In January I wrote to you about a charity quilt donation that came in and how worried I was about how to correctly handle the donation. After I wrote the post the quilt got put on the shelf in my sewing room and got left. As I’ve been cleaning out things while I’ve been sick I decided it was time to make a decision about this quilt. Below is the original post. Read through it and then see what you think of the conclusion I’ve come to…..
Here’s the original post.
A bit ago I got an email that read: “How are you? I hope this finds you well and warm and enjoying a lovely holiday. I’m writing because I did a Google search regarding where to donate quilt tops and your page came up. We cleaned out my late mother’s house this past summer, ( a hard and awful job) and were able to find good homes for most of the items….everything except an antique quilt top that must have belonged to a great aunt. My guess is it would fit a twin or maybe even a full sized bed. Nobody in the family has any interest in it and none of us here in the San Francisco area know any quilters. Clearly so much love and care has gone into making it that it would break my heart to see it go to waste. May I send it to you? It’s in pretty good shape, having never been used. Can you use it? I’m happy to mail it to you. If not you, is there some other person or organization you can recommend? ( I’ve looked around a bit and, to be honest, the various websites are so difficult to navigate and the organizations have so many rules it was off-putting). Feel free to email me a yes or a no.”
I was flabbergasted. It’s beautiful. It is entirely hand pieced and the work is great.
Dana sent a note saying it was made in North Dakota in the 40′s. It was sent to California in the 70′s and is now back to the Midwest in Iowa.
The border was never completely sewn together but all the pieces are there and it’s an easy finish.
Now for the part I need advice for…..
Do I finish this up as a charity quilt?? I just feel like it might not stand up to everyday use and many washings….
It’s so beautiful. I see it more as something a person who loves antique quilts might like. I can see someone hand quilting this and preserving a part of quilting history (not me though)…yet I said I would find a good home for it for charity?
I just don’t know what I should do and am hoping for some advice.
Well that was the original post. I know I will never get to the quilt. It will never stand the use a donation quilt needs to stand. I know the family wanted the top to benefit charity. I’ve decided to auction the quilt top off here on the blog as is to the highest bidder. Any monies brought in by the top will be used towards batting, thread, backings and postage for charity quilts that we have going here already. The buyer is free to do whatever they want with the top. The top will come in the original bag it was sent to me in
and with the note from the person who donated it. (correction. I can’t find the note) Bidding will start now and will end Thursday at 10:00 PM central standard time. $15 will be added to the winning dollar amount to cover postage and $100 worth of insurance. Winning bidder can expect the package to ship Friday morning if the address is promptly sent to me. If you have questions, email me at email@example.com. I will update this post with any questions and my answers that are sent…..Check or Paypal accepted. READY. BID by leaving an amount in the comment section. If you have trouble with that, drop me a note and I’ll help with that too.
Here is a question that has come in- What is the size of the quilt? It is approximately 58″ x 72″.
Another question-Will I post a daily note telling the current bid? No I will not. Simply keep checking back to this post. You can raise your big from there. You can make another note in the comment section.