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Vintage Quilts Collecting, Dating, Preserving and Appraising Hardcover – July 1, 2002


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: American Quilter's Society (July 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1574322850
  • ISBN-13: 978-1574322859
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 8.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #486,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Bobbie Aug became involved with AQS in Paducah, Kentucky, at the 1989 American Quilter's Society Show. She was in the first group tested and certified as quilt appraisers by AQS. Bobbie serves as a member of the AQS Appraiser Certification Program Committee. She learned to sew on treadle sewing machines in Illinois. Bobbie Aug was inspired by the quiet, dignified beauty of nineteenth-century quilts and began making quilts 30 years ago. She became a quilt dealer, quilt collector, quilt shop owner, and quilt show consultant and producer, focusing on anything related to quilts and quiltmaking. Bobbie lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with her husband, Norm. Their family includes son Tony, daughter Carrie, Brittany spaniels Angel and Sandie, and a nasty cat named Phannie.

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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Linda C. on August 9, 2002
Format: Hardcover
First the pros: lots of quality photos, covering a wide variety of patterns and eras.
Cons: basically, this book needs to be titled just "Vintage Quilts". The "Collecting, Dating, and Preserving" material is limited to just 4 pages at the beg. of the book. The rest of the volume is a "Value Guide", with a short description under each quilt photo, a notation as to "excellent condition", "fair condition" etc, and a dollar value estimate. The problem here is that nowhere in the book do they state their definition of what they consider to be good, excellent, etc. There's no excuse for this--both Aug and Newman are listed as judges in the book bios--defining their terms should have been covered in the opening pages. Without that, it makes their appraisals pretty much useless to the reader. (The photos are not large enough to show the quilt's condition.)
The other thing I thought was odd is that they don't compare individual quilts. I.e. show us two twin-size Bowtie quilts and explain [what they're worth.] In other words, show us how to appraise and value individual quilts. Which IS the whole point of the book, according to the title anyway. (Dang it, now I'm annoyed all over again!)
Needless to say, I'm returning my copy.
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 7, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Great photos - nice quilts. That is, unfortunately all I can say good about the book, and there are a lot of better buys out there with nice quilt photos. These self-appointed "experts" have added little to the body of available information on vintage quilts. If these three are appraising quilts then I wonder about the program that sponsors them due to the fact that book is full of inaccuracies. Discussion on how they arrived at the values (and many are questionable) is lacking which would be nice seeing that is their area of "expertise". It is almost like they pulled the numbers from a hat. The book does little to promote the credibility of the author's and certainly isn't the publisher's best effort, it's just a pretty price guide that unfortunately like all price guides was out of date the day it was released.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 7, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I bought it with great expectations, I read it in dismay, I was disappointed with the lack of information. It's nothing more than a printed format for the author's collection of quilts, with no relationship to what's really "out there"....yikes, my educated guesses would make better reading! I had it a week, and then gave it away to someone who likes looking at pictures.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Ginsberg on August 27, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I've debated commenting about this book for almost a year now, and now that I have heard there is to be a sequel feel that I can't hold back. In good conscience I cannot recommend this effort to anyone. Such authors who claim to have so much experience should have been able to expound and give reasons for their value conclusions. Unfortunately, those who are unaware do not know the reputation of the authors is very misleading; those with the experience they say they have would have known better. Save your money -
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie L. Thaw on July 31, 2005
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I purchased this book because I own several quilts that I have picked up over the years and wanted to figure out dates and get an idea of how to go about valuing them. While the title of this book suggests this is a possibility a mere page and a half are devoted to identification, dating, pricing, care and storage. The remainder of the book is a catalogue of their collection and while they own some lovely quilts I was not interested in a coffee table book but rather one that provided some real data.

There are lovely photographs of more than 100 quilts and if you want to browse through a lovely collection, this is a nice book, though there are better for this as well. If you are looking for information on valuing your own quilts, this book will get you no closer.
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