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Thread: Stowed Away or Loved to Death

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    Senior Member mamabird3's Avatar
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    I made my first quilt about 20 years ago. It started out on my bed, then folded up, and now it is used everyday as a cuddle up on the couch or take to the park quilt. I also made a small throw size one about 10 years ago, it has gone through 3 kids. My littlest one has deemed it her "favorite blankie". Most of the others I have made have been given as gifts.

    Both of these quilts are worn down, holes in them, batting falling out, binding worn to nothing. Basically they are both irrepairable.

    I have had many people encourage me to try to patch them and they seem disappointed that they are in such shape.

    My opinion however is, I love that fact that they have been used so hard. They are not worn or ratty to me. They have just been loved to pieces. And even if they are tossed away next week, I am happier than if they sat on a shelf for 10 or 20 years. Wall hanging types excluded of course.

    So my question to you all is, do you stow away your quilts or do you welcome them being loved to pieces?


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    I made my nieces a couple of quilts and my sis lovingly "put them away" and now she is divorced from her husband and the quilts dissapeared!
    I feel sad because the nieces never got to "love" those quilts and they barely remember them...
    I have since made them quilts, pillows, pillow cases, etc...but just doesn't take the place of the earlier ones...and I specified to my sis, don't put 'em away cuz if they use them to death,,,I can make more!
    Ah wells...
    I even have a couple I made for myself that have been loved by my use, the puppies love to teethe on them and well, they are being loved.
    Just my 2 stitches...
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    It varies, but the majority of mine are to be used.

    Some are made to be heirlooms and treasured, and there's the odd wallhanging or two.

    But the vast majority are to be loved, and dragged round, and used.

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    The majority of my quilts go to Project Linus. I hope they are also being loved to pieces.

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    Mine are given to be loved to pieces. That way I know they were wanted and loved.

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    I would rather see them loved then put away in a chest.

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    All of mine have been given away. The ones that have been given to me are used on a daily basis. Yes, it's hot here on Guam, but the a/c can get pretty cold. :)

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    MOst of my quilts have been given for charity, gifts and to my kids. I do hope they love and use them as they should be. Cause I am always making more. Although Ido have a daughter who put them away for safe keeping. And I told her thats not what they were intended for. Her son (27 yrs) has used his quilt so it is thread bare. I made him a new one but he still won't part with the old one. Yes, I have three queens size of my own that I alternate on our bed. Marge

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    The ones I have made are being used. I mean, if they just sit on a shelf taking up room, we don't have an excuse to make more.LOL

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    My quilts are used,however I now have a couple that I am going to put away before they fall completely apart. My grandson is now 15 and when he out grew his first quilt he begged me to make him another. I made quilts for all my children to take to college with them. all of these quilts have been lovingly used and I am glad of it. Now I am starting to plan the college quilt for my grandson. If they can be restored then do so. You will be remembered for your cuddling quilts someday! :D :D Ninnie in NC

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    I did give a lot of mine away to Project Linus..I do hope they are being loved. I also have some that are on our couch and on the bed...I'd much rather they be used.

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    I have made most of my quilts for people I love and make them with love, so I want them to love them ragged!

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    If they are worn to the point of no return cut a piece out and frame it with a history of all who used it. Maybe each person involved would like a framed part also.

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    I want any quilt I make to be used and loved.

    Case in point: When I went away to college, my grandmother gave me a "brand new quilt" that my greatgrandmother had made. Even though I wasn't a quilter at the time, it seemed very special and I remember marveling at all of her hand stitching. Long story short---I used it and used it and washed it with regularity. It is now faded and well used but I can't describe the comfort of having it being away from home for the first time and having this little part of home and family. Regardlesss of its present condition, it's still beautiful to me!

