Becoming Real

I look at quilts for sale on eBay a lot.  Often they list them as cutters.  I always just skim past those and pay no attention to those “old worn out” quilts.  Here is one I passed by today.

It occurred to me today that there is more here than just an old worn out quilt.

Here is a bit of one of my favorite stories.


~ By Margery Williams ~

“What is REAL?” asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying side by side near the nursery fender, before Nana came to tidy the room. “Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?”

“Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but Really loves you, then you become Real.”

“Does it hurt?” asked the Rabbit.

“Sometimes,” said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. “When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.”

“Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,” he asked, “or bit by bit?”

“It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get all loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”

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I think quilts are like that.  I think that I need to stop looking at cutters as “old and worn” and think of them as real and loved.  I think quilts are made to be used, not just looked at, so I hope some day that the quilts I make get to be real.

I have a few old (real) quilts in my collection that I have not thought about for a long time, they really are loved beyond being useable as is.  I think I need to make them into something.  So the question for the day.  Does anyone have a pattern for a stuffed Rabbit?  I think that is just what I want to make them into.

Happy Quilting


11 thoughts on “Becoming Real

  1. Sara says:

    Hold the thought, I have bear, rabbit and who knows what else as far as patterns. Let me dig and I will get back to you!

  2. jojo says:

    What size would you like the rabbit to be?

  3. Loved being reminded of that story, Tim. It was my favorite to read to my eldest daughter. I hadn’t thought about it in years but I think it is a great way of explaining why I love old world out quilts so much. Thanks for reminding me of such fond memories.

  4. DakotaEssence says:

    Tim, consider
    or this
    Whatever you decide on, enjoy the process!
    ~Jillian in North Dakota

  5. jojo says:

    Tim, sorry I didn’t get to check back until today. I’ve made bears from much loved quilts and recommend to use the largest size rabbit pattern that you like if you want to be able to recognize the pattern on the blocks. It also makes it easier dealing with the seams if the body parts are larger. You will love creating your new/old treasure!

  6. belinda says:



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