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    My 6 yr old grandaughter. My daughter has no interest ecept to try to take every quilt I make. GD likes to try to sew and likes fabric colors. Have my grandmothers old Singer I plan to have restored for her.

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    Hopefully my kids will make some money off my stuff but knowing them they will burn it. lol
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    My youngest daughter gets it all. She's a quilter too! The only one to have taken it up so far.

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    No one in my family crafts except me. I do have two nephews who are 5 and 1 who may grow into artists but I don't know that now. I told my brother and my mother that if I die before them and they don't want anything, to give it to a local needle shop who will make sure it is redistributed (we have a local organization that provides many services for the elderly and they finance it partly by sales of craft items). It does slightly upset me to think that my family might sell my stuff for pennies on the dollar but if the money went to a good cause like my nephews education or to provide care for my pet then I would be okay with it. Also, there are many other charities where money is always appreciated. It is something to think about and I will have to make some decisions. We'll see:)

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    wow what an insightful post thanks so much. I don't have kids so I guess if any of my sisters are around they will get it esp my younger sister who likes and wants to do sewing and quilting but is busy with her kids right now or maybe some of my nieces - or nephew's - would like it. If none of them work out I'll give it to the Quilter's Message Board.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DogHouseMom
    My first husband had a passion for comic books. THOUSANDS of them. So speaking for someone on the receiving end, one who has to dispose of the stuff, I would have preferred not to have had that task. As it is, guess what, I've still got them!! Not out of sentimentality, but the fact that I couldn't get anyone to come to the house to look at and buy. They all wanted me to tote it all to them. THOUSANDS of books in DOZENS of comic boxes. I know enough about them to know not to stick them on a table in a garage sale - quite a few are worth far more than that.

    As fate would have it, my current husbands son is 16, just got interested in comics AND is coming here for a visit in May. I made him an offer, sort them, catalog them, and he can 1/2 of whatever we sold them for. He jumped at it. I'll even let him "cherry pick" it ... to an extent.

    So thanks for the post, as I would hate to saddle my husband with the chore of sorting out and finding a home for all my sewing stuff. Nobody in my family quilts, and I only have one friend in another state who might be interested. Knowing my husband, I suspect he'd chuck it all!!
    My gosh! We could be related. At least in the comic book sense. My DH has been collecting comic books for years and my house is loaded with them as well. Over the last few years I have lost several very close quilting friends from Cancer or Heart Attacks and it made me think long and hard. I told my DH that if he were to go before me he'd better have a plan for his comic books. He said our 3 sons would get first pick and then I have a person to call about buying the rest. He has his all cataloged. Since I belong to a guild I thought about giving to them but instead I called my sister who lives on the East Coast and asked her if she was interested, knowing full well that she would have to come and get it. I introduced her to quilting about 6 years agoand she's hooked. She said she would love to have first pick as she hasn't accummulated much of a stash and I have quite a lot. So she will do that and then call my closest friends who will go through the remaining stuff to take what they want. There is a catch... each must make at least a few for charity.

    One of my very first mentors had a fabulous hand made quilt that literally had appliqued hands of all the members of her family on it with signatures. It was so beautiful and very close to her heart and she asked that when she passed she wanted to be wrapped up in it. And that's what her family did. Sad to see this piece of history go but so happy her wishes were fulfilled by her family.

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    Quote Originally Posted by willferg
    I think I'd be okay with my stuff going in a yard sale...I'd be happy for someone like you to come along, appreciate the bargain, think a little about me, and then go home excited to start quilting!
    I think I will do what Willferg suggested - I have gotten so many of my items at yard sales (fabric, machines, rulers, etc) it is only fitting that they go that route

    Great idea.........will put that in the "will"

    Judy

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    I have three girls, two of them might want a thing or two. My DIL will probably get most of it, she is Olivia's mom so that will be a doubly good thing. Olivia is our only granddaugter. Also, most of my friends sew and I belong to ASG. I am not worried, I trust all my things will go to a new home.

    Several years ago DH happened upon a yard sale where the woman had died. He filled our garage with everything sewing related. What fun and saddness it was going through all the sewing things.

