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Thread: Stowed Away or Loved to Death

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    Senior Member mamabird3's Avatar
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    Apr 2009
    Fairfield, CA
    I made my first quilt about 20 years ago. It started out on my bed, then folded up, and now it is used everyday as a cuddle up on the couch or take to the park quilt. I also made a small throw size one about 10 years ago, it has gone through 3 kids. My littlest one has deemed it her "favorite blankie". Most of the others I have made have been given as gifts.

    Both of these quilts are worn down, holes in them, batting falling out, binding worn to nothing. Basically they are both irrepairable.

    I have had many people encourage me to try to patch them and they seem disappointed that they are in such shape.

    My opinion however is, I love that fact that they have been used so hard. They are not worn or ratty to me. They have just been loved to pieces. And even if they are tossed away next week, I am happier than if they sat on a shelf for 10 or 20 years. Wall hanging types excluded of course.

    So my question to you all is, do you stow away your quilts or do you welcome them being loved to pieces?

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    Super Member ScubaK's Avatar
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    South Puget Sound, Wa. State
    I made my nieces a couple of quilts and my sis lovingly "put them away" and now she is divorced from her husband and the quilts dissapeared!
    I feel sad because the nieces never got to "love" those quilts and they barely remember them...
    I have since made them quilts, pillows, pillow cases, etc...but just doesn't take the place of the earlier ones...and I specified to my sis, don't put 'em away cuz if they use them to death,,,I can make more!
    Ah wells...
    I even have a couple I made for myself that have been loved by my use, the puppies love to teethe on them and well, they are being loved.
    Just my 2 stitches...

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    BlueChicken's Avatar
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    Jan 2009
    It varies, but the majority of mine are to be used.

    Some are made to be heirlooms and treasured, and there's the odd wallhanging or two.

    But the vast majority are to be loved, and dragged round, and used.

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    Senior Member key4unc's Avatar
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    North Carolina
    The majority of my quilts go to Project Linus. I hope they are also being loved to pieces.

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    Super Member Quilt4u's Avatar
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    Mine are given to be loved to pieces. That way I know they were wanted and loved.

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    reneebobby's Avatar
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    Mar 2008
    cleveland ohio
    I would rather see them loved then put away in a chest.

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    Moderator tlrnhi's Avatar
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    Jan 2007
    In the middle of a mess...
    All of mine have been given away. The ones that have been given to me are used on a daily basis. Yes, it's hot here on Guam, but the a/c can get pretty cold. :)

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    NE Pa.
    MOst of my quilts have been given for charity, gifts and to my kids. I do hope they love and use them as they should be. Cause I am always making more. Although Ido have a daughter who put them away for safe keeping. And I told her thats not what they were intended for. Her son (27 yrs) has used his quilt so it is thread bare. I made him a new one but he still won't part with the old one. Yes, I have three queens size of my own that I alternate on our bed. Marge

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    Alturas, CA
    The ones I have made are being used. I mean, if they just sit on a shelf taking up room, we don't have an excuse to make more.LOL

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    Power Poster Ninnie's Avatar
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    Athens Ga
    My quilts are used,however I now have a couple that I am going to put away before they fall completely apart. My grandson is now 15 and when he out grew his first quilt he begged me to make him another. I made quilts for all my children to take to college with them. all of these quilts have been lovingly used and I am glad of it. Now I am starting to plan the college quilt for my grandson. If they can be restored then do so. You will be remembered for your cuddling quilts someday! :D :D Ninnie in NC

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