So I've been at this thing for 12 years now, and while it makes a great hobby, I'd love to figure out how to actually make some money. As you know it takes weeks to make a quilt, but then people balk…Continue
Started this discussion. Last reply by ronald bishop Jan 29.
"I just started a "business" at it this past year. I make mostly baby quilts, and do commissioned pieces. I have been very busy on the commision side, but pretty slow at the local craft mall.
My game plan though was never to make a living…"
"Unless you're gonna' be doing quilting for people, or yu become a teacher, lecturer or author, I don't see much way to make money at it. You can never charge a price people would accept, that would cover yur time and materials. I look…"
"I think it's very hard to make any money making quilts from start to finish for people. As you said, materials alone aren't inexpensive and then there's all the time you have to put into it. I guess people don't…"
"America will never value the craft because too many Americans give quilts away. Sadly, the home quilters have lowered the value of this art form. If you want to make money with the needle and thread, change your genre."
"Agreed, the 'average" person doesn't understand what it takes to make a quilt. I have had people ask, but my response is that it would be too expensive. I have found it better to see my quilts as art. I belong to the…"
Thanks Dale. I haven't been on this site for a long time so your comment brought me back. I looked at pictures of your quilts and love your style and use of color. Crown Jewel and several others blow me away. Carl
I have had the same problem as you when I sell my quilts. Even when the same quilt has won at the quilt shows and has been appraised by Nationally recognized quilt appraisors. We pay more for the materials up here in Canada (Regular black or white cotton on the 36 or 48 wide bolts sells for $13 to $15. up here. The good prints for up $20. a square yard. The batting is $60. for a queen size package. That does not even count your time and effort. What has worked for me is to have the client go with me to the fabric store and pay for the matterials, thread, and batting. Then I show them a time card of my hours.
I run a quilt shop with my wife. We sell fabric etc. but also sell finished quilts, wall hangings and table runners. Some made from pattern ( with permission from designer) many original designs. Quilts range from $900-2200, wall hangings and table runners from $45-300. We sell a good number of the wall hangings and table runners and lap size quilts ($350-700 range) not a lot of big quilts. Probably could sell more if price was lower, for us that's not the point. I would rather wait for the customer that appreciates quality craftsmanship and is willing to pay the price of it then sell a lot of dog- bed liners.
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