Price for Quilting a Top (see below for Price for a t-shirt quilt)
My prices are based on the size of your quilt and complexity of the pattern. Quilting prices do not include batting and thread charges (see below for information).
I charge by the square inch. To figure the square inch of your quilt top, measure the width and the length and then multiple them together to calculate the total square inches of your quilt. Then multiple the total square inches by the type of quilting you request. There are three categories:
- Simple Edge to Edge over your entire quilt – This is one simple pattern over your entire quilt with one thread color for a charge of 1.5 cents per square inch. Approximate cost estimate: twin $94, double $113, queen $128, and king $154.
- Semi-Custom – This is a combination of a simple overall design along with some custom border, sashing and or block design with one thread color for a charge of 2.0 to 2.5 cents per square inch.
- Custom quilting charges are on a case by case basis.
BATTING PRICING: You can provide your own batting or batting can be purchased from me.
THREAD PRICING: There are many colors and types of thread to choose from. I will consult with you on what will compliment your quilt top. There is a nominal fee for thread charge, $2.00 per bobbin. Additional charges apply for multiple thread colors on one quilt.
SPECIAL PREPARATION SERVICES: Refer to quilt top preparation. If your quilt top or bottom needs ironing, seam repair, removal of threads, etc. I charge the following:
- Pressing quilt top or backing – $5.00 (typically the backing is not ironed unless it’s wrinkled and is needed)
- Removing threads from quilt top – $5.00 per quilt top.
- Piecing backing fabric – $5.00 per seam
BINDING: services are provided at different levels (quilt trimming is included in the price of binding)
- Easy fold-over binding (using the backing fabric as the binding) is 10 cents per linear inch.
- You provide the binding fabric, I make the binding and machine sew on the front and back with mitered corners for 15 cents per linear inch.
- You provide the binding fabric, I make the binding, machine-sew on the front with mitered corners and hand-sew the binding on the back for 30 cents per linear inch.
QUILT TRIMMING: If I am not binding your quilt when completed, quilts can be trimmed for a $5 to $10 fee. Let me know how you like it trimmed – at the edge, or ¼” beyond the edge for batting fullness in the binding.
BASTING: I will machine baste your quilt for less than 1 cent per square inch and a $20 set-up fee.
SHIPPING CHARGES: I can ship via FedEx, UPS or USPS ground with insurance, or US Postal service. Shipping costs can vary depending on location. An estimate would be given before shipping costs are incurred.
PAYMENT: Payment needs to be completed when your quilt is delivered. I accept cash or check at this time.
BACKING: Your backing needs to be 6-8 inches wider and 6-8 inches longer than your quilt top. There is an additional charge for seaming the back and ironing or other work needed before quilting.
BATTING: If you are providing the batting, your batting needs to be 6-8 inches wider and 6-8 inches longer than your quilt top.
Price for t-Shirt Quilts
The price of my labor for making a t-shirt quilt will vary, based on the features of the t-shirt quilt. A good estimate for a higher quality t-shirt quilt is about $10 per t-shirt. That includes ironing on the interfacing to stabilize the t-shirt material, cutting out the t-shirts and fabric needed for the top, sewing sashing and border material to the t-shirt squares, sewing the t-shirt top together, preparing the backing and batting, completing the quilting, and finishing the quilt with a double-fold binding (see below as an example)
I can also prepare the t-shirt quilt without sashing and with a fold-over style binding. This involves less labor on my part. The cost estimate for this type of t-shirt is about $8 per t-shirt. It is possible to use fleece material for the backing and not use batting, which makes the cost even less (see below).
I would need to meet with you to see your t-shirts and talk to you about the features you want and the finished size of the quilt you want to give you a better estimate.
The labor price for 15 shirts can run from $105 to $150; for 20 t-shirts from $140 to $200, and for 30 t-shirts (which would make a double size quilt) from $240 to $300.
You are responsible for providing the fabric and materials to make the t-shirt quilt: interfacing, 1 to 2 yards of fabric for the quilt top, batting, 4-5 yards of fabric for the back, and quilting thread. You can buy the interfacing and the batting at a reasonable price from me. When I know how many t-shirts you have, I can give you an estimate of the cost of the fabric and materials.