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Thread: Sadness on Craigslist =/

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    Unhappy Sadness on Craigslist =/

    Piddling on craigslist this morning, and saw this: http://charlotte.craigslist.org/art/3787740893.html He is selling his mom's quilt stuff. Blocks, a top, yardage. Lots of pictures that show what she was thinking. Her projects seem to be defined so clearly, and he is just letting it all go. There was a thread recently about what happens to our 'stash' when we kick it. I guess she didn't have any plans, and I suppose her children don't sew at all. I wish he would save it for his children to decide if they are going to sew or quilt. I thought about offering that suggestion, but I don't want to be rude. If anyone is interested in this, I will help where I can. I am actually pretty close. I am tempted, but I can't afford it, and I have TOO much stuff that *I* need to move out!! ;0))

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    What a shame...... I think about what will happen to all my stuff once I'm gone. I have 1 daughter, 1 granddaughter, 1 great granddaughter.... none sew or quilt. Both my sons would just sell it all at a garage sale. I said all of this once when everyone was around and my sister-in-law spoke up and said she gets 1st dib on my crafts corner (actually it's most of the basement). But, I won't be there and they can do whatever they want. Everyone that deals with a stash such as this guy's mom's has to deal with it their own way, I guess.

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    That is pretty sad. The next generation does not always have the same interests. My parents were genealogists. I care nothing about researching the family history. Just give me the full story. Hope that stuff he is selling, goes to someone who will care for it.
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    oh my when I kick the bucket at least I have 1 crafty daughter waiting to take my fabric and machines.Her kids are also crafty.My other daughter would not want any of it,she wants my car and shop tools,lol. they will not fight they want different things.there may be some fabric hitting a sale but not a lot.
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    We all value different things in life and from life. That's what makes us human. It's just a small smattering of stuff that many people would have just tossed in the dumpster, so I give him credit for offering it to others who can use it.
    The Earth without art is just "Eh".

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    Gosh, I sure wished I lived closer, I'd get it in a heartbeat, although I don't know where I'd put it all, but I'd find a place. LOL As far as what happens to my stash after I'm gone, my granddaughter is looking forward to getting it, even though she doesn't sew or quilt, she still wants it.

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    Maybe another perspective. Well atleast he is not burning it. My dad did that with all my mom's stuff, not quilting though. Also if some one pays for it they are more likely to use it and put a value to it versus recieving it for free. Hopefully it will find a good home this way. Atleast he bothered to bring it along from another state.
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    I have instructed my family,that after I croak,they are to invite my quilting buddies over,let them take what they want,serving appropriate beverages.
    Life may not be the party we planned for,but while we are here we should dance!

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    I went to a tag sale at a quilters house, awhile back.. She had passed away four years previous. Everything in her upstairs rooms were just the way she left them. She was a hoarder of things for quilting.. She was in her fifties, and she couldn't possibly have used up all of what she had. It was very upsetting to say the least. She had no children, and the husband's girl friend was not interested in quilting.. Women from the woman's guild came over to help the husband with selling her stuff.. but they couldn't possibly have sold it all in the two days, and he had sold the house. I don't have a clue what became of the rest of it..

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    I'm looking at this from another viewpoint after talking with a quilting friend this morning. She brought me two quilt tops to be quilted. I was looking forward to doing them, as she is a wonderful piecer and has a great eye for color. We laid them out, and she told me she hadn't made either one - she had bought them from a lady whose mother had passed away and had all sorts of tops made up (the ones she brought me are very nicely pieced, too). I don't know the "rest of the story." Perhaps the family members all had enough quilts to last them for centuries. Maybe they didn't like the colors in these tops. Maybe the mother had instructed them to sell all of her quilt tops, etc. Maybe they simply do not like quilts (yes, it happens) or did not want to invest money into having them quilted and bound. Regardless of the reason, the tops ended up in the home of someone who truly will enjoy and appreciate them and is willing to spend time and money to have them finished. So even though the family did not want them, they are going to make someone else very happy. The family could very well have thrown them out or used them for dog beds or grease rags, but they didn't. I thank them for that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by francie yuhas View Post
    I have instructed my family,that after I croak,they are to invite my quilting buddies over,let them take what they want,serving appropriate beverages.
    That is exactly what I have told my family. I told them they won't have to do anything, the girls will be over clean out the room and leave it nice and clean! Much easier than hauling it out to the garage, tagging it and selling it for probably next to nothing.

