Answer #1: The cost of quilting a quilt can vary considerably, depending on both size and materials used. Keep things basic and communicate with your quilter what you might need or want and you might be able to bring that down to a price you and your quilter can agree upon.
Answer #2: To learn how to quilt, you might want to start with some basic beginner quilting videos, practice with some scrap fabrics, ask friends who are quilters for instruction and help, or seek out a beginner quilting class near you.
Answer #3: As a general guide, the going rate for a queen-sized quilt can be anything between $350 to $1500, while a baby quilt can be had for anything between $150 and $400. A hand made quilt makes the kind of lovely, personal gift that many people are prepared to spend big on.
Answer #4: Absolutely, there are lots of online resources such as videos and tutorials to watch. Local quilt shops give periodic demonstrations, and hands on learning. There are also many printed materials available for reading and studying quilting to help you in your new endeavors.
Answer #5: Can it be expensive? Yes. Does it have to be? No. Some of the difference is the reason you are making a quilt. Is it a show quilt to be treasured and put on display? Fine, knock yourself out. But don't look down on someone else because they made a scrap quilt or used fabrics not to your taste or did a simple design. As much as I'd love to make an award-winning quilt, I equally love that I HAVE MADE quilt that have literally been loved to pieces by family members. There are loads of "don't use sheets, don't use unidentifiable fabrics, don't mix cottons with poly/cotton blends" and I say if you are just getting started and learning then that is FINE. Some of these things will affect your quilt, but it won’t be a disaster like some predict.
Answer #6: Batting manufacturers recommend quilting distances of up to 8" to 10", if your quilt will be washed or heavily used, do consider adding more quilting stitches than that. The closer the quilting lines are to each other, the less stress there is on each individual stitch. Your quilting will last longer as a result.
Answer #7: It does take some time to become proficient enough to make quilting items that you could possibly list for sale. Like any other hobby, your skill level will depend on your ability and desire to learn, and time to practice, and practice, and practice some more. And of course, your budget.
Answer #8: There could be some debate over the easiest quilt pattern, but I would venture to say that most would say a simple patchwork pattern is the easiest. Cutting and piecing many squares that are the same size into rows is about as easy as it gets.
Answer #9: You’ll need some basic quilting and sewing tools before you get started on your quilt. When buying fabric for your first quilt, pay attention to the requirements in the tutorial or pattern you are following. A tutorial or pattern will list exactly how much of each kind of fabric to purchase, plus batting, backing fabric, and binding fabric. Sewing a perfect straight stitch seam will help your final quilt come together without puckers, wavy, or unmatched seams.
Answer #10: I make money at quilting. I teach, demonstrate or create designs for other quilters. I hire other quilters as speakers and instructors when I need help or different ideas for classes. I know several nationally known quilters. I think they make money from selling their designs or teaching etc.