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    What did I buy?

    I made a U-turn when I found a consignment store & was thrilled when I found what I thought was an antique quilt, a double wedding ring - all hand done, including binding. When I got home and spread it out on the floor I happened to notice a label on the back - handcrafted in China, the rest of the label was too faded to read. The hand quilting is beautiful but is there actually a place where this is done? Still? Would love to find out more about it, can anyone help?

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    Hmmm..all the quilts I've seen from China have had quilting stitches that you could hang your toes in (a saying of my mom's) You have one that is a bit off the norm. Appreciate and enjoy what you have!

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    Next time you stop at Cracker Barrel take a look at the quilts they sell. They are also hand made,
    and in China, no less.
    I found a small quilted pillow cover in a thrift store - which appears to have been hand quilted.
    It had a price tag stapled to the quilt which concealed the label. It too was made in China. I plan to use it
    on the back of my chair. It is made up of Grandmother's Fans and that is the sole reason I paid $1. for it.

    June in Cincinnati

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    I just recently visited a Cracker Barrel while visiting my daughter in Binghamton. Their quilts are really beautiful!! I, too, was surprised to find they were 'made in China'. We are so used to low-quality items being massed produced coming from there, but these quilts are quite the opposite. They were beautifully detailed. I enjoyed looking but I get much more enjoyment making my own, so a purchase will not be in my future.
    Quote Originally Posted by june6995 View Post
    Next time you stop at Cracker Barrel take a look at the quilts they sell. They are also hand made,
    and in China, no less.
    I found a small quilted pillow cover in a thrift store - which appears to have been hand quilted.
    It had a price tag stapled to the quilt which concealed the label. It too was made in China. I plan to use it
    on the back of my chair. It is made up of Grandmother's Fans and that is the sole reason I paid $1. for it.

    June in Cincinnati

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    I checked the label on the back of the quilted pillow case. and followed it to this web page.
    Maybe we should all read some of what it says. Saying something is hand made is not necessarily going to mean it was made in USA.

    http://hartcottagequilts.com/archquilts

    June in Cincinnati

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    A few years ago I read an article in a quilting magazine that a lot of the Amish quilts people prize so much are quilted in third world countries.
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    That's true. A lot of the HGTV quilts and one's sold on QVC, even ones with certificates of authenticity from certain collections, are made in China. That is the only way they can make the quantity to sell at that price. Fabric is cheaper and so is labor.

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    I have noticed that a lot of quilts sold in stores are made in China. I would rather spend my hard earned money on something made in the USA. We need to support our own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by june6995 View Post
    I checked the label on the back of the quilted pillow case. and followed it to this web page.
    Maybe we should all read some of what it says. Saying something is hand made is not necessarily going to mean it was made in USA.

    http://hartcottagequilts.com/archquilts

    June in Cincinnati
    Thanks for the link to that website. It has some very interesting information on it!
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    And some of the "made in China" quilts that I have seen have had U.S.A. patriotic themes. Seems disingenuous to me. One of the reasons I love non-mass produced quilts is that I like to think of the feelings that went into making the quilt.

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    Just because it says Hand-quilted doesn't mean it is either. There are some macines now that have what is called a hand-stitch setting. It makes a stitch with a space between the stitches to make it look like hand-quilting.
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    Every day there is more and more FABRIC made in china. We really do need to try to find more and more items made here in the USA to help bring back manufacturing to create more jobs.
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    Same thing happened to me a couple of years ago. Beautiful hand quilting with shams, too! Got it home and ... a label!
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    I made porcelain dolls for many years, some costing over $500 just in materials. China began making them beautifully painted with wonderful wigs and expensive fabrics for ----$89! I was very demoralized.

    This looks like they could be doing the same with quilts.

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    If you ever have a chance to visit the Great Wall of China, you will notice vendors who are selling beautiful quilts. A number of the ethnic minorities in China make beautiful quilts. The Mong people of Viet Nam also make quilts, but their quilts tell a story of their migration from one country to another country.

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    I have been to Amish country in IND. and have seen the real deal on hand-quilted quilts and they are beautiful but not cheap! I don't hand-quilt but my kids had baby quilts made by Aunt Omie in Penn. and she did beautiful handquilt work.
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    If you have had the opportunity to go to one of the world fairs and see the exhibits from China you would never again doubt the quality of their handwork. Their top grade work is awe inspiring, jaw dropping "OH my gosh! How do they do that?"" museum quality top of the line
    ART. Of course as with any art quality item, they are priced accordingly.
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    ok, so you do know that there is now a machine on the market that does only "hand-quilting" right???
    who do you think makes those machines? Yes, the hand-quilted look can now be reproduced with a machine!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ppquilter View Post
    I have been to Amish country in IND. and have seen the real deal on hand-quilted quilts and they are beautiful but not cheap! I don't hand-quilt but my kids had baby quilts made by Aunt Omie in Penn. and she did beautiful handquilt work.

    you do know that Amish have used Hmong people from Vietnam to do their quilts for years right?
    http://www.womenfolk.com/quilting_history/hmong.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by june6995 View Post
    I checked the label on the back of the quilted pillow case. and followed it to this web page.
    Maybe we should all read some of what it says. Saying something is hand made is not necessarily going to mean it was made in USA.

    http://hartcottagequilts.com/archquilts

    June in Cincinnati
    I have one of the "Dresden Plate" quilts. I found it at an AmVets store for about $10.

    I was at a thrift store a week or so ago and found an absolutely gorgeous quilt for $4.99. It's a twin size little girls' quilt. It had a "made in China" label. It's one of the best made quilts I've ever found in a thrift.

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    It is a sad truth that a lot of beautiful things can be produced in other countries and shipped here cheaper than we can produce them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok View Post
    you do know that Amish have used Hmong people from Vietnam to do their quilts for years right?
    http://www.womenfolk.com/quilting_history/hmong.htm
    I was in an Amish shop last weekend and the quilts were made by the local women but the quilt tops were sent to China to be hand quilted. The stitches aren't tiny at all and I was surprised that the Amish would want their work to be done this way. The woman in the shop said the women didn't have time to handquilt for the public, they saved their handquilting for family quilts and only sold those if there was a big money need. I bought a beautiful baby quilt for $95 and it has a label handquilted in China. The Amish still gets the money for the quilt sold.
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    Quote Originally Posted by june6995 View Post
    I checked the label on the back of the quilted pillow case. and followed it to this web page.
    Maybe we should all read some of what it says. Saying something is hand made is not necessarily going to mean it was made in USA.

    http://hartcottagequilts.com/archquilts

    June in Cincinnati
    Great article, thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by institches33 View Post
    I made porcelain dolls for many years, some costing over $500 just in materials. China began making them beautifully painted with wonderful wigs and expensive fabrics for ----$89! I was very demoralized.

    This looks like they could be doing the same with quilts.
    But...you could always tell they were from China because try as they may, the eyes were always slanted a bit! My mom used to collect antique dolls and we could spot one from China immediately!

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