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Thread: what do you do with all the quilts you make?

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    Do you always give away, if so to whom and do any of you make for charity and if so are you more careful with the price of materials.

    I would also be very interested what you estimate a decent size lap quilt costs you to make [ not including time ]

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    So far all the quilts I've done have been for family and friends. Once I get those all done, I will likely do some for others, but at the rate I'm going, that may be awhile.

    It's really hard for me to tell how much any given quilt has cost because I tend to buy fabric as I see it in whatever quantity strikes my fancy (or my budget) that day. Most likely I'll use that fabric in several different quilts, for swaps, etc. so it's not like I've gone to the store with pattern in hand to buy exactly what I need for a particular quilt.

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    I mostly make quilts for my family. I have done a few for friends and a couple as gifts. The last queen size I did as a gift the materials (material, batting, thread, etc.) cost nearly $500. Quilting is not a cheap addiction. I have made some full size for about $300 materials.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mayday
    Do you always give away, if so to whom and do any of you make for charity and if so are you more careful with the price of materials.

    I would also be very interested what you estimate a decent size lap quilt costs you to make [ not including time ]
    this is a problem for me but I need to make so many more :roll: I get to the point that I have to weed them out...this summer have given away 4, 2 to LQS's GD's school for wheelchair patients and 2 to 2 to other people...I try not to think about cost...just have to try everything

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    I have no idea what it costs me to make a quilt.

    Have been quilting and buying fabric since the mid 70s and have probably over 1000 yards (it's taken over every room and hall in the house except for the bathroom and kitchen).
    Am in the process of selling off alot of it.
    One of these days I'll list yardage on the Board.

    I make quilts for me, my family, friends, charity and for sale by commission.

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    Hi,I make quilts and at 1st was for myself and kids,then the grandkids,and some of their friends,then some for charity,and now I try to sell some of them.Grandkids get new ones every year,and my kids,lol.Nice to sell one every now and then to feed the addiction,lol.

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    You will know the cost of fabric etc over here and this is what curtails the amount of quilts I make and what I do with them. I buy my fabric on line mainly from one shop, and at the Birmingham quilt show, for the latter I save up and have a little spree mainly buying small amounts, less than half a metre. for the same reason my quilts are inclined to be hangings or lap quilts for myself, family and friends. Though I am now startng to make bed quilts which I will machine piece and hand quilt. Hence when it is time to make the next quilt I see what i have a go from there. My lap quilt size varies depending who I am making it for. A bit hit and miss I guess but no one has complained so far!!! I would not want to sell as the pressure would take the enjoyment I get.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gollytwo
    I have no idea what it costs me to make a quilt.

    Have been quilting and buying fabric since the mid 70s and have probably over 1000 yards (it's taken over every room and hall in the house except for the bathroom and kitchen).
    Am in the process of selling off alot of it.
    One of these days I'll list yardage on the Board.

    I make quilts for me, my family, friends, charity and for sale by commission.
    Hope you part with some of that Yankees fabric!! :D

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    When I first started quilting, I kept my quilts. I have about ten/twelve quilts for myself. That is more than I will ever need. Since that time, I have given away the quilts that I make. I try to keep a log of what I make and now I also log who they were given to. Last count, I have given away 32 quilts. I truly get a blessing from giving. I make quilts specifically for people and I make quilts just because I like the pattern. If I don't have anyone in mind when I make one, someday someone will see a quilt I have and fall in love with it and I will give it to them. You can tell when someone truly loves one of your quilts.

    Have no idea how much a quilt cost.

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    I make small lap quilts for a nursing home and they will be about 38 in square or something close depending on the block size I use. I do not use batting in these and back with whatever kind of cheap flannel I can find. Sometimes flannel sheets that are donated. I then tie them. They are used hard and washed a lot so I don't invest a lot in them.

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    Most of what i make goes to my family-my kids and their spouses.I'm also saving some to give to grandkids as they arrive. I do give some baby quilts as gifts. Can't really explain how I decide who gets one as a gift, but sometimes I really feel drawn to give a certain person one.
    I also make a couple simple quilts to donate to a charity auction every year,along with other handmade items.

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    I've made about 100 quilts and I have about half of them. I am running out of places to put them and have been thinking about giving some to some family members that don't have any. My cousins (7) of them are so good to my Mom (in TX). They visit her, take her out to lunch... I'm thinking of giving some of my quilts away for Christmas to them. Thanks for asking, this started me thinking.

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    90% of the quilts I make are given to a nonprofit that gives them to widows or injured fire/police/millitary. The other 10% to family.

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    I usually make my quilts for family and friends. I have done a few I spy kiddy quilts which a "friend" asked me to do but I realise now I seriously undercharged for them! I am now doing quilts for injured UK Soldiers. I don.t like doing commissions as I can.t work under pressure or in colours I.m not happy with. I just enjoy making quilts and so far all are enjoyed by those that have received them.

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    Mostly, I make quilts for me. However, I am in the process of planning one for a young girl who lives next door. This one is an exception. I have made several quilts for others, including my grandchildren, my nieces and nephews, and my daughter. She has given one to my son because I won't give him any as he has cats. No more for my daughter or granddaughters though. At least until they graduate from high school.

    The quilts I make for myself I just like to see hanging on my banister - which I change out every so often. I enjoy looking at them and remembering how much I enjoyed making them. It's a creative hobby just for me.

    I make any number of quilts for the hospital in which my daughter works as a nurse in NICU.

