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    Peggi, seeing quilts used to cushion boulders would have sent any one of us here racing for the cookie bag. How appalling!

    I know that sometimes people make quilts intending that they can be used for dogs or at the beach. Also, at a certain point in a heavily used quilt's life it will get so worn out that this is appropriate. I just gave my daughter permission to use a quilt I made for her as a car and picnic blanket. She was the one who was shocked over the idea. On the other hand, I'm making her a new one now that is so labor intensive and the fabrics so expensive that I would hope it would never reach that point.

    Quote Originally Posted by Butterflyblue View Post
    ......But to soak up spills on a garage floor, or to cushion boulders is not use, but abuse in my book. But once a quilt is out of our hands, it's out of our hands. I try to think of it a sort of spiritual discipline, letting go and not getting too attached to material things.
    Amanda that is a really profound way to think about it!

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    I made my daughter a quilt specially made for a picnic or beach blanket. It was a very simple design made from used fabric. When I gave it to her she decided it was way too precious to ever take it on the beach. So now it is on her bed along with another quilt I made.

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    You know --- some people!!! Don't know what they have!!!!!!!! I once found an old white chenille bedspread used in a move - my son's friend. Ya think I grabbed it? Bet I did.!!. It had some tears but used it for many things.....
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    I've make my dogs their own quilts and I plan on making a beach quilt, but there are some quilts that definitly are not either.

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    I definitely know first hand the pain of having a quilt used other than for the purpose intended. I've mentioned a couple times on this board quilts I've made for others only to find them used for dog whelping beds with puppy poop and urine and everything else from the female dog giving birth (quilt was meant for human baby) and diaper bag was eventually used for cat who gave birth in it. It went into the trash after that. I spent a lot of time on both. I made my own 3 dogs (if you want to call them ) qullts (whole cloth) out of scrap material from old curtains. The quilts for the baby was not made to be used for pets. if one wants something for the beach then make one for the beach. I personally wouldn't want the sand in my washer. I cringe when I see quilts used for other unintended purposes. I think it's disrespectful. IMHO.

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    I love my quilts but I do think they are to be used. When I was growing up (decades ago) our quilts were used on the bed in winter, pulled off to be forts during the day, and taken into the desert for picnics during the summer. Quilts were included in bed-rolls for camping and deer hunting. I still know how to make a quilt bed-roll that is as warm and comfortable as any sleeping bag. I made a red/white/blue quilt specifically to be taken to picnics. DH was horrified when I loaned it to DD to take to the park for DGD to sit/play on. He doesn't understand that quilts are to be used. Oh, and we used them for packing blankets (not for rocks though) because we wouldn't trust our valuables packed in anything less! LOL

    I suspect those quilts (cheap prints or rescued from thrift stores) were being used because someone paid big money to have lichen-encrusted rocks carefully moved from their natural habitat to the yard of a very expensive home that was getting "natural" landscape. Lichen, that green crust on rocks, takes thousands of years to grow. That truck driver was carefully protecting part of our past.
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    Remember that when we gift a quilt, the new owner will use them as they are now their quilts. If I see one of my quilts or other item I spent time making not being use as it was made for, I don't give them any more of my hand made items. They lost my items in the future, since they did not respect my gift. The gift representive my time and creativity.

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    The thought of quilts being used as padding made me flinch, let's hope they were mass produced quilts. The majority of my quilts are made to be loved and used, such as baby quilts. I know that my son used his quilt in many ways, although every time he left and came home again, the quilt came with him. However, although I don't consider my quilts heirloom quality, I do make quilts for our family reunions, often in memory of one of my siblings that has passed away. Imagine my surprise when I got a Christmas letter from one of my nephews, with a picture of him lying on the floor with his dog, both on the quilt. I was very upset, although I know once they leave my hands, they technically aren't mind, but since all my family members look forward to winning those quilts, I thought they would be more careful with them. Oh well.

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    I had to read some of the comments and I guess I have one question zooming large in my mind: how much money do these quilts cost that people do not mind if dogs lay on them etc ? I can give you some prices for the last quilts I have made: my DD daughters quilt for her 20th was over $200, my DGS quilt is about $140, my DH batik quilt is about $150, my DGD about $150, my DS quilt was about $100, my other DS was $175. I am giving my DD a lap quilt that was cheap, about $35. Now when I figure out the time made for these quilts: wow, don't even want to go there !!! When I see quilts on tables at flea markets etc and they are in good condition, I ask the sellers at that booth why they are destroying their quilts. I do not say it that way, I just let them know in a kind way that the quilts are very important and have even offered to buy them. I did buy one for $20 once. I do know your pain Peckish and will go into mourning by eating an extra helping at breakfast !

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    This happened to me one time a long time ago. I hand knitted a sweater for my godchild and saw it hanging on a nail in the garage. Last time I ever made him a sweater.

