Go Back  Quiltingboard Forums > Main
What to charge for pieciing a top. >

What to charge for pieciing a top.

What to charge for pieciing a top.

Old 08-19-2013, 07:06 PM
  #1  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
meant2be's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Mid Missouri
Posts: 928
Default What to charge for pieciing a top.

How do you determine how much to charge for piecing a quilt top? Thanks for any suggestions.
meant2be is offline  
Old 08-19-2013, 07:19 PM
  #2  
Power Poster
 
dunster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Lake Elsinore, CA
Posts: 14,200
Default

You can charge whatever you want. The other person may or not be willing to pay, but you don't have to accept the job if you aren't happy with the price. It's best if you can estimate how long the piecing will take you, so you have a good idea of how big a chunk of your life it will take up. It could be that you are happy to do it and accept very little per hour, or that you really don't want to do it unless you get a LOT per hour. Either way, it's your decision.
dunster is offline  
Old 08-19-2013, 07:53 PM
  #3  
Super Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Upper Michigan
Posts: 8,248
Default

I never know what to charge! People ususally want to pay 39.99 cause thats what they pay at Walmart!!! Thats why I finaly decided not to charge, if I want to make you one fine but One Its takes a lot of time and work to make it! Then if theres a mistake or don't want someone nit picking my wrk! Good luck!
Painiacs is offline  
Old 08-19-2013, 08:50 PM
  #4  
Power Poster
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 38,023
Default

​It would depend on the pattern. A 9 Patch you could whip out in a day. A heart Bargello could take weeks. It also could depend on the fabric. A top pieced from cotton fabric is easier than a T-shirt quilt or a memory quilt from old clothes.
Tartan is offline  
Old 08-20-2013, 12:54 AM
  #5  
Super Member
 
GladGrams's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Norway
Posts: 1,509
Default

It's a hard call. As Painiacs writes, people don't seem to be able to tell the difference between "handmade" and what they can find at Walmart. Frankly, I would say you are at least worth the minimum wage you can earn slinging hamburgers, it would seem no one could argue with that price.
GladGrams is offline  
Old 08-20-2013, 01:37 AM
  #6  
Gay
Super Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: S.E. Queensland, Australia
Posts: 1,120
Default

Saw somewhere on the internet where a quilter charges up to $240 per sq ft, depending on the techniques used,this includes quilting. Not sure if that included the fabrics & wadding or not, but she seemed to get orders for her work. I don't know what wages are like in the US, but I figured that would be roughly a shop assistants pay, and why not. One lady refused to pay me extra after quilting, for hand sewing the binding on, because I sat in front of the tv at night to do it, which she normally did when binding - so I wasn't working? It took me 8 hours over 2 nights. So be careful of what you commit yourself to do.
Gay is offline  
Old 08-20-2013, 02:37 AM
  #7  
Power Poster
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Northern Michigan
Posts: 12,439
Default

are you supplying the fabric? what about the patterns? your costs need to be included- is it simple patchwork you can 'whip up' in an afternoon? is it hand appliqued and may take weeks/months? you need to determine how much $$ you will have in it, then figure and estimate of time involved- then decide what your time is worth...and who it is for. I may charge a friend/family member just barely over what I have into making a quilt- for a stranger-commission job I charge a minimum of $20 an hour + materials...maybe more depending on the pattern- techniques, job involved- you did not really give us any idea what *kind* of quilt top you are talking about, or size---so, I would venture a guess of...between $45 & $500 depending on the project
ckcowl is online now  
Old 08-20-2013, 03:19 AM
  #8  
Senior Member
 
Plumtree's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 632
Default

Agree with Tartan it would depend on the pattern for me. A YBR can be whipped up in a day or two if a bigger one and others could take months.
Plumtree is offline  
Old 08-20-2013, 04:21 AM
  #9  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Oak Point TX
Posts: 757
Default

If you really want to do this, take the "customer" along and have them pick and pay for the fabric, thread or whatever else is needed. That will be a shocker. Then set your price, remember you are using your electricity, new needles and thread.
I didn't knit at the time so I asked a neighbor to knit a sweater for me and she said "sure, the price is $300.00." I about fell over, and she said 'I really don't want to do it, but if you pay my price I will." No sweater for me.
misspriss is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
bearisgray
Main
6
07-11-2010 04:19 PM
Rose Hall
Main
15
04-27-2009 09:06 AM
Roserita
Main
3
04-23-2009 09:01 AM
Stitching4Fun
Main
8
04-02-2009 01:56 PM
Roserita
Main
4
11-09-2008 10:39 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


FREE Quilting Newsletter


SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.