Sunday, October 31, 2010

Big And Small, I Love Them All

Today, I had a shock.  I found out my hubby was using one of the quilts I'd made for my son, when he was an infant, as a dog quilt.  It was a simple quilt, just a piece of train fabric, and I'd hand quilted around all the trains.  Offended doesn't even begin to cover it.  I think the dog will survive with a thrifted quilt originally purchased at ChinaMart.

All of my quilts got pulled from the closet and will go into hiding, just in case.  Not that my family really uses them much - we all have big comforters that are warmer and lighter.  I began to wonder why I made so many.  I think my Sis Boom quilt will be the last big one I make, for me.

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And I've already made quilts for everyone I know.  Last Christmas [never to be repeated, I don't recommend it...at least, not when you start in October].   I'm sure charities will appreciate my quilts more.

But what about small quilts?  I've made so many, and I dearly love them too.  For me, a quilt isn't just for cuddling....it's also art.  No matter WHAT it looks like, it's art.  From traditional patterns, to whimsical patterns, to abstract and stitchery designs.  When I have a blank corner I want to warm up with color, a small quilt fits the bill.

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pattern from Jenny of Elefantz, words added by me

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pattern by Dawn of As Sweet As Cinnamon

And then there are the quilts I rescue.  From thrift stores, from estate or garage sales, it grieves me to see someone's handwork tossed aside [take note, family].  If the item is within my budget, I rescue it. 

Quilts don't have just one use - they can warm your body or warm your soul.  They can create a mood in a room and in a family.  They can cheer you up, make you think, give you a giggle.

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Every quilter has the soul of an artist.  Whether you're creating your own design or making one that was perfected 200 years ago, you're an artist.  Every quilter has the curiousity of a child and the patience of a saint.  Some are perfect, some are not; all are creations that spring from a deep place in the heart that holds a wellspring of joy.

Right now, we're celebrating the Blogger's Quilt Festival, an amazing brainchild of the amazing Amy.  I'm hoping to visit each and every quilt in the coming week[s].  Every quilt tells a story, and every quilt is a work of art.  Sometimes I feel like an amateur, viewing these wonderful creations.  But it's not about skill level, it's about sharing an art form.  Some are very large, meant to warm another - some are very small, meant to warm all who see it. 

Big or small, I love them all.  Look at your precious hands, and go create something.  And if your family doesn't appreciate it, you'll know that those who create with you will.

41 comments:

Joanne said...

Allie what a beautiful posting. I read it twice. Such a blessing to read your thoughts on quilts. Is that an Amy Butler fabric line in the first pictured quilt? Lots of warm hugs, Joanne

Darlene said...

Wonderful thoughts about quilts - new, old, used, etc. Thank you!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Great post girl! So very true. I too love to view the Quilt Festival and see all the amazing creativity out there in blog land.

Tammy said...

I love your words. They ring so true to anyone who picks up a needle and thread. I have not yet advanced my quilting skills but many of you ladies are creating an itch within me to start. I don't even know where to begin. I want to learn applique, had a blogger send me a how to.. but still, I'm a visual learner. Oy. Love that first quilt your working on. IT's beautiful. Hugs. Tammy

I'm having a GIVEAWAY if you would like to enter.

Karen said...

Hi Allie. I am so glad you rescued the quilt from the dog in time. Is your husband out of the "doghouse" yet?
I find it interesting that you are able find many quilts in thrift stores and garage sales.
They are around but we do not get that much of an opportunity here.
Loved reading about your small quilts and wall hangings. They really are special.

Dolores said...

Well said and shame on your hubby.

Vicki ♥ said...

A lovely post Allie and how dreadful of your hubby using a quilt for the dog!! Agast!! I am yet to find any quilts in garage sales or second hand shops but hopefully when I do I will be able to rescue it. I enjoyed reading your post. Hugs Vicki xxxx

clare's craftroom said...

Allie how beautiful ! Thanks so much for this post .

Kim said...

for some reason hubby's seem to use things like that. Great post Allie. Makes me wish I had a little more time to quilt. LoL I am looking for a camper if I have to do shows this summer and the requirement is for a little table so I can camp work and quilt when I am off working :).

ptrmom said...

I know the beautiful quilt you made for Cora and Vova remains a focal point in their home to this day. :) Of course it is art!

soggybottomflats said...

omg, my heart goes out to you! As a quilter, I "get" it. As a wife, I would have killed him and buried his body in a shallow grave. But, hey, that's just me.

I have a ton of fabric strips cut up and ready to go. I have almost reached the same dilemna as you...now what do I do? So, there are some babies and teens in Appalacia who are going to benefit from my strips. I am going to finish my family presents and then get busy.

Thank you so much for sharing such a heart breaking story.

Elaine

Sharon said...

A wonderful post and so inspiring! Except for the dog using one of your quilts. ;-D

West Michigan Quilter said...

I had to laugh about the quilt and the dog. I think something similar happened to me only with my kids and not my husband. Like you, I'm asking why I make so many quilts. No one wants them. But I sure love making them. Love your smaller quilts. Great post!

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Oh dear Allie...please do not come to my home...my kids (the dogs) have always had quilts.....

BubzRugz said...