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    I can't help with the fact that they used quilts to protect the boulders, but maybe I can shed some light on the boulders. A lot of landscapers here are using fake boulders. They are chicken wire shapes that are covered with cement or plaster and painted to look like stone. They are VERY realistic, and I could see the tie down straps on a Semi cutting gouges into them. Hope this eases some of the pain

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    I shed a tear for the quilt used as a cover, then ate a chocolate candy bar, and now must work on my own quilt.... Hugs

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    I've seen this a number of times, hurts me too to see ... a few years ago I spotted one in my neighborhood hanging off the side of a pick up truck, I felt bold and asked the guys if I could buy it from them before it got ruined. A scrappy nine patch, still in good shape.
    They said I could HAVE it, they were done ... so I went home with a rescued quilt, all it needed was washing !
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    My grandmother believed her quilts were for beds only, and you did not play on the beds. She did however make us a quilt with big squares of old pants tacked together for the beach and camping. Good memories.

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    When I give quilts to others, I tell them I expect them to use them and use them hard - they are not works of art, but items of comfort and joy. Of the many baby quilts I've made and given over the past 15 years, only the newest ones (this year's) are still in pristine condition. It warms my heart when my quilts are "loved".

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    Used yes. My daughter stored the California king I made her in a storage shed and it got wet and was ruined. It was a rail fence. I would have rathered it was out and still used.
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    hopefully they were the cheap ones from walmart etc and not pieced

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    I make lots of kids quilts and I always attach a note saying ...Use it to curl up in, lay on the floor with it, lay on the sofa and cover yourself and the dog with it, make a fort or a tent with it, use it for a picnic blanket or beach blanket but PLEASE use it. Make memories with it, wash the heck out of it if you want, get grass stains on it or ants at a picnic. When they have loved it to rags I will be happy to make them another one. It would really hurt to find it folded up on a shelf because someone was saving it for 'good'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShirlinAZ View Post
    I love my quilts but I do think they are to be used. When I was growing up (decades ago) our quilts were used on the bed in winter, pulled off to be forts during the day, and taken into the desert for picnics during the summer. Quilts were included in bed-rolls for camping and deer hunting. I still know how to make a quilt bed-roll that is as warm and comfortable as any sleeping bag. I made a red/white/blue quilt specifically to be taken to picnics. DH was horrified when I loaned it to DD to take to the park for DGD to sit/play on. He doesn't understand that quilts are to be used. Oh, and we used them for packing blankets (not for rocks though) because we wouldn't trust our valuables packed in anything less! LOL

    I suspect those quilts (cheap prints or rescued from thrift stores) were being used because someone paid big money to have lichen-encrusted rocks carefully moved from their natural habitat to the yard of a very expensive home that was getting "natural" landscape. Lichen, that green crust on rocks, takes thousands of years to grow. That truck driver was carefully protecting part of our past.
    I'm glad you brought that up. I would never have thought about it. I still hope he didn't use a hand made quilt, but something that could be picked up from a store.
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    I would much rather see my gifted quilts being used than never see hide or thread of them again!

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    I make special "toss around", just strip pieced or 9 patch or old jeans quilts, I tell the recipient that that is what that quilt is meant to be used for, but if it takes me a considerable time, and it is meant to be treated with dignity, I let them know that, too
    happy to have enough stash fabric at all time

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    I originally started this thread rather tongue-in-cheek. I wasn't really crying, they weren't MY quilts, and I think some of you got that, and understood that I was just having a bit of fun with the topic in this post.

    But I will say this. There is a HUGE difference between "use" and "abuse". I do prefer that my quilts get "used". One of the first quilts I ever made was a flannel baby quilt with appliqued animals, done in all kinds of bright happy colors. The animals had chenille trim; the lion had a chenille mane, the elephant had chenille around his ears and at the end of his tail, the tiger had chenille stripes, and so on. When I gave the quilt to the baby's mom, she wanted to hang it on the wall. I said oh no no no you don't, I made this quilt to be laid on, barfed on, loved on, dragged around, cried on, and worn out. So she promised me she would not hang it. This was a woman I knew on a professional basis only, and she and I lost touch after the baby was born and she became a stay-home mom. Then I ran into her a few years later. She told me her daughter LOVES that quilt. She picks a different colored section to curl up in her hand every night at bedtime, and will not sleep without it. That brought tears to my eyes and made me feel wonderful. And THAT'S the kind of "use" I want it to have! I think using a quilt that someone toiled over as a moving blanket, becoming shredded and tattered in the wind, not to mention rain and road dust, shows disdain for the quilt maker and the amount of love and work that goes into making a quilt.

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    My MIL, who has made over 100 quilts, packed a clock for us to take home in an old quilt top. Her grandmother had made it for her when she was a child. It had been quilted at least twice. I brought it home and found that it is pretty much in shreds. It is living in a gift box until I can decide what to do with it. I can't throw it out and I don't know if it can be fixed. So sad.

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    Pam - sounds like your MIL couldn't quite quit using that quilt!

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    I guess it wasn't antique enough for her taste - and won't get a chance to be, either.

    Sorry that happened, but, as the saying goes, once we give something away it isn't ours anymore. Add this to that saying - and, for better or worse, it is completely out of our control!

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