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Thread: Someone's buying this--is it quilted enough? What price????

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    One of my student's parents (actually I have her identical twin boys) wants to buy this 40x40 piece for her mother-in-law for Mother's Day. I picked a cool back I thought would make it reversible, and I just finished quilting it. Not too shabby, at least there are no puckers--but it's easy "almost" in the ditch stuff. I used green thread and stuck to the green fabric.

    I'll bind it in the green from the top. It actually matches the back quite well.

    1. Is that enough quilting? It will be used for the middle of a table--but removed when eating is going on. The quilting in the corners doesn't show up as well--but there is some. Warm and Natural batting.

    2. Price? The only thing I can come up with is the table runners-which are about 1/3 the size--will sell for about $25-28, then maybe $70 for this? Is that too high? I have at least 5 hours into it--and some quality fabrics.

    Throw some numbers at me!! I have to figure this stuff out for a future craft sale.

    And don't say if her boys are easy sell it for an especially low price... they dressed alike for most of the year and can be a handful! Exactly why I'm not doubling the price. :lol: :lol: :lol: :wink:


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    That is REALLY pretty!
    Love the colors/fabric!

    Ok, figure out how much you actually paid for the fabric.
    Then for your time.
    If it took you 5 hours to make, figure $10/hour....$50
    Maybe the fabric...about $20?

    So, now you have $70 and that's pretty much what you figured, right?
    Works good for me!!

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    You did a very nice job, machine quilting. The batting usually has a recommendation as to the distance the quilting shoud be, example, 4" apart. Isn't that quite the compliment that someone wants to buy your work? I can hardly part with mine after I've one all the work, not that anyone has wanted to BUY one, they just want 'em.

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    I saw one like this in a quilt shop it was on sale for 180.00

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    Jackie--the Warm and Natural says 10 inches!! :shock: But I'd never go by that. Yikes.

    I just checked and this one has spots that are 4-7" with no quilting. I guess I should add more here and there, I just don't want to add a pucker!!! :?

    This mom is determined to buy a quilt from me because she has a copy of the book I wrote, so says she needs a quilted item too. She wants something in blue. One year a mom paid me to make her daughter a ragged flannel because I was her favorite teacher ever and she thought it'd help her deal with leaving 5th grade. :wink: But I don't like to take orders. I have to squeeze quilting time in as it is, so I want to work on the 789 projects I have lined up. :lol:

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    $180??? :shock: Oh goodness, that one must have had something VERY special.

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    I think your is prettier.

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    Thank you, Catherine. :-) The fabrics are Debbie Mumm--I love them!

    I just added more quilting so there are no spaces more than 5"and not many of those. So I'm happy with that.

    I just want to be very fair with this price. When she asked what it might be on Friday--and said $100--I replied "Oh no it'd not be that high!" So--I guess I'll stick to $70-$80.

    Now to get the binding on.

    I'll use the $$ to buy 3 more fly masks for the horses. I just found one that works great. :wink:




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    The $85.00 it is!

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    I'm with $85. No lower maybe a little higher. The work and color choice are very pretty.

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    YOU WROTE A BOOK????

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    next time somebody offers a price that makes you want to gasp in guilt ... keep your gasp a silent one and ACCEPT. it isn't in any way wrong. it's business. :wink:

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    Patrice--you always have very good advice. :D

    I was thinking today that the Talk-About Quilt I had/have for sale went for $120. My quilter told me not a penny under $100. And this piece is bigger. Live and learn. But I can tell her YOU gals told me not a penny under a $100. :wink:

    Terri--how many times have you been to my website, woman?? Look at the last page.... And it's sort of in my signature.

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    That is lovely, Barnbum! Now me, I am always for more quilting!( Especially if somone else is doing it!) How big is the piece? It is hard to tell in the pic.

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    Ok, I FINALLY got past the pictures of the horses!
    I keep stopping at that page.
    So, you wrote a book! COOL!
    Now I'm going to have to go find it in the store. Probably not here, since the book store we have sucks! I was in the "Craft" section and all they had was a book on knitting. UGH! Looking in the magazine section for quilting mags,... nope, none!

