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Thread: T shirt Graduation quilt

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    T shirt Graduation quilt

    Ready to quilt this for a graduate. It's my first t- shirt quilt for commission. How do you decide on what you charge? I've put nearly 40 hours in already.
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    Wow! That took some creativity to put it together. I have no idea how you would figure a price on it.

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    great quilt
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    Very nice quilt and you did a wonderful job on it. Did you and the purchaser decide on a price before you started? Make it a fair price for you as you put a lot of time in on this project.

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    Super t-shirt quilt! I have no idea how you'd bill for your efforts but know it would never be enough I'm in the midst of arranging a t-shirt quilt right now (for family) and know there's a bit of extra math involved. At least it feels that way doing this for the first time.

    Again - awesome finish!
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    Great top! It is hard to get what a quilt is worth unless you have agreed upon an amount before you start. You can figure out fabric, batt, backing, thread and see what that comes to. It would be nice to at least make minimum wage but few people want to pay for your time.

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    $275 pops into my head... I would quilt it minimally, too. Great work!
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    No idea on price. I give most of my quilts away. Never sold a one.

    You did a great job on it.
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    Great quilt. Love the layout.

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    I'm not a very gutsy person so I would settle for whatever they decide to pay if a price hadn't been agreed upon beforehand. I made a quilt for a friend and she suggested a price beforehand and asked me to make it for that. Since she was a dear friend, I didn't take any money for making it for her to give to her daughter. She also was a widow on a limited income. I grudgingly made the quilt and shipped it to her. She passed away within a week of receiving it. After that experience I make quilts and give them as gifts on special occasions.

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    That’s a great t-shirt quilt!

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    Very nice!

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    I think you should let them know the time and the cost of materials. Most people don’t realize what goes into a quilt.

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    One of my guild members does many t-shirt quilts. Just this Saturday, I overheard her say $500. I think that was $500 plus the cost of backing and batting. She makes me laugh. After each t-shirt quilt she declares that this is the last one! Then a couple of weeks, not months, later she is working on another because she can use the money! She stews and grumbles and proceeds to make a beautiful collage of shirts to honor someone!

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    That is a great quilt...no idea what to charge.
    Retired teacher, loving it.
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    I don’t quilt for others...it’s always hard to get compensated fairly for the time and effort that go into quilts. You did a fantastic job incorporating so many T-shirts and color arrangement...I love the border, it brings it all together nicely.
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    Thanks for your comments. No I don't have an "agreement" but they are 'aware' of the potential cost. I know they want to compensate me fairly. I will research websites of those who do advertise and make these as a business. I do not want to sell myself short. All the other quilts I've made were gifts. I suspect I will ask in the range of $1000 to $1500. I work two part time jobs along with raising a teenager with my quilting on the side. My time is very valuable and my skills and talent, even though they are a gift, are valuable too. Thanks. Anita

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    Marvelous piecing. This quilt is enormous. Try for $500. Handmade and shows high skill in organizing all the t-shirt pieces.

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    Fantastic job putting all those shirts into an amazing quilt! It's priceless!
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    Oh Wow-- Great t-shirt quilt!

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    I didn't count the shirts so not sure what it would come out to but I know someone who makes t-shirt quilts and charges $20/shirt (that includes all materials, assembly and long arm quilting)...looks like you might have used some fronts and backs so not sure if she would make that 2 shirts in her count or not...

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    I think the $1000 - $1500 sounds fair. Great quilt.

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    No idea for the cost. Great quilt. BrendaK
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    Quote Originally Posted by Abashobbes View Post
    Thanks for your comments. No I don't have an "agreement" but they are 'aware' of the potential cost. I know they want to compensate me fairly. I will research websites of those who do advertise and make these as a business. I do not want to sell myself short. All the other quilts I've made were gifts. I suspect I will ask in the range of $1000 to $1500. I work two part time jobs along with raising a teenager with my quilting on the side. My time is very valuable and my skills and talent, even though they are a gift, are valuable too. Thanks. Anita
    I think your estimate of $1000. + is quite fair and
    I hope your customer appreciates the beautiful job you did.
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    I charge $500 Plus expense of batting, extra fabric for filler blocks and thread. A twin I did was $875 all told - and the lady didn't bat an eye! Shocked me all to pieces that the extra expense was so much.
    I tell them the price up front - and usually they are stunned that it costs so much.
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