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Thread: Stowed Away or Loved to Death

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    Super Member weezie's Avatar
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    When folks hide/store an item I give them, it makes me wonder (sometimes) if they even like the item, which is one more reason I prefer to see it put to good use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by motomom
    Tough question, really. I have a handmade quilt that was made by my grandmother that I wouldn't part with, and I wouldn't want anything to happen to it, so that I can pass it down to my grandchildren. I guess they can fight over it.

    However, some quilts are made to impart love to the recipient.

    Around our home we try to hit a happy medium. Display, but care for and treasure.
    this seems to be the closest to my feelings. There will be things, wall hangings for example, that I would like to have for a good while, but I'd have to have slipped a cog, to think, when my grandbabies get hold of their quilts, that they won't do all the things normal kids do.
    Anna will be the roughtest on hers, but she will love it. Mary will want it at bedtime, and maybe drag it around some.
    Alexia,...a little early to tell, but she will probably be like Mary. Crystal will probably have hers the longest, but she will use it, cause nana is going to make these toddler size and the next ones, twin size for big girl beds.
    Out of my 3 daughters, the oldest will try to cherish hers, but her hubby wads up everything, so I'll let them duke it out.
    Middle daughter will do some of both. She appreciates art, but is very practical, and has four in house fur babies that sleep with them.
    Youngest daughter? I've already got some money in her fabrics, but they, umm, she'll definitely appreciate it, but will she have it in ten or fifteen years? I think not.
    The ones i will make for me and hubby, I will fold every night and set to the side, like I do right now, with our store bought comforter.
    Why? bc if I don't, hubby gets hot, pushes on it, till it ends up on floor on my side of bed, and I have an impairment in left knee and have almost killed myself getting up, even with night lights. So there you have it. Some of all of the above. No matter what...I will keep making more. :P

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    Most of my quilts I give away and I tell them to use them. My daughter put her kids baby quilts away and didn't want to use them but my other grandkids quilts are worn and I love it. My sons have used theirs on their first
    bed in their own apartments and I patched one of them the other day. It's put away now but they get it out when their kids want to sleep on the floor and watch movies in the winter. I don't make fancy quilts for babies anymore because I think that is why my daughter didn't use theirs. They had lots of work in them. I have quilts that are over 70 years old and they look great buy they are so cozy. I use them from time to time.

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    Well about 40 odd years ago, my grandmother gave her youngest son and his wife a quilt as a wedding present. macine sewn, but hand quilted.
    I never paid attention to the quilts that have come into my possession over the years till I started quilting (I say that loosely) about a year ago.
    Needless to say, I have quite a few quilts and this spring went to a reception for an uncle and brought quilts for my aunts to see.
    Well, the 40 year old quilt appeared. It was frayed, hardly any batting left and very very thread bare.
    My aunt asked me to "repair" it. I actually restored this quilt, although it isn't the size it was once, but it's a remembrance of my grandmother.
    when I posted it on my blog, I got quite a few emails regarding it's restoration and repair.
    Some quilts just need a bit more loving I think and the old quilt I repaired looks absolutely amazing, even if I do say so myself, in amazement of myself!
    http://quiltingforfunandmorefun.blogspot.com sometime in Feb/March

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    Well--after all the work on some that go on my bed--we're careful to not have it on top of us without a sheet of another blanket--but they're out- I'd never hide them. My daughter has all her quilts out--to college or still home, but she's careful too and folds the tops back so she doesn't drool on them in her sleep. :lol: Now my son--he sprawls on his bed with his quilt on top of him without a care. I've washed his a few times. :wink:

    Whatever they decide is fine with me...and when grands come--I hope they drag them around everywhere--I'll make them a new one every few months anyway. :lol: I plan on making a ragged denim for outside play.

    I've given so many away--and the wall hangings fade--but it seems only I notice.

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    May I offer a "contrarian" opinion?

    My quilts (if I ever get them finished) are intended to be used. Nothing in this world is intended to last forever. If they are used and enjoyed, then they have fulfilled their purpose.

    By the same token, I do not intend to label my quilts. My enjoyment has come in making them. They are providing greater entertainment than movies, TV, or most anything else I could do; and a whole lot cheaper if you consider the time it takes to make one. I am not making monuments to me. If a quilt can be enjoyed and used, then it has done about all anyone could expect.

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    I recently found that one batik fabric in the quilt I use on my bed had disintegrated. Every patch made from that fabric has a hole (or two). I first decided to never use a batik again, then I thought about the years I enjoyed that quilt, and decided not to ever worry about it again. Heck, just make another quilt, self!!! :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by abacus
    By the same token, I do not intend to label my quilts. My enjoyment has come in making them.
    I thought I was the only person who felt that way. I sometimes sign, but generally just hand them over. The person who receives the quilt knows me and that's all that matters. :roll:

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    Thank you for sharing that, Abacus.

    I make at least 50 quilts (including tablerunner, wall quilts, etc) a year, and only a couple of them (maybe 3) are special enough to label. Those are generally commemorative group projects, and the label has the date and occasion and other pertinent information. 99% of my quilts are not intended to become heirlooms.

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