Thursday, April 23, 2009

Should I Sell My Quilt?

HAPPY THURSDAY GREETINGS - I'm writing tonight to ask you all a question. Remember that batik quilt I dropped off to my local department store a week or two ago? Well, when I got home from work today there was a message on the machine from one of the ladies who works there.

First, she wanted to tell me that some of the notions I ordered were in. And the next thing she told me, just blew me away...

She said, "Also, Ryan, I hadn't even had your quilt in the window more than one afternoon and I had a lady want to buy it. I took her email address and if you stop in I will give it to you."

I had to play the message over again to make sure I understood what she said. I couldn't believe it. That just made my day!

So everyone out in blog-land, should I sell my quilt? I wouldn't even begin to know what to charge!


  1. I have had that happen to me before. The real question is "How much do you want to keep it?" If you really want it don't sell. But if you are indifferent, go ahead and make some money.

  2. Investigate to see what a quilt that size sells for. Once you know the going price I bet you'll know right away if you are willing to part with it. That would be the deciding, factor for me anyway. lol
    Let us know what you decide.

  3. What a great compliment. Like the other two ladies said, how much do you want to keep it? You'll never get what it's worth, when you take into account the fabrics batting notions and TIME, but if you can come up with a figure that you are happy with, then go for it.

  4. What a wonderful compliment! If you're willing to part with it, then think about how much it means to you, consider getting it valued (in Australia most guilds will do so for a nominal fee, I assume it'd be the same over there) and take some good photos before you hand it over! You may also want to consider whether you may recive any other offers while it's on display, or whether she may like a custom-made version if you want to keep the original. In terms of straight cost, consider fabric, batting, thread, needles, labelling, machine use and complexity of the quilt.

  5. I would go ahead and figure out what it cost you and then add money for your time. Likely, that will be such an outrageous number, like $300 and up, that the buyer will be scared off anyway! This is why I don't have a business selling quilts. Doing everything without a machine, I can't make it pay!

  6. There isn't a magic number for this which is why I don't sell Put in cost of materials and a fair price of your time. How much would you pay for this quilt?

    Also remember that non quilters have no idea how much a quilt can cost. They are used to Wal-Mart prices and will go into shock. Don't be offended if that person sniffs and says, "Well..I can get that for 30 dollars..." and walks off.

    Good luck with your quilt. It's very beautiful.

  7. You are an artist and it is your art work. How much would they expect to pay for a fine painting? Don't put a low prince on it if you do decide to sell.

  8. If you have no reason to keep it then sure, sell it. research other quilt sales for similar size, fabric, design and quote a fair price. Good luck!

  9. I'd be curious to know what you decide. Like the others said, many people will be shocked at the price when you factor in the retail price you paid for the materials and the cost of your time (even if you keep that very low). There are some people who do see the value of art and are willing to pay for it, but they generally do that for established quilt artists. On the other hand, you can tell them as a male quilter, they are getting a bargain getting it before you get really famous!


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