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    How can you not like the colors? It has all the colors in it. Is she one of those monochromatic persons, that only like black and white?

    I'm so glad you saved this. I know you'll cherish it and the love that went in to creating it.

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    Ducky---I really believe that your dear Great Aunt was looking down and made sure you were there at that moment to rescue her quilt. Thank you from all of us. It is beautiful!

    It may not be an heirloom to your DIL but we all appreciate the work and effort that went into that quilt. And, to handquilt it??? That in itself is a labor of love.

    I agree with someone else's comment that maybe we had better think hard about the people we give our quilts to.


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    Wow, I wasn't expecting this many people to respond, otherwise I would answer everyone's comments individually. Thanks for all the input. Now I know my emotions were not out of line.

    As to why my son didn't say "no" to getting rid of it -- he didn't know it was in the give away pile until I pointed it out. He has always told DIL he likes the quilt, but obviously, she doesn't. He felt really bad and didn't want to start an argument in front of me, which I can appreciate. I told him he just needs to choose his battles. He came to the house later (we live on the same block) to thank me for taking it, and I assured him I would be keeping it.

    I do believe I was meant to find this quilt -- can't explain it, but that's how I feel. It was still just a tad damp when I went to bed, so I layed it over the other blankets on us and fell in love with it all over again. It looks beautiful on my bed, and I had such a comforting and satisfied feeling lying under it. This quilt will be used by me -- long and short of it. It will be given to GD at a later time. I know she'll have to appreciate it because I totally plan on teaching her to quilt.

    Oh, and I thought the same thing about placing the quilt in a place where it could be seen by all. I do believe I will fold it and have it on top of the long couch when I have company. This way I'm not combative, but I'm still making a statement.

    Final thing? I truly love my DIL. I don't understand her, but I really love her.


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    I'm so glad you rescued that quilt. I stopped making my grandchildren quilts because my DIL would sell them on EBAY later on. sigh!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nativetexan
    I'm so glad you rescued that quilt. I stopped making my grandchildren quilts because my DIL would sell them on EBAY later on. sigh!!
    All I can say to this is :shock: :shock: :shock:

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    OMG!! You have very right to rant. Good save Ducky. :thumbup:

    It is a beautiful quilt. At least it is in the hands of someone who will appreciate it. (I wouldn't be making her any quilts.)

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    I'm thrilled you found it before it was sold to someone else. I can see why you would be upset. It's now with someone that will truely love it the way it should be!

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    Great rescue! I think it's a beauty! Wish I would have seen it for $10! :roll:

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    It is a throw away society we have these days and the kids just don't know any different. I tell my boys when I give them something special, knowing some day a girlfriend/wife may come along and think differently of my gifts, to feel free to give it back to me if they don't want it any longer. I also try to make sure I explain history and importance when necessary. They can only learn what I teach them. The DIL may change her mind after seeing her quilt loved and displayed so beautifully at your home. And letting her know more about the labor and who made it, may cause her to have a completey different view of it. I think it's ok to pack something away for later years also. Maybe she won't value it or have a place for it until she is over 40 or 60. It could be a beautiful future gift for them down the road when they are older and their value system changes. Or mayge your grandchild will show interest and that would be very special to have something that was her parents wedding present. The quilt is beautiful, I love hand sewn quilts. It's a treasure period, good job for saving it.

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    Ducky, I am so glad that you were in the right spot at the right time to save the quilt. I can only imagine the hard work and love that Aunt G. put into it, and the thought of it being discarded is so sad. Save it for a grandchild, and make a label, and maybe even a little booklet about the Aunt and the quilt, so that future generations will have that information.

    Good for you!!! And now YOU can enjoy the love in every stitch!

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    It is gorgeous!!! And if it does not have a label, give it one quickly.

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    Oh i'm so glad you recuse it my,my i would have loved to had something my hubby's aunt had made well like you said being from a family like that it hasn't register yet but PLS.keep it the Grand baby will one day want to have it Oh by the way it is gorgeous :roll:

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    You were definitely meant to find it... like everyone else I'm so glad you did! :-)

    I feel sorry for your dil though, for not appreciating it. It sounds like she honestly doesn't realise what such a quilt involves, and means to you and your family. So maybe this is a good teaching opportunity! :-)


    My sister is much the same, things MUST go with her decor, they must all be co-ordinated, and to a certain standard. I'm the opposite, for me it must have a story, or character. I keep it in mind whenever I make something for her, or give a gift. That's just how she is.

