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    I told my hubby to just call all of the Girls and they will come over and take care of it!

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    OOPs forgot to mention that the Girls are all of my quilting buddies

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    Put it in writing! I made a list of what I have & designated who should get which machine, what materials, tools, etc. I signed the dcmt and had it witnesed by a friend and put it with my will. My husband knows about the list and has promised to carry out my wishes. If it isn't in writing, the executor of your will has complete discretion over your property.
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    I have a dear friend and we quilt and sew and shop and laugh and cry and rely on each other for moral support in all things, quilting and just life. We have both told our husbands that if anything happens to one of us, that the other gets our whole kit and kaboodle of machines, fabric, patterns, UFO's , etc. From there we will keep what we love and can use and share with other quilters, who may be in need of some fabric or notions or even a machine. Both of our minds are at rest, knowing that our treasures will be used and loved once we are gone. And since we know that none of our stuff will be tossed in the trash, we don't mind adding to our collections on a regular basis.
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    I would start giving lovely gifts now to family and friends. I have enjoyed giving hand quilted queen size to Mother, brothers. children and Pastor total of 16 and have 3 on my list for future Grandchildren wedding gifts. Donations for fundraiser would be rewarding. It makes a big differences if your family really appreciates quilts.I am lucky enough to have a family member who loves to quilt. A smart decision to plan now.
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    Find someone close to you who loves to sew and give it to them! No sense in giving it to someone who can't or won't use it. They would probably be happy you didn't burden them with the stuff; but the sewer will jump for joy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lori S View Post
    I have told my family no flowers.. make arraingements of my fabric and let anyone take what strikes their fancy. I can just picture bouquets of fat 1/4 's.
    This is such a clever idea. I love it!

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    most of my stuff is shared with my sister, but after I nearly died last year, I did put together an "If I die, open this" packet and taped it on the front of the door to my stash. It includes details on what I want done with UFOs and special items in my stash. I go in and update it every 3 or 4 months. I've also gone through all my books and marked with post-its the value. Luckily my mother and sister would know the value on most everything.

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    I have told my husband and son to invite all of my quilting friends over, have them grab a bottle of wine out of the fridge on their way upstairs, and "celebrate" all of our quilting memories together. Divide all of my treasures among themselves and depart with a smile on their face.

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    I told my husband to have a big Quilting Shed Sale and invite the gals I quilt with to all come out first. But I do need to put that in my will....in fact, I need to update my will! I will leave a "what it's worth" price on my machines, and let him sell the fabric to my buddies for maybe $2 or $3 per yd. Everything at garage sale prices for people I know will use it!

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    I wrote this question about a year ago. I was really worried about all the thousands of dollars invested in my sewing room. My sewing machine is worth $10k and my husband knows to sell it. My daughter gets first pick of anything she wants, but she lives in a small one bedroom. I have a whole bedroom full of stuff. I have whole fabric lines, fat quarter bundles, charms, jelly rolls, layer cakes, yardages; yards and yards of fabric; lots of fat quarters; lots of quilt kits; lots and lots of big scraps; drawers of fabrics; storage unit of fabric and kits; tons of thread; patterns galore; books by the ton; every ruler possible; long tables for my 24x72 cutting mat; every gizmo ever made plus every gadget I could get my hand on; a disappearing wall; rubbermaid tubs full of fabric, fat quarter holders made out of nice fabric. Bookcases, dressers, big fat hand built ironing board, two nice expensive irons; lots of fabric starch; basting spray; buttons; just tons of stuff. I have a feeling they will have a yard sale and sell everything for 25 cents. I told them to advertise everywhere that it's a Quilter's Yardsale and to sell the fabric for $2.50 a yard and fat quarters for $1 each. The rulers for anywhere from $2 to $5. I even have two wooden hanging ruler holders. I also have my Gingher cutter and Olfa cutters and all my good scissors. Oh my goodness. It could all be sold for $100 and my husband would be just happy as could be. I have to tell him that my Viking Huskavarna in my closet goes to my daughter. Now, I getting sick to my stomach. I think I'll tell him if he dies first I'll sell all his tools for 25 cents each, including the boxes they come in and see what he has to say about it. Maybe it will sink it then.
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    My husband decided many years ago that I was getting a Viking funeral...he and the boys would gather at the shore of Lake Michigan and send me and my stash off together...they are already fighting to see who gets to light the fire. I did ask if they could just use scraps and save the yardage.
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    My stash has to be limited to 3 drawers as I have to sew on the dining room table (if one of the boys ever moves out this will change). But I just had to go thru my mother-in-law's stash and clean out her sewing room 2 months ago. She passed away in April, my father-in-law finally let us DIL's in the sewing room. They had 3 girls and 2 boys. The boys live on the family farm, the girls all moved off to city and don't care nothing about sewing. My SIL that lives here with me has an extremely large stash and doesn't want anymore. I spent the weekend cutting everything up into 4" squares to make all the girls patchwork quilt tops out of their mom's fabric stash. I'm going to try to keep my stash limited so I don't have to worry about it. My son's wont want it and as of right now, none of the girls they date are even interested in learning to sew.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pat M. View Post
    Look up the Quilter's Will on the net. I had a copy of it and now I can't find it. It is really funny, and will help the kids, etc. know what to do when you are gone.
    My Daughter sews and my Grandaughter wants one of my embroidery machines and my sons they will have to wait on Dads toys . But what the girls don't want I hope they find a loving home for
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    My guild has a tradition that the guild gets sewing supplies and UFOs are finished by the guild members then turned over to the family. That works for me.

