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Thread: EXPENSIVE quilting /[b]the rest of the quilt[/b]

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    this is a shot of the $283.00 quilting I mentioned in chat today.



    here's more of the quilt
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    kathy did you sell this quilt for that much?

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    no sara i didn't sell it. that's what it cost me to have it quilted! it's a queen size 9 patch

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    wow are you for real. it's beautifully quilted.

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    love your quilt. and great colors

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    Kathy, where I live, Professional long arm quilters charge by the square inch. Last year it was 2 cents per square inch. Did she tell you she was going to charge in this manner?

    I also know someone in Missouri who does beautiful hand quilting, and while you have to mail it, I don't think it would cost that much. If you are going to continue making quilts, you might want to look around for someone else who can quote you a better price.

    I certainly would not laugh at you, but do feel some sympathy because the one person who does long arm quilting at a reasonable price is not very good. This has caused me to consider that I need to quit giving my money away and invest in quilting equipment to do my own. I have made a dozen tops in the past 10 months. I might slow down a bit if I do the quilting. Paying for these services can take the fun out of quilting.

    I hope you do not give up on this wonderful hobby.

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    What a pretty price for a gorgeous quilt! That is beautiful quilting....besides..it's just money...you can always make more! 8) It is nice to reward yourself every now and then.

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    Kathy I am sorry that you are disappointed in the quilting after spending that much money on having it done. Quilting in the Heartland had a segment on hiring longarm quilters, they suggest that you show them your quilt and then ask them how they would quilt it. Also to get a quote up front on the actual quilting costs, and if there would be any additional charges for handling your quilt. I guess they can charge extra if they do not like how you pressed your seams or if your top is not quite square or numerous other issues. I do not think you are alone in this situation, it sounded like many others have walked in your shoes. This is where I do not enjoy learning from others experiences. :(

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    I'm sorry, Kathy! I did not mean to sound insensitive to the situation. I had no idea you weren't happy with the quilting. Either somehow I missed that or if you discussed it in chat today, I did miss it.

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    oh kathy, i'm sorry to (i didn't relize if you where happy or not happy. i don't know.)

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    I am satisified with the quilting I just can't believe that I paid that much! I would never bad mouth her and I may go back, but I will ask her to show me something cheaper!

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    it's difficult to tell from the photo whether or not you got your money's worth. i see reasons to think you might have and reasons to think you didn't.

    either way, i totally sympathize with the "sticker shock". that's why i'll never pay to have my quilting done for me. just couldn't afford it. and if i could, i still wouldn't be willing to fork over that kind of cash. LOL

    i'm happy for the professional quilters, though, that there are lots of quilters who feel differently than i do. how wonderful to be able to make a living doing something you love. and to be able to get somebody else to do the parts you can't or don't enjoy. a win, win if ever i saw one. :P

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    yes, now those fancy feathers and flowers any of those intricate designs I can see paying a pretty penny (or dollar rather) for but this is just 1/2 circles and squiggly lines not much talent but I realize that it did take TIME because it involves every single little patch .


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    Around here, that would be a pretty standard price.... which is why I just keep doing it myself on my regular sewing machine. I used a cheaper lady one time ($50), and it was bad.

    I think you need to get personal recommendations locally and see examples of her work before spending that much money.

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    One lady sends her with her son to OH. The person usually quilts the rose pattern on these quilts. I think they said she pays $25 to have them done....but she is very, very old, and it may just be something someone does for her son if they are close or something? But these are queen/king size, too! I have one~

    I just don't think I could let someone else quilt my quilt...I want them all to be mine, 100% mine.
    Notta thing wrong with it! (before anyone jumps to conclusions)...It's just my personal preference. I'm sentimental. Maybe just mental...

    I'd definately like to be the one on the other side, though, the one getting paid to do the professional quilting! I wouldn't mind working on someone else's! LOL!

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    Kathy, I am sorry that I was mistaken in thinking you were not happy with the quilting itself :oops: I personally liked the design, as it is different from what I am used to seeing, and I like unique looking quilts. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by kathy
    this is a shot of the $283.00 quilting I mentioned in chat today.

    stop laffing at me!
    I'm not laughing, because it isn't one bit funny. Being over-charged for quilting is like being over-charged for automotive repairs; it unnecessarily gives everyone the wrong ideas which leads to dis-trust of the entire industry. These machines are expensive, and the supplies cost 3 times as much, not to mention the price to service one so, yes, it does cost a little bit to even be able to consider taking on clients. However, the quilter has to be responsible enough to look at the big picture and not price-gouge one single customer, when she/he could do 3 quilts and make the same money. Yes, quilters will usually charge more if there are repairs needed, the top is not squared up, or for other time-consuming problems, but only the responsible ones. This is because every minute they are spending fixing a problem is a minute taken away from another client. This is not a bad thing because it lets you know that your quilter is spreading the expenses incurred over many clients, and not just sticking it all on one. However, the additional charges should be discussed with the client and fully disclosed on the front end to avoid the sticker-shock upon pick-up of the quilt.

    As for your quilt, Kathy, I have no idea why she charged you $283 for the quilting. I can tell you the (national) average cost for this type of "custom" (non-panto/all-over and non-heirloom) quilting is 2 to 2.5 cents per square inch and does not include binding, and, in most cases, it doesn't include batting or backing, custom threads, or fixing any problems. I do not know how any of these things may have effected the cost of your quilt, but if none of these variables came into play, I would highly recommend discussing/negotiating her prices with her if you find you are being over-charged. If you are not being over-charged, panto or all-over quilting is the cheapest to purchase (it is supposed to be, anyway).

    That is a beautiful quilt, BTW. :D

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    I see what you talked about, Kathy, it is frustrating. I really wish I could afford a long arm, I'd like to be able to do it for a reasonable price for others as well as myself.

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    I could not afford to pay that much for someone to machine quilt them for me.. Luckily we have a shop down the road.. She charges me $60.00 to do kings.. She provides the batting and the backing of my choice.. I take them to her if I am running behind the times on getting them done.. I love her work and I can choose between several different quilting patterns..

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    I would have to pay the price to have it done. I: #1 don't know how to machine quilt, #2 have a pretty small work space. I had a top quilted for my mil a couple of years ago and paid $400. They also bound it for me. It was one her grandmother made her when she was 9 and it had been in a chest for 70 years. I was glad I did it; she was so pleased. Mostly, I just tie the quilts (mostly baby) I make or stitch in the ditch. I think your quilt looks nice, what I can see of it.

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    Just wondering if you got any kind of estimate before you turned over the quilt to be quilted? Was there any explanation as to why it was so expensive? I have yet to take a quilt to be quilted professionally. Any advice on what to ask before my quilt is held hostage?

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    yes I knew before I left what the charge would be, I just posted this to laugh at myself because after I chose the design and she gave me the price I was too embarressed to back out. Silly I know. Never again.
    I have bigger ...um... guts now!

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    Kathy, I am really curious about what the entire quilt looks like. Could you post another picture of the completed quilt?

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    That price is about what everyone around here charges and some I have seen are not that good. In fact some I have seen if I had paid that much I would have sat down and cried the quality was so bad. I will just keep quilting mine on my machine. I don't to a great job but the quilts I make are love quilts and the people I make them for are not examining the quilting,thank goodness.

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    :shock:,Kathy I have learned the hard way- ask to see a sample and to speak to a costomer. Could this have been the first tie using a longarm for someone? I like the colors but I would be having a hissy too

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