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    This story broke my heart....I would have loved to have a quilt with this kind of history....but then again, I've now reached an age that I appreciate this kind of "family heirloom".

    I have a daughter who thinks antique furniture is just old stuff, quilts are "blankets", etc. Give it time, they'll get it eventually.

    Thank God you rescued it before someone else walked away with a treasure!


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    Ducky: I wish I could say my children never heard angry words. We had some very rough days in our 26 years. I have always told the kids how much I love them, but I have one who may not believe me. The quilt is remarkable. Someone, someday with love it as much as you do.

    It is just beautiful :-) Gwyn

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    Quote Originally Posted by JJs
    and that's really, really sad - you should have a serious talk with that boy

    makes me weep for that old lady
    Ditto :!:

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    Wow--I'm so glad you rescued it--what an amazing accomplishment for the creator.

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    I can't imagine what your DIL must have been thinking! Geez....

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    Quote Originally Posted by JJs
    was this DIL raised in a 'throw-away' family? She may actually have no concept of family heirlooms - you might mention - in as nice a way as possible - that this, that or the other thing was made with love etc and if she doesn't want to keep whatever it is, that you'll keep it at your house until such time as grandchild is old enough to treasure it .....
    I think this is very good advice. Your DIL doesn't have to live with something that doesn't work for her and the heirlooms stay family heirlooms. BUT I try to remember that when I give something away, it's theirs to do with as they choose (very hard to do so I'm careful about what I give away).
    Glad you resuced it.
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    Good save! Ah well, some people just have no idea. Thank you for posting the pictures. I love closeups of other people's handwork, not belonging to a group, it is sometimes hard to get a "benchmark" so to speak and it helps me on my everlasting learning curve! Your Aunt's quilt is beautiful, I must admit, I don't understand how someone could not love this...I am sure under this lovely work of art lies many a happy dream.

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    WHOA!
    someone has had too much to eat!
    That is a beautiful quilt!
    I am soooo glad that you found it in time.
    Sorry about your disappointment, but certainly understand the frustration you must feel. :cry:
    Will it help your ducky ruffled feathers if I tell you that:
    This too shall pass!
    Five minutes and then you must get up and do something nice for someone else! 8)
    Of course, since I am way behind everyone and thing, you have probably done LOTS of things.
    Good job!
    And, congratulations on finding your heirloom!

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    I hope that this means that you WILL NOT be making a quilt for this DIL to disrespect. I am so very very happy that you were there to protect such a treasurer. I think I am as irrate as you must have been!!!

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    My house is filled with "things" from my family. Pictures that my husband's grandmother painted (water color) when she was only 12 years old. His great aunt's music cabinet, still has her sheet music in it. A lot of my grandmothr's dishes and her Silverware. There is a quilt in my closet that Aunt Mary said was made before the civil war. It is ragged and I some day hope to study the pattern and "re-create" it for my DD and GD. Today I am meeting my youngest brother to open my mother's house for the first time since she passed away last June. I am bring her sewing machine home with me. She and I did a lot of sewing together and although she was a hard pill to deal with, sewing is one of the things she and I did share. This machine was purchased after I left home, but she called me to tell me of that purchase AND I know it was a very special and expensive purchase for her. I think she paid for it by sewing pillow covers for a company who had home sewers making their pillows. I KNOW my dad would have never given her money to buy it. Since I am the only one in the family who sews, I could not bear to see it sold and my DGD will love it when I'm gone and she will always remember the day we went to get it. I am so glad that this board is composed of folks who think in terms of family memories and treasurers.

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    Thanks, again, for everyone's comments. You all are so very wonderful.

    I like to think I'm a pretty rational and low-key person, and when I woke up the next morning after finding the quilt, I felt back to myself. DIL will be DIL, no matter what. Whether or not it was Divine Providence, I did find the quilt that is laying beautifully and lovingly on my bed. :D I spent Friday and Saturday helping DIL with her garage sale, and we had a blast. We both love crosswords, so we sat with a big book of puzzles working on them. I don't think we ever stopped talking. So all is okay --- she and I get along so well; I've let go of the bad feelings; and I have the quilt in my little paws, and it "ain't going nowhere!"

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    Good thing you were there or this family treasure would have been sold. It that were DIL I don't think she would be receiving any quilts in the near future.

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