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    I have bought quilts from JCPenney and QVC. The quilts were 100% cotton and held up very nicely. I have a quilt that is several years old on my bed that I bought at a flea market. It originally came from JCPenney. It is showing wear along some seams but I still love it. It seems like it has the old-fashioned kind of cotton batting in it.

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    The people who make quilts are not compensated the same as they would be if they were doing the same job in the US or Canada, but their jobs mean the difference between eating and not eating, housed or homeless, education or none.

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    I have a down comforter on our king sized bed.. (over my hexagon hand quilted quilt) Something about the fluffiness of the down without all the weight is soothing to me..

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    Quote Originally Posted by thepolyparrot
    The people who make quilts are not compensated the same as they would be if they were doing the same job in the US or Canada, but their jobs mean the difference between eating and not eating, housed or homeless, education or none.

    Wow, never really thought of it that way.. but then again, the US needs jobs too..

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    Quote Originally Posted by bamamama
    I never bought one because they are made in sweat shops and the people making them are not compensated properly for their skills. I do not want to promote such horrible business behavior. Think about it, how could you ever justify making a quilt and selling it for $25. I think that the existance of those quilts devalue the ones that we make.
    I agree. I would definitely never buy one that has been imported....I would never be able to enjoy looking a quilt that was done using slave labor.

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    It's a misnomer to call it slave labor.

    The people choose those jobs over starving - or over living on the meager government handouts which keep them chained to their poverty.

    They depend upon us to better their lives.

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    I got one from JC Pennys Americana with Shames and I still love it and have it..but I just started quilting...

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    Have I bought quilts from a store - yes. Would I buy them again - yes. Do I make my own - yes. Do I have the skill or patience to make ones that I have bought - no. Does buying a quilt in a store cheapen what I do - no. Actually buying some quilts allows me the time to make the quilts I like to make and the joy of using beautiful quilts I don't want to have to make.

    We have bought beautiful quilts made by machine and beautiful ones made by hand and I appreciate the talent invested in designing all of them and hand quilting some of them.

    We have purchased quilts from many foreign countries and they are NOT made with slave labor. In India we purchased quilts made by women in a cooperative in the slums who sew quilts for a living. Was the quilt inexpensive - very much so compared to purchasing a hand made quilt in the US. However, those women were proud of their work and proud of the the fact that they made a living for their families. They own the cooperative and set their own prices, which are inexpensive. We also bought very inexpensive quilts in China that were beautiful and made by large machines that pump a quilt out every hour. It took someone a long time to design the gorgeous quilting and I am glad they did and glad that I didn't have to pay thousands for the quilt.

    There is a place and a need for all.

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    How is buying outside the US any diff then hiring cheap labor here? I buy what I like and don't care where or it's made...I'm not into PC

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    the quilt on my bed was from Pottery Barn ... for years! everyone in my family had quilts i had made but i did not make myself a quilt ...and i love my pottery barn quilt!...but it has finally been replaced with one i made.
    i have purchased quilts made for store displays for lqs' when they move on and sell them, i have bought Amish quilts in shops while traveling...
    i don't see why its a (bad) thing to buy a quilt from a shop if you like it and can afford it. after all- there is not enough time for us to make them all...and i enjoy the work of others. sometimes i see one i love that i have no desire to ever make...if i can buy it i'm happy :thumbup:
    why would this be a big deal???

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    You all have made valid points. I apologize for making a harsh statement. Two years ago I saw a documentary on, shall we say unfair labor acts, and it just broke my heart :cry: In the future, I'll try to be less vocal about my opinions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LivelyLady
    You all have made valid points. I apologize for making a harsh statement. Two years ago I saw a documentary on, shall we say unfair labor acts, and it just broke my heart :cry: In the future, I'll try to be less vocal about my opinions.
    You be as vocal as you want ------- notice what a nice thread your vocalization started?

    I will buy comforters but I make my own quilts!

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    Yep, I got one for our bed - just one of those inexpensive ones, because I like the look of a quilt as opposed to a bedspread, but my 2 dogs and 2 cats get up on the bed - with my encouragement and permission - and I didn't want a quilt I had spent many hours and lots of money to be ruined with pet toenails. Nor did I want to ban my pets from being close to me to protect a quilt. Seemed like a good solution.

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    I have one that my mother bought at Kohl's just before she died. I use it, and it reminds me of her. I also have one that I bought before I started quilting. There is little quality, but back then I didn't know any better and it was cheap. Now that I'm quilting, I'm sure they will be replaced along the line. :)

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    Actually, I do. I am not a prolific quilter (getting better). Decisions are difficult for me. I bought several as we have two homes, 1 in Illinois where all the kids and GKs are and 1 in WI on my DHs grandfather's land and also a mobile home there too, used as a guest house. All in all we have 15 beds of all sizes. Oh yeah, and I have 8 toilets to clean and 1 outhouse. Oh, glory be!

