Sunday, February 24, 2013

The Quilt I Won't Make

This last month, after spending sweat, tears and $14.00 in supplies to make a tiny jean picnic quilt, I realized that it's just not worth it. Which is a hard thing to realize when you consider that I've carefully saved, cut up, and moved my t-shirt squares to Texas on the hope that finally, finally I was going to make my sentimental college t-shirt quilt.

This is the face of my BYU physics professor. Someone in class did the art and collected quotes for the t-shirt.

Aw.....Divine Comedy t-shirt. The big pink one.

Turns out sentimentality is a pain. So I took pictures of the squares I cared about and then {wince, grimmace} threw them away. My great aunt Dona would maybe be disappointed, but probably not. I have a good job, I can buy blankets, and I get frustrated when they don't turn out, and even when they do turn out--they're just okay.

So there you have it. I don't have a t-shirt quilt. I just have the memories. What do you think? Is stuff just clutter? Do you remember better when you have physical evidence kicking around? What knickknacks do you let yourself keep and what do you toss?


J Rock said...

When I purchase sentimental mementos, which is not often, I'm really picky and try to buy things that have a function, like the apron I bought in Spain. I'm more likely to keep it that way.

Makayla said...

You should have sent it to someone else in your family who enjoys doing that sort of thing... then you could have the quilt, and they could have your gratitude and the pleasure of knowing they offered a service. :)

Sara said...

Aw, that's too bad. I'm sorry, Mary. :/

I'm a packrat. I have an extremely difficult time throwing practically anything away. :/

Jamie Zvirzdin said...

Hey, that makes me wonder what happened to my Dr. Dibble t-shirt!! A fun reminder. A picture of the t-shirt on your blog was just as effective as a picture of a quilt of the t-shirt on your blog. :)

Margaret said...

This is why Etsy exists! To make sure everyone is being used to their best purpose, while money allows that efficiency by encouraging trade!