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Thread: Need help please

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    A dear friend of mine wants to buy this from me. She is retired and on a fixed income, so I don't want to over price it. It is a queen size. (not quilted yet, this is just the top so far). I will do my own quilting.

    How much should I charge her?

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    Wow, this is my all time favorite quilt pattern and colors. I'm no help in pricing, Just wanted to tell you I LOVE LOVE LOVE this quilt!

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    Dawn, that is simply beautiful. What a great choice of fabrics! It is worth a lot more than you are going to want to charge a dear frien on a fixed income. All the fabric and your time!!! Plus you are going to quilt it for her too?

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    Fantastic!

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    Now that's a hard question to answer...you want to be fair and ask what she can afford but yet not jip yourself out of all your hard work that went into making it. Maybe just ask her what she thinks is fair...then go from there

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    It is beautiful!!!
    I'm with Donna, it's hard. See what she offers and decide if you can live with that.

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    Not sure about pricing but that is a beautiful quilt!

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    Charge what you think were fair if YOU were the one buying and she was selling.. What would you pay for it?

    I so undercharge my quilts for family and friends that it does not bother me as it does some, I enjoy knowing they love and use the quilts as they are intended to be..

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    Sorry no help with pricing -- but it is beautiful :lol:

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    That's a hard call. I would let her know how much time and the cost of your supplies cost and ask her what she thinks is fair. If you are willing to do it just for the cost of supplies maybe that would be an option IF she is a VERY good friend...

    It's a hard call. Most people that do not sew or quilt do not understand the time and money that goes in to our creations.

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    Quilting is a time consuming act of love... and it is hard to put a price on that. Good luck. You can ask your friend to give you a price instead of the other way around.

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    Dawn, you made a BEAUTIFUL quilt!! Perfect color combination!
    I wouldn't have a clue about the price, what ever you charge, I know that you will be giving her a lot of love!!

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    LOVE this quilt!!!! Will definitely put this on my bucket list! ha!

    In regards to the pricing...did I see somewhere on this site that someone recommended 5 times the amount of the cost of the materials? That's probably too much for your friend.

    On the other hand if she does want to give you a fair price (one that you both agree on even if it's lower than what you might sell to others) you might consider letting her pay it out over a period of time. That way she can budget for it and stay within her means and you get paid a fair price.

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    It is a beautiful quilt, but I have no idea how much you should charge her. I agree with those that said to ask her what she thinks it's worth.

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    Maybe you could give her a price to pay in monthly installments. She may be able to afford your price easier and feel good about paying you a fair price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yarn or Fabric
    That's a hard call. I would let her know how much time and the cost of your supplies and ask her what she thinks is fair.
    This seems like a good way to handle it. Even if you figure your time at minimum wage (way below the skilled labor you put into it), she'll better understand how much it's "worth" and then you can discuss with her whatever you'd be willing to sell it to her for. You can decide to donate your labor if you like...

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    Sorry can't help you with a price but wanted to tell you that the quilt is soooo pretty!!!

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    figure out how much you have into it; include the price of backing, batting and thread...then see if (breaking even) is enough or if you want to add a little bit for your time. even for family members i try to at least break even. it just depends on the project, the person, how much time it took...deciding to charge for a profit is a very fine line. some people say take your cost's and triple them for a retail price, some people think you should charge by your time + materials...it is different for everyone's specific situation. but at least add up your costs and try to get that much.

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    How about $199.99 on time payments of 50.00 a month? Of course it's worth more. I always have negotiable terms for elders or single Mom's.

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    Has she mentioned a price she can afford? If she is on a fixed income I imagine that it will be difficult for her to pay much. I guess this one will be mostly like a gift with her paying for the out of pocket materials if you want her to have it.

    It is a beauty and worth much more than she can pay, I am sure.

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    If she were a REALLY, REALLY dear friend of mine (and I didn't need the money), I would simply finish it and give it to her as a Christmas gift. I make things because I enjoy it and I give things because I enjoy sharing parts of myself.

    I don't need to make money off of everything I do. And, if it made her happy, no amount of money would make me feel as good.

    By the way, the quilt is beautiful.

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    If she reads some of the ads for quilts, she may be basing her offer on those prices.

    You know, those "any size quilt for $49.99" ones

    I think it is reasonable for you to clue her in on what your actual out-of-pocket expenses were to make it.

    And then go into the time involved.

    Then - I see four options:

    1) Give it to her

    2) Recover only the cost of materials

    3) Recover the cost of materials plus maybe $0.05/hour for your time

    4) Charge what it would cost to buy a similar quilt at a specialty store

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    Even tho she is on a fixed income, she could probably make payments--that is if you trust her to keep her word---so then you could charge what your time is worth!

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    Charge her what is in your heart.

    It is a beautiful quilt too.

    Paper piece or templates.

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    Dawn, Your quilt is very beautiful! I don't know about pricing either but perhaps you could start with the price of the materials you have in it and add a tad more.

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