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    Power Poster lynnie's Avatar
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    And if i take it i hear, i gave you fabric,dont be ungrateful
    Ohhh, its something i tfy to avoid

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    I was tired of being a dumping ground...I now say as politely as I can that I only quilt with 100%cotton. I recently had someone at work try to give me the corners from fleece blankets she was cutting. So I could make something and give back to her. I tried to be nice, none of them were square and I just don't like sewing with fleece. I knew if I took it it would just sit here so I flat out SAid no, I won't sew on fleece. She kept putting blocks together to show me, I didn't cave like I used to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lynnie View Post
    Wow, it looks professional.
    Or worse when someone gives you yuccky fab, for you to ...do something with.
    And its polyester or worse. If i dont say something i look ungrateful, or like a snob, i dont want anymore of this stuff.
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    I can find uses for ugly prints and for double knits. So, "thank you" works.

    As for the "professional" comment, I'd simply say I've worked long and hard for my work to appear professional. Thanks for the compliment.

    (unless "professional" means store bought--------------then they'd better be calling for help cause I'm gonna break some knees! j/k)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crqltr View Post
    I was tired of being a dumping ground...I now say as politely as I can that I only quilt with 100%cotton. I recently had someone at work try to give me the corners from fleece blankets she was cutting. So I could make something and give back to her. I tried to be nice, none of them were square and I just don't like sewing with fleece. I knew if I took it it would just sit here so I flat out SAid no, I won't sew on fleece. She kept putting blocks together to show me, I didn't cave like I used to.

    Since I do mug rugs and pot holders and such-------fleece pieces and double knits and all sorts of scraps work. (quite obvious if you look at my stashe!)
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    tartan has it right

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    I hve a church member wanting to give me poly fabrics and I graciously told her that I cannot use it for quilting and thanked her anyway. I don't want to accept it since I know I will not use it at all.

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    A friend had a very elderly man give her bags of fabric from his deceased wife. She graciously accepted it and we tried to figure out if there was any way we could use it. It was just too dirty and we could not think of anything. However, we made an old man happy to think that her fabric went to a good cause.

    Sometimes it is just easier to accept the donation.

    We decided this year to start accepting donations for the guild's charm shop 24 months ahead of time. That way, when members are finished with projects or cleaning closets, they have somewhere to donate right away. We all know what happens when things are "lost" in the house or just too messy to get to when the charm shop starts asking for donations. Hopefully, this will gather even more donations and we can sort, measure, cut earlier and with less pressure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewingsuz View Post
    I hate when I send my quilt out to Grandaughter and never get a Thank You! Was it that bad????
    She is just being a granddaughter....my niece (21) and nephew (18) never acknowledge their gifts either. Lots of adults don't either too! I wonder if tey will notice it when i don't send their gifts this year. ......hmmmm...
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    Quote Originally Posted by SEW View Post
    I just say...Gee, Thanks for thinking of me, but if I bring home anymore fabric, my husband will have a fit! (which is true!) I don't offer to take it. If they ask if I know anyone who might like it, I suggest they donate it to Goodwill.
    I know gals who love to hit the resale shops for fabric, Not a bad thing! It is a great place to donate to.
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    If someone offers me fabric...
    I try to figure out if they hope to see it turned into something OR if they just want to pass it on.
    Generally, they just want it gone from their house. So, I say "thank you, if I can't find a use for it, I know people that can." That way, I'm not committing to me actually using it. AND, I do find people that want/need it.

    As for the "it looks professional"... I would take that as a compliment and leave it at that.

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