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    My girls have first pick, probably only 1 of them will be interested in machines, fabric. The rest goes to my quilt guild as they have appreciation for the" finer" things! Anything after that can be donated . I don't want those I love to agonize over this- they are still only things( not people).

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    Quote Originally Posted by nygal View Post
    I read where you should pin the names of your friends on your onfinished quilt tops etc and that way if you "go" when your family is going thru your stuff they will say "Oh, mom wanted Suzie to get this etc. I thought that was a good idea.

    I looked up the Quilters Will and here it is....
    http://quiltville.com/quilterswill.shtml
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    My machines, I have listed with grandchildren's names. Fabric and batting to church. My children have put their names in/on a lot of my "stuff" and the past few Christmas' I have given them things they have specified they would like to have after I am gone.
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    I want mine divided between a good friend, my middle dd, and my 2nd granddaughter. They are the closest people to me that sew/quilt and will appreciate my stash.
    If dh can't find this, he will donate to charity or the dump.
    Hmmm, think I am gonna have to make several copies of this and post in fridge, bathroom, near tv and under his pillow.
    Oh, and one for the saddlebags on his motorcycle.
    Oh and 1 GIANT one, in my sewing room. Maybe I'll paint it on the wall with a picture of myself with "I can see what your doing" eyes!
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    My best quilting friend was very ill last year. She had a daughter that she named as executor of her estate who siad she would get a dumpster put below her second floor apartment and throw all her sewing stuff into it. My friend changed her executor to her son. He is to see that I get all her UFO's to distribute as I see fit. After a neice that quilts chooses what she wants I get the rest of her quilting supplies and books to distribute as I see fit. It was very upsetting for me to hear her talk of passing but I agreed. She knows that I, too, hate waste. Fortunately, with surgery she made it through.
    My kids know that I have a list of quilting friends to contact to give my things to after they have chosen what they want. No fighting allowed -use a lottery system. But I think I should put it in writing, too.

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    I haven't really considered it, but I suppose my husband would donate it all to charity. I doubt my daughter would want any of it, but if she did, he'd make sure she gets whatever she wants.

    My bigger concern has been what will happen to my mother's things when she goes - she has two rooms full of quilting & sewing supplies, which are to come to me. I likely won't keep everything, but I could never let her sewing machines go. They are like a part of her - she's sewn my whole life, and many nights I went to sleep hearing the hum of her machine going deep into the night, making us clothing. If my dad goes before her, or if they go at the same time, God forbid, I will have to race my sister to their house, because she thinks everything in there is "junk" and she will toss it all.

    Whatever your wishes are, put them all in writing! Don't leave it to others to determine what will happen to your treasures.

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    I know my hubby would pass in on to my daughter and she in turn would let me friends and guild members have what she wouldn't want. I would mamke sure you let me know where you would like it to go. I would rather my stash is donated than just tossed
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    I'm leaving my "quilters will" with instructions for my DH to let my sister and sister in law go through it first - then my one quilting friend. After that, offer it up here. You guys are my friends and I'd rather it went to the QB family than Goodwill, a Charity or a Guild since I am not a member of any group. And lets face it - you guys have served me well as critics, helpers and teachers. When it comes to my "Quilting Family" you guys are it! I will write - you pay postage, we'll fill a box - that's it! Hope when the time comes - I make many of you happy little campers.

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    My Mom has lost most of her vision and can't sew anymore, after a lifelong love affair with her sewing. I picked out what I want. My Mom is going to invite all the quilting gals over to "shop" at her place. That way Mom can see how many people will love the things that she has loved for so many years.
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    I don't know what that is but my dad burned all my mother's stuff too, starting as she lay there on her deathbed in the house. I think maybe he was angry she died? She was not a seamstress/quilter but it still was very painful for all of us.


    Quote Originally Posted by NikkiLu View Post
    My very best friend of 45+ years passed away a year ago and she and I have sewed and quilted constantly the whole time we have known each other. We live about 5 miles apart in the country. I did not know exactly what she wanted done with her "stash" but she did have a daughter-in-law, granddaughter and a sister and a bunch of nieces. Oh yes, she had an entire bedroom FULL of fabric on the bolts in bookcases, etc. and then a basement where she had her longarm machine, rolls of batting, and fabric.

    So, imagine my shock and horror when my DH and I went over there one day and her DH said that he had spent the past two days burning her fabric, etc. I actually thought I was going to be sick. Seems he did not like her family enough to share with them. But, I was able to get some fabric in plastic totes that were in her closet - guess that he did not know that it was fabric in them or he would have burned them too. I also got her books and when I asked about any of her paper patterns, etc. he said that he guessed that he had already burnt them. Really sad.
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