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Thread: Do non-quilters have any idea of the work that goes into a quilt?

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    Has anyone else had the experience of not be thanked for the gift of a quilt????? This has happened to me three times!! Do non-quilters have any idea of the work and thought and time that goes into the process from the beginning to the last stitch????


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    I've always received a thank you. But, I don't really think non-quilters have a clue.

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    I don't think non-quilter's have any idea. But, if they make clothes or something like that, they have a hint of the time and thought going into one. But...only a hint. I've heard it takes more patience to make a bed size quilt than an ensemble. But, since I don't sew, I don'thave a clue about that!!

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    Pal, I am a very beginner quilter, and to be fully honest with you, I had no clue about all the work involved in making a quilt. I could see that they are pretty, and I guess assumed it took work, but never really knew what went into it, UNTIL I started learning about it and made my first wall hanging, which was a lot of work, can not imagine the work for a bed quilt.
    I am so sorry that people you gifted quilts to did not appreciate it, I would immensly :-)

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    I dont think most people have a clue as to how much work goes into a quilt and not to mention expense. i think most people think that homemade items are made to save money but the opposite is mostly true and it often costs at least twice as much as a commercially bought one.
    I recently made my niece a diaper bag and a baby blanket and put a lot of thought and work into it. i made a lovely label and hand embroidered his name etc. The only thanks i got was from her mum (my sister inlaw) and all she said was Naomi said thanks for the gifts. That was all. It would have been nice to receive a thankyou card from my niece and maybe even a photo of her and the baby as i also bought a book and a soft toy. I should have not expected that as for her 21st my mum and i went halves in a gold bracelet for her and i have never been thanked for that either.
    I usually dont make quilts for other people unless they admire what i am doing and then i usually make them a gift for a special occasion as i am fully aware that non quilters dont always want or like quilts but that is their choice. I was just hurt that my niece couldnt even send a card herself to say thankyou.

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    I have to agree with everyone else too!! You can't imgaine all of the time, work & expense that goes into any quilt, unless you have made one yourself. I only make quilts as gifts for my family members & dear friends that I know will appreciate them. It is very disappoingting to give a hand made gift of love & not get a thank you in return. Because I love to sew so much I keep making them anyway!! :D


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    I do not think non quilters have any idea how much time----and money!!!!----go into the making of a quilt. BUT--every quilt I have made and given as a gift was very much appreciated. My granddaughters drag theirs all over the house--they are always snuggling under one somewhere. My kids love theirs and want more! My mother in law actually cried when I gave her one--said it was her most treasured gift ever. I made a chicken quilt for a friend recently and she was absolutely speechless. And I have family members and friends who claim they are waiting in line for a quilt!! So, even though they are clueless as to the amount of work--I do feel loved and appreciated for my gifts.

    I am sorry Pal, that your time and work has gone unappreciated.

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    I knowhow it feels, I made a quilt for my girlfriend and she offered to pay me. Well she gave me $20.00 I had hand quilted it at that. It is a good thing I enjoyed doing it but I see it now and it is not really being cared for, You would think she got it at salvation army. It hurts my feelings but I don't say anything after all it is hers now to do with as she pleases. I just won't make her any more.

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    This just happened to me! I spent a lot of time (and money!) creating a wedding quilt for my cousin's son and didn't even get an acknowledgement that they received it. Don't think I'll be making a baby quilt when the time comes. But usually the people I've made quilts for have been so appreciative. My daughters both love theirs and use them all the time, my aunt uses hers sparingly so as not to "ruin it", but keeps it on display. Got one back when my dad died, but he used it all the time. There are others... :lol: (too many to mention) who also have appreciated theirs and that just tickles me to death!

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    I'm selective who I make them for. Nonquilters for the most part have no clue. I would rather give them to a homeless shelter or Linus. That way I am not expecting a thank you.

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