I am going to be doing some craft shows and want to bring samples of some quilts. I don't want to make a bunch of quilts, hope some one likes them and they sell. I just want to bring some samples to show people but not sure how big should these be?
That depends. Are you showing the quality of your work or a particular pattern? I would make something that could be used as, say, a wall hanging, or place mat size, or a table topper. Wall hangings can be any size, from a 12" square to 36" or more. They don't have to be square. Say you have a pattern where the blocks are12" sq, three blocks across and three down is a nice size to show the pattern and, later, it could be used as a wall hanging or table topper. A couple of regular sized quilts would be nice. Something you could use as gifts if they don't sell. Baby quilts are always popular. I'm sure you will come up with right way to show case your work and patterns available. Good luck!!!
My experience is people find it hard to think "outside the box". If you only have small samples they will not be able to envision something bigger.
How about taking pictures of finished quilts and having a binder with 8 X 10 pics. Take them on a bed or hanging so people can "see" the actual size.
Qwilter, that is a very good point. I hang around people who make quilts and most of us can visualize finished quilts pretty well, but there are those that can't, so your idea is a darn good one!! It is hard to figure out the buying customer sometimes so any ideas are worth trying. One thing non-quilters don't realize is how much time and effort and money goes into making a quilt. And now, with the price of fabric what it is... Well, I guess we just have to educate them the best we can.