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 machine(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!
Do you use a blog reader? This past week, I introduced my hubby to Google Reader
and I think he’s coming to enjoy it. I regularly read many other quilt blogs with Google Reader, and it makes keeping up with my online quilting and blogging friends MUCH easier. Check it out!
I used to be a real estate agent… up until December of last year. I am still getting a LOT of phone calls, and I get a lot of people coming to my website CaronMosey.com looking for real estate information. SORRY! There are many great Realtors out there, and I am happy to recommend these to you:
Cheryl took over my listings and real estate business when I left real estate, and George is my friend and a real estate broker, one heck of a great Realtor. If you need real estate information, please contact one of them.
Speaking of houses, do you like the Bungalow style of home? Then check out Bungalow Pros http://www.bungalowpros.com/ . This company is located in Madison, Wisconsin, but their website is GREAT! Not only do they have plans for building bungalows, run an interior design business, but they have a retail shop as well. I LOVE their stuff!
I sewed a little block today… A-4 of my Dear Jane quilt. I like doing a little sewing each day. It helps relax me, quiet my body and brain. I have a quilt top I need to get hand quilting on, but it isn’t sandwiched and pinned yet. Also, with the baby coming in mid-February, I don’t want to spread myself too thin. I tend to do that and get too many projects going at once. I need to get started on Samantha’s christening gown, so the hand quilting will have to wait awhile, I’m afraid.
Ready for a giggle? You may have heard the Christian song “Jesus Take the Wheel” before. It’s a pretty song. Check out this video version
. It will put a smile on your face. Be sure to turn your speakers up, and be prepared to smile.
Have a great weekend!