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Pricing a Quilt
July 16, 2013
10:26 pm
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Laurielee
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Does anyone have a good rule of thumb or formula to share on how to price a quilt to sell.  I see online that quilts go for $600 ++++.  I just finished a quilt and am going back and forth about selling it.  Thanks

July 17, 2013
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There are entirely too many variables to have any simple rules of thumb on the pricing of quilts.  It depends upon what the market is willing to pay and the quality of your quilt in comparison to other quilts available in your market.  Among other things.

I would suggest that you check the prices for similar quilts selling by whatever means you plan to use for the sale.  A well known, award winning quilter can command much higher prices for a quilt than should a beginner expect to receive, for instance.  And the web may have higher prices than one might expect in many local venues.  But that can vary a great deal regionally.

A caution: I have know a lot of quilters who gave away or sold their first quilt, only to regret it later.  So, please, unless it is a financial necessity, don’t get in a hurry to get rid of it.  It can be a wonderful experience to look at that first one and smile over the “mistakes,” and see how much has been learned since then.

Good luck, whatever you decide to do!  Quilting can be a great artistic outlet and brings together women (mostly) from so many life experiences sharing joy and creativity.  And there are a multitude of ways of enjoying the craft.

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July 18, 2013
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Well said, Pete. Very well said.

 

July 20, 2013
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If this is your first and you are planning on making more, keep it. You can see your growth when you look back. 

 Depends on quality of fabric, how much time you put into it, hand or machine quilted, as a gift, for a show, special event, etc. FINISHED-baby-quilt.JPGImage EnlargerFor-Dr.-Howlett-1.jpgImage EnlargerBaltimore-2.jpgImage Enlarger

 These ran from $100 for the baby quilt, $200 for the b/c quilt, and $10,000 for the completely hand stitched Queen sized Baltimore Album.

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July 23, 2013
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Pete is right.  I went to a big quilt show here in the Chicago area.  Every kind and style of quilt you can imagine and some you never dreamed of.  Fabric, color choice, size, quilting, etc. all available with widely ranging prices for those on sale and a very wide range of prices and quality.  It all depends on what the buyer is willing to pay to have the quilt.  Does it match their “decor”, do they love the handwork, intricacies of piecing?

 

If you watch “Antiques Roadshow” on PBS you’ll see that banged up tin toys, ugly (to me) vases, beautiful handcarved 18th century furniture can ALL fetch the same price.  Ridiculous!  Things are only worth what someone is willing to pay for them regardless of the materials, quality of workmanship, age.

 

Check the prices of similar quilts in your area (if selling locally).  Price yours competitively.  Be willing to increase or decrease your prices based on demand. BUT, enjoy the process of making your quilts and the pleasure on the face of your buyers as well as the dollars.

 

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