Have you made plans?

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Every morning, I receive an email from Google Alerts that brings me a list of news articles / blogs / websites that have been updated in the last 24 hours which include the words quilt / quilting / quilts in them.  And just about every day, one of the news articles is an obituary for a quilter.  Here’s an example: Mildred Julia Mabrey.


I didn’t know Mildred, but she lived to be 97 years old and was an avid quilter, generously giving to her family.  Please say a prayer for Mildred and her family.

As I look at my list of updates from Google every morning, it causes me to stop and think; what will be said about each of us when we are no longer on this earth?  Will our final words include our color preferences for fabric?  Will it show statistically how many yards of fabric we have on our shelves?  Or how many quilt books we have accumulated?  How many UFO’s we have stashed in our closet?  Can our final paragraph talk about the quilts we had drafted in our mind, so clearly planned, in fact, that we had visualized the completed quilt right down to the design in the stitching?  Probably not.

This is not meant to be a morbid post.  But just as we should all have a will in place for that time, I think we should also have a plan in place for what will happen to our quilts and stash when we can no longer sew.  My friend and neighbor Mary Schafer had explicit plans in place for her vast collection of quilts.  Many went to the Michigan State Museum in Lansing.  Many went to her niece.  A few went to close friends.  Her stash and books were also dispersed; I have some in my own home. 

Who will appreciate your quilts, fabric, books, tools, sewing garbagemanmachine(s) and buckets of spools when you’re gone?  Plan carefully.  Don’t let somebody put them in a garage sale or at the end of your driveway for the garbage man.  Put your plans in writing, and put them with your will.  Let your family know your wishes.

But don’t leave for awhile;  You still have lots of quilting to do!