I have just wasted the last couple of hours watching Liverpool FC lose in the European cup final. Normally I couldn't care less about football ( although Liverpool is nominally 'my' team). However my brother-in-law got a free trip out working as a steward and then today I covered a full time Judge who had got a ticket and who was phoning in to the court on tenterhooks to report how delayed his flight to Athens was. I kind of got the fever at that point and when I heard the news story of how the last flight full of fans out was cancelled due to mechanical failure I felt so sorry for them I had to hope that the match at least was won for them. But it wasn't, so now I feel vicariously worse!
I am betting though that there are some unreasonable behaviour divorce petitions issued as a result of the financial stress caused by this match. One stranded fan was saying that he had spent two months wages and hadn't even got there. I heard that flights on charters were going for £1000, as were tickets. Crazy.
On a much cheerier note however, I sold the Leaf Peeper quilt I showed at Quilst UK. I really didn't expect that so I am just so delighted that anyone wanted to spend so much money to own somthing I knocked up. What an encouragement. It has been bought by a woman downsizing to a new house after her husband died who had always wanted to own a quilt and went to the show specifically to buy one - and picked mine!
Whats more she asked me if, should she ever want a new one, whether I would make her one as a commission! (Oh yes!).
I have no idea, however, how to value a quilt. I know it would be inappropriate to apply my professional charging rate to the work I put in and I think I am worth a bit more than minimum wage but thats a large gap! Does anyone know of any accepted formula for working it out?
I sold this for £450 pretty much at random which does give me a profit after costs ( it was longarmed quilted and finshed by Chris Marriage) but I did hear an American woman looking at it at the show say it was cheap. ( Yes, I confess - I was hanging around my own quilt for a little while!) I didn't keep a record of my time on this one (mental note to self for the future!) so I don't even know what my hourly rate worked out at on this one. But it doesn't really matter. As I never expected to sell it I am more than happy to have 'free' recycled fabric money instead of another quilt in the cupboard.