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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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    regardless of how they are made, they arent made with blood, sweat and tears, and not to mention love that quilters put into their quilts. I think that is what makes the homemade ones different from the store bought ones... Most everything we make can be bought, and for a lot cheaper, but that isnt the point. we make things for our friends and loved ones (and sometimes as give aways to someone who needs it) because it means something more when it comes from our hands. :)

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    I don't think we can compare storemade cookies with those quilts. A home made quilt is quite expensive. Cookies are much less expensive to make at home than to buy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JulieR
    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.
    I agee, I have my quilts in the guest room and hanging on walls and racks, but in keeping with the idea of quilts on the beds I will buy these for our king size bed because the dogs all spend the day sleeping on our bed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MellieKQuilter
    regardless of how they are made, they arent made with blood, sweat and tears, and not to mention love that quilters put into their quilts. I think that is what makes the homemade ones different from the store bought ones... Most everything we make can be bought, and for a lot cheaper, but that isnt the point. we make things for our friends and loved ones (and sometimes as give aways to someone who needs it) because it means something more when it comes from our hands. :)
    If made by "slave laborers" - the quilts probably are made with "blood, sweat, and tears"

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    the quilt on my bed was purchased at a catalog store before my hobby began, about 15-20 years ago. i believe it was in the neighborhood of $25. it was hand-made out of the country, shall we say. it's a feathered star pattern. the fabrics were not good and it has two small tears [my fault, but may not have happened with better fabric]. i washed it yesterday and noticed that the edges are somewhat worn. so it's never going to be an antique, but i feel i've gotten my money's worth. i don't think i could ever duplicate that quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    Quote Originally Posted by MellieKQuilter
    regardless of how they are made, they arent made with blood, sweat and tears, and not to mention love that quilters put into their quilts. I think that is what makes the homemade ones different from the store bought ones... Most everything we make can be bought, and for a lot cheaper, but that isnt the point. we make things for our friends and loved ones (and sometimes as give aways to someone who needs it) because it means something more when it comes from our hands. :)
    If made by "slave laborers" - the quilts probably are made with "blood, sweat, and tears"
    That was my thought too :(

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    I purchased several from Ross and used them on our beds before I got into quilting. I think they have their place as I'm not sure that I would enjoy the doggies after I've slaved over making one. The purchased ones (wedding ring and star designs) have lasted for years. I think I would prefer the quilts I've made used a little more gently than stretched out and pulled like a tug of war type idea that DH can do when he sleeps rolled up in the quilt like a burrito. LOL

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    Has anybody seen the quilts at Cracker Barrel? They are BEAUTIFUL! I'm sure they are made in China, but still quite stunning.

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    Homemade cookies do not compare to handmade quilts, price wise, BUT homemade cookies are just as precious to some people as would be a handmade quilt. I know, I provide homemade goodies to some veterans at our local VA hospital and they are treated like they're gold. Homemade treats are also a treasure for many people who don't have the time, knowledge, skills, what have you to make them. Frankly, my cookies usually have fewer artistic creative design differences in them than do my quilts.

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    look at the stiching there was several women quilting it and getting paid very little and they buy in bulk thats the only way they can sell them so cheap. And this is only my opinion.the stiches are far apart in places.

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    I don't have anything against what I call Chinese quilts (because they're made in China). But I get cranky with people who ask me to make them a quilt and expect to pay me $40 or $50, because that's how much they'd pay for one at Target.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MellieKQuilter
    regardless of how they are made, they arent made with blood, sweat and tears,

    Nah, those poor slave laborers are having the time of their lives! NOT. They more than any of us put blood, sweat and tears into their work, and they probably earn $1 a week. Actually, some of the quilts I've received in swaps weren't made as well (or poorly) as these china-made quilts, but I could appreciate them anyhow.

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    I have a DWR bedspread and shams for a Queen bed, and it has held up quite well. I purchased it from JC Penney, I think, 4-5 years ago. I do think these imported quilts have a place in the market. Everyone can't afford to have a quilt made specifically for them -- and one of the retail ones is the answer to that. It gives them a bit of decorating color, etc. I have one that my SIL bought before she died. I was with her when she bought it; and it's hanging on my quilt ladder now with some of my quilts. It's just as special to me. Sorry to stand on my soapbox for so long. Too much caffeine this morning.

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    Before I started quilting on a regular basis I heard many of these are made overseas by companies who employ both women & children who are working in horrid conditions and grossly underpaid. Each time I see one of these types of quilts that goes thru my mind. I won't touch them.

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    My mother once bought one of the "homemade" quilts at Sears and the first time she washed it, it fell apart. I think she paid $40.00 for it and that was probably 25 years ago. It was a pretty quilt...until she washed it.

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