I'm a dressmaker in a borderline city in both Texas and Arkansas. For that I charge by the hour. But I also hand quilt but not with the same expertise that I sew garments. Therefore, I'm reluctant to charge by the hour. An acquaintance asked me to hand quilt and old quilt top made by here grandmother. I need an idea of what to charge for a full size and queen size quilt--the labor only. Please help!
Find out what your local long arm quilter charges, that should give you an idea. Hand quilting takes more time and is a special touch to any quilt.
Plus, as whith any quilting the more intricate it is the more you will have to charge.
I have read where some charge by thread yardage, for instance, $1.50 per yard. Machine quilters usually charge by the square inch. I don't know what the charge is today, but a few years ago it was anywhere from 3 - 15 cents an inch, depending on the amount and type of quilting done.
Hi, I know a lot of machine quilting is done by the inch. as the machines tell you how many stitches are actually being sewn. Most charge based on the type of thread being used, the amount and pattern/type being done. It usually comes out to 30 cents now an inch. If you send it to a Longarmer it will run you based on the size of your quilt. American quilters charge $165 for a queen, but you must provide the Top, Batting, and Back. They will sandwich it and quilt it. At least that was their prices a few months back. It is also a 30 day turn around.
Julienne - Mid Missouri
Gosh, guess I have a very reasonable LA quilting business in my area. They charge $60. for a queen size using your choice of one of their templates. Custom quilting starts @ $.02 an inch. Their turnaround time is one week from when they pick it up at the quilt shop. Ginny
That is good!! Do they have an internet website where they would take in business from other areas? They may want to think about that. If they are real good, I would love to see their work.
Unfortunately, they do not have a website. I think the business is growing by leaps and bounds in this area. It started with just one lady doing it and she would go around to the local quilt shops on certain days and pick up the quilts to do, but her business has grown so tremendously that she has hired others to work with her. I have been completely satisfied with the work she puts out, except for the one quilt she wouldn't do because it would pucker or ripple, but I couldn't see where the problem was until I called and talked to them. I had negelected to measure my borders and equal them out. My bad. LOL Ginny