I have a mystery item in my household.
It’s a hand-made quilt. You can tell because of the neat but definitely not machine-made stitching. It’s a old quilt. Not only does it have that vintage look, but some of the batting has all but disappeared in places.
Sadly, there are a couple of sections on the top that are torn slightly. I wouldn’t have the first clue as to how to fix it.
The top of the quilt has beautiful red, blue and gold colors. What’s odd is the backing – it’s a lilac purple. It also looks in better shape than the top of the quilt so I’m guessing it was a replacement at some point. Why that color when it doesn’t even coordinate, I’ll never know.
What’s most odd about this quilt is … where did it come from?!
For the longest time, it sat tucked away in a closet, protected from use and the elements because I knew it wasn’t in great shape. I thought that it came from my aunt’s estate when she died, but I can’t confirm that. No one recognizes the quilt from either side of my family!
So … since it doesn’t hold any sentimental value for myself or apparently anyone else, I’ve decided we should use it. I’ve taken it to the park a couple of times and we’ve even washed with no apparent further damage.
What would you do? Would you use it or tuck it away because it’s old?