So, Do You Sell Your Quilts? A Conversation with Marianne Fons

| Quilty | Episode 225

What is a quilt worth, monetarily speaking? Do quilters sell quilts? Why or why not? See what Mary and special guest Marianne Fons have to say about these questions. For more fantastic quilting ideas pick up Quilty the magazine, visit or watch Quilty Season 2 on DVD!

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  1. Marianne sums it up perfectly. You will never, whatever your craft, get paid for your work. I love to find a good home for my quilts where they will be loved and USED

    Janet Richards, 2 years ago Reply

  2. I make quilts for my loved ones but I have been getting orders from other people and I sometimes don’t know how much to sell them, my husband told me I don’t make money because he thinks I don’t sell them high enough….anyway thanks for the video with your Mom, now maybe I have an idea …hmmm, I sold one twin size for $ 150.00 I will charge a little higher next time. I also will charge extra for the long-arm machine quilting, I want to keep the log arm quilters in business too :) Thanks again mary and I really love your sense of humour!

    Caroline Saganash Grondin, 2 years ago Reply

  3. Thank you Thank you Thank you. My daughter and her friends keep asking me why I don’t sell my quilts. Perfect answer, I am forwarding this to her. THANKS!!

    Rebecca Newport, 2 years ago Reply

  4. Very true. I agree 100% I just bought a long arm machine. I’ve had several “non quilters” offer to provide quilts for me to ‘practice on’, It’s really hard to not laugh out loud when that happens.

    Nadine Stupelli, 2 years ago Reply

  5. Just watched Episode 225 – I love watching these Quilty episodes I feel it is a great primer for anyone learning or relearning the art of quilting. In this particular show I fell in love with the background quilt. It appears to have been designed with Kaffe Fassett fabrics. Is there a pattern for this and what fabric collection was used. Was this made by Mary Fons? It is absolutely STUNNING!! Great information from Marianne Fons as always.

    Eleanor, 2 years ago Reply

  6. Thank you for this video. I love to quilt and have made many for gifts for family. I make t-shirts quilts for sale and I am shocked when they say “oh, that much.” I make very little on each quilt and I am 40% cheaper than what you find online. You have helped me realize that my time has a true value. Love

    Lisa, 2 years ago Reply

  7. What a great discussion!!!! I am new to quilting and I have often thought about selling one day and also people ask me this question when they find out that I want to make quilts. So glad, I watched this!!
    Thanks guys and keep up the great work, God Bless, LaRae

    LaRae Moore, 2 years ago Reply

  8. Really liked this episode. I have had people ask me the same question “how much”? I have them pick the pattern, help them buy the fabric and then hook them up with my longarm quilter. I get all the fun without the cost (it is a hobby), scraps and satisfaction of watching them smile when they get the final product.

    Sharon Lucarelli, 2 years ago Reply

  9. My mother recently passed away and I have a lot of her quilt items since I don’t quilt. Would like to sell them if the price is right. Everything to from the quilt holder to quilt light to hand around your neck, and quilt material. Please contact me via email. thank you

    Melony Rasbury, 2 years ago Reply

  10. Just imagine the cost if you hand quilted the quilt…

    Kristin, 2 years ago Reply

    • I learned hand quilting from my maternal grandmother and mother. It is very therapeutic when my carpel tunnel is cooperating.

      Rena Ortiz, 12 months ago Reply

  11. I was asked to make a T-shirt quilt out of shirts from their twin boys , ranging in size 2 to 12 . I used parts of the back to make them all the same size . I backed all of the T-shirt with tricot interfacing . I sat down and even made a pattern with the blocks on a diagnol . I quilted as you go so it would remain soft and cuddelly . I charged for material , thread , time , and quilting 528.00 for a super king size quilt . She thought I was to high and has never talked to me again . Very hurt and put a lot of love into it and 3 months of complete time . I only charged her for 400 hours at 1.00 and hour .

    Patricia Wallick, 1 year ago Reply

  12. I have a quilt that I bought at the Paduca quilt fair, which I am interested in selling. It was hand-made in 1941 (the year I was born)in West Virginia. In the middle of the quilt is a bouquet of flowers, very pretty, the edges are trimmed in red and scalloped. Can you help me with advice as to how I might be able to sell this quilt?
    Also, my sister, who is 77 years old, had made 17 quilts (all completely hand-made, no machine at all). She also would like to sell her quilt. She named all her quilts and this one she calls white on white, completely white with a spider web in the middle going out to the ends. The quilt also contains species of animals that are in her area (Bonners Ferry, Idaho). Any help you can send me would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much! Dee Wistling

    Deanna Wistling, 1 year ago Reply

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