I need to just whine for a bit. Today my mother and I went out with the sole intentions of showing her boss my latest quilt. Her boss collects antique quilts but loves to see what I'm sewing up. The boss loved my quilt and we hang around and talked. I Got a possible new customer, and then here she came with her magnifying glass unholstered ready to pounce, interrupting me and my customer.
So I had to let you gals know what we are doing wrong. For one we aren't Amish, only the Amish make real quilts anymore. She knows because she just went to a Amish auction last week. And of course the quilt police owns several amish quilts. As I'm talking to my new customer she(the customer) asked how I care for my quilts because she had a few of her grandmothers old quilts . Well my antique quilts I don't wash very often. I keep them safe on guest beds and stored away, they are refold often and aired out weather permitting. Well according to the police that is wrong also. Quilts are to be used daily and rolled around on the floor with by your grandchildren, and washed when filthy. Of course her quilts can handle this abuse because they are amish. My utilty quilts get treated better than her perfect amish quilts.
Finally I let her know that I had handle some amish quilts in my time and they too are machined pieced, not all but more than half are pieced on treadles. And the ones that I had seen in "Amish shops" in Amish country Pennsylvania were not good quality fabric like I see on the more modern quilts. I gave her credit where credit was due, because I too admire what it takes to quilt a quilt by hand. Its a talent I have but refuse to use becuase it hurts my fingers and takes to long. And I just flat like machined quilted quilts. I asked her if she had ever been to a real quilt show for the big girls with electricty. No was her reply, I let her know that one of Sharon Shambers quilt was sold to the Museum in Paducha for around $12,000. And she also got a big fat check from one of the longarm manufacutures for $10,000. Machined pieced and machine quilted, Her jaw dropped and she went back to her corner where she belonged.
If she were a quilter or a seamstress her quilt knowlegde might have been a little more insightful and helpful to me. But this gal asked me to mend her husbands pants last year becuase she doesn't even own a needle and thread. I told her that theres a alteration shop down the street.