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Thread: You've got to be kidding me

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    I've been going back and forth on this and that's just not like me, usually see everything black or white. I tell myself that I'm not into art quilts and yet every time I see one that is beautiful, I drive myself crazy figuring out how it has been made. So maybe there is a touch of jealously in me.

    I say more power to them and I am sorry that I will never make anything that will make people ooh and awh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adrianlee
    Holy fabrics!! I wonder how they come up with prices like that? In January I sold a quilt for $300. Pattern: 9-patch, in colors of gray and dark red set in black sashing, queen size. Maybe if the pattern was more involved I would charge more.
    hello,

    when you made this quilt, did the customer supply the materials? or you?

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    Maybe they meant pesos...

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    Quite honestly, I hope she gets those prices! I know how much work goes into making a quilt, as well as the cost of the materials etc and most times quilts don't receive the /value / honor they deserve.

    Now, still honest....as a buyer I wouldn't pay those prices, LOL, cuz I can't afford to. But there are people out there who can afford to pay those prices.

    warm quilt hugs, sue


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    No. I got all the fabrics on sale and/or at yard sales and they were in my stash. Even the batting was on sale. If I have to buy a special color then that is included in the total price at 3x the price of the fabric.

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    I'm with Madquilter. Who is this person anyway. That kind of money would put my son thru college for a few years anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Debra Mc
    I'm with Madquilter. Who is this person anyway. That kind of money would put my son thru college for a few years anyway.
    she is a world famous contemporary quilt artist that has won national acclaim.

    her quilts tour the country and are displayed in museum exhibits around the world.

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    Ah. Never heard of her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltmaker101
    I had a neighbor in California trying to sell a nice, very large vase at his garage sale. It looked antique, but he wasn't sure what the value was, so he priced it at $15. This is before the internet, where you could look up things on Ebay etc and get an idea of value.

    Anyway, no one wanted it. So he had another garage sale a while later and priced the vase at $500. People were arguing over it and it sold.

    Maybe these wildly priced quilts are supposed to trigger people to think it really is a collectible item. Most people are completely clueless about even the cost of good fabric, let alone what it takes to make a quilt that will last.

    People ask me to make them one, but turn very pale when I tell them what my time and efforts are worth, whether they provide the fabric or not. They can't comprehend my work being so much more than the ones they could order for $69 from QVC!!!

    My grandmother used to knit gorgeous afghans for family. Her neighbor offered to buy the yarn and couldn't understand why Gramma said no thanks. That was at least 500 HOURS of her time to knit it, and who wants to do that for free?

    Bottom line: Make quilts for yourself and friends or family because you enjoy it. If someone wants to pay you to make one, don't cheat yourself. Charge for your hours, the supplies, everything!
    This (about the vase) kinda goes with a theory my husband and I share. You can't give away some things, but if you put a price on it, it will someone will buy it. Cheap enough, they think they are getting a good deal...
    My cousin's ex wife was selling some vases she'd had a couple of years, gotten flowers in, and she had $1 price on them in a yard sale...a guy comes along and blah blah blahs about these vases and buys them to resale. He told us they were worth way up there...I can't remember how much, over $100 each. Then, the guy starts to leave, but backs up first, gets out and throws a couple more dollars at her! LOL! We obviously didn't know something he did and gave eachother quite a stare. They were just glass vases that her husband had sent flower in from the flower shop....?

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    I worked at a flower shop for almost 30 years & it is so funny what people think utility glass is worth. Most of them used to sell wholesale for less than a dollar. Bud vases even less. Now days they are a little bit more. People will try & sell them back to shops & want a lot of money for them when we could buy them brand new for less than half of what they wanted for them. Well about Miss Fancy Pants, guess us little people will have to get more educated on her. La Te Da!

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    Some paintings go for thousands of dollars, and there is probably way less invested in them in either time or materials than some of those quilts.

    I think quilting - and most crafts - are way undervalued by those that don't do them.

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    the only thing that makes anything worth a lot is that very few can do it and most cannot. that goes for artists, quilters, singers, concert pianists, tap dancers, whatever. some things take little time and/or practice (i.e. a pop singer with a born-natural voice and perfect pitch) and other things take many hours to make and years of learning, like quilting. it's all relative. don't forget supply and demand. the demand must be greater than the supply.

    now, since i supplied that info, where's my $61,000?

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    Hi Butterflywing! No, this was my fabrics from my stash. I don't work very fast, so if I charged by the hour no one could afford my prices. In the area where I live some think that $300 is too much but I checked around to see what some of the local quilts go for. So I think I'm in the lower end of a medium price. It's really hard to pick a number for what a quilt should sell for. I have seen some quilts in Spokane (WA) go for over a $1000 and they were beautiful quilts and of course the women who done them have won prizes and have made a name for themselves even if it is only in this area of the state.

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    There use to be a little old lady that lived in the Quitman (Texas) area and she sold & made quilts for Neiman Marcus. They paid her well over $1000.00 or more just for making them for NM to sell. All handquilted. No telling what they charged for them. She has passed now but she made quite a few of them at the time.

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