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    Congrats!! Much deserved price too!
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    Four times the cost of your expenses will barely cover the cost and time you put into the quilt wall hanging. The woman is a bad person and you learned a valuable lesson. Always get the money/deposit up front. Keep the hanging until she pays or sell it to someone else.

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    I think the topic title should be revised to say "update!"...esp. since the resolution to this sage has been reached...a happy one!
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    I am so happy things worked out for you. And I am glad she was so happy. Makes for a happy ending : )
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    I am SO glad that she paid you for this and then some!!! This is the hardest thing when you turn a passion into a business. The problem is - business is the OPPOSITE of art! We are creative and that involves emotion and passion and business requires logic and detachment from emotion. People forget that we who have small home businesses often pay retail for our supplies - and not only is she paying for the supplies she's paying for your creativity and your skill. It IS a skill to quilt and quilt well! You have spent years and money perfecting your skill and once you reach a certain level you should be compensated for it! My feeling is, if anyone could do it everyone WOULD be doing it. I have lost customers over my prices but it's ok, they are not my market. Your market is the group of people who CAN afford your prices and appreciate the SKILL that you perform!

    So happy this worked out in the end!
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    I know this may seem trivial but make sure it is paid in a cashiers check or cash do not take a personal check because she can stop pay on it. this is amazing I wish I could do this with my Grandfathers clothing you are amazing!
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    I just love a story with a happy ending! So glad everything worked out for you.

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    This a beautiful wall hanging and your quilting is lovely. I totally agree that this piece is easily worth $200.00 - $275.00. Those folks who do not do any quilting just don't have the faintest idea of all the work that is involved in making/designing the pattern, cutting everything out, and putting it all together to be sewn, let alone all the quilting that is done on such pieces and not to mention all of ones time that it takes to do this. Don't let her have it for the mere $60.00 that she wants to pay for it.

    I too found myself in this same situation just a year ago. I was asked to make a quilt for a lady (a former boss of mine) and we agreed on a price of which she was fine with, I purchased all of the materials and went to work on it while waiting for a deposit on which I never did get. This went on for awhile and to make a long story short, it was a lesson learned to never start anything without a deposit or the full price right up front. So I now enjoy the beautiful quilt along with matching pillowcases and shams to go with on our bed.

    Quote Originally Posted by pokergal3 View Post
    I drew up the pattern, quilted it etc which involved a lot of sewing. See the picture. It is a memory heart tree wallhanging involving using the client s grandfather s fabrics that he used in his tailoring business. Most of the fabrics were almost impossible to work with but I struggled thru it. What more it had to be done within three weeks so I forsaked everything. It is 36 by 42. I had to buy the other fabrics as well as battings which came out to $36.10 not including the stuffs to make a pattern. Now what would you have charged the client for this. Thank you for your advices. sorry dont know how to make the picture smaller
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    You did a wonderful job on this and it is beautiful. So sad there are people like that. One very good reason I would not make anything for money. I give quilts to people that I decide need a quilt.

    Thanks for the update and I am so glad it worked out so well for you. If you make the other things for her, I would sure get it in writing.
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    The price should have been negotiated BEFORE the project was begun. Did you talk about the cost of materials? Labor cost? At this point, submit to your client a showing of materials cost, and add an amount that he will pay. I'm thinking about $70. Most people think in terms of an hourly wage: so how many hours x your hourly rate. Good luck.
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    So glad she saw the light and paid a realistic sum for such a beautiful work of art!

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    I am glad everything worked out for you but I am not sure I would want to do anymore work for her.
    You should think about that next year when she wants more of you work.

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    I followed this thread and am so happy you got your money. She still got a beautiful bargain but if you're happy that is all that matters. Too bad this stressed you so much. That kind of ruins the fun of the project.

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    And a wonderful Holiday to you as well

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    So glad to hear the woman came to her senses, and paid you a fair price. Congratulations.

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    OMGoodness......I want one!!!! It's gorgeous!!! Would you share the pattern? This is a winner
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    If it were me and she refused to pay the agreed upon price I would do one of two things.

    First I would tell her since you agreed on $125.00, that is what I expect you to pay for it. (Loosing the cost of the materials you had to buy is better than letting her have it for $60.00.) If she resists still, tell her I will give you ten dollars for your grandfather's material since there is no real worth to it and all of the scaps that are left over and I will keep the quilt and sell it for its real value of $300.00.

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    If she is getting snotty about "her" material then I would carefully dequilt it and give her material back to her along with a picture of the finished quilt. Tell her half the work is already done if she wants to find someone else to do the work for nothing. Just a suggestion.
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    I guess while I was ranting, it got resolved. LOL
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    I am going to have the pattern ready for sale after the holidays. Will let you all know when it is ready and also will post it on my Etsy store. I promised you when it is ready and it ll be like the first part of January.
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    Agree with this estimate as a starting point for making the quilt. It is gorgeous! If the clients grandfather was a tailor, then she knows this kind of work doesn't come cheap.

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    Take the $60 as a down payment AND hold on to the quilt until she coughs up the rest. If she doesn't want to pay, well, take the label off and keep it for yourself. It's beautiful. If Grandpa was in the tailoring business, she knows that custom work does not come cheap. Shame on her!

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    It is a gorgeous wall hanging. Your quilting really sets it off.I am so sorry this happened to you. Next time, put everything in writing before the customer leaves and have them sign it. I also agree w/momto5 about asking for a deposit as this would cover materials then she would only have to pay for the workmanship. Put it all in writing so everyone understands the cost, plus how long it will be before it is done. Good luck! By the way, she must not see the value in the quilt so just keep it. don't settle for less than what you both agreed.
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