Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Quilt Education 2



Welcome to the 2nd in a series of posts about placing a value on our quilts, to review the first click  


 First off, let's establish that all quilts are priceless in sentimental value , today we are concerned with intrinsic value. Sort of, how many beads would the Indians trade me for my quilt. Every quilter should be concerned with placing a value on their quilts if only for the sake of educating the recipients. Think of it this way , dissolving into tears when the kids use  their new Christmas quilts as a landing pad for the grandkids new slide, just isn't productive. 
Bite your tongue , of course you love the grandkids more than your quilt , right ? 

Today, I landed on a web page called Giving Quilts. My 1st thought was, this will be about charity quilts. On further inspection, this is a web page where individual quilt block are purchased for $35 -$45 per block. Each block is somehow printed with a personalized message. A 37.5" x 46" quilt adds up to $700 . These are not pieced blocks , they are a solid piece of fabric with heartfelt messages , sewn row by row, with sashing in between. 

So if the same logic is applied to the quilt under the slide , it is worth at least that much. "2 Fabric Quilts" are an "easy quilt" pattern using 6 yards of fabric ( $12 a yard at a quilt shop as that is where you plan to replace that stash fabric you used in the quilt ). The fabric was cut by hand ( I hope the Giving Quilt folks have a die cut machine ) and a Longarm quilter charged $75-$125 
to custom stitch the quilt. 


Even if you never intend to sell your creations, in order for our loved ones to value our gifts , we must first value them ourselves and then gently educate our offspring. 

Kudos to the folks at Giving Quilts , fantastic idea. 
Quilt on ! And in my case , on and on and on...