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    A friend of mine recommended me to one of her friends who's wanting a quilt made. It's a fairly difficult one to make, so I haven't decided if I'll do it or not yet.
    My question...is it normal to ask for half of the fee up front, the whole thing, just the fabric price, or wait until it's ready for the full amount? I feel like I should get something at the beginning to cover the fabric cost?

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    Ask for a non refundable deposit.
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    For custom order of anything, a 50% non-refundable deposit is often customary.
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    I haven't done for mone as I know that most people have no idea of costs, time. Since this is a custom quilt, I would have her provide the fabric, and if possible accompany her to ensure it is a quilt quality fabric. You might want to have her agree in writing, to the estimate costs.

    You may have to figure your approximate hours hourly rate. Give her an estimate with the costs broken down - cutting, assembling blocks, pressing time, then if you are quilting, price of batting, backing. It's a lot of hours if complicated. Then there is the binding, and sewing by hand.

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    Agree, non refundable deposit for at least the material and batting cost or 50% of total sale price - which ever is more. And get it in writing! And don't hand over finished quilt until you are paid in full.

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    I would think long & hard before deciding to make a custom quilt for anyone.

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    Default Re: Quilting for strangers

    I agree with JCY. There have been stories in the past on the forum of this type of project turning into nightmares of frustration for the quilter.

    If you don't want to do it just say "I quilt just for the fun of it. It's my hobby." Then give them the name and number of a quilt shop that does custom quilting.

    If you decide to do it make sure to get everything in writing & at least half up front. I tried finding some of those post but didn't have much luck.
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    Agree with Joy. A custom bed-quilt size could easily run $500. Not many non-quilters see the value. I can't imagine making a custom quilt for a stranger. My saying is "the only way you get one of my quilts is if I love you".

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    I've turned down many requests by telling people I only do it for family and I have a family that is growing by the day. There is nothing wrong with plainly saying nope, I don't do that and nothing more but seems that we think we should give a reason.

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    I agree with the half non-refundable deposit. Good luck with your decision.

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