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    I give away the majority of the quilts I make, to friends and family, and only recently a couple for charity. I like to do scrap quilts, though, and have only once bought the entire amount of everything for a quilt at one time. That was for my grandmother, and I estimate that it cost around $50 for everything, maybe less. It was a large lap size. Most of the fabric came from Joanne fabric.

    Usually I only buy one or two fabrics just for a particular quilt, and the rest is scraps I already have, some of which are from other quilting projects, some from clothing projects, and some that others have given me. So it's hard to estimate cost. I'd say I've got around $100 in batting, backing, and sashing for the queen size I'm working on, more in the fabrics used for the blocks, but they're scrappy, and I have no idea how to estimate that.

    I know I've made at least two quilts that were entirely from scraps or yardage that was given to me (and even batting) and the biggest expense was the fabric for binding.

    Now that I quilt, I try not to make clothes out of fabrics that I wouldn't want to quilt with :)

    I also tend to buy most things on sale or from remnant tables, thrift stores, etc, so that keeps my fabric cost down.

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    so far most of mine are for family and friends. i did make one for our volunteer fire dept to raise money. on the fabric it depends on if it is for a child or adult.if it is for adult and i know it will be taken care of i have spent $9/yrd for but for a child i try to stay in the $4/yrd area

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    I have, so far, given mine away to friends. Then again, I've only completed two. Problem is I start planning or even start getting fabric and then life gets in the way and I end up forgetting about it.

    I'm doing a t-shirt quilt right now and just the costs of t-shirts are going to be about $300. Just bought two today and it was like $44. Besides each shirt being at least $14 (and there's 14 shirts total I think), part of the costs have to do with the shipping adding up from getting shirts from different buyers. The other part comes from buying half of the shirts from one site and the shipping costs being so high from a large order. I can't tell you what the costs for the fabric for the sashing/borders/binding, thread, and batting because I can't determine the size until after I get the shirts. But I imagine since the quilt has to be quite large to accomodate the over 6 foot tall person who is going to recieve it...eh, I cringe at the hypothetical costs of the other stuff.

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    I've only made a few quilts - around 20-25. They've gone to family members, an elderly neighbor, and about four to children in Nicaragua. I have none here in my home that I've made. Although I do have a few quilt tops without backs (destined for the Nicaraguan children); one for my granddaughter that I am almost finished quilting; and, one I made for my father-in-law that I inherited when my mom-in-law passed away. (and of course, the ones that I'm currently working on.)

    I've never made a bed-sized quilt. Although I have made duvets and pillow shams. My quilts are all lap-size, in varying sizes. They've gotten bigger as I've quilted longer.

    And the cost? Kind of like everyone else has said, I am a fabric gatherer. When I first started quilting, I used to buy lots of fat quarters. Now I don't buy anything smaller than 1/2-yard, although I do love those little guys. I do buy sets of pre-cut strips, and occasionally charms.

    I have loads of fat quarters and I'm so happy I do because I'm always running to them to make little things, or to fussy cut to personalize a quilt.

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    my lap quilts are always about 60"x72"-80" (the guys in my world are all well over 6feet tall, so i make them long.
    i pretty much give them away...to friends, family, charities. i may sell 2-6 a year. depends. as far as charity quilts,,,i do not skimp on quality fabrics because it is going to a charity, if anything i make sure there is no 'less than quilt shop quality' fabrics in a quilt i am sending away. if i am going to use any sub-standard fabrics they are going into the kids game/car quilts that get used to death and replaced. i would think it probably costs about an average of $125-$150 to make a lap quilt. i don't usually...most of my quilts are queens, an occassional king...for the kids, large twins...leaning toward fulls. if i receive (and accept) a special order for a quilt i talk to the person about what they have in mind and budget. i try very hard to stay within budget, if i dont think it's possible i let the person know it is not possible...and the bear-minimum i can do it for...like dog-gone game quilts...i love making them the kids love them...no matter what i do it costs me $125 to make one...not including any time. anyhow.....
    my family gets most of my quilts...and some of them have very expensive quilts.

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    Loopy wren---yes you are right if folks in US lived in the UK they wouldn't give them away---material costs so much over here,where do you buy from??

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    My daughter is a painter. We have stacks of canvases. Some great, some incomplete. I complete my quilts but I am happy to make stacks of them. I am not wealthy, but this is my art.

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    [quote=sueisallaboutquilts]
    Quote Originally Posted by gollytwo
    Am in the process of selling off alot of it.
    One of these days I'll list yardage on the Board.

    Hope you part with some of that Yankees fabric!! :D
    Won't be listing Yankee or Mets fabric.
    How much are you looking for?

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    I make quilts usually for self and family. I also help piece and longarm quilts for our Project Warmth thru the Guild. So far have quilted 30 for them. The Guild I belong to does Project Warmth Quilts which are all made from donated fabrics. We have a work day once a month or you can do it on your own. As they are completed they are given to fire victims, pediatrics at the hospital, cancer patients, WAVI, Childrens home, soldiers that have been killed in action families and many other needs. It is not uncommon to give out close to 300 quilts a year.

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    I have made a quilt for each of our six children and two quilts for each of our grandchildren (14), a baby quilt and then later a "big boy" or "big girl" quilt. I gave our grandson and his wife a quilt as a wedding gift in July, so I guess I'll have to make at least 13 more before I die. I do hand quilting so I had better get busy.

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