Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Wishing for Spring?

I'm terrible at naming quilts, but looking at the colors I realize I must be wishing for spring.
I just finished these last week.  And - yes - they look identical, but aren't quite.

This quilt is slightly wider (the middle row of white rectangles is "taller" in this view,
and the bindings are different fabric, though both black and white.

The backs also are pieced differently, and you can see that both are grid-quilted with different spacing.

I know, I know.  If I had Mad Writing Skillz I'd go back and reword some of that and find a synonym for "different", but I'm not going to.

Both quilts have the same set of fabrics, with a very vivid spring green and an indigo that leans to purple more than blue.  They've both been through the wash (and dryer) twice, and have that puckery, wrinkly, crinkly, quilty goodness.
*Happy Sigh*

What they don't have are owners.
I'm hoping to sell them.

So here's my question:
What do you think is a fair price range?

Each quilt has about $30 worth of materials, and about ten hours of my time.
Which would price them too high.

After washing, the quilts finished at 41x46 (the first quilt) and
38x46 (the second), which is a good size for a crib quilt.
All the materials and batting are 100% cotton, with the possible exception
of the stripey binding, which may be a cotton-poly blend.
Both are machine pieced and quilted,
but the bindings are finished by hand.
They can be machine washed (don't require special care).

What do you think?


The dB family said...

They are so beautiful! Pricing is the most difficult part. I find that even though we put hours and hours of our time into our art, people who are not artists just do not comprehend that it's an original and lots of time and love has been put into it. Therefore the price SHOULD reflect that. Don't let what you price it make you feel guilty. You will deserve every penny. *Dusting off my soap box now.* :o)


Joyful Reader said...

They are beautiful! But I am horrible at estimating value on these types of things. Good luck!

sara said...

After doodling around on etsy, I'd say that similar size and construction as yours seem to be going for about a hundred bucks. More details with applique or customizing is about $150. More basic construction, with fewer pieces and less quilting starts as low as $50. If it were me, I'd start on the higher end and adjust if necessary.

sara said...

Julie, here is a listing for a similar size to yours.

Wilma said...

Julie, maybe you've already done this, but I googled handmade quilts. One of the sites was this:

Might be of help in figuring prices.

I wish you well in your endeavors!

Herding Grasshoppers said...

I wish Etsy would say how long something has been listed. I wonder if those quilts are selling at those prices. On the one hand, knowing the work that goes into it, it's reasonable. But I wonder if people really "get" that.

I often give a quilt as a baby shower gift, and my friends seem to really appreciate it. But if someone just views a quilt as a blanket, then you might as well save the time and money and just give them a blanket... you know what I mean?

Thanks for the input, friends :D

sara said...

Y'know what I do? I look to see if the the seller has feedback and then read reviews to see if she seems to have sold a lot. It's not perfect but it's something.

sara said...

Oh, and you don't have to publish this: Just something I've been told time and again, don't undervalue your work because you'll be doing a disservice to both you and other crafters.

Traci said...

Julie, just look on the left hand side where it says sold orders. This will tell you if and how many were sold. Also down at the bottom you can see the date it was listed. Are you selling on etsy or ebay?

Herding Grasshoppers said...

Oh! Now I see it! (Where it says how long it's been listed.) But I think perhaps people are re-listing. There's one quilt I used as inspiration for a baby gift last spring (a VERY unique quilt) and it says it was listed five days ago. Hmmmm...