Quilts cost a lot because quilts cost a lot to make. Good cotton materials will cost on average $12.00 per yard. A queen size quilt, depending on the style of quilt and the amount of seams in the quilt it will require 18 to 20 yards of materials for the top (piece work), backing and the binding materials. Then batting and thread is needed. Good cotton Batting can cost up to $30.00 to $45.00 for a queen size quilt. High quality thread is approximately $9.00 per spool. Materials alone can cost between $280.00 and $350.00. Then you have to pay the long arm quilter which is approximately $180.00 to $250.00.
The labor for a queen quilt can be 45 to 65 hours. I use $15.00 per hour. The labor cost around $675.00 to $2050.00. Total cost for a queen quilt $955.00 to $1,325.00. I have seen quilts cost over $3,500.00. Quilts are truly a work of art. That’s why they cost so much.