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    Lucky--it's 40"x40". I aded more quilting from that photo. I sewed the binding on last night--just have to hand part to go. I'm taking it to school to show the person who wants it--and see if she still does. :-) I'll say $85. But if I make more for the craft sale I'll make them $100. :wink:

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    if she offered $100, and you have not already said $85, then let her pay you $100. tell her you made a point to add the right amount of quilting to make it worth her offer. that is the absolute truth so you need not feel as though you're doing anything unethical.

    another truth is that she sees value in your work that you have not yet allowed yourself to see.

    if you have already quoted $85, then of course you must stick to it. a deal is a deal.

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    Such a nice table topper and reversible - maybe it should be $200 since they can use either side. LOL I still don't see how you get so much done. Amazing lady!!

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    Well--this is how it went. I showed her the quilt this morning--the binding is on but needs to be sewed onto the back. She LOVED the back fabric--seems her mother-in-law loves sunflowers. Soooo, I told her I asked on the forum what price was appropriate--and was told $75-$185, but I thought $85 was fine.

    She said.... "Is $75 okay because I want to keep things even." Seems she bought $75 of stuff for her mom, so this gift can't go over that. :shock:

    I was a bit shocked, but said it was fine.

    Then she said I must sign it with the date and my name somewhere. Sign a quilt??? :?: :?: I still thing it's werid to sign my books, but a quilt. I guess that's not so bad. :roll:

    It kind of bugged me that her need to keep things even was my problem, but when it's a parent of a student(s) I felt it best to be agreeable.

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    Well, you did sort of leave yourself open with the price, but I think she got a good deal and now you will know for next time, right? Live and learn.
    I "sign" all my quilts that I make. It's done in embroidery, but it's signed. Some have just a heart, then my name and year, others have this little cat, then my name and the year.

    BTW...Bill (hubby) was looking at your site and I never heard so many "oohs, ahhhs, and oh, so cute" from him before. lol
    He's such a softy at times!

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    $75 for a 40 by 40 is a deal. Be sure to hit her up for donations when you need stuff for class activites and celebrations!

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    young lady, do NOT let anyone take advantage of you like that again.
    she first offered you $100, which says clearly that she knew it was worth at least that much. then she backs waaaaaaaaaaaay off to $75? Never, ever, ever ... and i say again ... NEVER let a client know you had no idea what to charge.

    if you want your work to get the respect it deserves, YOU need to start respecting your work and yourself.

    now toughen up, cookie, or we're going to have to take a stroll to the woodshed. (hmmmm ... no emoticon that fits. just picture me with my hands on my hips, wearing my sternest "mother loves you and this is for your own good" face. :wink: )

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ
    young lady, do NOT let anyone take advantage of you like that again.
    she first offered you $100, which says clearly that she knew it was worth at least that much. then she backs waaaaaaaaaaaay off to $75? Never, ever, ever ... and i say again ... NEVER let a client know you had no idea what to charge.

    if you want your work to get the respect it deserves, YOU need to start respecting your work and yourself.

    now toughen up, cookie, or we're going to have to take a stroll to the woodshed. (hmmmm ... no emoticon that fits. just picture me with my hands on my hips, wearing my sternest "mother loves you and this is for your own good" face. :wink: )
    She doesn't have a woodshed....you could take her out behind the barn! lol
    I'll go with, just to move the "babies" so they don't see their momma getting a lickin'. ;)

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    Patrice--she didn't offer me $100. She was asking what the price of that piece would be. She said "I don't know what it would cost--is it over $100?" And I said "Oh no! It'd not be over $100." Much later I thought jeepers the 36" square baby quilt I did sold for over $100 and this one is bigger. :roll:

    So--she didn't offer $100. I don't think she would have gotten it if it was that high. I just thought it was weird for her to say she had to keep things even.

    This is the mom who organized the teacher gift at Christmas--and I'm positive she'll organize it at the end of the year. :wink: At Christmas the class gave me a $75 gift card to Tractor Supply :shock: (she so wanted to get it to a quilt shop, but moms from last year told her Tractor Supply was where I needed it) and she gave me money to Dunkin Donuts on top of that--another student gave me $25 to Borders (bought quilt books). I'm spoiled. :D

    So--it's fine. The reason is strange--but it's fine.

    Don't me mad--I hate it when anyone is mad at me. :(

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    silly, silly girl. what right would i have to be angry?

    i just don't want you to shortchange yourself. :wink:

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