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Thread: What to charge???

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    No one has answered the actual "relationship" between the maker and her grandmother-in-law.

    Just because someone happens to have a blood tie to one, doesn't make that person near and dear.

    I think it is fair to charge for materials/out of pocket expenses -

    I paid my son for remodeling work - not as much as he would have gotten from others - but roughly I paid him about two hours of my salary for one hour of his work at the time. Plus the cost of materials. And he was learning at the time.


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    I too sale many of my handmade items at craft/fair/art shows. I always follow the basic rule of materials x3 and have many return customers because of the fair price on quality merchandise.
    Then for my family members they have all received things that I have made for them as gifts, never asking for payment. In our family it is understood that it comes back with time to the one that original made it. As in many families, we all give to each other when the needs arise.
    But I will add this in, one of my quilts was priced as I mentioned at materials x3 and the customer was so taken with it that she actually paid me twice the amount that I was asking and told me I don't charge enough for all I do with my quilts. That alone was payment enough for me. It's so special when quality is recognized. So ladies & gentlemen if you take pride in your work and it shows there are those out there that do appreciate it.
    I say the "borrow" arrangement is the way to go with grandma's quilt. Be sure to label it properly, so in time it will be returned to you.

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    This is a BEAUTIFUL quilt already and add to this your hand quilting! It is going to be a work of art. I would have a hard time giving this one away, yet Grandma would probably not be able to pay what it will truly be worth. I like the idea of 'lending' it to her. I gave my MIL a quilt with the hand prints of everyone in her immediate family and asked that one day when she's enjoyed it for many years, that it come back to my husband. She agreed and brings it out at each family reunion. She tells everyone it's "David's Quilt", so no one gets any ideas. :-)

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    there's no formula here. you have to decide how/what/if you want to charge her. do you want to give it as a gift? does she really think you'll charge her anything, or is she expecting you to offer it? what kind of relationship do you have with her? if you want to give it but can't afford to right now and you have a good relationship with her, ask her if she can cover the cost of the materials used. if she's a good person, she'll at least do that.

    personally, i think that what you charge an outsider depends more on the hours of labor than the cost of materials. if you do a whole-cloth quilt, would you charge for cost of materials? you'd be cheating yourself. you made an intricate, time-consuming quilt that will now be handquilted and the worth of your hours of labor will far exceed your costs for materials, unless you're working for $1 an hour. what does a salesgirl make an hour in your area? are you willing to earn less for what you do? and she gets benefits.

    and yes. it's worth $600.00.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    No one has answered the actual "relationship" between the maker and her grandmother-in-law.

    Just because someone happens to have a blood tie to one, doesn't make that person near and dear.

    I think it is fair to charge for materials/out of pocket expenses -

    I paid my son for remodeling work - not as much as he would have gotten from others - but roughly I paid him about two hours of my salary for one hour of his work at the time. Plus the cost of materials. And he was learning at the time.
    fair :thumbup:

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    another thought -
    does she want this for herself or to give someone else as a gift?

    if it's for herself, by all means, it should come back to you eventually, whatever you agree to now.

    when my mother died, my sister and i each got the gifts we had given her.
    there were also things she 'ordered' from each of us, and those also came back. they were either given or made with love, and she would have wanted us to have them back. in my case, those things have been shared by my own children who loved her, and now have keepsakes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharon b
    Its a beatiful quilt . I would have a hard time charging grandma anything . Maybe "borrow" it to her with the undertanding that later it be returned to you . And then you would have great memories and a wonderful memento for your husband from his Grandma. Something he would always be able remember Grandma by. That is priceless. Just my 2 cents
    I love this idea. You could even make a nice label stating such information.

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    If she would just like one of your quilts. I would give it as a gift, unless she is wanting it to give to someone else. But everyone is different. I have never charged a family member especially if I know they will cherish it.

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    You have lots of good advice here to think about, the only thing I would say that I think bears repeating is - the cost of materials is nothing compared to the time your hand quilting will require. Unless you are a lot speedier than I am, I'm sure you are, it's going to take you a year or so to do just the quilting. Depending of course how detailed you get with your quilting. To me that is where the pricelessness comes to play.

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    I saw the same pattern done in Amish Country yesterday. They had $1200 on it.

    I really have no idea how to price anything.

    Lynette

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    I think it's okay to charge Grandma - especially if she offered to pay first - but I do think you need to talk to her about how much stuff costs now - I know I said this before - because she might be still thinking fabric costs $1.00 a yard - - - I don't know either of you, so - - -

    I think a lot depends on the financial circumstances of you and Grandma.
    If Grandma is quite well off, and you are hurting, this may be her way of getting something she would like for herself and helping you out, too.
    My mother is 88 years old. About 2 years ago I took her to the fabric store with me and she about had a tizzy fit...she thought fabric was still about 3 or 4 yards for $1.00! Grandma needs to know the real, NOW cost of the materials and a discussion needs to happen about whether she really wants to spend that much on the quilt. She may think a fair price is $50!


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