I am seriously blessed today! I sold two quilts before 10am! Wow! My Child of the 80s and I ♥ Rainbows quilts are about to have new homes! Hooray! It somehow feels even more satisfying (validating?) to sell something to a perfect stranger. Don't get me wrong, it feels great when my friends and family like what I make, but when someone you don't know loves it too.....it's fantastic!
Speaking of selling quilts, I read a recent post on Flickr about how some people can't bear to sell their quilts or can't bear to sell them for "reduced" prices. It's true that if you counted the hours put into each quilt and only charge minimum wage plus the cost of materials, the quilt price would seem astronomical to people unfamiliar with the work that goes into it. I agree with these people that the "art" should be appreciated more, but I don't agree with their resentment/anger toward those of us who sell our quilts for a bit less. I think it's a personal choice what you do with your quilts. I usually add up what I think the quilt has cost me and then add a "fee" for my time based on the size of the quilt--not an hourly wage. From my browsing on etsy, my quilts are slightly less than average for their size, but that doesn't bother me. I'm not trying to run a business, just recoop a little of what I put into a project.
For me, it's the creativity and enjoyment of the process that I love. I have no desire to keep every quilt I make, just the opposite in fact. It makes me sad to see a huge pile of unused quilts. I saw a blog post recently where the blogger took pictures of her cabinet full of quilts. This makes me shudder! All those pretty quilts going unused and unloved! However, to each her own! If that makes her happy to stack all those quilt prettily in a cabinet, great, but I don't want anyone to make me feel guilty for selling my own work at prices I feel are adequate. No one can force you to sell your work, nor force you to sell it at a price that seems unreasonable to you. I posted something similar on the Flickr discussion, but then removed it for fear of being attacked. Those quilt ladies are feisty! :)
Sorry for the rant, but it's been on my mind. Do you guys have any thoughts about this?
Oh, and just so I don't have a post without a picture