You will read through this post and you won’t find a definitive answer to how much it costs (monetarily) to create a quilt.
What you will find though, are well researched articles and posts, written by exemplary quilters and writers, who have taken the plunge and pondered what it costs to make a quilt and what a quilt should be sold for.
Molli Sparkles has written and in-depth and incredibly detailed break down on the actual cost of a specific quilt. If you don’t have time to read it now, please save the link on your reading list as it is well worth the read.
Moore Approved has also written a post validating the true cost of quilts and quilting.
Hunter’s Design Studio has created a type of forum to collect posts regarding pricing and the costs of quilts from quilters around the world, beginners to the stars of the quilting world.
If you don’t have the time to read the linked posts, in a nutshell, these articles are explanations of how many quilters who sell quilts, are selling the quilts short of what they are worth and thus, can de-value quilts made by others. It’s true. And I am more than likely guilty of falling into that category of people who don’t charge what the quilt is worth.
Directly quoting from the Moore Approved post:
“There is no way a stateside textile designer can compete with products made for pennies in China,” said Williams. “If I were to have my prices competitive with mass-produced quilts found at Pottery Barn or Target, I would need to limit my patterns to only a couple designs and then have a factory in Asia bust out thousands at a time. There’s nothing wrong with a quilt from Pottery Barn. The only thing wrong is that both of our products are called ‘quilts,’ and that causes confusion for the general population.”
This concept is so true and is probably what guides the pricing of my quilts. I have an abundance of fabric. I have the time. I love to make quilts. But, I don’t have the storage room to store all the quilts I make so I sell them on Etsy and privately via custom orders and loyal customers. I price them to sell. I price my quilts to cover the costs of the materials but have never ever factored in labour costs and all other associated costs and expenses related to creating a quilt. I do not buy cheap fabric. All my fabrics are 100% quality quilting cottons and linens. I too have received messages requesting custom quilts and once I relay the estimated cost of the quilts, I generally do not hear any response. Just silence. Which makes me grin because I already knew that would happen 🙂
And that is totally fine. I do not get upset of disappointed. When I sell a quilt on Etsy or privately, I am grateful for the customer who can separate quality from the sweat shop, factory made quilts found at the big box stores. I am grateful for the customer who wants to purchase an heirloom and not patched fabric which will last them a few years and they end up spending the same amount of money replacing quilt after quilt, or pouch after pouch only to find at the end had they bought quality, they would have only had to spend the money once.
So this post is basically an apology to all the fabulous quilters who are pricing their quilts correctly. Your quilts are definitely worth every single penny you are charging. One day I hope to also. This post is also a thank you to all my loyal customers who know the difference between quality and crap. You make my heart sing every time you order or place a special request.