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Thread: Found Amish Treasures, can you name them?

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    Our Humane Society was given these quilts, one done and 7 with tops only, over 40 yrs old. Do you know the names? And how can I help get the most for our little critters? PM if you wish. Thank You in advance

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    I'm new to quilting, please educate me!

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    beautiful

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    Check with a local quilt shop or quilt guild to see if someone loves your animals enough to finish them for you, then sell them. You can earn some money for your shelter with those quilts.

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    I believe #'s 1 and 5 are grandmother's flower garden.
    #4 churn dash (there are other names for it)
    #8 Double wedding ring

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    I was told to not finish them unless you have over 40 yr old fabric. Or you wreck the value. Do you know the names? I will check with our only quilt store in town tomorrow, Thank You

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    #7 is periwinkle and #10 is glorified 9-patch

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    Wow! Gorgeous!!

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    Why are you calling them Amish? They are 1930s fabrics. #10 is called Friendship Block. #9 is Lone Star or Star of Bethlehem. #7 is Four Point Star. All of them have different names and were probably pieced in the 1930s.

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    As for getting the most for them? Raffle them. That way you could get hundreds for them versus practically nothing at auction. If you can't raffle them, go international on ebay.

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    I just bought an estate consisting of 14 boxes of fabric. Have 30+ blocks of #10 and I didn't know the name of the block was so it was nice to see someone here knew what it was. I agree with the dating but don't totally agree that they are amish. But they might be but the colors aren't really amish colors.

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    They all look wonderful....loves those gfg quilts.... I don't think they are Amish just doesn't seem to fit the style and colors.

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    I also do not think they are Amish. Someone went to a lot of time and effort with these--especially the english pieced one. There are lots of 30's and 40's replica fabrics out there. Go ahead and finish them. Then raffle raffle raffle. And I'd keep one for myself as payment for working on the others. Lucky you!

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    Nice quilts but because of the prints, I don't think these are Amish.

    "Traditionally, the Amish do not use prints, but solids - usually in darker colors."
    http://www.historyofquilts.com/amish.html

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    I thought Amish quilts were only solid colors. Why are these Amish?

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    Those are some beautiful pieces, & a really nice donation.

    #1 & 5 are Grandmothers Flower Garden
    #8 is a Double Wedding Ring
    #9 is a variation of a Lone Star

    1 & 8 were very popular in the 30's.

    Does the Society have a yearly fund raiser to auction them off?
    Ask the local pet store or interested business to display them & sell raffle tickets.
    List them on Craigs List
    Ask the local newspaper to do an article about the HS & include info on the quilts/tops to raffle.
    If you have a quilt guild ask them if they will "show" them to see if any ladies might like to buy one.

    By the way the baby in your Avatar is a beauty.

    Good luck & keep us posted on what you do w/them.
    Have a blessed day & may all your quilts be filled w/love.

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    They may have been made by the Amish, but I would not advertise them as Amish quilts. People think of Amish quilts as solid colors.

    I would sell them as is, but not at "Thrift shop" prices.

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    How lucky you are! Very pretty.

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    I don't think they're Amish, colors are too bright, but they are absolutely beautiful. They look like they were made in the 1930's and as someone already pointed out there are a number of excellent 30's repro fabrics out there if further work is needed. Muslin is also an option for backing. Hope they earn a lot of $$$ for an excellent organization.

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    I would not finish them before selling. That would probably detract from the value to a true collector. There is an auction house near here that seems to get good prices for old quilts, much better than craigslist. Etsy might be a good place to sell them, or ebay. If there is someone nearby who can appraise them for you that would be a help. They look like well made tops, in good condition.

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    They're all gorgeous. You could sell them on eBay or Etsy.

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    A quilt is only as old as the last stitch put into it. Don't mess with them, let whomever buys them do that if they so desire.
    Quilts and tops tend to go too cheap on ebay. I'd try Etsy, or wait for a quilt show, get a booth and sell them there. (If you ask for a discount, most quilt shows will allow you to sell for little or no charge, for a charity)

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    Quote Originally Posted by redmadder
    Why are you calling them Amish? They are 1930s fabrics. #10 is called Friendship Block. #9 is Lone Star or Star of Bethlehem. #7 is Four Point Star. All of them have different names and were probably pieced in the 1930s.
    I wondered this too. Amish use only solids.

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    the reason I say Amish is the lady was raised in N. Indiana and at 24 yrs old, bought personally from the Amish. I will ask her if she gave them the fabric to make it. All hand sewn.

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    Not only are those not Amish fabrics, the patterns aren't Amish either.

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