This quilt is a perfect lesson on what not to do in a commission quilt, I think I made every mistake in the book at least once.
First off, it was my first time trying to pull fabrics and colors for a client. To make it more difficult, the client was all the way over in France. With the time change and my client being very non-committal on colorways, this process was long and overly drawn out. I don't know how many hours I spent sending her pictures of sample quilts and quilt mockups to show her different color schemes.
Once we had finally figured out the color scheme (Vintage Modern by Bonnie and Camille for Moda Fabrics), I let her pick basically any pattern she found that she liked. She selected Open Stars by Cozy Quilt which is a great, but time-consuming pattern. I had already given her a basic estimate on price before the pattern was selected (yes I was an idiot) and so I kept the price the same even though my hours making the quilt just went up significantly. In addition, the quilt comes in basically every size except for twin which is what she wanted, but I figured that it would not be too hard to change up the number of blocks to wind up with a twin.
I ordered the pattern (and the ruler) and then had to redo all of the fabric requirements and cutting instructions for a twin (taking more time to do this than I would care to admit).
After finally finishing the quilt top and quilting the quilt using a stipple pattern, I then made a bonus pillow with some of the scraps.
So long story short, when I added up all of my materials and hours spent on the quilt I estimated that I made between $1.50 and $1.75 an hour on this quilt :(
Looking on the positive side, I can say that I really enjoyed making the quilt, at least I did not make enough mistakes that I actually lost money on the quilt (though I came close), and most importantly I never made this mistake with pricing a commission quilt again!
Another positive was that from making a 100+ flying geese I had tons and tons of tiny half square triangles left over. I sewed a bunch of them together into a bag for my mother-in-laws birthday.
I am linking (for the first time) to Throwback Thursday @ A Quarter Inch from the Edge