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From: lvquilts
Date: 09-16-2006, 07:38 AM (1 of 3)
I've searced the forums and found a little bit about prices charged for hand quilting, but I'd welcome more feedback. Anyone have any idea about what I should charge to complete a quilt top if I quilt it by hand?

User: lvquilts
Member since: 07-16-2006
Total posts: 29
From: Patty22
Date: 09-16-2006, 09:46 AM (2 of 3)
The easiest way to figure out a price to charge is per square foot (this is if someone is adverse to paying you an hourly rate). If you're working on a quilting project that is similar to the kind of quilting that this individual wants, mark out an area that is 12" by 12". Keep track of the time you spend while quilting. From the amount of time that you spent on this area, come up with a price you are satisfied with including anything else unique to the project (don't forget to include any supplies that you will need - marking chalk, tape, needles, thread, etc.)

Do you get to pick out the batting? Make sure that the quilt you will be working on isn't going to make your life miserable. ex: hand quilting a denim quilt with twill backing and a cotton batt :whacky:

See the quilt, quilting pattern, batting, backing......everything before agreeing to the project. If you have to purchase everything, charge for your time to shop. If you are required to mark the quilting pattern get paid for that time also.

Good luck!
User: Patty22
Member since: 03-29-2006
Total posts: 1194
From: lightning57
Date: 09-16-2006, 10:50 AM (3 of 3)
Katie, I have emailed you privately, but thought I'd post my reply here too. May be it will be of help to someone else.

I don't do a lot for the public. There are two women though that I occasionally finish tops for. They send me their quilt blocks with coordinating fabric. I then design a layout and sew the blocks into a completed top. They then send them out to be machine quilted. I don't do it as a business. More or less as a way to make a little extra spending cash on the side. The following is what I charge them:

For placing their blocks into a top with a simple sashing and one or more borders---$3.25 per finished square foot.

For placing their blocks into a top with a more complicated sashing and border (example: sash made up of two or three pieces with a connecting block)---$3.50 - $4.00 per finished square foot.

If their top requires handwork (example: One of their tops needed an appliqued center motif. I kept up with my time and charged $10.00 per hour for that part. I completed the top, figured the square footage minus
the appliqued section, added the two together and that was the cost.

I have only hand quilted one quilt for the public. It was a DJ quilt. I quilted it at $18.00 per finished square foot.

Of course the amount of quilting done per square foot would alter the cost. Less quilting - less price.

If I were to make a complete quilt from start to finish, I would then charge somewhere in the range of $20.00 - $36.00 dollars per square foot. They supplying the fabric or the cost of fabric. I know that seems extravagant, but is your time worth less that the average day laborer? Don't sell yourself short.

Be sure you explain everything to the person and that they understand and agree with your cost up front. Get it in writing. Figure the estimated cost for their desired finish size and make sure they are aware of how much it may cost.

I hope this helps.
Sandra from SC
User: lightning57
Member since: 09-08-2000
Total posts: 119
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