What are you saving it for?

Has someone ever given you something special, made you a quilt, embroidered some pillow cases, or anything along those lines?  Do you use them?  Do you display them?  Are they hidden away for no one to see but you?  My Mom used to be like that.  My Mom’s grandmother, some of my friends  do that and even my husband does that.  I made him the nine patch quilt year before last  and he was so proud of it.  I was proud ot it but it isn’t being used.  It isn’t even out where he or someone else could see it.  I’m disappointed!!  Not because I wanted to show it off, though!  I made it with love and to keep him warm!  He says he doesn’t want to get it dirty.  For heaven’s sake, it’s washable!  It’s made of fabric and polyfil.  It’s warm!

9 Patch w red backing quilt 001

The following quilt I made for our bed about five years ago and was my first attempt at piecing a complicated pattern.  I loved it and I wash it about every two weeks and except for fading a little it’s still like new.  I wash it so often because Sassy our cocker spaniel sleeps between us and the quilt desperately needs the washing after two weeks.  But, like Eddie’s quilt it’s beautiful, it was made with love and I made it to be used, not stuck in a trunk waiting for me to die!!

rita's first quilt

I have beautiful dishes that belonged to my grandmother, Eddie’s aunt, my Mom and yes, I show them off but I always use them too!  Things of beauty are meant to be used, shared, admired.  Don’t stick them away!!  They may not be as admired when your gone.  They may be sold, passed on, handed down but for heaven’s sake use them!

8 responses to “What are you saving it for?

  1. I’m guilty too, Rita. I have my Mom’s dishes, but I never use them. I really should 🙂

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  2. I agree. I have my grandparents China from their wedding in 1902. For years, my cousin had them and never used them. I use them all the time. Same thing with the quilts made by my grandmother. They are used all over my house. Use those precious things now!

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  3. Margaret Tongue

    I use my wonderful quilt! I snuggle under it every night and sleep well!!!!!

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  4. I couldn’t agree more. But I have had to accept that when I make something for someone else, they might not love it quite as much or it might not fit with their sense of style, even though they appreciate it. I haven’t figured out how to deal with this except to know it can happen.

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    • I understand and agree. My Mom used to drive me crazy when we bought her clothes for Christmas and birthday and she would put it back for a special occasion. It was amazing when she passed away the clothes she had bought herself or we (her children) bought for her that still had the store tags on them. For me, special occasions are EVERY day. We should make the most of everyday and make them as special as possible.

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