Being “quilt worthy” is a new concept to us at Crafts Changing Hearts. We have learned it is an oft-used phrase amongst quilters in regard to quilt-recipients. We are told that a ‘quilt-worthy recipient’ is someone who understands and appreciates the value of the treasure they have been given.
“Many people do not have any idea of the cost or the hours that went into crafting the quilt,” says Anne Rubenstein of Calvary Chapel Quilters. “Without this knowledge, the quilt is not perceived as a treasure.”
This misconception is owed largely to the availability of mass-produced, machine-made quilts which are available at discount stores for $50. Lacking craftsmanship and attention to detail, these comforters have undermined the appreciation people once had for handmade quilts.
Consider the Cost
Batting: $12 per yard
Backing: $8 – $13 per yard
Quilting by Machine: $300
Hand-quilting: $500 – $1,000
Time: 1 month – 10 years
Crafts Changing Hearts would like to enlighten the non-quilting community about heirloom-quality quilts. Any time we present any handmade quilt to to any organization on behalf of the quilters who made it, we make it standard practice to share what we have learned.
Hand quilting takes expertise, time and more time. These ladies, pictured below, hope to finish 4 squares per day. They meet once a week to quilt and raise money for their favorite charities.