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    Unhappy what would you charge a client for this...

    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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    I even quilted the background and included a custom made label on the back for the quilt and also dont know if you can it but even had loops for hanging on a rod per client s request.
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    it's beautiful. $200 minimum, and they would be getting a steal.
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    did you talk about the price at all before you made it, what was your conversation with your client? By the way it is quite lovely.

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    Your quilt & pattern are stunning. I agree with DebraK on the price.
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    Thank you for your replies. Yes we did talked about the prices and I had told her it would be $125 plus cost of fabrics etc. She said fine no problem!!! I may even pay you more than that. I had let her know it was ready for pick up and gave her the costs plus 20 percent discount which came to $126 She said no way only $60. I gave her some links to check out what others are charging for the same size wallhanging but very simple pattern on it. She has not gotten back to me yet.
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    Yes we had a talk about the pricing and she said over and over it was good perfect etc!!! and now she only wants to pay $60 for the whole thing. What a joke!
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    $200 plus the cost of your expenses..the fabric, batting, whatever, that added up to another $36.10...and you need to allow a bit for what you said you didn't charge for the pattern-making. Harsh? No, reality.

    PS....Next time, get a GOOD deposit before you do anything...
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    Quote Originally Posted by pokergal3 View Post
    Thank you for your replies. Yes we did talked about the prices and I had told her it would be $125 plus cost of fabrics etc. She said fine no problem!!! I may even pay you more than that. I had let her know it was ready for pick up and gave her the costs plus 20 percent discount which came to $126 She said no way only $60. I gave her some links to check out what others are charging for the same size wallhanging but very simple pattern on it. She has not gotten back to me yet.
    Sounds like you had a verbal agreement for the price of the item and she is backing out of that agreement. Keep the wallhanging until you get the price that was originally agreed upon.

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    First of all, it is just beautiful!
    Just read your second post. DO NOT let her pay less than the $126. She's robbing you at that. If she won't pay that, then keep it for yourself.
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    This is a terrific piece. And do not accept any less than the agreed on price. She is absolutely getting a bargain at that.

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    It is priceless and will be treasured forever. Does she not like it or what? What is her problem. $200 is very reasonable.

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    wow.... I agree it is worth more then $60.00
    I guess that is why they say we need a written contract....

    200 sounds good to me.
    let us know how you make out

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    I totally agree, she is trying to get that lovely wall hanging for a song. People who do not quilt have no idea of the costs, time, and work that goes into something so beautiful. If she won't pay the $126 then tell her you are sorry but you can't let it go for less than that and keep it for yourself. Let her try to find something half that nice for less than $150!!!
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    I can't believe your client only wants to pay you $60 for a custom made quilt that is quite beautiful. At the pre-discussed $126 she is getting a bargain. I agree with the others in that it is worth at least $200. Do not let this person take if for less than $126. If she balks, then sell it on Etsy or e-bay for $200 because it is definitely worth that. It is lovely.

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    too bad all this had happened but next time i would make sure i had it in writing its very pretty people dont realize how much is involved in making quilts
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    I am so sorry you are having this experience; it takes a lot of work and time to make a quilt and if she agreed to a price beforehand then she should stick to that. I beleive the $126 is more than reasonable and she should actually be offering you more, I agree that if she is not willing to pay then just keep it or put it up for sale or what you feel you would like to do with it. Very detailed and lots of time spent with materials plus your design, you did a wonderful job!

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    I would charge $300.00 or more. You did a lot of extra work on that quilt. Other quilters will charge extra for the other things you did. You need to charge for "stress fee" also for sewing the grandfathers fabrics in the quilt. Truly some people don't realize the time, effort and energy that goes into a quilt.

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    I agree with all the others. She couldn't get a posterboard personalized framed collage for $60! She's shopped at Walmart too long. Keep it & sell it on ebay. I wouldn't take a penny less than $200 for it. And you only had 3 weeks to design & make it? She's delusional.

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    Do you have a log of how many hours you put in? Minimum, $10 per hour? I'm sure it's more than 20 hours.
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    your quilt is awesome! she wants an original design for a pittance??? i'd sell it elsewhere
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    Quote Originally Posted by annthreecats View Post
    Sounds like you had a verbal agreement for the price of the item and she is backing out of that agreement. Keep the wallhanging until you get the price that was originally agreed upon.
    AGREE!!! Do not cave in....it is one of a kind and gorgeous! She would be out the fabric she supplied..too bad! It is that nice!

    I agree with $200 minimum. And if she still balks....tell her that you listed it on Ebay. The bidding has started!

    Itemize your invoice.

    What is the deal about "discount"???

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    Once burned, you wont let that happen again. People don't realize the time put inyo this.

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    your wall hanging is fantastic! The sentiment involved would make it hard for me to withhold .......... next time I'd go for a written contract as suggested. I hope you get your agreed upon price.... if not, maybe this is your "pay-it-forward". My family says I should take orders.... I tell them to look up the meaning of "hobby".... if I were contracted, it wouldn't be fun any more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pokergal3 View Post
    Thank you for your replies. Yes we did talked about the prices and I had told her it would be $125 plus cost of fabrics etc. She said fine no problem!!! I may even pay you more than that. I had let her know it was ready for pick up and gave her the costs plus 20 percent discount which came to $126 She said no way only $60. I gave her some links to check out what others are charging for the same size wallhanging but very simple pattern on it. She has not gotten back to me yet.
    Boy I hate it when people try to rip others off! They have a sign in restaurants that say's good food takes time, We should have a sign saying, Good quilting takes lots of time and money. I can throw something together for little of nothing, but I can make you a heirloom that will last life times for more. Your wall hanging is very creative and beautiful. You did a great job. Since she approached you to make the item and had specific wants for it and it was under a time constraint. I would say the 200.00 would be a great deal. but she doesn't even wanna pay you for the materials let alone your time. HUMMBUG TO HER I SAY, YES HUMMBUG. don't you dare give it to her for the 60.00. I'd keep it and know I'd protected my sewing from someone who obliviously hasn't got a clue :=)(hopping down from my soap box now) Let us know how it turns out.
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