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Thread: Quilts as moving blankets

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    Quilts as moving blankets

    On my way to take my husband to the airport this morning, we passed a semi rig hauling a flatbed trailer. The trailer was loaded with several large boulders that had been strapped down, and in between the straps and the boulders were - GASP - quilts!!!! I was horrified! Who knew that boulders were so fragile, they needed to be protected from chafing (or whatever damage the straps could do to them)?? One of the quilts was a double wedding ring. I had a hard time resisting the urge to tell the driver he was number one. My husband consoled me by telling me the quilts were most likely the soul-less, mass-produced type. Sniff. I'm so traumatized. I had to go home and eat a chocolate chip cookie and hug all my quilts.
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    I feel your pain. A "relative" of mine received a very special quilt from me - hand embroidered by me - and a year later we went to her home - decorated with antique quilts - to find mine in the back of her 4 son's toy closet - wadded up in a heap in the very back. A few years later she said that the boys took my quilt camping out in the woods. Sniff.
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    Some people certainly don't know what treasures they have! I'm very careful who I give quilts to - but learned that once you give it away you really can't think about it anymore - it is no longer yours. One could just weep at the (lack of) care our treasures are given.

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    Awwwwww I will share in your sadness (and it is true-that is VERY sad) by eating a bag of cookies, just to support you........
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    Let us hope it was a mass-produced cheater quilt. At that distance and speed could you really tell anything except the pattern?

    I am always dismayed when I see quilts used as beach blankets at the beach. Oh well...

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    I understand your feelings!
    However I would feel honored for any quilt of mine to be used regularly. Quilts are ideal for camping or the beach or forts or snuggling. Of course mine are not intended to become heirlooms either.

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    I made my sister a quilt just for the beach. Not everyone loves or cherish the quilts we make. I think they think it only takes a few minutes to make. So what the heck!
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    When I give a quilt to family or friends, I tell them I retain full rights to take it back if I ever see it being used under a car being repaired or used as a dog bed LOL! Peggi, I'm surprised you didn't run the guy off the road and take those quilts!

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    No way do I want my quilts used on the beach, dirt or as a dog bed. Sorry, just the way I am.
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    My quilts are not heirloom quality, so I am glad to see them used ... anywhere. I do make some special quilts for just right for dog kennels ... I enjoy seeing the dogs love them.
    Make it a scrappy happy day!

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    while i would love to see my quilts used everyday I would have trouble ifitwas abused like that. mine are mentv to last till the person gets all the love they need from it. beach use camping or even used to wrap up special items for a move are okay but keeping Boulder s from rubbing is not okay to me. hope that it was a cheep walmart one.
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    I'll eat a cookie on your behalf, as well! My mom had a collection of quilts that she, my grandmother, and/or my aunts had made over the years and was surprise the last time we visited that they were gone! She said that everytime she gives (or my dad makes) furniture for one of my siblings or their grandchildren, they carefully wrap it up in one of her quilts - and then keep the quilt, as well! Luckily I was able to secure two of her quilts - they were left in the camper that we bought from them!
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    I've seen the same sort of thing. I once went to a quilt turning where one of the quilts was badly damaged with a large tear because the owner's husband had used it to drag a heavy piece of furniture across the room. The quilt was an antique, and the appraiser said the tear had destroyed the considerable value of the quilt.. It's just ignorance but it is maddening. When I label quilts, I include instructions on laundering and care that I hope will convey some sense of the value but I don't have much hope. I've pretty much quit giving quilts as gifts after seeing so many of them abused and misused. I donate them as fundraisers sometimes, on the theory that if someone shells out some money they will take some care of the item. Most people simply don't value what they don't pay for.

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    i've had quilts i made used for covering furniture on the back of a truck-for a move, covering a wood pile from the winter weather, as a drop cloth working in a crawl space-
    i just smile & sometimes shake my head---figuring that one is probably going to wear out
    i do let everyone i give a quilt to that i expect them to use their quilts---how they choose to use them is their business-not mine- and when they wear out- i make them a new one.
    hiding away in my stash where i'm warm, safe and happy

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    I think this issue makes most of us whimper just a bit. First I am not a very productive quilter so all the quilts I make go to my family. I can SAY whatever they choose to do with them is fine but the fact is I hope they are used for the purpose I intended. I want them to be cuddled into, used until worn out, and in the best of all worlds, to be a reminder that I love the person I gave it to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peckish View Post
    My husband consoled me by telling me the quilts were most likely the soul-less, mass-produced type.(
    I like that your husband knows just what to say...
    People who start projects and never finish them are cooler
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    I am currenting eating a cookie and I dedicate it to your trauma and hope you get better soon. I too would be sad to witness such abuse.
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    I don't have a cookie, or I would eat one just because any reason is good enough in my book. I just want those people that I make a quilt for to be genuinely pleased that I thought enough of them to do it. It would make me happy to see it in their homes, even if the dogs sleep on it (of course, I love dogs and they are welcome to sleep on mine). I would be dissappointed to see it being used as a drop cloth, of course. Disclaimer - no show quality stuff coming from me any time soon, if ever.

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    I would be sick seeing a quilt protecting furniture in the back of a truck. When cleaning out my grandparents house, we used old blankets and towels with holes to protect furniture while it traveled. The quilts may have been used inside the vehicle for additional padding, but not toughing the furniture, nor exposed to the elements. I would even have trouble using a Walmart quilt, unless it were damaged, and couldn't be recovered.

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    Well, if it was a handmade quilt (not mass-produced) that is pretty horrifying, but I have to say, I make some of my quilts intending them to be used as picnic blankets or when we go camping. If I'm going to make something, I say use it and wear it out, and it will have fulfilled its purpose in life.

    I helped my MIL make a quilt for my SIL who is a school librarian. SIL confessed to me, a little embarrassed, that she wasn't using it as a wall quilt as originally discussed, but put it in a comfy chair for the kids to snuggle with while reading. I laughed and told her good, I would rather it be used than hung on the wall, anyway.

    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.

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    I make my quilts to be used for people. Okay, some people think of their animals as people so I am okay with that. $12 a yard and hours later means the rocks are on their own. I would be mad if one of my quilts was used as a rag. Sorry you had to see the abuse. It would have made me ill too.
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    I know how you feel. I rescued one from the back of a pick up truck with some garbage. It was stained but an old hand made quilt that I still have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nammie to 7 View Post
    Some people certainly don't know what treasures they have! I'm very careful who I give quilts to - but learned that once you give it away you really can't think about it anymore - it is no longer yours. One could just weep at the (lack of) care our treasures are given.
    I agree some people just do not understand the thought and time that goes into a quilt. I am picky, too.

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    Next time I am near a bag of cookies I will join in the sympathy party. I am also assumming that the boulder bumpers were those Chinese mass produced quilts that they could not sell due to the poor workmanship.

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    I made a quilt for my DGS when he was small. His dad used to cover a greasy motor, the next one I made him was when he graduated from high school and explained to him why he had to wait so long to get his quilt. His dad asked him if he could use his new quilt, he said NO and explained why. May I mention he has been offered 1500 hundred dollars for it and he turned it down, saying " my grandma made this for me n u don't have enough money to buy it". Made me feel good, I'll eat some Fritos for you.

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