I was reading an article on selling your quilts and although that is something that I’ve done before, I find that letting go of something made is a lot easier said than done. What do I charge for something that I’ve spent time and effort on? I’ve talked to a lot of people about this and there are hundreds of sites out there that go over the topic. The best I’ve been able to glean is to charge .05 an inch. I did the math and on the surface that sounds reasonable if you are quilting it down yourself. If another person is involved quilting it however, most of the money you make will go to the quilter and the fabric shop.
After thinking about this for quite some time, I’m not sure that I will sell any of the quilts I make at least not at .05 an inch. I do not quilt them myself… yet! The wonderful quilters I’m able to use don’t do a simple meander, they quilt in designs that are rich and dense and take the fabric from being a blanket, to a quilt that will last several lifetimes if cared for properly. I like to think of them as more than something to keep you warm, they ARE works of art or more correctly, usable works of art.
To give you an idea of size and cost here’s a quick look:
|36” x 54”||65” x 88”||86” x 93”||104” x 93”|
|1944 square inches||5720 square inches||7998 square inches||9672 square inches|
|$97 at .05 per inch||$286||$400||$485|
|For your labor… $37||For your labor… $86||For your labor… $120||For your labor… $115|
These are just some figures that I’ve encountered. I think this is why I would have a difficult time letting any of my quilts go for sale, or at least not at the .05 per inch amount.