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Quilters Find a way to care

Date: Wed, 19 Dec 2001 21:20:16 -0800
From: Audrey Waite <awquiltrsedona.net>
To: QHLcuenet.com
Subject: Christmas Traditions
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Happy Holidays to all on the list:

A new tradition was started in our little town last year. The 8 
miles
of highway coming into town is through national forest and there are
lots of little pines on each side of the road. Each day in December 
it
seemed someone had anonymously decorated one of those pine trees with
colorful balls and garlands. It's a curvy road so you had to be 
careful
driving and trying to count at the same time. Fifteen or twenty
decorated trees brought Christmas cheer to everyone that passed.

This year at last count there were more than 40 - what a fun thing 
for a
family to do with their children!

Audrey Waite in
sunny Sedona, AZ

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Date: Fri, 21 Dec 2001 14:44:41 +0000
From: "Karen Bush" <karenbush11hotmail.com>
To: QHLcuenet.com
Subject: too good to be true??
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Am I just being a poop, green with envy?? This looks just TOO good! 
Of 
course, it would look GREAT on my bed if Santa had the $$ for it! 
Hope ONE 
of you bids and gets it! :o kb
http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1499159796


http://www.karenbushquilts.com
Karen Bush
It only takes me One day to get a month behind :/


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Date: Fri, 21 Dec 2001 14:53:52 +0000
From: "Karen Bush" <karenbush11hotmail.com>
To: QHLcuenet.com
Subject: oops
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I got so excited about that quilt, I forgot to ask what I intended to 
ask in 
the First place!
I have 2 stacks of blocks. One indigo/white churn dash, in Very 
good 
condition, mid-late l800's, and I bought from a well-known dealer, 
the other 
is pink and muslin churn dash, same dealer, good condition.
My question. They're in my trunk looking at me. I can't afford to 
buy 
vintage muslin, but, I WANT to put these together and sell the 
top/quilt 
that I make out of them.
In your opinion, would they sell better as blocks or, put together? 
As far 
as 'value' of the block, am I going to ruin it by putting new muslin 
with 
it? I can 'age' the muslin, of course, it would be stated that was 
done if I 
put it for sale.
What's your opinion???
I need some 'go girl' on the blocks, I think! haha...I'm itching to 
do 
Something with them, I've had them for several years. :) kb


http://www.karenbushquilts.com
Karen Bush

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Date: Sat, 22 Dec 2001 14:38:04 -0600
From: "Leigh Fellner" <hcquiltspeoplepc.com>
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Subject: Karens quilt questions
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IMHO that ebay applique quilt looks like the real McCoy (was that 
your
question?), although I'm not so confident as to date it anything more 
than
"last quarter of the 19th century" because I can't get a good look at 
that
double pink. The colors are just too "strange bedfellows" to be 
repro; no
contemporary quilter making a reproduction would mix red, pink (even
double), that green (that photographs so badly as black) and cheddar 
unless
she was out to seriously scam, because the combination isn't 
generally
thought of as a "nice" one. Repro quilts coordinate far too nicely 
:) The
fading and staining are consistent with "ancientness", the scallops 
aren't
completely symmetrical, and the quilting is "hinky" enough to holler 
OLD at
me.

As to whether selling your blocks "made up" or as-is will turn a 
better
profit - it depends on how many you have, what condition they're in 
(lie
flat, or an example of 3-dimensional piecing?), how old they are, and 
how
well you market them. On ebay I can generally buy '30s blocks for 
less than
$1 apiece, and I don't think I've ever paid more than $1.50 for the
1835-1910 blocks I've acquired, but I am a very careful shopper 
because I
have to turn a profit myself. Can't help you on whether to use 
modern
fabric in piecing - I am a fanatic in this regard, but I suspect many 
of my
quilt customers couldn't care less. Have you checked the 
"feedsack"
section? I bought 20lbs. of natural-color c.1920 sugar and feedsacks 
a year
ago for almost nothing, and am just now finishing using them all! I 
backed
a doll quilt I made out of 1835-1850 prints/muslins with a natural 
feedsack
and unless you are a real textile hound, you couldn't tell the 
difference
between the two; sold just fine to a serious collector who was 
perfectly
happy knowing the back was of a different era. If you've got enough, 
you
might consider avoiding setting squares entirely. As to "pieced" or
"quilted" - January has always been a good time of year for me to 
sell tops.
People get cabin fever right around 12/26 and are itching for 
something to
do. In July, OTOH, they want you to do the work for them ;)