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kathy 09-18-2007 02:47 AM

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!

PatriceJ 09-18-2007 03:16 AM

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

kathy 09-18-2007 03:31 AM

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 .

Cathe 09-18-2007 05:20 AM

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.

ButtercreamCakeArtist 09-18-2007 06:53 AM

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!

amma 09-18-2007 08:56 AM

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. :)

Carla P 09-18-2007 09:17 AM

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

mimisharon 09-18-2007 09:27 AM

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.


Diamonds 09-18-2007 09:52 AM

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..

bj 09-19-2007 07:48 AM

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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