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Friday, January 21, 2011

An Answer For Nancy's Question From Bunny in Illinois

Bunny in IL contacted me with the answer to Nancy's question because she (Bunny) has not been able to join the "improved" WWQP Bulletin Board due to red tape hassles. Bunny said she got this information from the old WWQP BB about ten years ago. I've copied and will try to paste from Bunny's email and we'll see how that works ...


What it Costs to Make a Quilt

Queen-sized, pieced and machine or hand quilted:

Fabric $170 to $200
Batting $25 to $40
Thread, etc. $10 to $20
...Total $ invested $205 to $260

Piecing 10 to 40
"Setting" 2 to 10
Quilting 500 to 950

Total Cost

Paying $1.00 per hour (Would you do this type of work for $1.00/hour?)
Materials: $205 to $260
Labor: $512 to $950
$717 to $1,210

Paying minimum wage ($5.15/hour)
Materials: $205 to $260
Labor: $3692 to $4892
$3897 to $5152

Paying $20/hour (skilled labor)
Materials: $205 to 260
Labor: $10,340 to 19,000
$10,545 to $19,260


  • At January 21, 2011 at 9:03 PM , Blogger pirate said...

    The only point of discussion for the list is the quilting time. The list shows quilting time between 500 & 900 hours. I'm not disputing that; if you're doing intricate quilting, it very well could be that high.

    However, I don't think "most" professional quilters charge by the hour for quilting. It has been my observation that the quilting charge is by the square inch. Easy meanders have a low rate per square inch; heirloom quilting has a very high rate per square inch.

    But even with an heirloom quilting I don't think it would be in the range of 900 hours.

    So, I think *that* part (only the quilting) of the list is somewhat misleading.

  • At January 21, 2011 at 10:25 PM , Blogger NancyH said...

    Thank you Judy and Bunny - That's exactly what I was looking for. I thought it had come from the old BB and I know I copied it, but I think I saved it on my old computer which crashed a few years ago along with everything on it! Thank you again SO much! NancyH


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