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Thread: This quilt is ugly but.....

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    I think this quilt is ugly but it has such meaning for me.

    My DHs cousins put this together for my dad when he got sick years ago. It is made out of polyester strips and cotton backing. Its great in that its warm and not very heavy. He had severe neuropathy and any kind of heavy blankets or clothes hurt him especially in his feet and legs.He used it at home and took it to the nursing home when mom couldnt take of him any longer.

    He was so upset when it supposedly got lost in the laundry. We peeked in doors for several weeks and we finalky saw it in another patients room!!! We told the nursing staff and they quickly retrieved it and had it re-washed. The other patient has torn off dads name label and wrote their name in permanent ink on the back.

    Dad was sooo happy to get his blanket back. He passed away 10 years ago and I inherited his qulilt - I sleep with it every nite. I take it with me if I go out of town so I have a little bit of home with me. It has held up well and has outlived dad and 3 of the 4 cousins who made it for him. The other atient's name can stillk be read!!! I always thought it was ugly but it has such great meaning for me that it gets prettier every day lol

    So does anyone else have a such a quilt???
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    Yes, but it's not a quilt yet. It's a quilt top my grandmother (dad's mom) made out of her old polyester clothes. I have it and plan to quilt it as soon as current projects are finished.
    I'd post a pic but since we're moving the the next few weeks it's already packing up.

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    I don't think it's ugly! It's beautiful especially because of the memories! Sorry the other pt. Liked it so much he claimed it but hopefully he thought he could have it. I have neuopathy from back problems so can understand What he needed in a quilt'. Glad u have it and is loved. Wish I'd made one for mine'!

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    oh my, that would have made me go make that other patient a quilt of his/her own. nursing homes are a difficult place to keep anything personal.shame.

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    I read your post before the pic was loaded. I expected something hideous. When I refreshed the page to see the quilt I was suprized! I think it's pretty!

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    I'm glad you have such wonderful memories of that quilt... that is such a heart warming story!

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    Thanks for sharing that lovely story and the photo.

    I am laughing at the other patient thinking he/she would not be noticed under that very one-of-a-kind quilt!! To be fair, maybe your Dad's name fell off in the wash and the other person thought it was an orphan.

    Its lovely that you still have you this to enjoy. And I dont think it is particularly ugly- I think it is bright and cheerful and sunny!

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    I think it is great. I am looking at making a quilt with that same pattern- just not with polyester. But my mom made several in the 70's with polyester material. The colors were not a pretty as yours. An I love the memories it carries. I did not get much of my dad's personal stuff. I did buy a cowboy hat that was his at a family reunion auction. (they said they would have gave it to me if they knew I wanted it.) He loved the reunions so in away, it was for him anyway. Dads are great.

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    I don't have a camera to post a pic but my Dad made me a crazy quilt out of some of my Moms clothes. It ihas navy ships fabric border around it and a fleece backing witj a navy carrier on it. It is very special to me. My Dad was in the Navy for 28 years and my husband was in for 22 years. Yes, I was a Navy Brat! and my Mom was a wonderful Navy wife, my Dad never would have made it through all those years without her skills as a homemaker etc and parent... so yes, I have a special blankie also...

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    That looks like a quilt made to be used and loved.

    Was that other patient "normal" or "not quite right"?

    I'm glad you still have it and that it gives you comfort.

    I do not think it is ugly, either!

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    If it's made of polyester, it will never wear out. I have one of my mothers that I cherish.

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    It becomes a very beautiful quilt with the story. It's a treasure!

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    That's a great story. I love the quilt, but I love all scrappy-ish quilts best of all. I made one with ugly squares I got in a flea market, and I think it is one of my most interesting quilts.

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    Oh that's not an ugly quilt, it's a beautiful quilt. I has beautiful memories attached to it.
    I don't have the quilt my Mom used for her treatments and riding back and forth to them. It was one of the first quilts I made and it was buried with her when she left us. It was left with her by mistake, but I grew to understand that it wasn't a mistake, it's where it should be, wrapped around my Mom.

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    The colors are so pretty. An ugly quilt made by someone we love is a treasure. This is pretty.

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    A beautiful story and wonderful quilt!

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsgranny
    I think this quilt is ugly but it has such meaning for me.

    So does anyone else have a such a quilt???
    This was the first quilt I made. It was a Martha Stewart project from her old show using mens' tweed jackets. I didn't have wool tweed jackets so I bought some wool yardage from Hancock Fabrics (my mom was working there at the time). I decided halfway through that I would give it to my Dad. Even though we lived in Southern California he was always cold.

    I backed it with a heavy gold corduroy and used warm and natural batting. I made the sandwich and then stitched around and pulled through. No topstiching, no binding, no quilting. It isn't even tied! It is heavy and warm.

    My Dad loved it. He had coronary artery disease and empysema. He used that blanket on his lap every day from the time I gave it to him til the day he died. He had it on when he passed away in his sleep sitting in his chair watching baseball. My Mom gave it to me and I was so happy. It is in my son's room now. When he has bad dreams or is upset or hurt we sit in the rocking chair and I wrap it around him. I think it makes both of us feel better.

    Great topic!

    I wish the colors were this bright in real life. :)
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    No quilt is ever ugly when it has that kind of memories attatched to it!!! What a great quilt to snuggle up with. You are Very Lucky!!!!

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    Nevermind if it's pretty...seems so full of love and that's what matters! Thanks for sharing.

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    What a beautiful story and a really beautiful quilt (I don't think it ugly at all). I don't have a special quilt, but would be most honoured if any of my humble creations became as loved as yours. AFQSinc, yours is just lovely too...all that love and comfort in every piece. Thanks for sharing your quilts and their stories.

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    I have one that is so thread bare from washing I made it for my father-Law he used it all the time was his bankie he called it not blanket bankie it hangs in my sewing room I cherish it its brown with deer on it.

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    Yes, I have a queen size one that my Mom made for me years ago. It's been washed a zillion time and still looks great.

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    I donít think itís ugly, I like it. I love scrap quilts. Besides like you said the meaning behind this quilt is so special. Itís so nice that you are using it on your bed.

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    I think it is a beautiful scrap quilt! Love the story behind it, too! :)

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    You haven't seen an ugly scrappy quilt til you seen my "junk yard dog" quilt. Made with polyester and just plain ugly, got junk yard written all over it in RED, and then of course, they threw in some of that avocado green with a nice mixture of pea green, bright oranges and yellows and those are the nice features of it! Would show you a pic, but my DS took it off to college with him, and still has it. I am suprised after all these years his wife will let him keep it!It really needs new binding and it will last another 30 years. Our junk yard dog :) Wouldn't trade it for anything.

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