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    Thirty years ago my mom made a quilt for my DD and my sisters DS. She hand made both of them. His is gone, but hers was used and loved by all three of my kid. Youngest daughter slept with it til it was nearly in pieces. She folded it and has stored it with her other blankets. (Couldn't get rid of it. Grandma is gone and it is a little bit of her here ) DGD went checked out the pile of blankets and claimed the threadbare quilt as hers. That's when I decided I wanted to quilt. If a simple quilt could hold so many peoples hearts I wanted to do that too. I want my quilts to be used and loved as much as this one was. And if they are threadbare and ragged I just see them as very loved.

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    It depends - I have a few hangin on the wall that were hand-pieced and quilted so a LOT of work! :D But the kids have lap quilts that are theirs to do what they like with - tents, teddy picnics, play marbles or lego on, whatever! THOSE are meant to be worn out! :D

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    I tell the people who I make quilts for to "USE" them. Life is too short to save them!

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    I give my quilts to people I KNOW or hope will use them. The ones at home are washed and silky and just one thread away from falling apart, or they are being loved to death by claws and covered in fur. :wink: I don't believe in keeping quilts pristine, which is why most of mine start utilitarian in nature.

    One exception that upsets me every time is in the movie "How to make an American Quilt" when Wynona Ryder drags that GORGEOUS hand-made quilt through the red dirt. I could walk into the TV frame and slap her!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    I give my quilts to people I KNOW or hope will use them. The ones at home are washed and silky and just one thread away from falling apart, or they are being loved to death by claws and covered in fur. :wink: I don't believe in keeping quilts pristine, which is why most of mine start utilitarian in nature.

    One exception that upsets me every time is in the movie "How to make an American Quilt" when Wynona Ryder drags that GORGEOUS hand-made quilt through the red dirt. I could walk into the TV frame and slap her!
    I just watched that again a few weeks ago... I whole heartedly agree, someone should have slapped her. :D

    Glad I am part of the love it to death club!

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    When I give baby quilts, I includ the poem "It's okay to sit on your quilt, It's okay to spit on your quilt", because I want them to be USED. If you're interested, you can google 'quilt poems' - I think that's how I found it. Otherwise, PM me AFTER May 3 - that's when I'm back in CT where the poem is!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoanneS
    When I give baby quilts, I includ the poem "It's okay to sit on your quilt, It's okay to spit on your quilt", because I want them to be USED. If you're interested, you can google 'quilt poems' - I think that's how I found it. Otherwise, PM me AFTER May 3 - that's when I'm back in CT where the poem is!
    Thank you for the hint. I found some wonderful poems. Some will be perfect for the three baby quilts I'm making. I want them used and loved. I have found my labels.

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    There is absolutely no reason to spend hours and $$ on a quilt that will never see the light of day (my practical side coming through).
    I made a quilt for one of my brothers, who informed me that he was going to save it - - it was an heirloom! (it wasn't, but he said it was). I objected, telling him that I didn't make it for an heirloom, I made if for warmth and color.
    He leveled his gaze to mine and said: You gave the quilt to me and I will do what I want with it. If I say it is an heirloom, it is an heirloom.
    He was right... when I give an item away, no matter the item ... it belongs to whomever receives it, and they have the right to do what they wish with it.
    I make quilts for practical reasons, and for the creativity outlet they provide for me ... what the recipients do has got to be their decision.
    there are creative souls who take a threadbare quilt and turn them into all sorts of other objects.
    I was given a quilt that was worn on receipt, and we wore it down some more. Finally, I needed a warming pad for my tractor, and guess who got the job? Told hubby - - we know we are really a ranching family, now! Our tractor has a homemade quilt for a cozy! LOL
    Blessed be the people who can afford to look at things, but blessings also to the souls who use what is provided to them for their intended purposes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by omak
    Blessed be the people who can afford to look at things, but blessings also to the souls who use what is provided to them for their intended purposes.
    Well said. :D

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    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.

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    Seeing a quilt loved to pieces is the best compliment to the quilter. One of mine, loved by my daughter, was torn to shreds by the metal brace on her leg after a very bad car accident. My heart is so happy she's alive. I've repaired the quilt by putting a sheet over the front/back/whichever side. She still uses it - and she is 44.

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