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    Your story was sad to me. It brought back so many memories about me going through my grandmother's things after she passed away. She didn't have my love for quilting, but she had a lot of pretty things she had collected over the years, especially dishes. I was her only grandchild, so I inherited it all. I have 4 grandaughters, 3 in the state of Utah, and one here with me in Ohio. She does start quilting projects, but she never finishes them. She will be 20 years old in March, my husband and I adopted her when she was a baby. She works and goes to college full time, so she doesn't have much time for sewing. She and my daughter-in-law will be the ones going through my stash of fabric, a lot I inherited from a friend when she passed away, she was the one who taught me to quilt and the love of it. I often wonder why her daughter sent it all to me. Boxes of it arrived from the state of Washington. I had a ball going through it all. I wish I would find a yard sale like that. I would have a ball. I have been married to my dear husband 43 years, and over the years he has helped me plan my quilts and choose the colors. He always encourages me to make all that I want. I have given a lot away. I make one for every pastor who comes to our church to be our pastor. Deanie

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    I often think of this also...I have no kids, and being sixty, by time I get closer to end of life, I don't know who I will have left in my family to leave it to. None of my three sisters sew, and none of them have kids either...so I will probably leave it to charity, as will the rest of what we own.

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    I have been down-sizing all but a few hobbies (quilting, knitting), because I came to the realization that I can't possibly do it all! Especially, after going to estate sales and watching the families struggle to liquidate items that only a few understand the value. On the other side, those who do understand the value will apreciate and use these items, and carry on the traditions. When I buy quilting items from an estate, it makes me feel like the new caretaker, and am very reverent of the gifts.

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    I have 7 daughters and 1 daughter in law and 5 grandaughters 2 of my girls sew no grandaughters so far do. I told them to take what they want and give the rest away but they can't do this until I am gone We laugh about this subject alot when we are all together

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    Learn from my Mom about which fabrics to buy and which one not to buy while I'm working at the quilt shop.Trying to soak up all the knowledge I can from her so I can pass it on my daughter.I go to the fabric shop with her and everybody teaches me so much about quilting and the tools and the tools I need and the tools I don't need. She says that there's no hurry and to take my time to learn but then she turns around and tells me that I need to know all the steps of quilting in time to teach Ssmmi.Kinda worries me.

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    This is a thought-provoking post. I have a list of instructions for some things in case something happens but hadn't really thought about the machines and the fabric stash. My daughters all love what I make but they don't do much themselves and the granddaughters are too young yet....I like the idea of donating all the fabric to some kind of charity quilt group. Definitely something to think about.

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    I am teaching my 3 grandaughters how to sew. they have already made little quilts. so I would want them to have my sewing things. Hopefully they will want it....... :) :)

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    What a great opportunity for someone who can't afford to have these things. Her legacy will live on, maybe by strangers, but certainly by stragers that have a common love for this wonderful craft we call quilting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frugalfabrics
    My daughter gets it all. She has a passion for sewing and quilting (thankfully) and has already said she would put it to good use...so that's easy for me.
    My youngest daughter gets all mine too. She loves quiltng just as much as I do and She likes the same kind of fabric. My eldest daughter has said she only wants all of my jewelry and 2/3 of life insurance after the burial is paid for since my youngest daughter and granddaughter will inherit my house, and she wants one of my computers (the laptop)Sounds kinda coldhearted to me too.

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    Hey, I plan to live forever. So I get to keep it all, muuuhaha. Seriously, I don't care what happens to it as long as it goes to someone who will have use for it.

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    I have 3 DIL's and what they don't want goes to my quilting group.

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    O my gosh, this really makes me think about where I want my stuff to go to. My first thought would be to have my LQS give it to some one that really needs and wants a nice sewing machine (make that about 5 of them) plus my material, my quilt frame. Guess I should think about getting that in writing, so that it doesn't just get thrown out or get rid of it. I have too much money involved in my items to do that.

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    A dear family friend, Emily. She is young only 23 she loves to sew, married with 2 babies. I have told her along with my children she getts my machines and stash of yarn and fabric when I die.

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    Wow! First - enjoy your Horn tables - I love mine! You got the deal of a lifetime! 2nd - my sisters all sew, and I'm the youngest. Right now my daughters are too busy to sew, but hopefully they will make time later, or I'll have a chance to teach my granddaughters. If not my sister knows who gets my horn cutting table - if they can get it out of my sewing room. If not it stays with the house! The machines and other tables as well - as for the fabric and stuff - my sister's stashes are pretty well filled so I'm sure they'd find a couple things they'd like to turn into projects and the rest I'd like donated to the church - they make mission quilts and Quilts of Valor.

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    I guess I don't know how to hit the right yard sales. All I ever find are the left-over Tupperware and things I already have at home. Lucky you!

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    Sorry double post. Blasted iPhone

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    My mom and young sons all know that my machines, fabric, thread, and stuff are valuable. My mom quilts, so she would have her pick and sell or donate the rest. My young sons are learning to sew and quilt, so even if it doesn't stay with them, they will know it's not junk. My husband is clueless-as I want him to be. I can just picture him coming upon an invoice for my recent Aurifil order after my death and having a heart attack and joining me!

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