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Thread: Retail quilts

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    I have noticed more and more pretty good looking quilts at places like Kohls and Walmart. Today I saw a double wedding ring king sized quilt at Walmart for . . .$16.00!

    We went to my husbands uncles house last year and that was the first time I saw one of these. I "thought" I could tell the difference between the hand made vs. store bought. I guess not. Since then every time I walk by one I kind of glare at it - like it knocked over my ice cream cone.

    So my question is - how do you feel about mass made quilts passing as hand made? Knowing most people that don't quilt could never tell the difference.

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    I doubt if they will hold up very good.

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    Years ago I purchased a Quilt at Family Dollar it was a double wedding ring (this was before I got the quilting bug) It sure looks hand stitched, I am still using it but it is falling apart I have used it everyday for many years and it is a King size, I squeeze it in my regular washer and dryer so it has been abused. Gonna Have to make me a big one for my bed!!

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    I don't think the quality is there and after a few washings it will either wad up or start falling apart. I know that is what happened when I have bought these in the past. They look great for a while (few washings) then they look worn and start falling apart.

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    Most young folks starting out need something warm. If that is what they want and can afford, then they need it. When they get to the point where they can tell the difference and can afford it, then let them make it or have it made.
    I don't let anyone tell me what I can or can not buy.....maybe if I found one at Walmart that I love at first sight, I'll buy it and love it too.

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    Quilts like that have their place. We have a lot of pets, and I would never expose something I had slaved over for hours to their playing and roughousing.

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    My mom has a couple and they don't compare to "real" hand made. The stitches are really big and far apart. Some of the seam allowances are so skimpy they come apart. Last time I was there I had to re-sew the binding and fix a few blocks on one of hers.

    Yes, I know. I should make her one. I'm working on a lap quilt for her. But frankly, at this time in her life the one on her bed needs to be washed so frequently that I'd just as soon have it be the one she has rather than one I made.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramona Byrd
    Most young folks starting out need something warm. If that is what they want and can afford, then they need it. When they get to the point where they can tell the difference and can afford it, then let them make it or have it made.
    I don't let anyone tell me what I can or can not buy.....maybe if I found one at Walmart that I love at first sight, I'll buy it and love it too.
    Oh believe me - I had it in my hand - then put it down, picked it back up again - then decided for as much time as I spend sewing and the fact that I actually have a true sewing room, I thought I don't need it and it would be hard for me not to pass it off as my own!!

    I know people need and want things that look like what we can make - I just feel a little slighted that we as quilters can put so much time, effort and love into something that the next guy could pick up at the store without much effort. Not to mention what it would actually cost of making a quilt like that.

    Same thing as someone who bakes probably looking at the cookies at the store. I just never had something like this to feel that way about. :)

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    Before I started quilting I bought two of those cheapy made in china slave labor quilts at JC Penny for dirt cheap. I did love them but once I started quilting it didn't take me long to spot the shoddy workmanship, scant quilting and inferior quality. One I turned into a wallhanging but the one we used started falling apart fairly quickly, I'd say within 2 years.

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    I bought a double wedding ring quilt from fingerhut many years ago. The very first time it got washed, it popped a hole and continued to pop holes every other time it got washed. Now it's sitting out in DH's man cave as a chair cover, I've had to attach orphan blocks to it just to keep it from totally falling apart.

    worst 50 dollars I ever spent ;)

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