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Thread: You've got to be kidding me

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    Do they really think these are gonna sell at those prices? Did they use gold thread or something?

    http://www.etsy.com/category/quilts?...ce_desc&page=1

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    Wow, those are some prices!! I have seen an absolutely beautiful, totally appliqued and densely hand quilted Amish quilt for about $2000. Nothing at these prices though.

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    I think they are a little pricey, but I MAKE quilts. Someone who doesn't sew and wants an ART piece may have discretionary income and be able to buy them. Or they might be spending other people's money and the the sky's the limit! IMHO We may see them in some government buildings! :?

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    lol well, NASA pays $200 for a screw so I guess if they bought one of those it would be a bargain!

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    In my opinion these prices are outrageous! AND I have seen way prettier quilts posted by you ladies that most of the ones I saw listed on that site!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by leona07
    In my opinion these prices are outrageous! AND I have seen way prettier quilts posted by you ladies that most of the ones I saw listed on that site!!
    I agree. Those can't hold a candle to the quilts shown on here.

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    Check this one out. It's only $61,000
    http://www.bryerpatch.com/images/qui...gsOfADream.htm

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    WOW! :shock:

    Didn't see anything extra special extraordinary... Nothing I would pay those prices for anyway...

    I've seen better here...

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    I think they are pricing for the art value, but it is hard to tell. I have made commission pieces that were for offices, and seen quilts habging in other businesses, that cost a lot. The Dancer quilt that key4unc posted the link for, could easily reach that figure if a designer for a rehab center or spa bought it. In this economy, that is doubtful.

    Putting that sort of price on a piece done on spec is risky though. Maybe the maker is just building a portfolio. She is willing to exhibit it - for a price - until it sells. It seems she is trying to break into a very specofic niche market, and by bold pricing, she is getting her work seen. I wish the picture quality was better.

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    Well, as the saying goes, "A fool and his money are soon parted." Some fools will buy anything just to tell others how much they paid for it. Perhaps these are folks who know the price of everything, but the value of nothing.

    But, know that someone, somewhere will pay those prices. Guarantee it.

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    And remember, the folks who sew have, most of the time, done their work to save money. It was thought that anyone could do it, so the work had little or no value.

    But to people who do not sew, these handmade quilts ARE valuable and collectible. The creations are more than they could possibly dream of doing, so they are willing to pay more for them.

    I remember when I was young, EVERYONE could sew. There was no value to what you sewed except for the pride in workmanship and design. Now we have several generations of folks who have never sewed a stitch.

    Perhaps it is these folks who really understand what their work is worth, and we are the ones who don't.....

    I would sure like to see how many of these have sold in the past, and what the prices were.

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    these are expensie, but people routinely pay that much and MORE for traditional artwork, so I really don't see a problem with it! I think that it is the highest compliment to the quilting world that someone would be willing to pay that much money for a quilted piece of art!

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    Quote Originally Posted by key4unc
    Check this one out. It's only $61,000
    http://www.bryerpatch.com/images/qui...gsOfADream.htm
    I looked through her website, she is an award winning quilter and she does figure her prices by the hour....from start to finish.

    http://www.bryerpatch.com/faq/marketing.htm

    If she enjoys making her quilts, and can make $15+ an hour for them I say "Go For It" I never thought about how much of the selling price could go for commissions...I thought 15% - 20% it never entered my mind that if could be over 50%

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    i guess it depends on your market audience and what people in your area are willing to pay for art.

    i went the the Empire Quilting Guild Show in NYC and the quilts on display for sale top out around $7000.

    of course these were stunning quilts and in my opinion well worth the price and if i wasn't a quilt artist myself i would have no problem paying that price.

    the biggest problem i see with this is people tend to want to see the work up close before they're willing to shell out that kind of money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by key4unc
    Check this one out. It's only $61,000
    http://www.bryerpatch.com/images/qui...gsOfADream.htm
    Holy! the close ups are breath-taking. If I had $61,000.00 I would...
    NOT buy that quilt. I am not in that league, but it is nice to think that someone who poured their heart, soul and physical capabilities into that quilt will be rewarded financially.

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    That's how I'm going to price MY quilts. Then I'll get to KEEP them!!! :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    Still, I could buy a small house for $61,ooo. For quilts I've sold, every one had a "labor of love" factor. I just don't think quilts that cosly are going to end up in a person's home.

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    Wow -- $61,000 for a quilt -- and it really isn't big enough to cover up in! Yeah, I know -- it's supposed to hang on a wall. Are the walls cold??

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    Quote Originally Posted by key4unc
    Check this one out. It's only $61,000
    http://www.bryerpatch.com/images/qui...gsOfADream.htm
    Well OF COURSE, it's Caryl Bryer Fallert after all. :wink: (You have to imagine my sarcastic tone)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamagus
    If I had $61,000.00 I would...
    NOT buy that quilt.
    I'm with you dude! lol
    Imagine how much fabric you could buy with $61,000 for your own stash! *sighs dreamily*

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    i'm sure she thinks 61,000 is a steal.

    you have to remember she is an award winner. this 61,000 quilt makes her money every year thru winning shows at 5000-15000 a show plus she can have it on display at museums.

    i'm sure this 61,000 quilt makes her at least $20,000 a year - why in the world would she sell it for nothing.

    once she sells it she's lost an considerable annual income from it and the buyer must compensate her for that loss.

    there's a difference in what people do for family and friends and what is sold on the open market.

    i think the difference is what is considered a quilt and what is considered a work of art - which was a thread last week.

    these are art quilts and people are willing to pay considerable amount of money for art that they wouldn't be willing to pay for a quilt that gets thrown on the bed, the pets and kids lay all over it, it get dirty and needs to be washed.

    no one pays thousands for an object that is meant to be treated this way. if you want thousands for your work art quilts are the way to go.







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    I would, of course, LOVE to sell for those etsy prices :wink: (didn't look at the bryert site)

    BUT... I checked out the first 21 items on that page (priced highest first). Only ONE of those hopeful sellers had ever sold a quilt on etsy. We don't know how much that one seller made on her sole sale - it could have been $10 or $10,000. None of the rest of the people trying to sell $5000 quilts have been successful. I can go and list a quilt there for $5000 if I want to, but it doesn't mean much unless someone is willing to pay that much. I think their prices are a little optimistic. On the other hand, as I think I said in another thread recently, customers can be drawn in that way, to see what else you have for sale. It's a marketing ploy.

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    once you get past the 1st page of the most expensive quilts at the etsy link, the prices get more reasonable.

    materials, tools, and labor are just the starting point. complexity and originality of the pattern and the quilting make a huge difference, too.

    i'm still making all sorts of excuses for not diving into freemotion (or anything more complicated than a curvy line, for that matter! :lol: ). and most of my quilts are crib or lap-sized. but if i ever get over my fear of freemotion and make up my mind to wrassle the big ones, watch out. ;-)

    just because none of us have the guts to charge that much doesn't mean some of our work isn't worth that much.


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    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!

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    I usually sell my quilts locally and my prices could never come near those. I have seem in person many expensive quilts (Like those made by Libby Lehman) and they are worth the price; in materials alone, not counting the time and artistry involved. Also I have seen paintings sell for thousands that look like they were painted by a 3 year old kid. So why not give quilting a position of importance in the art world?

    A friend of mine sells my quilts in NYC and I can ask at least 3 times more than I do at home. People are willing to pay and like to see innovation. Traditional quilts don't sell well in the big city at all. The more unusual the better it sells.

    Maria

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