I saw a world-famous teacher on TV (probably Simply Quilts) several years ago, who was showing off a beautiful quilt she'd made for her new granddaughter. When she was asked how the family liked the gift, she said oh no, she wasn't giving it to her until she was 18 (or maybe even 21, she may have said). What's the point? I make so many quilts, my kids couldn't use them up fast enough! I'd hate to die and have someone discover a pile of quilts that were "put away" and never used. I don't even "get" wrapping grandma or great-grandma's quilts in archival papers and all that. They were meant to be loved, not put in storage. There, I said it.
This rant was precipitated by a blog I read about quilters who put away their "masterpieces" that are only brought out for "show and tell." They feel strongly that after all the work they put into making a quilt, it should be kept pristine and admired from afar. I understand there are those who love the history of quilts, and believe all things old should be kept forever. I totally disagree. If I make a quilt, I want someone to use it up!!! Seeing photos taken in my family's home, where there are quilts piled into the corner of the couch, or wrapped around a kid, or even being held down by a cat, makes me smile from ear to ear.
Just one last thing before I clamber down off my soapbox. Grab a quilt, snuggle into it, pull it up over your head and read a book, or take a nap in it. Isn't a shame that there are quilts in the world not doing their job?!
OK, done for today. Hope this blog (with the modeling assistance of Annabella, The Beautiful One, and Patches) helps to rescue quilts kept prisoner in a chest, box, closet or even (gasp!) under a mattress!
PS - I apologize to those who regularly do Show and Tell and lectures, teachers, those who make shop samples, etc. There is certainly a place and time for making quilts that won't be used, at least right away. I just meant generally speaking, quilts should be loved and sat on.