12/4/12

Incorrectly donated

We were out shopping the other day and stopped in a goodwill.  I found this little baby quilt there for $3.99.

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This is a handmade baby quilt, made from little panels with a drawing and the first line of a nursery rhyme. 

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It is well made and clean and cute. 

Of course, I bought it.  It’s not really my style, but it only took a short look to see what a treasure it was.  It will go on to Linus next year, with quilts I make.  It just wasn’t donated to the right charitable group and I’m going to make that right.

But, it made me think that this could be one of mine.  We make quilts and give them away and a little part of ourselves goes with them.  We don’t know what will happen to them.  We don’t know if the recipients will love and keep them, like my Mom did my good baby blanket, or whether they will eventually be donated to goodwill or used as a dog blanket.  But, they are gifts of ourselves, just like this one was.

Okay, enough of that.  There are plenty of other things to worry about at this season.  I guess I just let that one carry me away because I’m working on baby quilts.

Be well.  Have a great Tuesday.  Lane

7 comments:

Samantha said...

I usually buy every handmade quilt I find at Goodwill. They are usually less than $5 and I'm like you, I think they should have been donated where they could do the most good.

I have kept a couple of the ones I've bought but mostly they get sent on to another charity or hand delivered to the one that I make quilts for semi-local to me.

I've also found good quilt shop quality fabrics in the local Goodwill and I snap them up to use in those quilts that I make to donate.

JoAnne said...

I guess when I give a quilt, I try to also let go of the emotions. No matter if it is a baby quilt or a bed quilt, I've created it and put my heart into it, but people who do not make things have no idea what that means (or the value--and I'm not just talking about $$). I think the people who donated that blanked just saw it an another blanket that they didn't need anymore. Don't get me wrong, if I see where a quilt I gave someone I know is mistreated, I'm not going to give them another, but personally (as someone who made her dog a blanket and even though the dog has been gone for 5 years still gets tears when she sees that quilt)my fondest wish is that a baby blanket becomes the child's "favorite" and is drug around until it falls to bits. But as creators we highly value hand-made items (I've brought more than a few items home from thrift shops, only because they were handmade and extremely cheap.) Now they sit in my closet doing nothing for me. (Most are crocheted doilies, afghans, etc.) I think it is awesome that you can donate your found quilt to Project Linus.

lw said...

I'm glad you rescued that quilt for Project Linus.

I made my Mom a quilt years ago, and she never used it, she just put it away as "too good for everyday." My grandson, on the other hand, has slept with his every night for the last 2.5 years and it's almost washed to death and I'm making him a new i-spy quilt for Christmas. You really do have to detach, I guess, these things have a life of their own.

Michelle said...

It makes me sad when I see quilts at Goodwill. I buy most of them, and right now I have a stack that needs to be passed on. I need to put that on my 'to do' list. When I make a quilt, it takes hours and hours, and hours, and hours, and I know I should detach from it, but it's hard to do. Those who have never sewn or made a quilt have no idea what goes into it, and therefore has no appreciation. I know you will pass it on to someone who will find comfort in it, and love it. Bless you.

Laura said...

The important thing is that the quilt ends up with someone who will love it. If you donate it to project Linus, I think it will.

Cynthia Landrie said...

Great quilt Lane. I know some child will love this quilt.

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