September 6 2011,
I recently had two quilts appraised, the Boston Bruins quilt and the quilt called "Circling".
The Bruins' quilt was all done by machine and the Circling quilt was mostly done by hand. The Bruins' quilt appraised for more than the Circling quilt mainly because of the size.
What I concluded from the result was that whether a quilt was pieced by hand and quilted by hand did not have any factor in the appraised value. Even though hand pieced / appliqued and hand quilted quilts takes a tremendously amount of time because your fingers can only stand only so much stabbing from the needle, it adds nothing to the value.
The Bruins quilt can be created in two weeks, versus the Circling quilt, ranges from 2 - 6 months.
Now, if your only goal was to make and sell quilts, machine made quilts are the way to go. But if you quilt for the joy of quilting, go ahead and go through the torture of stabbing your fingers. The other thing you get from hand piecing / appliquing / quilting is bragging rights.
These days when you go to a quilt show, almost 90% of the quilts that are shown are done by machine. Beautiful as they may be, hand done quilts have a more personal touch to them.
Quilt & Bitch