Three things to be happy about:
(1) shredded mulch
(2) shredded wheat
(3) other shredded stuff, I can't come up with anything! Jeans??
When is an heirloom just a quilt? Or, when does just-a-quilt leap to heirloom status?
At a quilt show a few weeks ago with my friend and fellow guild member Deb, I saw a lovely quilt that was beautifully appliqued with the letters of the alphabet along with pieced blocks. A truly beautiful quilt! In my opinion, obviously for a child.
I said something like, "Oh look at that pretty baby quilt!" To which Deb replied "Oh, I don't think so!" So that started me thinking...
How much work are you willing to put into a child's quilt? Okay, okay you put a certain amount of LOVE into it, but how much work are you willing to put into a quilt that will be used and loved by a tot?
If someone handed you this quilt for your baby, would you let him or her use it? Or would you put it away til the child has "grown up" enough? (Keep in mind, gentle reader, a 15-year-old would look really goofy hauling this quilt around!) Or would you place it on their bed only on special occasions, and hand it over to them for keeps when they become an adult?
Or maybe, you'd just chicken out and hang it on the nursery wall???
I'd really like your opinions on this - heirloom or beautiful quilt? If the alphabets were a different font, would that change the category??
Is this one an heirloom??
I'd guess the applique probably took about the same amount of time, but I don't think you'd hesitate to hand it over to your toddler!
What about this one?
I machine appliqued the crap outta this one and paid to have it long-arm quilted, but I'd be PO'd if the child wasn't allowed to used it every day til it fell apart!
I put a lot of work into it, and I want to see it used and enjoyed!
So ... when is an heirloom just a quilt, or when does just-a-quilt leap to heirloom status?
Looking to hear your opinion, sew forth and sew on til later!