Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Question for you -

This is the time of year -

When people buy Christmas gifts -

But as Quilters - we all want/need to make Quilts - ;))

So I have a question for you -

Have you ever been disappointed in the reaction -

That you received from the recipient of your quilt/gift?

My bloggy buddy - LindaJ - reminded me the other day of the caveat -

About not making a quilt (of any size) for someone who will not appreciate the efforts -

I think that before any of us go all gung-ho -

And get all stressed out -

We might want to remember that - ;))

In fact - I think that it should be a RULE -

Do not make a quilt (of any size) for someone who will not appreciate the effort.

Of course -

As with any of my RULES -

Feel free to totally ignore it - ;))



Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -



8 comments:

  1. Of course I agree with you, LOL. If all this gift giving is becoming so stressful then I think you need to revisit why it is that you are still doing it? Do you really have to buy for everyone in your family? Could the adults opt out of the gift exchange?

    But that is a whole nother issue. Quilts as gifts was the topic---here is my opinion so take it for what it is worth.

    We are quilters, we quilt.

    We think everyone we know should have a handcrafted quilt/quilted item---because WE so love creating them.

    Asking about colors and/or pattern ahead of time makes it a commissioned piece, not a gift..... it ruins a surprise.

    Unfortunately, sometimes it is the quilter who gets the surprise when we find out that some of the recipients are less than enthusiastic about our quilting endeavors. Some just want money---so they can pick out their OWN gift.

    Our feelings get hurt when they fail to see the time and effort that went into that one of a kind gift. Don't waste your time sewing for those people----hint: if they call a quilt a "blanket" that is a tip-off.

    Look at this way, you never have to make them another quilted item ever again. If store bought is fine with them, well, there is no accounting for taste, is there?

    Off my high horse------

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  2. When I quilt for family, I always know it will be usde and cherished. I have made baby quilts for friends and wondered if the baby ever got to see it.

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  3. I have been disappointed by the response to a quilt I made as a gift. It was especially disappointing because I made it in colors that I thought the recipients would like, but I hated. I was so glad when it was finished, but it is now falling apart.
    On the other hand, I made a quilt for a co-worker a few years ago for his 1st baby. They are expecting again just before Christmas. I had already decided to make them another quilt when he asked me if I would please make a quilt for the expected baby because they love the first one so much. That's what makes me keep making quilts as gifts. :)

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  4. I have one family member who never has shown excitement over any hand created item. The last quilt I made for her was used on the ground at a ball game.... Kids were walking all over it, spill drinks, etc... And yet she was tickled that she was using it - so what do you say???? Some people don't have a clue....

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    1. And I think most of them are in my family - ;)) The comment I got on the Anniversary Quilt - "Oh, it's lovely, but those aren't my colors anymore." And then there's the one I made a family member using some gorgeous batiks - "But it's not soft." And then there's the wall hanging that was referred to as "wall decor". I think BOB might just do a post - ;))

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