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Thread: WHAT TO CHARGE

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    Senior Member Stitching4Fun's Avatar
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    My daughter has a friend that wants her to make a king size quilt. I told her that I thought it was mentioned on the board but I couldn't remember exactly what was said.

    I believe it was suggested that the charge should be double of what it cost to make..........what is everyone's opinion on this?

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    Barb

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    Oh....I wouldn't do it for less than 3 times the cost of materials and then it would depend on how she wanted it quilted as well. I think the rule of thumb on crafts has been 3 times...at least thats what I remember.

    Honestly though...I would rather "give" it to a friend than charge her...Somehow whenever I try to do "business" with friends/family...things get screwed up and the friendship gets ruined. I guess in that case, it depends on if you want to keep the friend or not :wink:

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    Thanks Sandpat. I will relay this message to her. I guess you could say it really isn't a friend but someone that she works with. She saw a quilt that she made for someone at Christmas time and wants one like it but made into a king size. So she only sees this person at work, not a close friend.

    Barb

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    I suggest you do a search online and in a local store if you have any and see what the going rate is in your area for a similar size and content quilt.
    Doubling the price usually refers to small projects of quilt or craft.

    Big quilts are differant because they have so much more work on them.
    Visit with a quilt shop owner and see what they think is appropriate for your area.

    Prices can vary depending on the availability of such size quilts depending on the area.

    I sell to an antiques and gift shop in a local hight traffic tourist area and do quite well there but I do not do well where I live. So it depends on the market as to what is fair!

    It also depends on what the person is willing to pay!


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    My fees for handquilting start at $.10 a square inch and go up depending on how heavily they want it quilted. I would also charge them for the materials, batting, backing, binding etc. I have a friend who has gotten as much as $1000 for handquilting a large quilt. I am close enough to the Lancaster PA area to have seen how much their quilts go for. $1000 is not an unusual price for a large quilt.

    I suggest she take her friend to a quilt store and let her get an idea how much the materials etc. would cost. Perhpas they could work out some kind of barter situation.
    I had to laugh a woman who sings with me in the church choir mentioned that a mutual friend had taken her to a quilt shop and talked her into purchasing the materials for her first quilt. Of course the friend is going to help her with the project. She was horrified that she had spent $80 dollars. I admit I rolled my eyes and laughed. If she get the quilting bug that will seem like her cheapest project.

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    You could tell her you'd be glad to make it if she would pay for all of the materials and you won't charge her for your time. I do that often and we both are happy and I don't lose friendships that way.

    Keep all your reciepts tho!

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    A king is going to take ages. Is she patient? Another thing to figure in the cost is the detail involved. Some blocks take hours, some get strip pieced and are together in no time.

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    Yes - the size of the quilt is actually one of the less-important details. You can spend more time on a baby quilt than on a king-sized quilt, depending on the pattern you using.

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    I've heard the rule of "3" too.... a third for materials, a third for time, and a third for profit.

    Unfortunately, when crafts are involved this figure can be far from accurate. So much depends on the pattern, etc.

    We have a term here called "mate's rates", which means you charge less for a friend than you would for the general public. I am doing a single bed quilt for a very good friend, and I will charge her only for the materials, whereas another being done for an "aquaintance" will be charged for my time as well as materials.

    I guess what I'm trying to say is it's completely up to you! LOL

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