Do your friends ask you to make them quilts? Do they, or you, really have any idea how much it costs? Doug Sobel, a longarm quilter and photographer, has come up with an idea of how much it actually costs to make a Queen Size Quilt using 2018 fabric prices, skilled labor wages, and longarm quilting costs.

What do you think? Is it accurate?





 A Truly Feathered Star by Karen Sievert

#50 Kathleen Mortlock 2020-02-02 15:51
$500 hundred in materials ??
#49 Nancie Johnson 2019-11-16 11:05
I’ve made many quilts and given them away. I’ve also just done the longarm portion and I never even thought about what I might charge someone. It seems awkward to hand a friend an itemized bill but it definitely makes sense. I doubt that anyone who doesn’t quilt has any concept of all that goes into it.
#48 Kelyn11 2019-11-10 08:33
Do you get customers that actually pay this price? This is an honest question, as I’m think of adding selling custom quilts as a side business. I’d love to make this kind of money once or a few times every couple of months.
#47 Molly Z. 2019-06-23 02:29
Exaggerated greedy estimate of a shameless person
Mind, artisans don't like selling at all. It is vendors at 'heart' who push an average creation for $1.500
Get back on Earth
#46 Madeline Harris 2019-03-27 05:53
I quilt by hand... wonder what the difference would be?
#45 Debra Stein 2018-02-28 11:22
My last quilt I wrote down my time everyday I worked on it. From start to finish it was 102 hrs! And well over $500 for materials and long arm quilting.
#44 Vickster 2018-02-20 14:27
Where the appraisal for the Q.O.V. quilt
#43 mkdquilts 2018-01-29 12:03
You can go ahead and share, you can see the little buttons for Facebook, Twitter, etc. at the top of the article. It would not hurt to give Doug credit as well.
#42 Jackie56 2018-01-29 06:35
I as well would like to copy this and share, is this allowed and how does one copy it.
#41 Jeanine 2018-01-27 11:35
Where can I get a quilt quilted for $.02 a square inch? I've never paid that little--even for meandering. He did forget to include thread. Good quality thread doesn't come cheaply! Also, overhead needs to be included. I think the $25 per hour is low. I'm pretty sure 40 hours to piece a top is low if you are as fussy as I am about accuracy. I definitely appreciate the time it took him to do the math. Jon quilters see quilts at places like Costco or Walmart and think that is what all quits should cost. Bottom line is that those of us who quilt because we love it should have some idea of what our work is worth--not forgetting that the love that went into the project is truly priceless
Add comment

Top 10 Reasons to Join the Quilt Show!

(Click on the box next to the YouTube logo to enlarge the screen.)

Learn about
Apliquick appliqué tools!

Watch Show 1912
with Rosa Rojas (free!)

Apliquick Rods


Apliquick - 3 Holes Microserrated Scissors


Apliquick Ergonomic Tweezers