Several people have asked me if I ever sell my quilts. My answer is usually that I have tried to sell them but it is almost impossible to get anyone to pay what they are worth. What I mean by that is that hand quilting can NOT be compared to machine quilting when it comes to the time invested, but people think that it should be the same in selling price. A quilt can be machine quilted in a rather simple pattern in a day. I can get a quilt basted for hand quilting in a day. They just are not the same. I hand quilt because I enjoy it, and I love the look of hand quilting, so If I never sell any more I can live with it.
But what is hand quilting worth?
I get all of my quilts appraised by and American Quilters Society certified appraiser. One of the things she has to do when assigning a value to one of my quilts is to determine what it would cost to hire someone to hand quilt a similar quilt in a similar pattern. There are several places that will do hand quilting…do an internet search for hand quilting services…and they generally charge for quilting based on the number of yards of quilting thread used. The quilters cut the thread into 1 yard lengths and keep a count of the threads used. The charge is about $1.50 per yard of thread.
and one for $1.10 per yard (more for 10 SPI)
I took the last yard off of another roll of thread today while working on my whole cloth quilt. That makes 1200 yards so far. If I were paying to have the quilting done my bill would now be up to $1800. my guess is that I have an additional 800 + yards to go so the quilting would cost $ 3,000.
I don’t think I would ever want to sell this quilt but if I did I don’t think I could ever get anywhere near the actual monetary value. In the end I don’t think the value is in the money. There is so much more to a quilt than cost.
So here are the progress pictures (click to enlarge)