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Need advice. As most of you know I live with Terminal Cancer and no longer work out of my home. The other day with my daughter expecting her first baby I made what all quilters do a first grandbaby quilt. But in this one I added a recording of my daughters personal baby womb sound to which I recordered on a small toy device. (I know have this in a Patient Pending).
I call the little idea "Baby Quiet Quilts" by NeNe. Now the baby quilt is very sleep friendly plus nice and warm.
My daughter has now had 37 inquires from others who would like me to make one for their upcoming births or for gifts. I would like to know what your pricing for such an item would be?
My thought on this was to provide two choices (1) one quilt made from pre-quilted fabric with a designed fabric at a lesser cost (less work and detail) and (2) one quilt that is designed, cut, peiced, topped, finished with my machine at a higher cost.
My question is what would you pay for these items?You are my best advisers....so feel free to advise.

Hugs Mary

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Comment by Mary on August 21, 2009 at 9:15am
Andrea, thank you so much for all the advice. As a novice quilter who manily makes things for gifts and finds herself giving away her work this is a huge task to take on. But now that I have a good feel of other quilters pricing and ideas I do not feel so uncomfortable placing a value on my work and time.
Comment by Andrea C. on August 20, 2009 at 12:23pm
Mary, if these were a baby size quilt, I would definitely charge at least fifty for the pre-quilted ones. Probably $75-$100. And the maid from scratch ones, I charge between $8 and $20 per block to make a quilt, plus the cost of materials.
It all depends on how much time you want to put into it. A good way to figure out how much to charge is to make one, start to finish, and keep track of how many hours it takes you. Then decide on an hourly wage that you're comfortable with and multiply that times the # of hour you spent, next add the cost of materials. There's your price. Some people like to purchase their own materials, so you may want to calculate it both on time and materials and on just time. I hope that makes sense and is not way confusing.
I think that having 37 people already wanting them tells you there is a desire, people will pay a fair price, especially if it is for their children/grandchildren. Don't underestimate your time and talents.
On another note, I was not aware of your personal situation. You have an incredible spirit, all things considered. I'm sure you bring great joy to many peoples lives, and I know you will always be needed by your family. Keep hanging in there, and know that there are several of us praying for you. You are right about quilting saving lives. It happens in all sort of ways. We lost a family member this July, and quilting and talking with people here on QWU has been a life saver in a sense for me. I don't know what I would have done without it, really. So if you ever need to talk, there are about 10,000 of us here to listen- never feel alone. Glad to have you listed as a friend, you ideas are wonderful. I hope the recorded quilts thing really works out for you.
Comment by Mary on August 18, 2009 at 9:14am
I thank you all for your input and most of all the encouraging words. Of all the major mountains to over come with a disabling disease one of the largest for me is my lack of feeling needed. I am a very high over achiever and thru my career I found my peace, motivation, self-confidence, assurance, dicipine, and one of the biggies was my personal independence which all of course gave me a level of financial freedom.
These last 3 years have been a real fight for life not just physically but more so mentally. Quilting may have once again saved a life (as I know there are many more stories out here) as it is proving to gradually give back to me what I could not control daily, monthly and at times by the moment. That slow sense of being stripped of my own core of being; as if I was nothing but the semi-tough outer skin of a ripe yellow banana and something is determined to strip me and take a bite out of soft insecure under belly. Hanging Tough these days :)
Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on August 17, 2009 at 4:02pm
What a sweet idea. I don't have any advice for you, but hopefully some of the quilters in business on here will. 37 inquiries is a nice testimony to the value (sentimental and otherwise) of your gift. People were touched by it.
Comment by Pam/NY on August 17, 2009 at 9:58am
What a great idea...I like having two choices and prices...I personally, would pay a range from$50 and up.
Comment by B J Elder/WA on August 17, 2009 at 9:40am
What a wonderful idea, Mary. As far as cost goes, it would also depend on the size of quilt you are making. Add up what the cost is if you paid "full price" for your materials, and then you need to add some labor cost to it as well. I would think $50 would be a bare minimum, but most likely more than that. I'm not good at coming up with prices, so I'll be watching to see what is suggested. I think it is very innovative of you!

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