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    Senior Member ejpkam's Avatar
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    yard sale rescue

    My in-laws came to visit us and on sat my mother in law and I decided to head out early and yard sale. I really wanted to hit the mother lode in fabric like some of you ladys but that did not happen lol but while going past a very very small sale I thought I saw a quilt folded on a table and I told my MIL to stop and I was like a bee to honey going to that quilt. It was a very old and used grandmothers garden done all by hand and one of the fabrics eroded and I will applique over. The strange and confusing thing to me was the older lady who was selling it said it was her mothers and even had a note attached with a pin confirming mother made it ect... and I am thinking why? why?? I paid 25$ I will never understand selling a loved ones quilts or other hand made goods. I tried to tell the lady I would take good care of it but she just kinda shrugged.
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    That is gorgeous!
    I'm glad it found a good home.
    In my quilt lab!

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    Why is it that most of the people who inherit old quilts, don't value them? I can see if quilts just were not your thing but wouldn't they at least have sentimental value? Oh well, her loss is your gain. It's beautiful!

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    what a find! good for you, rescuing it like that. It will be better off with you!

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    It's beautiful! I don't understand people like that, either. Seems some people have absolutely no sentiment, whatsoever. Sad!

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    The quilt is much better off with you, glad it found a good home. I don't understand some people either. Once I found a dahlia quilt that was a wedding gift, and paid $15. Lucky me.

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    I'm thinking she either really needed the $, or like me she has no relatives interested in quilts. Hopefully, I will find good homes for my quilts so that they don't end up in a dumpster when my time is done. I have a number of hand embroidered quilt blocks made by my 87 yr. old aunt, and hand crochet doilies made by my grandmother in the early 1900's that I'm currently trying to find homes for. It is hard to let go of things made by relatives, but we can't take it with us & someone should be appreciating the beautiful hand work.

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    I so understand you not being able to understand that woman's lack of caring. My mother threw a quilt top onto a garbage heap when she was selling her house. Thankfully her cousin was buying the house, saw the top and emailed me and asked if I wanted it...YES I wanted it! Unfortunately, I never found out who made it...my mom had Alzheimers and by the time I got the top mailed to me I knew she wouldn't remember it.

    I had a lady from church come up to me 2 Sundays ago and ask if I'd be interested in some quilt blocks her mother had made...her mother passed away in 1979 and the blocks were in a cedar chest. The lady said there was no one in her family that would appreciate them and knew that I would! Yea for me! There is a whole baby quilt top done in Sunbonnet Sue (still missing her arms, feet and some embroidery work). On the alternate blocks the lady had embroideried baby things. I'm going to finish up the Sue's then hand quilt it all. There were also a few other blocks and templates. I felt so honored receiving this treasured gift! I'm going to get the lady's information and be sure to include it on the back when I'm finished. My father-in-law fell in love with the top and said to make sure I show it to him when I'm finished and if he were me he'd keep it and hang it on his wall and never give it away...

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    You said "older lady'. Maybe she didn't have anyone to pass the quilt on to, or the family did not want a 'worn out' quilt. And she could use the money . . . .

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    She didn't toss it in the garbage - we don't know the history - glad you rescued it.

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    What a wonderful find!!!
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    I also will never understand why people give or sell beautiful handmade things. I am very sentimental and have saved many things like a shirt and pair of pants my mom gave my son when he was about 3 yrs old and I saved a couple of her aprons and some towels she crocheted edging on. I guess that's why my house has so much clutter.

    Your quilt is just beautiful, happy that you rescued it.

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    Because to her it was just a blanket :-(
    If of thy mortal goods thou art bereft and in thy slender store two loaves alone to thee are left, sell one and with the dole buy hyacinths to feed thy soul. -Muslih-uddin Sadi.
    A thing of beauty is a joy forever. -John Keats.

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    That is so very pretty!!!
    Deb in Texas

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    So glad you rescued it and will enjoy it.

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    What a wonderful find!! Not all of us are blessed with the ability to love and appreciate quilts. I think that quilt was lucky to find you.
    Linda in Nevada

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    Shame on that lady that sold that beautiful quilt. This quilt is priceless. I would never give or sell something my grandmother or mother had made like that. Maybe that is why my house is busting at the sems.

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    How wonderful you were going by. Maybe she has no family members to hand it down too or they just don't want a wonderful treasure. I am sure you will provide a loving home for it.

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    some people just don't "get it"
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    So nice you found it and gave it a home. Some people don't think anything of getting rid of family items. I don't get rid of them.
    Sewbeadit
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    Great find for you and lucky for the quilt!
    "You must do the thing you think you cannot do"....E. Roosevelt

    Sharon
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    Great find.
    enjoy your life...it's the only one you have!!!
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    Lovely quilt. It has a home now. Best wishes.
    Patchwork Crazy!!!

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    It's gorgeous. It breaks my heart to know that someone's work was so unappreciated, especially by a daughter.
    Joyce

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    OMG are people crazy? so much work to be unappreciated. lucky for you

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