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Friday, May 9, 2014

What It Really Costs to Make a Quilt

Although I, myself don't hand quilt, I still thought this to be quite informative for my quilting friends who do hand quilt.  
In my situations, any quilts that I make I have to pay someone else to do the actual quilting, which is called Long-Arm Quilting, because I don't have a long arm quilting machine. The cost to have this done gets figured into the prices of any quilts that I make and sell. 

Here's an example for a
QUEEN SIZED, MACHINE PIECED, HAND QUILTED
 
MATERIALS: 
Fabric 12-16 yards @ $9per yd. $108 - $144
Batting $25 - $40
Thread $8 - $16
Spray Basting 1/2 can  $7
Total $ invested $148 - $207 

LABOR HOURS:
Piecing 20 to 60 hours
“Setting” (designing your quilt) 10 to 20 hours
Quilting 100 to 750 hours
Total hours invested 130 to 810 hours

TOTAL COST
Paying $1 per hour (Would you do this type of work for $1 an hour?!)
Materials $148 - $207
Labor $130 - $810
Total $278 - $1078

Paying minimum wage $7.25 (by law in 6/2009)
Materials $141 - $200
Labor (130-810hrs) $942.50 - $5872.25
Total $1083.50 - $6072.25

Paying skilled labor wage $20 per hour (Don't you consider yourself trained and skilled in this craft?)
Materials $141 - $200
Labor (130-810hrs) $2600 - $16,200
Total $2741 - $16,400

(Found on the Internet 1995; unknown author)  This was from 1995 not 2014 :)