How do you say no?
This is a question that I have seen many times on various quilting sites. When someone wants you to make a quilt but they want it at a rock bottom price. My situation is a little different, I have some family members who have seen my quilts and they know how much time and work goes into every quilt that I make and they absolutely love the end quilt.
They have asked me to make quilts when their friends have had babies or for birthday / Christmas presents, and at first I happily made them just for the cost of the materials used.
However as I have gotten busier and the techniques I use have become harder, I decided that actually I need to draw the line and put a stop to this. Because if I am making a quilt for a family member(and I am more than happy to do this) that is different to me making a quilt for a family member who then wants to gift the quilt to someone else. I believe that at this point they should become a customer, do you agree with me?
At the end of last year, I told them that if they wanted me to make any further quilts for them to gift, that I would have to charge them the same as I would charge anyone else. There was a silence as I explained my reasoning for this, luckily they understood where I was coming from and agreed that I should do that, however I have not been asked to make anything since!