I can only imagine the trouble hubby is in!!! My family would describe him as being in the dog-box.... (no pun intended)... I just loved reading this post - your passion just glows through....
Hugz

baukje said...

Thanks a lot for the you tube advice for quilting instructions. The cat quilt is so cute.....

Jan said...

Last year a crazy-patch cushion ended up in our dogs' basket cos that was all it was fit for. But I put it there, not my husband - and if he'd done it without asking he would have been in the so much trouble your husband is in! thanks for showing us all your quilts, Allie; what a creative soul you are. I do love your current one; I'm not so brave with colour but I'm getting there.

Melody said...

Oh poor Allie, I am sure your doggy loves his quilt. I've even made them especially for my dogs.

Joanne Lendaro said...

Men!! Makes you wonder, dosen't it? I love your little quilt and your big ones too! Great post!

Terry said...

Even my family would know better than to use a quilt for a dog! Although we have friends who were going to use one for a shop rag! I saved it before they could ruin it thank goodness! I agree with you about little quilts too. That seems to be what the majority of mine are.

Anne at Film and Thread said...

Such a sweet look at what your quilts mean to you! I made a queen-sized blooming nine-patch for our daughter's bed. Hundreds (thousands?) of little squares all pieced together. Our 50 lb. English Setter loves to sleep on it. Our daughter loves to see her there when she comes home. If it gets ruined, it will just have to be an excuse to make a new quilt!

John'aLee said...

You'd better get the whipping stick out for that hubby of yours!!
I am so with you on quilts being art!
I give a pillowcase demo at shows...and I tell people that pillowcases are for those people in our life who aren't "Quilt" worthy...they are "pillowcase" worthy.
Thanks for stopping by. I am road weary...but we've had safe travels so far.
Hugs!

Mary-Kay said...

I'd be giving that husband of yours "a talking to". I guess he must of thoight that since it was old it was okay. What was he thinking? Great post by the way.

Carrie P. said...

Great read.
I don't make many big quilts either. Now I make more for others than myself which I enjoy doing.

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

So funny, Allie. My grandmother taught me to crochet as a child and I made a purple and yellow blanket which my mother gave to our dog. I haven't crocheted since - LOL

All your quilts are pieces of art - hubby is officially in the dog house!

FairyLover said...

I still remember the day I caught my husband taking out a quilt I made for my daughter to use to lay under the car while he changed the oil. Fortunately I caught him in time.

Kathi
http://time4learning.net/groups/new-york-homeschool-support-group-online/

Cyndi said...

What an absolutely beautiful post, Allie, and so aptly put. Quilts are works of art and should never be taken for granted!

But I had to chuckle at your hubby using one of your precious quilts for the dog. That is absolutely something that Jeff would do, too. As a matter of fact, he did that with one of my antique quilts and Noah tore it to shreds. Jeff was the one in the doghouse for a few weeks after that!

XOXO,

Cyndi

FairyLover said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I thought the email address was connected automatically or I would have left it. Fortunately I stopped him from using my quilt so he is still alive.

Kathi
hippiefairyloveratyahoodotcom

jan said...

That made me think of the time that I spied something familiar in the yard - the bowl from the pitcher and bowl that sat on my antique wardrobe. It was a reproduction, but you can imagine my 'dismay' at finding out thay my XH had used it to catch the motor oil that he was changing! Everything went on lock down after that! lol!

Karen said...

The cats in the bathing suits are so cute!

susan m hinckley said...

What a wonderful tribute to quilts and the hands that make them, Allie. I couldn't have said it better myself. And I'm sure your creations will be treasured long after you have ceased caring. You're leaving quite a legacy of love.

Fleurette@ Fleur's place said...

Lovely post Allie and so very true. The cat quilt makes me smile - so cute!

Allie said...

So true Allie. I love the little Follow your Dreams quilt!

Fresh Poppy Sisters said...

I love that you rescue quilts! Those were all amazing quilts in your photos. Thanks so much for checking out our blog, I LOVE your BQF submission too btw!!

Kim D. said...

Very well said Allie! For some reason your second photo doesn't show up for me. Love all of your quilts, but the cat quilt made me smile.

Jan said...

What a touching tribute to quilts and those who make them! I loved seeing some of your quilts. Thanks for putting into words what so many of us think!

Ivory Spring said...

Big and small, I love them all - love that!!! I especially love the follow your dreams quilt!

Talin's Corner said...

Loved all your comments and views on quilts. I am sure your husband regrets it what he did and will never do it again, right?

The thing that amazes me the most is when I find someone's handmade cotton crocheted doilies or embroidery for $ .25. Like you, I do not pass them up either.

Julie Fukuda said...

I thought the story about the dog/husband was funny. Of all the quilts I have made, all are treasured by my family or those I made them for. That is, except for the one I made for my husband on our 30th anniversary. He let the dog sleep on the bed and she chewed lots of holes in the quilt while he was right there!
My mother made a quilt for each of my six children and since she used cheap thread,I had to re-quilt them before passing them to the grand kids but they are still used and cherished.

Jennifer said...

I love your heartfelt post!!!

Kelly@ Charming Chatter said...

Oh, love all the quilts - especially the one you're pinning to quilt - and that "I'm Happy" one too! Love em, love em!!!

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