Spoiler alert: it didn’t take a week!
Turns out if you tackle it like a job, it doesn’t take long at all. Well, at least not as long as you think it might.
Some factors that helped make things go quickly:
– production sewing techniques (chain piecing)
– stacking for cutting, some specialized tools (I have a stripology ruler, for example)
– focusing on the task at hand with minimal interruptions
– being accurate as well as quick (don’t overthink)
The final bill broke down as follows:
Allover quilting 69 by 75 @ 1.5 $77.63
Loading Fee $20.00
Hobbs 80/20 × 6 $18.00
JA Wideback × 6 $30.00
Machine Sewing × 7 $175.00
Fabric Yardage $8.99
In terms of timing, in some ways I went over but I gained time when I quilted it, so it worked out in the end. The overall time was 9 and a bit hours, including quilting, spread out over 3 days.
So after the quilt was all done and photographed, I called up the owner and arranged for drop off the next evening.
Emma came in with me, and she helped me unfolded the top for the best view. “Oh my, how lovely!” That is the best compliment, my customer was very happy with the job I did. She loved how the inner panels appeared to float, and she complimented the border treatment.
I explained the extra costs for making it bigger and she kept assuring me it was fine. As she was filling out the cheque, she left the amount last then filled in an even $400. “That’s a tip!” and with a whispered nudge, said, “I would have gone as high as $450…”
I’m keeping that in mind for the next time I do one for someone then. 😀
As we left, she handed me a small container with a strawberry rhubarb crumble, still warm from the oven. We wished each other a heartfelt Merry Christmas and went on our way.
These are the best kind of deals, where each party feels they got the better end. I feel like I was paid what I was worth – even without a tip, and she feels she got a good deal and an excellent quilt.
My job is the best.