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Thread: Quilt saved from garage sale

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    Beautiful quilt! Most young people don't realize what quilting is, nor the value of a hand made item.
    It is such a shame that they "wake up" too late in life. I am glad you rescued it from the sale!
    marta.

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    Years ago with the coming of GK's, I made several smocked dresses and other things for my GD. My EX-daughter-in-law took them to the flea market to sell cause she didn't like that hand made junk. No, I never made anything more for her. Now she's a young lady and I sew for her all the time. She loves the things I make.

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    Absolutely horrifying. I completely agree with everyone else! I have a DIL that would do the same. You keep it and eventually find someone in the family who will treasure it as much as you. I would really back off giving them things labored over. Not sure talking to your son would help at all! I am just shaking my head and THRILLED that you were there to save it!

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    OMG I am so glad that you got the quilt! It just proves that many people do not appreciate quilts or the love that goes into them. Some people only like 'store bought' also.

    There is an old story about a woman who gave her son an heirloom quilt for a wedding gift and shortly after the newlyweds got back from their honeymoon they were showing mom around their new home and barn and mom saw the quilt in the barn being used as a dogs bed.... horrors!

    Love the bow tie quilt!

    warm quilt hugs, sue in CA

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    I'm so glad you were able to rescue it. My grandmother made a quilt for me for my wedding--hand quilted. I am very sad that I used it to death. Just did not understand how to care for it. I would give anything to still have that quilt.

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    It is a beautiful quilt & I'm so glad you were able to get ahold of it before it was sold. I guess some people don't understand the love & time that goes into one of these quilts. I'm sure that you will make sure that the quilt gets the respect it needs. What a lot of work for an elderly lady & what a beautiful job she did!! Hand quilted even!!! I'm sure we all are happy that you rescued it!!!

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    So glad that you were there in time to "rescue" this wonderful quilt !!!

    I've had a couple of similar experiences myself ... One was years ago when a selfish aunt in the family had decided to just throw all my grandmother's quilts and handmade linens in a YARD sale she decided to have after my grandmother had to move to a nursing home !! She hadn't bothered to even ASK the rest of the family what we would like to have - FIRST - she just wanted to sell it all off ASAP !!! No sentimental concern or appreciation whatsover. Fortunately, another aunt grabbed up the quilts and linens and gave them to the other siblings and to all the granddaughters in the family. I'm so glad she did !!

    A couple of years ago, I happened by to see a friend who was having a garage sale and ... sitting there for sale was the beautiful baby quilt I'd made for her daughter !!!
    I was shocked and hurt to see it for sale, but I picked it up and asked her why - it was still in good condition. She said it "didn't match the room anymore since we redecorated ..."
    So I said calmly, if she wanted to get rid of it, I'd take it !! I gave her the $5 price she had marked on it and left. She never apologized later or even seemed to understand why I was upset. Her next baby did NOT get a quilt from me !!
    Since that day, I only make very simple, quick quilts for those who may not appreciate all the hard work we do !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nativetexan
    I'm so glad you rescued that quilt. I stopped making my grandchildren quilts because my DIL would sell them on EBAY later on. sigh!!
    You don't stop making them quilts, you just save them for when they move out of the house and are on their own. Make sure your will specifies who gets what so there is no fighting if you depart a bit early. I like the thought of leaving something that people will appreciate when I am gone.

    I decided my daughters get a quilt on their 12th birthday and I have no fear of them losing, selling, or misusing the quilts I make them. They know what goes into a quilt, they watch their dad make them. As for others I make? Well, there aren't that many that leave the family, and will never be unless they are for charity. Those, you let go into the wind and hope someone appreciates them for a minute, an hour, a day, or the rest of their lives.

    tim in san jose

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    I am so glad you rescued this treasure and are loving it.

    I, too, rescued a gift I'd given to a family member, from the Goodwill box. I took it home, unbeknownst to her and my pooch adopted it as 'his' blanket. When his time came, I buried my pooch with that little quilt.

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    And DUCKY, you're an angel for saying you don't understand DIL but still love her. You're alright by me! We should all have wonderful MIL like you.

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