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    I have been hired to quilt 2 queen tops. Nothing fancy, just basic stitch in the ditch and then bind both. My dilema is that the lady who hired me is the mother in law of my sister in law so there is the family "thing". She doesn't expect me to cut my prices, but I know I will get a lot of repeat business from her and she will refer me to her quilting group so I want to give her a good deal. What would be a good price to charge her? I am thinking around $65 per quilt. Too much or not enough?? What does everyone else think or charge?

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    I think that's low. I don't know what a fair price would be, but you need to consider the time you will spend on finishing the quilts. Will you do hand sewn binding?

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    I will attach it by machine then finish it by hand.

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    That seems a little low to me, too.

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    sounds like that is a low price

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    Sounds low to me. The problem you will have is the repeat business will expect the low price to continue. If you get a ton of business and don't have time to do anything else, how much would you want to get for them? We change our mind quickly when it is a business instead of fun. When it becomes work, it becomes an issue of ...I won't do it for less than....

    Good luck!

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    If you are going to do basic quilting, nothing fancy, go for something like a penny a square inch. The binding extra, so much per running inch. A friend does basic quilting for me for a penny an inch. I feel that is fair, and something I can afford. Good luck!

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    In my area that would be very low for SID and binding.

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    My prices start out at .015 per square in. and goes up from there and you have a low price to me...

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    I was charged for over all pattern machine quilting .04/inch
    A queen size quilt is roughly 60x80 which is at least $192... I wouldn't charge less that $100

    this might help too.
    http://www.cascadequilting.net/sizechart.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by gzbird101
    I have been hired to quilt 2 queen tops. Nothing fancy, just basic stitch in the ditch and then bind both. My dilema is that the lady who hired me is the mother in law of my sister in law so there is the family "thing". She doesn't expect me to cut my prices, but I know I will get a lot of repeat business from her and she will refer me to her quilting group so I want to give her a good deal. What would be a good price to charge her? I am thinking around $65 per quilt. Too much or not enough?? What does everyone else think or charge?
    If you want referrals, you may want to give her the 'family' price, but make it clear that others will be charged a good price (fair price) for a good job. Just ask her not to advertise your 'family price'.

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    Wow if you only charge $65 I will have to send my quilts to you! You are talking about machine quilting, right? If you are talking hand quilting, well, you are ridiculously low! I had a double quilt done by machine which was stitch in the ditch and she charged me $128. Now I do understand that on a frame, SID is supposedly more difficult.

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    Wow, I must be getting a steal of a deal, my long arm quilter is cheaper than that, but then again there are alot of long armers to choose from here and they have to compete with one another for work.. Mary is so articulate, and so much better than the one I use to go to which was almost twice as much as what Mary Charges me.. Mary only quilts my quilts, I do my own binding though..

    But I agree with everyone.. Figure out your worth, time,materials and think about what you would think was fair if the tables were turned...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Annaleehunter
    Quote Originally Posted by gzbird101
    I have been hired to quilt 2 queen tops. Nothing fancy, just basic stitch in the ditch and then bind both. My dilema is that the lady who hired me is the mother in law of my sister in law so there is the family "thing". She doesn't expect me to cut my prices, but I know I will get a lot of repeat business from her and she will refer me to her quilting group so I want to give her a good deal. What would be a good price to charge her? I am thinking around $65 per quilt. Too much or not enough?? What does everyone else think or charge?
    If you want referrals, you may want to give her the 'family' price, but make it clear that others will be charged a good price (fair price) for a good job. Just ask her not to advertise your 'family price'.
    I agree. But yes, it sounds like $65 would be really low.

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    Double it at least! Think how many hours you will work! I don't care if it's family or not, it's time you might have used in making something else you would enjoy more (or making dinner! lol)

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    Don't sell yourself too cheap. $100. minimum to quilt it and and extra $35. for the binding at the very least.

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    i charge $20 to attach bindings regardless of size. the quilting part...are you doing this on a home machine or long-arm? have you wrestled many queen quilts through your machine? especially if doing this the (hard-way; home machine) i would think that $75-$90 would be reasonable for the quilting part...then add the binding amount. when i do any sewing for anyone (hemming, mending, what ever) i charge $20 an hour. for quilting it is based on the size of the quilt.

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    many years ago i had someone bind a quilt for me and she charged $25 so that means you are only getting $40 for many hours of hand quilting. Search the net for Amish quilters. I had a site but can't get to it now. To me $350 would be a but right.
    Estimate the amount of time you will take and multiply by the minimum wage in your area as a start.
    I agree with the previous post. If you charge that you will get a house full of quilts to do.
    You need to do more research before giving a price and agreeing to do it.

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    I would charge by the inch/sq inch then all would know what your prices are. Don't short change yourself!!

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    In my area, binding costs almost as much as the quilting. Binding a quilt is charged by the inch just like the quilting.
    Your prices are to low for what you plan to do.

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    I agree it's low, but it is a "relative". . Set a price per square inch - and let her know what a good discount she is getting. My quilter sews on the binding, but I hand sew it to the front. Sometimes I buy the batting, sometimes she uses hers from a big roll. Many of mine are quilted with an all over meandering design which she says is easy. A few are more intricately quilted and the price reflects that. Maybe you could make up printed cards with your prices and hand her a few with the quilts.

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    $65 for completed queen size hand quilted = low!

    I suggest you establish a per/inch price for different types of quilting i.e. crosshatch, in the ditch, simple design, complex design etc. Ask other hand quilters what they charge as a guideline.
    Also set a price for binding (future customers may choose to do their own) My quilter charges .15/inch
    Then you will have a standard to follow & won't be in the same situation when the next person comes along.

    Also offer a 'family' discount on total cost. 15-20% seems fair

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    In my area, it would cost about $90 for just the binding on a 90" square queen size quilt. The quilting would depend on the type, but that would probably be $160 and up here in the suburbs of Philadelphia.

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    IMHO-- There's family....and there's family. MIL of your SIL sounds pretty far to me. Everyone will be expecting those special prices. I would let it be known what your regular rate is and let them decide if they want it done. REmember this is your time, equipment, expertise, etc. Don't sell yourself short. Good luck.

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    you can tell her that you will do hers for a low price but not for anyone else that way she can tell that to other quilters. 65.00 is low

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