Thursday, December 9, 2010
A Debate and Finish: Happy Campers Scrap Baby Quilt
Yesterday I finished attaching the binding to the twin size Happy Campers Jewel Box quilt that I'm working on. Instead of hand stitching the binding to the other side, I decided to go ahead and get rid of all of the rest of my Happy Campers scraps via a baby quilt. I still love the fabric, but after making 2 huge quilts with this line I really am done...don't wanna see it staring back at me from my fabric cupboard. My American Jane scrap stash is getting a little obscene anyway.
And I pieced all the scraps into the backing...I really hate piecing a backing together but this was about using fabric up.
THE DEBATE: This is the first (and likely last) quilt I have tried to sell. I don't want to make quilts for sale, but I don't have an immediate need for a baby quilt and I think 2 Happy Camper quilts is enough for any one family. This was kind of an experiment for me and it confirmed all the reasons I don't want to quilt for money.
Materials Cost- $30
Time- 6 hours (that pieced backing killed me time wise and I hand bound it as always)
Unforeseen expenses: 4 ibuprofen- 50 cents
Etsy fees if it sells: ??
Cost: (and I personally think almost any handmade quilt is worth more, but I tried to price this based on other quilts on etsy to be competitive) $79. And it may not even sell at that price...
That averages out to a number much too close to minimum wage. I've got a college degree! People don't seem to appreciate the time and money that goes into a quilt.
I found this cute little Alexander Henry print at Hobby Lobby today...8.99 but I used a 40 percent off coupon so it ended up being $5.39/yard. I picked up a few yards for a backing for my next pattern.
So back to the debate!!! What do you think about selling a quilt...have you ever done it? How do you decide what to charge?