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To Price a Quilt

By Vickilane
To Price a Quilt
What are these old beauties worth? Georgette at Penland's in Marshall, NC wants to know. A local man brought them in to sell. Thank heavens! Lots of folks who don't know how much work goes into a quilt will take old ones to the dump.

It's been so long since I looked at antique quilts that I haven't a good idea of what would be fair and reasonable prices for them but I'm hoping some of my  quilting friends (Pepper Cory especially) might have an idea.
I see these quilts as charming folk art. Most are too worn for daily use but would be nice hung on a wall or over the back of a chair as decoration. Some could use a bit of washing. Here are my hurried observations on each quilt: 1. Six Chickens -- These sturdy legged chickens would brighten any room. The quilt is twin-sized, cotton and polyester, in good condition. The edges are not bound so it was probably never used.  It is hand quilted in a fan pattern.


To Price a Quilt
2. Sunbonnet Sue I -- cotton, red sashing is quite worn. Hand quilted.
To Price a Quilt The little girls wear a variety  of pastel prints -- maybe some feed sack material?
To Price a Quilt
3. Dinner Plate variation (I think.)
To Price a Quilt
It's visually striking, despite its worn and faded condition. I think that's some more feed sack material in the multi-hud plate rims. 


To Price a Quilt
Hand quilted.  Thirties? Forties? Later, using saved fabrics?
To Price a Quilt
4. Pastel Eight-Pointed Star-- the prettiest of the lot, in my opinion. The soft colors are lovely.
To Price a Quilt
And there's a little surprise -- one triangle cut from fabric bearing the Minnetonka Moccasins logo. I love oddities like this. Did the fabric have a special meaning for the quilter? Or had she run out of yellow and used this to fill in?
To Price a Quilt Hand quilted and  in good  (if slightly soiled) condition except for a badly frayed binding that could be easily replaced.
To Price a Quilt 5. The Grandmother's Flower Garden Diamond Variation is cotton with some wear and straight line hand quilting.
To Price a Quilt I've never attempted hexagons and can only imagine how much work this would be.
To Price a Quilt 6. Sunbonnet Sue II -- the bold one.
To Price a Quilt
The sashing is a coral-ish red and the little girls' outfits are bright.
To Price a Quilt
Hand quilted in straight lines. Good condition

To Price a Quilt
7. Appliqued Tulips -- poly and cotton. Hand quilted around flowers. Good condition. This too would be a cheerful wall hanger.
To Price a Quilt 7. Red, White, and Blue (and Green) -- A machine pieced top of poly/cotton. I  don't know the name of this pattern but it's another bold visual statement. And I adore the lone green square at the top. Again, I try to imagine the quilter's reasoning . . . 
To Price a Quilt
If anyone has thoughts on appropriate pricing, I love to hear them. And should you be interested in purchasing one, you can get in touch with Georgette Shelton, the store owner, at 828.649.2811 or [email protected]


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