You bet we do!
When I finished my first quilt, I was rather hesitant to use it. I mean, it was a lot of work and it would get dirty and need to go through washer and dryer cycles. My kids would definitely abuse it (I mean, you should see the things they’ve done to the couches, rugs, clothing, toys and shoes!!)
I knew I wanted my quilts to be useful but looking at all that work (and hello – quilting isn’t exactly cheap!) made it hard to let go. For awhile, my quilts made a lovely stack in the den. I remember my husband asking, “Is it okay if I use one of those quilts?” and I cringed a bit inside at the thought.
Fortunately, I have gotten over that fear. My family now uses quilts like crazy. They have been on road trips (my dad laughed when I packed seven quilts this summer for vacation but while we were driving in the middle of the night and everyone had a quilt for a blanket or pillow everyone could see what a smart move it had been!) They have been to the beach and the creek. They have been on picnics. They make great forts.
As much as I love them, they are not irreplaceable. We have plenty in our house. We have plenty in various stages of being finished. I have an unholy amount of fabric still in my stash. The fabric shops I frequent show no signs of going out of business anytime soon. I have more plans for future quilts than is reasonably possible.
When I think of all that, why would we not use them?
Besides, it doesn’t do my family any good for me to be a quilter if they are just for pretty stacks. I want them to have memories centered around the quilts in our house – even if they take quilt making for granted. I want them to have stories to pass on to their children that are centered around quilts – even if that means my grand kids may not see some of the quits I made because they were tatters years before they were born.
I’m making quilts to be used. That may mean I lose some. They may suffer some abuse. Heaven forbid, a firecracker from the trip to the beach on the fourth could have caused serious damage to one of my quilts. However, the memories my family have with them will be worth it all.
What is your take on using your quilts?