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Question for you ladies and gentlemen!

Just wondering what to charge to hand quilt a quees size quilt. It has already been pieced on the front an dback and layered together,, just needs quilting and the edges binded,, How much should I charge for this project,, would 100.00 be too much or not enough? I am no expert but I love to hand quilt and would like to make some extra money. Any and all comments will be appreciated and considered. God Bless you all. Joy in Georgia!

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Comment by Marnie/NH on June 30, 2010 at 1:39pm
I paid $100 to have a twin size machine quilted.
Comment by quiltingmama on June 30, 2010 at 11:21am
If you are hand quilting it, $100.00 in nowhere near enough! The last piece I sold was approx. 70" square and I sold it for $175.00. For a queen I would charge at least $300 -$400 depending on the complexity of the pattern. $300 for stitch in the ditch.
Comment by Leona in Utah on June 30, 2010 at 9:11am
I have paid over $150 to have a queen size quilt quilted on a long-arm machine! If it was hand quilted, I may have paid $500, and still felt that I received a bargain.
Comment by Mawna24 on June 30, 2010 at 7:37am
$100.00 is not anywhere near enough even for friends/family. I would expect to pay someone at least $300.00 and consider that a bargain for the work involved.
Comment by LKC on June 30, 2010 at 7:36am
I agree with everyone else $300 or more. if you only tack here and there then maybe $100. A king size quilt can take me up to two months to complete and finish on the web I see "other" are bring over $1,000 or more. We should get something for our time.
Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on June 30, 2010 at 7:31am
$100 is not enough for a hand quilted piece - especially a queen size quilt. I think you've received some good advice from the ladies here. Like you, I'm a hand quilter and even though we love what we do, our time is worth something. Just because someone loves their job/work, doesn't mean they shouldn't be compensated for it. Hopefully you will come to a price that both you and your quilt owner can live with.
Comment by Linda Richards/N. Ontario on June 30, 2010 at 7:26am
Well Joy, I do hand quilt all my quilts and know how long it takes and $100 is way too low. I would agree with Pam that it should not be less than $300. I am not sure depending on how much quilting you are doing and if you are paying for the binding material etc., you are doing the basting?- that $300 is not too low too. Remember basting it will take a great deal of time too as you need to make sure that all three layers are snug and smooth. All the best too you. Hope you make out ok!
Comment by Stephanie G. Benson-Greer on June 30, 2010 at 7:09am
I don't do the "quilting" part, but I agree with the others that $100 is too low. Either by the square inch or by the number of hours it takes you to quilt it. I would find it useful if an invoice of your time to substantiate the price very helpful. Don't cut yourself short.....if you feel better about it, establish two prices...family and friends, and then regular customers.....
Comment by Terry F on June 30, 2010 at 7:02am
I agree with everyone here that $100 is WAY too low. I don't know what it should be, but how much "ground" do you cover in an hour? If you know that you can estimate how many hours this will take you and go from there.
Comment by Carol Vickers/OH on June 30, 2010 at 6:52am
I agree with Lindsey. $100 seems very very low considering how long I think it would take (you would know better than me about how long).
I too have resisted the "you should sell these" comments. i love to do it and get great satisfaction from giving gifts and even making items for friends when they buy the fabric but I don't want my favorite hobby to become drudgery because I have to make 3 more of something and am not being compensated for time. I did some minor alterations for a boss once charging very little as a favor to him (and he was my boss) and was referred to his friends as "someone who loves to sew and therefore doesn't charge much at all". Yuck - that was a sticky situation so I've learned my lesson.

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