The other day I met the girlfriend of my daughter who just got a lovely baby boy. He is one of the cutiest babies I’ve ever seen. And although I already had decided against it I am thinking of making him a baby quilt. So today I surfed the net for some children’s fabric and I also found a lot of baby quilts on Etsy.
You could easily get a quilt on Etsy for about 60 to 80 dollars, some as low as 40 dollars and I even saw one for 25 dollars (no panel, made out of squares). As I added up a pretty high invoice when ordering the fabric for my quilt I was really stunned. How can someone offer a baby quilt for 40 dollars or even for 60 dollars. That’s not even the prize for the supplies (fabric, batting, backing, thread). There is no wage for the hours of sewing and I won’t mention profit. Why are quilters underestimating their work so much? Just because they have fun doing it?
I surfed the Internet for answers and I found some very good articles about pricing of quilts. And I think they might interest you as well.
Jennifer Moore wrote a great blog post where she is tackling the problem of quilt costs from various angles. In this article you will also find two videos with Mary Fons that I recommend watching – great ideas and fun. You can find the post at
Another great blog post by Molli Sparkles is
There you will get a complete list what you have to take into account when prizing your quilt. (And it shows me that my baby quilt will be worth a lot more than anything I could possibly buy for the young man.)
This post also has a lot of interesting links incorporated – if you have the time just look at them as well.
In case you still want more go to
And if you still don’t trust all these people you can get the advice of a real expert who has already sold a lot of quilts – Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry
Conclusion 1: If you want to sell a quilt please do your maths and sell it at least at your full costs.
Conclusion 2: I will make a priceless baby quilt and will give it away as a gift. (And I will never make one to sell.)