Have you ever been asked “don’t you think you have enough quilts?” Have you wondered if perhaps you do have too many?
Yesterday I posted about my journey of refolding my personal quilts on the diagonal in preparation for storing them around the house and studio…today as I continued the project it was like a walk down memory lane, however after hours of refolding I had to ask myself, do I have too many quilts?
I guess that’s a personal question…whether someone has too many quilts or not is subjective and depends on individual circumstances and personal preferences.
For some people, having a large collection of quilts may be a source of joy and comfort. Quilts can be sentimental items that hold emotional value, and having multiple quilts may provide them with a sense of security and nostalgia.
For example, this quilt was made for my high school graduation by my Ma-Ma (pronounced maw-maw) from clothing scraps my mom, sister, and I wore in the 60’s and 70’s made by either my mother or my grandmother – I still remember a lot of the individual fabrics! My sister & I had matching tops with the “partridge in the flower tree” (grin). Even though the quilt is now tattered and torn in some places, it’s a prominent part of my quilting history…
This quilt was my first “quilt shop fabric purchase” as well as my first “quilt shop formal class”. I even hand quilted it! I learned one major thing on this quilt – hand quilting was not for me! I loved the apple fabric so much that I made kitchen curtains and accessories for our first home in Tennessee. Yes, this little wallhanging is dripping with sentiment!
On the other hand, some people may feel overwhelmed by having too many quilts, or they may not have enough space to store them. In these cases, they may feel that they have too many quilts and could benefit from decluttering and downsizing their collection.
If this is your camp, then check with local agencies and quilt guilds for “rehoming” your quilts – there are so many worthy recipients from Crisis Pregnancy Centers, Foster Care, Senior Care, and more that would love to have donated quilts!
I guess you could say I fit into the nostalgia category of quilters! I finished refolding my vast collection this afternoon — not counting placemats, quilted notebook covers, quilted bags, etc, I have 161 personal quilts all neatly folded, hung on the wall, being used on the bed and/or couch, a couple in the car (always ready for an impromptu picnic) with the majority on quilt racks and shelving. In addition, I have 23 antique family quilts from the 1930’s/1950’s era perched on shelves above the windows in my studio and bed room.
It’s a good thing I ended up with some room left on my built in wall shelf (86 on there in case you are wondering – some are very small) as I have so many quilt tops waiting to be quilted and so many more WIPs (work in progress) quilts yet to be made. It’s a nice addiction or as I like to say, “this is part of my retirement plan” – I will never be bored or without something to do that’s for sure!
I actually have no idea how many quilts I have made and given away, but not that many as I think I really am one of those quilters who can’t seem to have enough quilts and keep more than I share. (Maybe that’s why I love teaching, I will teach you to make a quilt so I can keep mine – grin!)
So CAN YOU have too many quilts? Ultimately, whether someone has too many quilts is a personal decision based on their individual circumstances and preferences. No judgement from this quilter!
I’d love to hear your thoughts – do you gift more than you keep? do you have a huge collection? any family heirlooms? Or are you balanced in the number you keep and the number you give away?
I love that there will be a million different responses – yet one thing I think will be a consistent – if you are reading this ramble I betcha’ are a quilt lover!