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Thread: What do you do with your quilts?

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    I just love making baby quilts. I find the bright color fabrics of today very uplifting and I find lots of happiness in sewing them together.
    My question - What do you do with all your finished baby quilts? There are just so many that can be given as gifts. I started donating to the Linus Project, however, I put too much money and effort into them to just donate all of them. I tried selling on Ebay and Etsy, but with all the competition, I can't even find my own quilts listed.
    I tried a local Co-op on a busy holiday weekend, but no takers.

    I have reduced my prices to just cover the cost of supplies which amounts to about $25-30 per quilt. What do most of you quilters do to find homes for your happy quilts?
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    There are some fun ways to donate quilts. Once a year, I donate to the church auction. It is a blast watching people bid for the quilt.

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    Last month I placed an ad on Craig's list for vintage hand crocheted doilies I inherited & was selling. Within 20 minutes a got a reply from someone who turned out to be a neighbor 2 streets over. She came to my house & ended up buying a quilt. Having a garage sale today & sold 2 quilts already at an early viewing last evening. Life is sometimes just an accident or the unexpected.

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    Your quilts are exquisite! Your choice of patterns and colors are just beautiful. You must be a long-time quilter to produce such beautiful masterpieces.

    However, at a garage sale, people are looking for bargains. What can you charge for one quilt to at least
    re-coup the cost of making it?

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    Beautiful quilts and a very good buy.

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    Love your quilts. Need to know the pattern for the first one. Is it a Bargello? Where might I find the pattern? It's very, very eye catching.

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    I would try to find a place that would let me put them there on Consignment. Last weekend, I found a shop and a state lodge that had quilts for sale and they said they were there on consignment. Places are out there. Prices was what I expected for handmade quilts too.

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    Set up a booth at an Art and Craft show.

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    Your quilts are very nice!! Have you tried a Farmer's Market in your area, they take crafts as well. Not as much commitment and $$ as a craft show.

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    Beautiful quilts! Have you tried Etsy or Ebay. It easy to do and they both have high volumes of buyers. Just pm if you like.

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    I suggest Etsy.

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    Right now in Alabama, it is craft show time. I just had one a week ago and I sold 2 lap and 3 baby quilts plus numerous table runners. And I met alot of people and had a great time. I have another one on Dec. 3 and hope it will go as well, then another in S. Alabama. Then I will start working on things for next years shows. I don't charge alot, just to cover the cost so I can buy more fabric to make more. I don't really charge for my time as this is what I love to do, just want to keep going. Then, I have a really large family who I make gifts for.

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    Cute quilts

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    Your quilts are very pretty. Most of my quilts are given to different charities. I used to sell them several years ago, but can't seem to do that any more.

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    I don't know how long you gave Etsy but as cheap as it is you should leave them there, everybody says now is the best time because of the holidays I sold 4 right off the bat and haven't done anything in 3 weeks.
    just hang onto them, you will have unique gifts to give when needed if they don't sell. just stock up on good plastic storage containers untill someone decides they want to buy it, don't make the price way down there because they figure it's crap.

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    yess....that would be ur best bet....farmer`s market too...shows of all kinds...you just have to do a bit of searching to see what is in your area
    Quote Originally Posted by stitchengramie
    Set up a booth at an Art and Craft show.

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    Why not contact your local PTAs and ask if they need donations for their Tricky Trays... they would be delighted to get one of your quilts and I'm sure if you mentioned that you sell them and your prices, word would spread quickly! Attach your business card to the quilt when you donate it too. Also, how about hosting a holiday open house at your home? Do you have any other friends that are crafters or maybe sell Mary Kaye or Pampered Chef. I bet you'd do great! If you have stock now, look around for holiday craft shows, now is the perfect time!! good luck! Your quilts are beautiful.... oh, and its true... don't sell too cheap....its not fair to you!!

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    If you live on a busy highway make a sign "Baby Quilts for Sale" , that's how I sell mine. Also check out any crafts sale at this time fo year.

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    I have a list of family members that I plan on making quilts and lap quilts for. I have kept one quilt for myself. I have donated a quilt to my father's church, in memory of him

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    Your quilts are beautiful I don't have any answers to what to do with them other than what you have already been doing. I will keep thinking,.

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    I don't make baby quilts unless I have someone to give it to. I would just keep them until you find someone who needs one.

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    Not a problem for me. Most are UFOs and rest peacefully in a box. lol

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    What about contacting a 'local group', ie a private school, Lions Club, Rotary, Veterans Group, that have fund raisers during the year and make a deal with them to supply a quilt for a raffle/silent auction for perhaps half the proceeds....I donate to my local American Legion, several times a year and will be donating to my grandaughters school auction this year for their fund raiser....

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    Donate to fire depts. for raffles, PTA 's, local charities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hobo2000
    Donate to fire depts. for raffles, PTA 's, local charities.
    yes, there is need in your community if you look for it.

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