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    Junior Member DorisPa's Avatar
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    What a beautiful quilt, Great Job. I will go with at least 300 is a lot of work doing something like this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MTS
    Not a penny less than $350 (and add another $50 if you're going to send it out to be quilted - ithat way, if it costs $100, you're still going to make $300 to cover your time and supplies).

    Don't sell yourself short. Remember, it's going to be family heirloom. Priceless. ;-)

    And I would love to see a pic of your quilt straight on - you don't get the full effect when it's laying on the bed. I think it's fabulous.
    I sure do agree with that

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    Quote Originally Posted by milp04
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    Thanks for the insightful look into what to charge for making an heirloom quilt.

    Bev in TX

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    Your quilt is wonderful. I am the last one left of 5 kids and came along late. Sure wish someone had done this for me so I would have my heritage at hand. You did a wonderful job. Remember, when you do it out of love there is no task too hard. When you have no direct interest in it, time can be painful.

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    What a neat, beautiful, idea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Where did you find the tree? Is it preprinted?

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    What an absolutely wonderful keepsake!

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    YOUr quilt is wonderful. I think others have answered the $$$ question, however, I would encourage you to get the ENTIRE amount up front. If they back out, you cannot salvage anything because it is so personalized. I would also tell them where they can purchase the printable fabric and have them print the photos and text. Way too much can go wrong with that part.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmagee84
    Wow, that IS priceless. I agree with all the comments. I once read on here that you could charge by the square foot. such as a 55 x 75 = 4125 divided by 144 (12x12) = 28.6.

    $15 x 28.6 = 429.68
    $20 x 28.6 = 572.90.
    etc.

    Sounds like a lot, but this piece is PRICELESS!

    Good Luck



    This is a very resonable way to price it.

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    good idea

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    Hi back in the day when I did wedding cakes the rule of thumb was 3 times your cost. One for supplies, one for labor, one for profit. No bonus for doing extra work or time. Better to do it from the heart with a little money than to do it for free. I charge everyone the same and if I need their services I pay their business prices. Fair to all. Great work.

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    I don't........I do for pleasure the things I want to do and have answered to requests by telling them that I don't sew to sell.

    It becomes work then !!!!!!!!!

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    I made 7 of these wall hangings last fall. What a struggle. All went to the same person and I know that I WAY UNDER charged for them. Do only if you think you want to do it and get specifics like how many photos - my mistake was "assuming" only a few - each of the 7 had at least 10 photos of different sizes. It got to be a tedious chore.

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    Hobbies and business to me are two totally separate things. You really have to want to do this in your heart because it is a big committment that will keep you from doing more enjoyable things for yourself. Time is precious.

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    Beautiful wall hanging.

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    Someone asked where to get the pattern. I am not sure but here is a site with a couple of tree patterns. It might give you an idea of how to start.\
    http://www.sewaquilt.com/family-tree-quilt.html

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    Add up the cost of materials to make quilt- add up the hours it takes multiply atleast $10.00 or more an hour .

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltinglady2
    Where did you find the tree? Is it preprinted?

    You can find a tree panel similar to that online here. You would just add your pictures and frames around it

    http://www.funstuffforgenealogists.c...en-us/d28.html

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    The hard part about charging time....it may take one quilter two hours and another several months to do the same project, then there is the question of sewing skills, if I was going to buy one at top dollar I would want it to be perfect and really good quality fabric...I like the charge two to three time more than the material. I would never make money since I don't like charging people...I rather just quilt for the enjoyment...that being said...I would request the materials to be paid for and also I think I would request them to be there to teach them which means 80 percent of the time they forget all about it so I am off the hook...
    Quote Originally Posted by dorrell ann
    Add up the cost of materials to make quilt- add up the hours it takes multiply atleast $10.00 or more an hour .

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    I did one that was a little smaller than a twin and I charged $350. The customer was very satisfied and never questioned the price.

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    OMG God! This is a beautiful quilt! You know I brought tree panel and have been just too lazy to work on one for my mother! Now I have no excuse!!!!

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    I wouldn't know what to charge. I just want to say that your idea is wonderful. It's so nice when we can learn new ideas from fellow quilters. Thank you so much for sharing.

    Lynne

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    Quote Originally Posted by frugalfabrics
    I make a habit of not making quilts for my friends, because I want them to stay my friends. I have found that most of your friends want you to "give them a deal", meaning they want you to do it for next to nothing.

    Most non-quilters have no idea what it costs just for the material.

    I only give my quilts away as gifts or for charities, that way, I know up front that all the cost and labor are on me.

    Had a lady who lives in the bldg. watching me machine quilt in the rec room. She asked me how much to make her one for her queen bed. I know she certainly can't afford it & after stalling a bit I told her if she had to ask, she couldn't afford it. I was afraid I had offended her but she just laughed and said I was probably right. Whew! She's a nice lady and felt I may have lost a friend, but I guess not.

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    At least 3 times the cost and a bit extra for specialty quilting.

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    This is so beautiful. If someone asked me for one like this--I would say 400.00-and no apologies. That is a lot of work. To have it sent out to be quilted--I would at least ask for another 100.00. If they wanted it bad enough--they would pay this for it--if not-let them get someone else to do it. I made the mistake of making a huge Ohio state (decorated) crocheted afghan-and did not charge enough. If I did this afghan again I would charge 300.00 dollars-not the 125.00. since this was a close friend-I gave them a deal--but never again--it took up too much of my time. Yes, family and friends always look for deals--so be prepared to respond in a way that benefits you as well. Also get half down--this assures you they are serious.--just a bit of advice--

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