Catbird has it right. Many quilters undercharge for their work and many people do not value time and effort. Catbird spells out why she would charge several hundred for a baby size quilt. I completely agree with her. People have asked me to make quilts for hire for them. I tell them what it would cost and what I expect to make per hour for designing, cutting, and assembling it. All of them have backed out. I am OK with that. I’d rather spend that time and effort on a friend anyway and have the quilt with someone who would care for it with the same intensity it took for me to make it.
[Note: I wrote this post a couple of years ago, before starting Catbird Quilt Studio. The audience for that post was primarily non-quilters.]
Close your eyes for a moment and imagine a quilt, perhaps one from your past, perhaps one you are making yourself, perhaps a dream quilt. I see colors spilling forth, like jewels toppling from a treasure chest, tumbling onto the sand, glimmering, gleaming in the sun. I see leaves cartwheeling from trees in fall, nestling on the ground in patterns of dark green, plum, scarlet, gold. I see stark contrasts of blood red on snow. I see muted browns and double pinks, plaids and paisleys and calicoes.
I am a quilter. Often when I say this, people will respond by saying, “My grandmother was a quilter. I’m glad to know people still do that.” Yes, people still do that. According to Quilters Newsletter and the Quilting in…
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