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Unusual problem - I think I was overpaid

Old 01-28-2012, 06:42 PM
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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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Old 01-28-2012, 06:47 PM
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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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Old 01-28-2012, 06:48 PM
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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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Old 01-28-2012, 07:01 PM
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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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Old 01-28-2012, 07:18 PM
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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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Old 01-28-2012, 07:39 PM
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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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