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Do what you want .. ignore the dropped "hints" if they are not what you want to do. I had some one leave me a basket full of partially finished quilt square .. and then said "maybe if you have time".... well I have never had the time.
If it is OK with your LQS, why not take her along to your quilting class. It might give her an idea of how long it would take to quilt it. If you belong to a guild, can you take her to a meeting?
The little quilting club that I belong to welcomes guests. They can ask questions, do a little quilting if they want, or just visit.
When my friend wanted a king size ...I did what QuiltnLady1 suggested and that was 5 months ago.......she still has yet to order the fabric. When they have to order the fabric and spend 150 for the fabric for the top it all of the sudden is a reality. The backing and batting hasn't even come into play. I'm going to teach her how but I refuse to do the shopping because she wont commit unless she's involved.
I have a friend who quilts and I have considered making her a quilt because no one has ever made her one and she makes quilts for everyone. First time I ever considered it but she truly has been a great friend!
How about a tote for Christmas. With a message.
Love you lots but we are both short of cash.
Begin by filling this bag with cotton material with memories from clothes in any wardrobe in your house.
When she has filled bag bring to you and show her how to cut into squares( you select the size for squares or triangles.
Big squares may be best. The join them in 4 sections which when put together make a king size quilt.
If you have time sew for her or show her how to herself machine or hand.
Batting and backing you decide between you. So far only really used time.
When 4 sections are sandwiched and quilted join together and bind. Should make a ver quick and memory quilt
I am sure your friend would love a quilted bag (made with love by a friend!) At some point, circumstances will change and maybe then she could afford a king size quilt.
Most people, even our best friends and family have NO IDEA what goes into making them a quilt or even a bag. In addition to the actual hours spent in the doing, I know I spend hours in my head planning and comparing, often cutting into my sleep: the more important the person in my life, the more I plan and fret. When I ask for a fair price based on the actual work, their eyes get big like saucers. They simply don't know.
I have some well meaning family members who keep trying to get me to make quilts and sell them for extra $$ for myself. I finally told them how much $$ I had in the king quilt I made for myself - over $300 counting the cost of sending it to a LAQ. That even includes getting most of the fabric on sale! Hmmm - they haven't mentioned me quilting for others since...
There may be times we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest. - Elie Wiesel
I do understand this - seems I don't have time to make a close friend a quilt, and I sure was pushing to get one for her before Christmas! With the hand sewing, it's almost impossible to make a nice quilt for everyone on my list - so I've opted on making her a wall quilt - and an afghan with colors I know she will love! I'm hoping to make her a quilt for next year - might even surprise her for her birthday in February!
Make her a bag. I have given away so many quilts, some have several. I no longer take hints. I make whatever quilts I want and if someone comes along that I think needs a quilt. I go through and pick one out, my chioce.
This life is the only one you get - enjoy it before you lose it.