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.”
Well I said -YES and waited for a package to arrive.
A week or so later this came….
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.