Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Junk Love with Nita Beshear and a Giveaway!


Today, I’m having my first ever guest blogger. Nita Beshear. Nita is a quilter and author. Her book, DEVOTED TO QUILTING, is an inspirational collection of quilt stories. 

NITA:  Thank you for having me Stacy.

SEWButterfly:  It's my pleasure!  After reading your book, Junk Love Wednesday is the perfect day to introduce you to my blog friends!

NITA:  Since Stacy often blogs about junking, today’s post will be about junking and quilts.

Now, I know most quilt lovers don’t think of quilts as junk. Unfortunately many others do. People will sell or give away grandma’s quilts because no one in the family sews or makes quilts. Others will discard quilts because they don’t go with the décor.

I ache for these people who don’t understand the treasure they have in their hands, although I am ecstatic for the lucky quilt lovers who acquire these special, valuable quilts. True, they may not be valuable money-wise, but they are steeped in history, sentiment and stories.

It’s important to share a quilt’s story, whatever part of it we know. Sharing the story will make the quilt more valuable and meaningful as it travels through hands and time.

Quilt stories change over time, just as the stories of our lives change. This is why it’s important to pass the story on with the quilt whenever possible.

For a quilt you made the story is simple.  However, when we acquire a quilt we don't always, or even often receive the story.  That's ok, we can add our part of the story to the quilt.

Finding a part of the story is as simple.  First, fill-in any facts you may have then simply answer a few questions:  How did a quilt come to be in your possession?  What are your feelings about the quilt?  What was the occasion of you receiving the quilt?
 
There you have it, one part of your quilt’s story.

The story for the quilts you make yourself is even easier. After all, you made the quilt, you know its story.

A quilt’s story doesn’t have to be written down, it can be passed on orally, much of our early history was passed down orally. However, taking the time to write the story increases the chances the next owner will know the whole story of the quilt.
 
Not all quilts are made for eternity. When quilts are used they will begin to wear out and eventually have to be discarded. The stories though can continue. Today we can take pictures to go with the stories, so those quilts that are well used and loved to pieces will still live on in their story.

When you go junking remember to look for homeless quilts, and help them finish their story.

I hope you will share some of the stories of your quilts, with your family, friends, and with me. My editor has asked for a second book and I’m currently collecting stories to include in it.

Thanks to Stacy for having me and to you, her readers for visiting. You can visit my blog, Devoted to Quilting, to read about my visit here in Florida and at SEW Butterfly.

SEWButterfly:  In addition to visiting with us today, Nita’s introducing us to appliqué artist Darcy Ashton by giving away two of Darcy’s appliqué books, BUTTERFLY DANCE, and BUNNIES AND MORE, a forty-five dollar value.

Be sure to visit the other blogs she will be visiting this week, as well as Nita’s blog, http://www.devotedtoquilting.wordpress.com. Don’t forget to leave a comment at each stop for your chance at the appliqué books. Here is the blog list:






I hope you enjoyed meeting my friend, Nita!

And, as always...Peace and Junk Love!

11 comments:

Nita said...

Good morning Stacy and fellow quilt lovers. I'll be checking in all day, so if anyone has any questions, just post them here in the comments and I'll be back to answer them.

Vivian Zabel said...

Hi, Stacy and Nita (just saw you, didn't I?).

I'm not a quilter, but I love quilts. Nita, you have some beautiful ones, and one of these days I will help you carry them away from a show. Heheheh

Vivian

Nita said...

Thanks for stopping by Vivian. One of the nice things about the book is that the reader doesn't have to be a quilter to enjoy it. That's why I call it "a book for quilters and those who love quilts." ~Nita

Stephanie and Carlos said...

Ladies!!

Nita lovely to meet you. I am not a quilter but I am slowly working on some hexagons to turn into a quilt. It breaks my heart to see quilt at the treasure shop and I wish I could give them all a home. I have one very special quilt which was made by my great-grandmother's side of the family... No one else wanted it as it was ripped and torn. I took it and mended it and love seeing it my house with my kids wrapped up in it. Melts my heart.

If I do have any questions I will know where to go!!

xo Steph

ps Stacey girl great idea to do a guest blogger post! mwah!!

Stephanie and Carlos said...

Ladies!!

Nita lovely to meet you. I am not a quilter but I am slowly working on some hexagons to turn into a quilt. It breaks my heart to see quilt at the treasure shop and I wish I could give them all a home. I have one very special quilt which was made by my great-grandmother's side of the family... No one else wanted it as it was ripped and torn. I took it and mended it and love seeing it my house with my kids wrapped up in it. Melts my heart.

If I do have any questions I will know where to go!!

xo Steph

ps Stacey girl great idea to do a guest blogger post! mwah!!

Stephanie and Carlos said...

pps... giveaway on my blog too...hehe

Nita said...

Stephanie and Carlos, Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I hope you keep looking for quilts to rescue in treasure shops. I hope you have a picture of your kids wrapped in the rescued quilt. ~Nita

Designer-2 said...

Nita, I loved your idea about passing on the quilts' stories. Reminds me of my mother's pair of cobalt blue violin-shaped vases. My sister ached to have them but Momma gave them away before she passed on. I found one like them at an antique shop & bought it. Then I MADE UP a story about it being found in an attic and suggested it had some link to our mother's vases. Sis knew it was fiction but she had it framed & displays it with her treasured vase. Helps us remember Momma with fondness. ~ Janet Short, author and infrequent quilter

Nita said...

Thanks for stopping Janet. Really the vase you found does have a connection to your mother. Maybe it wasn't really found in the attic, but it is a copy of those your mother had, and it reminds your sister of your mother. Plus, as the vase is passed down now it will have the added family connection of you and your sister.

Jacque Graham said...

Nita, I have enjoyed the blog. I love my quilts made by both grandmothers and my maternal great-grandmother, which I inherited from my mother. One of the quilts is embroidered blocks that my great g-mother made for me as a baby. I also have a couple of quilts I have purchased at estate sales. I always feel guilty buying from the family members and try to talk them into keeping them for their children. One was appliqued ballerinas with 3-dimensional tutus. It was very unique and unusual. (Hand sewn and quilted) I displayed some of them in a quilt show at Springs-A-Bloom Festival in Blackwell, OK last April. My quilts are treasured by me since I know how much work and tender loving care goes into the making of each of them. They really reflect the history of the family.

Nita said...

Jacque, Thanks for stopping. Be sure and come back to visit Stacy. I think you'll especially enjoy her Wednesday Junk Lovin. Thanks for sharing your quilt stories. Nita