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?