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Thread: Read this today and it brought a tear to my eye.

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    I might have bought them all just to make sur they got a good home.

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    Oh I'd go buy them up in a heart beat!! the girl sounds like my DIL. but these days a lot of younger people want new and matching. nothing old. yuck. sigh!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter View Post
    That story illustrates why some quilters do not get the expected (or anticipated) heart-felt thanks for their gifts of a quilt and why some of them end up under the dog. Different people have different tastes. I would think that grandma was a true quilter who had the need to express her creativity in scraps. Would she be disappointed? Sure. But she would probably shrug it off and still keep making quilts.

    It is a good example of how we need to evaluate whom we give quilts to if we want the quilts to be appreciated and used.
    words so true. thought so well stated. i read so many laments re: the reception & use of quilts we put so much love & work into the making of. i think we, as quilters, need to step back, put down the needle - and think. when we shop for gifts for xmas, birthday or whatever special occassion for someone close or special. we put much (or at least i do) thought into intended recipients favorite past times, activities hobbies and interests - just to match the perfect gift w the target personality. and not all target personalities are quilt or afghan personalities. some enjoy their book without a cover for their knees. some cannot fathom staying still long enough for a covering for their knees.
    the rogue quilter - in from wandering in the sun and snow with camera in hand.

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    Im so glad to see so many feel as I do! I know my quilts I give to my son and daughter in law and their 3 8 year old kids are loved. They went camping a couple of weeks ago and I asked if the sleeping bags kept them warm...their remark was "we had your quilts to keep us warm"...I cried! LOL. Also back in 1991 or so when I started quilting I made each of my older grandkids quilts, knowing they probably wouldn't keep them. Last week my oldest 26 year old granddaughter sent me a picture of her bedroom...I was shocked to see the quilt I had made her on her bed!!! she said she would never not have it. Shes had a tough life and I was so shocked that she kept that quilt and seemed to love it.. Little does she know that I had already made her a yellow/white one for this Christmas since its her favorite color!! I KNOW my family appreciates the quilts I make..and it makes me love them even more!
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    Very sad!!!!

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    I have one dauther who loves my quilts and another who gave away all the ones I made for her.
    She has a cold house that has to be perfect like a magazine picture and not lived in.
    Luckily she gave them to her ex husband who displays them in his living room.

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    I have a BIG tote full my mother-in-law quilt's in the sewing room [do realy have room for]. they have been well loved and used to the point that one more washing and nothing will be left but all the love she put in them. so here they sat takeing up space. what will I ever do with them. to much love to throw out and to little quilt to use. [ I guess that will be left for my kids.]
    Scrapy quilts have more love in them.

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    That just broke my heart, to think that Grandma had put so much into the quilts and be so unappreciated. I would have had to buy them all........gave them a good home........so sad. : (

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    How sad! I'd have bought every one of them, just to prevent them from ending up in the garbage if they didn't sell. Even my dh, who does not quilt, said he'd have known to buy every one of them.

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    This makes me so glad that my cousins & I grew up loving our Grandmother's handmade quilts. When she passed away we all "fought" over who got the quilts she had not yet given away. We all treasure our "Grandma quilts" - we were all raised to appreciate the love that went into each one.

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