I finished the RW&B quilt for the Lions club event. This quilt was a lesson in time management and following/interpreting/reading a pattern. Well, the latter part isn’t really what I did, because there wasn’t a pattern to read, only a EQ8 picture and drawing. Measure twice then cut and sew once is my new mantra. This is the first quilt that I kept a record of the actual time I spent making it and the cost of materials.
Here’s the break down:
Yards of material for top – 11 ($98.00)
Backing – 3 yards ($49.00)
Queen size Batting – $40.00
Thread – $15.00
Cost $202.00 (retail)
Time spent cutting and piecing – 49 ½ hours
Time spent Long arm quilting – 6 3/4 hours
Time spent binding and finishing – 2 hours
Labor rates for my area
13.50 minimum wage – $786.00
25.00 artisan rate/skilled labor – $1456.00
All together it comes to $988.00 or $1658.00. Obviously, one would like to get the skilled labor rate, but yeah, not gonna happen. I really should factor in additional costs like wear and tear on equipment, electricity usage, costs for maintaining my studio etc. But, realistically, the most I could probably get for this quilt is about 450.00. It’s a labor of love :).