    My DIL and I made 3 hanky (Moda) quilts for the WI home and I had one more twin bed in that area and I wanted another one so I bought a quilt from Wal Mart and used my extra hankies by sewing them onto the squares and requilted it. It turned out great. Took me just a couple of short days to do.

    I just bought one for the MB in WI from Penney's that I absolutely love. It was way on sale and so I bought extra valances and shams to cover an old recliner (partly) and arm covers and also for the windows. Didn't cost me an arm and a leg and room looks beautiful.

    I have seen some gorgeous ready mades (if you will) and have no problem buying them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LivelyLady
    You all have made valid points. I apologize for making a harsh statement. Two years ago I saw a documentary on, shall we say unfair labor acts, and it just broke my heart :cry: In the future, I'll try to be less vocal about my opinions.
    You don't have to be less vocal in your opinions - they are your opinions. Everyone should realize there are some unscrupulous people in the world, but there are a lot more who aren't. I work in product testing/evaluation and have been to many factories and cooperatives around the world that don't treat their employees badly, don't hire child labor, and produce great products we all want to purchase.

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    well, that was all quite interesting. thank you for your input. i was basically asking about mass-produced quilts. if i saw a hand-made quilt that i fell in love with and that i could afford, i would for sure buy it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LivelyLady
    You all have made valid points. I apologize for making a harsh statement. Two years ago I saw a documentary on, shall we say unfair labor acts, and it just broke my heart :cry: In the future, I'll try to be less vocal about my opinions.
    i totally get what you are saying. there are many products i will not purchased because of the story i have read or seen. if we actually knew of ALL the crap that goes on out there, we wouldn't want to buy or use anything, right? we have to pick and choose our causes otherwise it will be too overwhelming. there are stores and products out there that i refuse to purchase because of this fact. that is my choice, and yes, it does make me cringe inside when people talk about shopping there. however . . . i don't get into it, i just say i don't shop there. do not be silent about your opinions. you were only stating how YOU feel, and were not pushing it on others.

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    I bought a brown whole cloth quilt from Bed Bath & Beyond because I love quilted whole cloth quilts. I'm thinking about buying another one. Because I am a hand quilter with not that much free time, my quilts tend to be twin size or a little bigger--depends on the pattern. I have finished two quilts that don't fit my queen size bed and so I have them under the bedspread for warmth. I don't have any qualms about buying quilts--I don't like that they're made in China, but it's all I can afford.

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    I have one that I picked up at a yard sale. It's starting to fall apart, but, still good when watching tv, things like that. On my bed is a king size quilt that I made.

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    I bought one about 10 years for an antique glider on my front porchin the sun and rain!!!! I wash it every winter before storing it and it seems to be wearing better than my hand made ones. Plus, it hasnt hardly faded. I paid $18.95 for it-- couldn't buy the fabrics for that amount.
    Good luck ladies, Kutnso

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    I use mostly Chinese made quilts for my bed because I have animals and grandchildren who are pretty rough on quilts. I have several. Since I do all my quilting by hand I know how much effort and time it takes to make on, don't want them ruined.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghostrider
    but, hey, I make my own soup and I still buy store bought of that, too. :lol:
    I was just thinking, "Why not? I make some of my clothes, but I still buy off the rack, too." and I read your answer.

    Thanks, Ghostrider, for the smile.

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    I have purchased (bed) quilts from a quilt store for the guest rooms in my home, for $50 or less when on super-discount or as part of a special purpose. Here's why:

    - My several K and pre-K grandkids visit and jump on the beds (qults on), they build forts, spill things, leave them on the floor, and just plain act like kids. Kids forget in moments of enthusiasm and creativity. They can't conceive of the work that goes into making a quilt at that age, let alone how crushed we feel when a lovingly made quilt or craft is damaged or ruined in one of "those moments." They'll pick that up as they edge closer to primary school age.
    - I use them for small picnics for a home-y feel to the event, so I won't be worrying too much about stains.
    - I use these in the bedrooms of guests whose upbringing I had no say in (despite being family) and who don't treat things with as much respect or care as I would like.

    So, when the grandkids or guests are gone, the "good quilts" go back on the bed and the doors to the rooms left open for me to enjoy the way they look, rotate them, change for the holidays and love them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cathyvv
    My DH is worried that the quilt will be ruined by using it. I tell him that my enjoyment of it is ruined by not using it!
    My DH and I have similar conversations often. I'm not a collector, I don't keep the nice stuff for special occasions - if I like it I use it - the wear that comes with use may diminish the value to others, but it's not theirs is it?

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