Tuesday, November 20, 2012

What's in the crate?

  There's a story that goes with this photo, so bear with me.
  This thing has been around with me for over 40 years.  Many times and with every move I attempted to discard it.  Yet each time  the thought would enter into my head that it was time to get rid of  it, I would be filled with a sense of  "not yet".   I could not let it go.
   I was just out of college and was beginning this wonderful journey of independent life.   This  fruit crate was found by a trash dumpster at the back of a grocery store in Nashville, TN.    It became my first piece of furniture and  turned on its side I used it as a dresser for my clothes.  *grin*....it sat beside my bed, which was a mattress on the floor.   I never thought twice about  its lowly  appearance in those days.
   Over the years it has been used to hold books, and magazines----the rustic country look was in style. Other times  it was stood on end and became a plant stand.   Then marriage and a daughter came along.  The crate was tucked into the corner of the living room and put into use to hold stuffed animals and toys.   When I learned to quilt and accumulated scraps, it turned into the scrap bin.  When my scrap collection out grew  the crate, it was once again re-purposed to corral  batting pieces.
   For the last few years, my crate has sat forlornly in the garage.    It is quite rickety now and not as sturdy as it once was.   I think it has just a little more life in it.....  holding doll quilts!!!

  Yep, more doll quilts arrived.    This collection is from Margaret and the Fiber Friends group in Landrum, SC.  Beautiful and soft flannel .  This pair is so nice and one is trimmed with ribbon and the other with eyelet.  


      Thank you all for helping and sending such wonderful doll quilts for the project.

 
     So what's in the crate?  Memories.....from where my journey began to where I am now.   It reminds me of the road I have traveled, and the things I have learned.  I see function and purpose etched into the battered wood slats.  And ultimately I know that it is not what you have, but rather what you do with what you have.   Cost of the crate--- $0.   Worth of this crate---priceless.
Insight:  I won't even think about discarding the crate again.  I'll leave that  to someone else for later.   For me, I am very thankful I listened to my heart and kept the crate around to store the memories  in.
   
      The  Christmas Quilt Show  begins in a couple of days.  2012 Christmas Quilt Show
Be sure to check out the details and join in.   I'm entering a special friend  ;)
  Happy Thanksgiving to you all.  Happy stitching.
       

5 comments:

  1. What a great post -- and I agree, priceless!

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  2. I just love your posts. They are always filled with things I wish I could write & reflect on. That box is full of memories from the past & now it has present memories & joys. The latest doll quilts are fabulous & each one just takes a little more off of your plate...that's a good thing.

    I think I know who's going to the Christmas Quilt Show! I'll be watching.

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  3. I like your crate story, it does have a lot of history. You made me smile about the college days and the furniture, milk crates were a huge part of my life back then. All of the cleaning I'm doing for the holidays led me to looking at a few things that I really should get rid of but ended up putting back where I found them with the comment "Cori will just have to throw them away after we're gone". Poor kid.

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  4. This post brings back so many memories, including booksshelves made with unfinished boards and cement blocks. Those are gone, but I still have a three-legged semicircle table that goes WAY back.

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  5. What a beautiful post. I don't have a crate but I do have a sewing box that I gave away and then months later saw it in an antique store, paid $20 for it and brought it back home. Thanks for sharing.

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