Do you remember this book?  I think it was published in the early 90s – it was my first quilting book and one I still pull out when I’m pondering how to put my fabric together.  Yup … it’s okay to sit on my quilts, and walk on them, lie on them, roll around on them, run across them, eat on them, draw on them, pile them up, spread them out, drag them outside, snuggle under them on the sofa, stuff them into the car, camp on them with your friends at athletic’s carnivals, huddle under them on cold and windy beaches … whatever takes your fancy.

My quilts are made with a sturdy love which expects that they will be cheerfully used up, every centimetre.  And if they fade, so be it.  If they get holes, we’ll patch them.  If the dog chucks up on one, it will wash.  If you get paint on them, it will add character.

My quilts are living, breathing, laughing, comforting, jolly quilts.  They won’t win any prizes for accuracy or technical brilliance, but they will be put to good use.  And that’s how I love it.

it’s okay if you sit on my quilt …

4 thoughts on “it’s okay if you sit on my quilt …

  • November 11, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    I have the very same philosophy about my quilts. I tell everyone that gets one that if they wear it out I’ll make them another one to replace it. :o)

  • November 11, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    Your cushion looks wonderful!

  • November 12, 2012 at 5:01 am

    Exactly! That too is my thinking. I tell people I will only make them one if they promise to use it!

  • November 12, 2012 at 9:05 am

    Sooo relaxing, to lay about on quilts and pillows in the yard or in a park.
    Yes I have that book and was lucky enough to attend a talk by Mary Ellen Hopkins at one of the craft shows in Brisbane, she is a real character…as you would expect, she says she sets herself up in front of the tv, wizzy wacks through the cutting and wizzes through the sewing, she showed heaps of her quilts and they look ho hum from the back, but when you see the front, they are amazing.
    She is all about easy, speed piecing,so “you can sit on my quilt”… yes, make them to use and enjoy, plenty more fabric where that came from,recycle, op shop , here we come !

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