfied , so ... "I am worth it".

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    Darling quilt & with the embroidery.....worth every penny!
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    That's a wonderful problem to have! Clearly, he values your hard work and your artistry. Because of you, he was able to give his grandbaby something handmade with love.
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    Accept it and say Thank You and move on... to the fabric store!

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    It's because men don't undervalue their work like women do.

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    I have no idea what he payed but I think atleast $175 or more for a basic baby quilt that is custom made.
    Last edited by Annaquilts; 01-28-2012 at 11:59 PM.
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    Yes this is exactly what I was thinking.



    Quote Originally Posted by JenelTX View Post
    That's a wonderful problem to have! Clearly, he values your hard work and your artistry. Because of you, he was able to give his grandbaby something handmade with love.
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    It is beautiful!! Make a donation somewhere if it makes you feel better....although not necessary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Annaquilts View Post
    I have no idea what he payed but I think atleast $175 or more for a basic baby quilt that is custom made.

    LOL...well, you are close to what he paid me. That may be the norm where you are but I cannot imagine getting it around here. And...did you see how darn simple that quilt is? I agree it is cute but....

    I am grateful he appreciated it. Just don't want to take advantage of a friend. I was honored he asked me.

    Thanks everyone for helping me be more accepting.

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    Listen to your husband! Quilitng is an art form - and totally undervalued. Someone just sold a quilt here in Australia for $70,000 - and rightly so - apparenlty it took her 4 years to make, its a crazy quilt.

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    It is really sweet and you know he appreciated it. I agree...put the money in a sewing kitty..it was worth what he paid to him and that is the best part.
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    I know how you feel. Years ago I made a afghan for a coworker. It was crochet, and I told her I would make it for $20.00 since I was making another one at the same time (no extra cost for yarn). She paid me $60.00. I felt guilty, but she told me that she still has the blanket put away for GGC. She never gave it to any of her DGC. Now I feel honored not guilty.
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    Someone who appreciates your work! Wow!

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