Thursday, September 20, 2007

Lancaster County, PA

On Saturday, we--and everyone else in southeastern Pennsylvania--headed out on Route 30 to visit the Amish. We went to Intercourse (you just have to) and visited the People's Museum to see the quilts. Then we looked around the gift shop. There was a lovely piece (squares of wool felt--half inch piled on one inch--and topped with a button) framed, on sale for (hold on to your hats) $895. All it is is squares stitched to a ground fabric through the button--no piecing, no quilting, just a one inch squares topped with a half inch square topped with a button and sewn to a ground fabric. Ten across and ten down, or so. Slapped in a shadow box frame. Eight hundred ninety five dollars.

So I went downstairs to the fabric store and bought $22 worth of hand dyed wool felt that you see here. Someone's gonna have one helluva piece of art on the walls!

7 comments:

Kathryn said...

Got buttons?

xsquared said...

Oooo, yummy wool felt!

Lee said...

I've always thought that the quilts and quilt-type art sold in the Lancaster area are overpriced. NOT the museum pieces - those are fantastic. I'm talking about the quilts for sale in the various nearby stores.

The piecing is usually nicely done, but the actual quilting - eh. There's not much of it, and it's not particularly well done. But they charge what the market will allow, and there are plenty of tourists ready to pay big bucks for an authentic Amish quilt.

Cathy said...

The Lancastrians really take advantage of the tourists, don't they?

Honestly, in re to Lee's comment above, if you drive around the county enough you'll find a real Amish quilt being sold for much less. They're still expensive (upward of $300 sometimes), but not as insane as what you find in the tourist traps and the boutique shops.

Mindi said...

Good for you! Make your masterpiece and I'm sure it will turn out better than that overpriced tourist trap that was your inspiration.

Jacque said...

You go girl!!!

Not Amish, but speaking of crazyness, I was looking through a decorating catalogue and saw this really gorgeous piece of paper art for $550. I was at Big Lots today looking for votive holders for a dinner party and saw something VERY similar to the catalogue piece for $20.00...heck yes I bought it! : )

Have fun making your quilt!

Michelle said...

I love the idea of creating your own...may have to make one myself! Definitely better than paying for the one you saw!