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Thread: Will of a Fabric Preservationist

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    Member Donna Bates's Avatar
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    Will of a Fabric Preservationist

    Sifting thru old files this morning I came across this. No idea where I picked it up but I saved it back in 2000. Today a copy, signed and dated, will be tucked into the pouch that contains our wills. I've no doubt that my wishes will be carried out - doubts are that anyone could gather it all at once as my stuff is, as stated in the document below 'deposited in various places throughout my house for safe keeping.' However, now that I think about it, it's only fair that my daughters will be blessed with the joy of the hunt -- my mom and MIL both trusted me with the disposal of their collections--which included vintage linens and sewing machines and tools, including items from their mothers. Seriously, these tangable collections, precious gems that they are to me, will ultimately turn to dust. For now though, I enjoy using some things, patting others, these touch stones to precious memories.

    Will of Fabric Preservationist, ________ ________ >> >>
    Being of sound mind and body (a statement that does not bear close scrutiny)
    I ________ ________do hereby record my last will and testament.
    Knowing that, my immediate family (including the following: husband, sister, daughter)
    has no appreciation, or for that matter knowledge of my extensive fabric collection, which,
    by the way is deposited in various places throughout my house for safe keeping.
    Knowing also that the immediate family above, has also notified the goodwill
    store should I precede him or her to that great quilt shop in
    the sky, to pick up and dispose of the afore mentioned collection.
    Therefore, I do WILL this collection and all other collections related
    to it, to my dear fellow fabric preservationist ________ ________.
    It is my wish that she, upon hearing of my death, and obtaining clear
    proof that I did not manage (although goodness knows I tried) to take
    it with me, will come to my home, before the goodwill store searches
    out my collection. That she should rescue said collection and
    stack it in my quilting studio, along with my sewing machines, frames,
    old buttons, lace, patterns, quilts, dolls and works in progress. And
    after she has done that, she should purchase refreshments for all
    my friends, not yet departed, which friends are also her friends, and
    every last one shall be in that room and they shall hold a wake and
    say lots of lovely and kind things about me until they run out and
    then they shall divide amongst themselves my wonderful collection.
    Be forewarned! I shall be hovering over that very spot until this is done.
    _______ et’all, shall then leave this spot and close the door, leaving the car,
    house, stocks, bonds and other worldly nonsense to those who don't understand
    or know any better. This is my wish on the matter.
    Signed: _______ ________
    Date: ____ -____ -____

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    Power Poster BellaBoo's Avatar
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    This will be in my will for sure. LOL
    Got fabric?

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    Super Member JulieR's Avatar
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    This is fabulous!

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    Hysterical! (But true!) Thanks for posting that!

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    Every quilter should have a copy of this in with the will and also promenently displayed in the sewing room.

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    Super Member seamstome's Avatar
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    Funny but on a serious note my quilting GF who is single really does have it in her will that I get her machines and fabric, etc. When you think about it, it is quite an investment with combo machines going 5-12K. All she asked is that I do sit down with her three nieces and nephew to make them a quilt each to remember her by should something happen.

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    Super Member Jan in VA's Avatar
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    I've just copied, personalized, and emailed a copy of my "will" to my 2 BFF quilting buddies and am printing another to frame for the wall in my studio. I have the perfect place for it!

    Mother, who is 88 and also a quilter, is mentioned in my will; but assuming she will depart this earthly studio before me, I hope she doesn't get her nose out of joint that the 2 BFFs are the ones I designate to plan the party!!

    [And if the girls happen to do this at night, I also hope they are not perplexed or dissuaded by the sounds in this old cottage's attic of what I assume are the former "cook's" footsteps as she heads to sleep after a day of meal planning for the plantation. I hear her most nights.]

    Jan in VA
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    peacefully colors my world.

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    It makes a whole lot of sense. Get it notarized or have it as a supplement to will. my grandmother's sewing machine (treadle) no one knows the location of it. My mother's, I found a photo the other day and the person who said she had it, it's not the same unless they put it into another cabinet and I doubt it. Oh Well! Can't find my mother's jewelry, just hoping certain people don't have it. Just want it to stay in the family. go to the grands (my kids and niece's and nephews.)

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    That's great! Just what I need.

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    Super Member MaryMo's Avatar
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    Amusing and yet serious thinking .... Even though my close friends do not sew/quilt, this document would still be good for guiding those left with my stash. Thank you for sharing .....

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    Here it goes, straight into my will!

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