You're probably able to get a rough idea of how much time Jean and I have spent on this project. Our treasurer (and those she chooses to tell) knows how much most of the supplies cost.
The thing is, with an art quilt, there's also the art part. That's why Jean talked about professional appraisals. Yes, I know that you could just pop over to Linens ‘N Things or Wal-Mart to pick up a quilt for your guest bedroom, and you'll get (I assume) a pretty quilt that will last at least a year or so and it won't cost a lot of money.
But what if you want a hand-made heirloom? What if you have an idea of the intrinsic and historical value of a NON-mass produced quilt? Do you want art? Do you want the comfort of a 'snuggle-up' that is so lovingly created that you can feel it every time you wrap it around yourself or a loved one? (If that’s what you need, check out Jane Brunk's quilts. They're like hugs you can carry with you where ever you go - you can just FEEL the love.)
Okay,I might have gone off on a tangent there for a minute. Caryl Bryer Fallert, one of the premiere quilt artists of the 20th (and into the 21st) century, has a website that shows some of her quilts that are for sale or that have been sold. Go have a look, I'll wait (while you're there, notice the sizes and prices ::gasp!::).
A discussion with the artist about pricing is a serious eye-opener, in which she points out (among many, many other things) something obvious, but frequently forgotten: Skilled labor costs more than unskilled labor.
Wow. There I go again. Was there a point? Maybe not. Maybe it was to give you, dear readers, something to think about. Or maybe just an excuse to go surf the web a bit and see some pretty, pretty pictures.