I think quilts are meant to be used. I really do. Nothing makes me sadder than when I give a gift of a quilt and the recipient says, “this is so pretty – I’ll put it away so it doesn’t get dirty.” No darn it, please use it! 🙂
Now before I get under anyone’s skin during this joyous time of year, I totally understand that some quilts are meant as heirlooms and others are made so as not to be touched. But those are not my quilts. My quilts are made to be used.
I love spending lots of time piecing and stitching my quilts and I enter them into judged shows quite often. However, once they’ve finished the show circuit, and have been seen wherever they need to be “seen,” they come back home to be used.
Because I machine quilt my quilts quite heavily, they really do withstand lots of wear and tear and hold up well wash after wash. I’m so glad my sister uses the quilts I made for her 3 children.
My niece’s quilt, Roses for Katelyn has received a lot of recognition on my blog, and a ribbon at a local quilt show. But I would rather have the baby spit-up on it or stain it rather than keep it pristine under glass. After all, I can always make more quilts, right?
54 thoughts on “Christa’s Soapbox – I think quilts are meant to be used.”
I read Alice Walker’s short story, “Everyday Use” in college the same year I started quilting. It’s a quick read. The author and myself share your belief that quilts are meant to be used.
I totally agree too! I love to see my quilts laying around and the kids playing with them. I love it when I visit family and they have the quilt I gifted being used too. It warms the heart and soul 🙂 I hope you had a fantastic Christmas.
I am totally in your camp here. I get a little tweaked with the mother who hung her daughter’s baby quilt up on the wall. Poor kid is now almost 11 and still doesn’t know what it feels like to curl up in my quilt.
Absolutely! I agree completely. I make quilts to be used… lol now i did get mad at a step son when he nailed the quilt over a window… i took it back! lol