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Thread: what to charge???

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    Senior Member Rose Hall's Avatar
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    Dear all,

    A coworker of my Mom's would like this quilt top made. I haven't agreed to anything, yet. Was wondering what to charge? I have similiar fabrics in my stash, so I wouldn't be buying fabric. I am making just the top. I would recommend she take it to the LQS to have it machine quilted.

    What do you think I should charge? All the blocks are hand appliqued with the buttonhole/blanket stitch with black floss.

    Would an hourly rate of $15 be too much? Or should I start at $250 and negotiate?

    I work full time, have a busy toddler, and run a business from my home. I don't want to do this unless I can make it worth my time.

    thanks!
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    I would charge at least $30 per block using quilt shop quality fabric I already had and $35 per block if I had to go buy the fabric. If that is too steep for the customer then suggest machine or fused applique instead of handwork to bring down the cost.

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    That is a big project to take on for someone else. Make sure you get compensated well for your effort. 250 doesn't even come close. Even if you are not buying fabrics you still have to charge for them because you already spent that money, and you want to get your expenses back.

    My two cents worth.

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    I agree that you still need to charge for the fabric even though you have it in your stash because you paid for it at some point!! $15 an hour is CHEAP!! I don't know much about quilting but if it were your job to make quilts then $15 an hour wouldn't be much to live on, in the area I live anyway.

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    all that hand work - i would want at least $500 plus cost of materials.

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    Do not be too cheap. If word gets around that you do not charge very much, they will be standing on your doorstep.

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    I love the pattern, but you need to charge enough for your time! Please don't under estimate yourself!

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    dear all,
    I told the woman $250 for the top or $15/hr to teach her how to applique.

    She wasn't interested in either option.
    thanks for your help! I probably would have undercharged and then resented in later!
    Rose Hall

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    Your time and talent is well worth what you asked for. She just needs to get busy and make one and THEN AND ONLY THEN would she understand the talent and time and most of all the love that goes into a quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rose Hall
    dear all,
    I told the woman $250 for the top or $15/hr to teach her how to applique.

    She wasn't interested in either option.
    thanks for your help! I probably would have undercharged and then resented in later!
    Rose Hall
    You had a lucky escape then if she didn't like the LOW price of $250! That's a lot of work in that design, a lot more than most pieced quilts would be for the same size. At that price I would have resented it too. Just think of the time you are taking away from your family and other things YOU might want to do just for $250. It's not worth it in the end and it has to be worth your time.

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    I guess the sad part is, people like that would be just as happy with a Chinese knockoff. You really did duck the bullet on that one. Why do some people believe that quilting is free?

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    I love that pattern, but you can tell it would involve alot of work on your part. Someone who doesn't quilt would never understand. Glad you found out up front what she wanted was a cheap price for a wonderful handmade quilt. Again I say, when people don't quilt they don't realize what work and money goes into our quilts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moonpi
    I guess the sad part is, people like that would be just as happy with a Chinese knockoff. You really did duck the bullet on that one. Why do some people believe that quilting is free?

    That was EXACTLY her comment--" but I can get something similiar from the ABC catalog as a 5 piece set (shams, curtians, dust ruffle, etc.) for $49.95. I told her to go ahead and buy that. If she doesn't see the difference then I didn't want to waste my time!
    Rose


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rose Hall
    Quote Originally Posted by Moonpi
    I guess the sad part is, people like that would be just as happy with a Chinese knockoff. You really did duck the bullet on that one. Why do some people believe that quilting is free?

    That was EXACTLY her comment--" but I can get something similiar from the ABC catalog as a 5 piece set (shams, curtians, dust ruffle, etc.) for $49.95. I told her to go ahead and buy that. If she doesn't see the difference then I didn't want to waste my time!
    Rose
    ROTFLMAO

    so she wanted you to do it for $25 since you weren't doing a 5 piece set.

    this is just killing me - i'm laughing so hard i'm crying.


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    She is ridiculous! That would have been a total waste of your time. People just don't understand!

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    Like a dumby I am also making one for a co worker, I did not give her a price but make sure I show her every step and my sore fingers from hand quilting. She is a good friend and I know she will pay me what she can afford. Trouble is now another co-worker wants one too. I am hem hawing that one. I will see what I get for this one first. All the quilters at work say no less than $500. I know I won't get that much. I wouldn't have done it except I wanted to make something and I do enjoy it. I think you did the right thing by telling her how much and leting her escape the deal!! I aslo have a friend that told me WHAT? No way! Walmart sells then for $40.00. I told her to go ahead, she is not into heirloom type things tho.

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