I have sold a few quilts to friends but I only charged enough to cover supplies. Sorry I can't be more help.
I haven't sold any quilts, partly because I just don't think they're good enough to sell. I've given alot away as gifts, and have had requests to make some for sale, but these are cousins who've only seen pictures, not up close and personal, and I'm always afraid they would be disappointed in what they actually received.
I hope to sell some quilts one of these days. Like you, I know all those venues are there, but I just don't have enough quilts made up to take to them. I think online one can post 1 or 2 for sale. I am also putting a sign out front of my quilting house.
I sell most of my quilts out of state. It is the only way I get money out of them.
I send mine to the Silverton Quilt show in Silverton Colorado. They hold it on the second weekend of September every year. I send them there by insured mail, with return postage in case they don't sell and they send me my money or return the quilts to me.
It is very hard to sell them. I have sold two quilts to friends mostly. I charged for materials and like maybe 40 in labor only. If you want to make more money you will probably have to do what Wendy does. I tried online and people like them but don't buy them. I haven't tried craft shows I heard they suck for selling them from someone. I have tried giving biz cards to neighbours and people who I thought would be interested with natta. Mostly as gifts and for myself now. But one day would love to be able to do what Wendy is doing,
Wendy, when you send them in are they perfect with no mistakes? Do you do artistic quilts, or just general quilts? Can you share more information with us please.
I have made quilts for people before for a price, but I didn't like doing it I found it to be very stressful. Quilting is my enjoyment and it took the fun out of it.
I never sell anything either, I charge for materials if someone I like A LOT wants something specific. I did alterations and sewed for the public for over 20 years and I discovered if you do it at home they don't want to pay you.I worked for a dry cleaners most of that time and no one had a problem with their pricing, I just picked it up and took it home. It's strange how people think your time is worth nothing...not to mention the cost of supplies!!!!
Yeah, they think we have no other life or something and do it for fun and then try to sell them. I hate people who think that way with no respect for us. I do mostly for friends and family as gifts because I know they will appreciate them when I have the money.
I feel the same way about sewing for others. I make clothing and I so enjoy many aspects of it that I feel are lost when someone orders what they want, in the colors they want. I feel the creative aspect is lost for me and then making the outfit feels more like a chore, I feel stressed over the time crunch, the quality needing to be perfect and it is just no fun that way. So, I am back to sewing just for myself.
Oh, do I understand. LOL I'd rather be happy and relaxed than make an unhappy and stressed dollar.
I have never sold a quilt for money... However I do have a sister in law who owns a long arm. She makes extra money by quilting other quilts. She also embroiders messages on lapquilts and things that she readily has on hand in her new quilting room. Over the last few years, she has made enough money to build a quilt room, as she calls it, where she quilts, and makes quilts. Both for herself, and for hire. She charges for everything she does......binding, quilting, embroidery, or even making one for them from scratch.....
I too would like to sell quilts, but have not for all the above mentioned reasons. I checked out etsy and t here are so many quilts for sale! Most of my quilts are gifts and have just started doing Quilts of valor. Just bought a long arm and hope to get good enough to start a little business