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I love to make quilts and have them stacked to the ceiling. My boys have very little interest in them, and I make them for anyone I know who has a baby. But I love theme quilts and keep making new ones. One day my hubby asked me if we were going to have a garage sale with all my quilt "crap"... Needless to say, it's been the last time he asked a stupid question like that! So for now, they just keep piling up, who knows what I will do with them some day!
I worked in a school, I give a baby quilt to every staff member that has a baby or a grandchild. My daughters have several quilts and so does every member of my family. I even made a few for my future grandchildren. I have quite a few saved, so that I may give one to a coworker who is going thru a difficult time in their life. I am also building quite a stash and I planning to try and sell them at a craft fair. If I am not successful then I will try and sell it thru Etsy and if that doesn't work I will let my daughters deal with them when I am gone!
I don't make quilts specifically for any one person. I make quilts that I want to make. I did go to two small craft shows in October and sold several things. One was a quilt I had intended to give to my older daughter because it was a purple and cream log cabin, but I sold it to the husband of a very good friend of hers because her friend also loves purple. I really hated to see that quilt leave the family, now I have to make another one for my daughter. The $350 that I got for the quilt was just a fraction of the cost if you give yourself anything for labor.
I usually make quilts to give away - though I made snuggle quilts for DH and me last winter. I have a huge stash, so I start a new quilt as soon as I finish one. I don't want to leave that stash for my non-sewing DD to deal with! She loves quilts, and I've made a ton of them for her ad DGD - but usually from their discarded clothing, so that doesn't help get rid of the stash. I'm going to start making charity quilts if I don't have a person in mind who 'needs' a quilt from me. Plus, I have a stash of quilt leftovers to make into charity quilts.
If I'd been in CT when the Sandy Hook murders happened (10 minutes frommy house), I would have made a bunch of children's quilts for the families who lost children and have siblings left behind. As it was, all I could do was sit here in AZ and be miserable. My local sewing machine dealer is joining in the call for snowflakes for Sandy Hook - and I've been dropping by to sew some when I have time. If I had an embroidery machine here in AZ, I would be making them in my house. What a time to have 2 embroidery machines in CT and none in AZ.
I have five grandkids (nuggets) and every time I show them a quilt I have finished or one that I am working on, they immediately ask if they can have it. Each of my Nuggets have more than 1/2 dozen quilts I have made for them and they use everyone of them. The quilts go to football games, picnics, camping trips, on their beds, and they cozy up with them in front of the TV. Does my heart good!! In the mean time, I continue to make quilts knowing they will all have a good home.
My quilts are given to those I love and I have 8 children who really benefit. They get them as gifts and once they are gifted they can regift them to someone they really care about. Will be making lots of scrap quilts now in different patterns. I like lap size quilts that can be used as toppers on beds and maybe I will make more of them including pillow covers and other such things that I can quilt easily on the machine. Most all of my large quilts (except those that I hand quilted many years ago, are machine stitched by me or my favorite long arm quilter. My kids know the value of quilts so they don't just give them away to people that will use them for car covers or their pets.
Finish a quilt. What’s that? Do people actually finish quilts? Oh well maybe one day. But do I have fun making blocks.
Funny you should ask, tdy, i dropped off two Christmas wallhanging tops to be quilted. My long armer loved both of them and asked me if I was interested in selling them....after seeing the look on her face and her excitement, I thought.....why not?!! So I did..and she was thrilled! She never gets time to make some for herself so I was happy to do so. I really did not need them as I still had another one that I was keeping. Interesting turn of events. And I dd not need to spent the $$ to get them quilted.
Janome 9900 / Janome 9700 / Janome Decor 3050 / Janome 1100D serger
Singer Centennial model (inherited from my late, fav aunt!)