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    I have been blessed twice through the loss of friends, and I told my husband to call my friend(s) and make sure they go through it first (I wasn't blessed with children and none of my nieces or nephews are interested). I told my friend what I plan and she said she was telling her husband the same thing (as her daughters and granddaughters are not interested either). We really have got to find more young people to inspire!!!!
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    Aww, this makes me so sad! If I were closer, I would scoop it up!! I don't have anyone in my family except my MIL who sews or quilts. I can only imagine where my stuff will go. I do have an Art major daughter who would likely take it all to keep her memories of me close-I hope so, anyway. I can't imagine letting something like this go! I pray that this goes to someone who will appreciate it!

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    I will keep an eye on it . . . hopefully he'll delete the listing, because it sells!

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    I wish my daughter had some interest in sewing or crafts... but she doesn't.

    My mother taught me lots of things - sewing, crafting, knitting, crocheting, gardening... but I haven't been able to pass them on. (sigh)

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    This is exactly one of the reasons that I don't feel guilty that I have 2 big plastic boxes of quilt tops and more in the works. I have 2 daughters, neither of whom sew (altho' the oldest is a wannabe sewer ... just never seems to get started). Anyhow, they both love my quilts, so if I die with lots of just tops, they can pay someone to finish them. BUT ... if I don't get the tops made that I want to make and for for which I bought fabric, etc., it is my wish that whatever fabric and equipment my girls don't want will go to ladies who make a lot of quilts for charity.

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    I garage sail. Sometimes I find a garage or estate sale that has quilting fabric and notions. It makes me sad because there probably were a lot of quilts, given more time, that would have been created. Then I think a little longer and realize that I would be happy to contribute to the ongoing art of quilting. Kind of like being a part of the future.

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    If I lived closer I would be there in a heartbeat. I'd call to see if it would fit in my Jeep. But I have a hitch on the back and would rent a small trailer. Wow all that for $45.00. Hmm. If I knew I could trust anyone on Craigslist, I would call and see how big a box it would fit in and how much it weighs. Then pay for shipping and the $45.00. I always have room for more. I make room. We all know how much layer cakes cost even when some are on sale. It's tempting but I have other things coming up and I'm not a gambler. If he doesn't get it sold then he can donate it to a local guild. if I buy anything on Craigslist, it needs to be close.

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    I sent him an E-mail, to see if still available.

    I am not that far away (about an hour).

    No rely as yet.
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    I just got off the phone with an aunt who quilts. She is now 79 and has no one to leave her stuff to. She asked me if I would like a box or two of fabric. Yes Yes Yes was my reply. What a nice surprice. It is like Christmas
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    I like to think that a quilter will see this posting and be blessed with the fabric and quilt pieces, I am sure it will bring them joy and if it was my fabric I would like to think that someone else was able to benefit from it .

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    I saw an ad on Craigslist about 3 years ago for a home made quilt that said 'Iris Quilt'. I looked at the picture and sure enough, it was exactly what I wanted and the price was unbelievable. We finally connected after 3 months and he said he didn't want his Grandmother's quilts and he was glad I was buying it. I put it in a quilt show and named it after his Grandmother. I contacted him and asked her name and that is now the name of the quilt: ***'s Iris. Yes, it is sad that he wouldn't keep it but there were no children/grandchildren and I will take wonderful care of it and pass it on to my daughter who loves Iris flowers. I am very happy with this quilt and it has given a great deal of pleasure to everyone who has seen it. It was origially a kit from Lee Wards and now sells usually for hundreds of dollars if finished. She did expert work on this quilt and I figure whoever buys the stuff on Craigslist will appreciate it like I do.

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    The picture that touched my heart was the 2nd to the last with the ticking stripe nine-patches that has a block with QSTs in the center.
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    My daughter said she's helping me out by using my "stash"...HA!!! She said we should make some of the kits I have, also.....we'll see how many kits we can get made. : )

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    After reading something recently here on the board, I told my husband what to do with my quilting stuff, and machines, etc. My daughter doesn't do any crafts at all yet! She is 35 and just got married, I am thinking she might try to do something when she has children but we will see. I have a quilter friend who is teaching her daughter in laws to quilt and I told my husband to call her up and have her take what she wanted.
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