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Thread: polite moratorium on sewing gifts

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    Quote Originally Posted by willferg View Post
    I think I'd just say in a humorous way, "Whoa, slow down everybody, I have enough fabric and patterns to work with for a decade now! I appreciate the encouragement, but I'll let you know when I need more. Thanks!"
    I agree with you. That should make everyone know and understand.

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    Every year for Christmas my DH gives me $100 to spend at one shop and a gift certificate for the other shop. He also pays for the two quilt camps I go to every year including the extra nightand the payment for a mystery quilt in September's camp. That s $282 for July and $392 for September. I say he's a keeper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by willferg View Post
    I think I'd just say in a humorous way, "Whoa, slow down everybody, I have enough fabric and patterns to work with for a decade now! I appreciate the encouragement, but I'll let you know when I need more. Thanks!"
    I agree with this statement.

    If you have too much fabric, why not donate some to Project Linus or a church group or perhaps a senior center group that makes quilts for charity. I took some fabrics that were given to me to a quilting class and people enjoyed getting the free fabric.

    Don't feel obligated to make quilts for the people who gave you the fabrics you don't like. I can see where that would take the joy out of quilting. This is supposed to be fun.

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    use the flannel to make a rag quilt. my grandkids love those. it is hard for me to afford to buy flannel to make them each a quilt so I would be thrilled if anyone bought me flannel. LOL
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    Thank you for your thoughtful gift, my dear friends and family have blessed me with so many tips, tools, patterns and fabric that I will have to live to be 100 to use it all. As I progress and become more skilled I will need to choose the materials that will support my growing skills and interest. Watch for my progress and you never know when my talent will appear on your bed or wall as a quilt created just for you.

    When you have persistent givers, bring them in to your quilt "studio" and show them what you planning and the intricacies of planning/creating a good looking quilt. Either they with get over whelmed, bored or become a quilter!

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    First, yes you have amazing friends and wife. How about getting some quilting books that have pictures of the type of quilts you want to do. Show this to your wife/friends and then mention that you just have to get some yardages of background fabric to go with all of thier great gifts they've given to you so far and you can complete one of them. This may open the opportunity for discussion as to the color scheme or a gift certificate, etc that could get you more of what you want. Good luck. You'd be surprised that even ugly fabric when cut down can totally change its looks and be used in quilts successfully. Have you tried to use some of the fabric by chosing different sections out, even the pannel can be used. The flannel works great in rag quilts or even patch work quilts. You didn't say what type of quilts you were doing but there are lots out there. Right now, I making a log cabin out of large fleece pieces and its looking really pretty.
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    Happy to have you back to your machine. As for the fabric you can use it as others will say for backings and stach building, but you can also trade with other sewer and quilters (ie: fabric swaps). And as far as the quilt pattern with the Scotty Dogs, I've seen the pattern and I'll be going back to get it. But I wont be using it as a small quilt, I'll be hitting the copy store to enlarge the Scotty Dog to use in the center of another quilt. You might find applique is fun, but starting out with small applique is not easy - blow the picture up to make it easier for your first time and then use stick glue to hold in place and use your machine to sew the dog down. These are all things that are outside of your comfort zone, but you might find that you can still have fun with. Good luck

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    I really can empathize with you on this. I used to do a lot of beading and my kids and friends seemed to think that was the gift of choice for me----beads and more beads often some i knew I would not use and still have around here. One daughter kept getting me subscriptions to beading magazines. Finally she asked me if I still wanted to get it and I told her I did not. now it is quilting and I have gotten big boxes of fat quarters from them-----none matching anything of course. Mostly I just try to appreciate their thoughtfulness and not worry about whether or not to use them. I just feel it better to not hurt feeling than to ask them to stop. I find that after a while they move on and find other things to give as gifts. Good luck and hopefully they will also stop in time once the newness of it wears off. Meanwhile, I can make lots of scrappy things.
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    I wish I could get any potential gifters' to get me jelly rolls and layer cakes. I can't bring myself to buy them myself but I sure would like to have many whole fabric lines. Love that idea!

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    I love chickens too!! I have received MANY MANY chicken nicknacks!!....never received fabric, but have some patterns people "thought of me" when they saw them....haven't made any of them yet...most are not my style! As a quilter I think stashes are required!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laurajbr View Post
    Thank you all, especially for the perspective. To my friends and wife these are probably "saw this, thought of you" lighthearted gifts, and I may be investing them with more weight than they need. I promised myself I would NOT build a stash, but I think I was delusional, and underestimated the generousity of the people in my life!

    I have managed to avoid nicknacks. I have quoted my mother's rule of gifts too many times "never give some an item they will have to dust". I love chickens, and I can only imagine the nicknacks I could be flooded with!


    I am female as is my wife. I am sorry that was confusing.
    Laura, I, too, love/own chickens. I also have six kids....who delight in buying me every sort of chicken knick knack ever created. I doubt you'd have to worry about being flooded with those kind of knick knacks......as I believe they have ALL made their way to my house. LOL

    I have managed to convince my kids to start giving me sewing related items instead. So, of course, I get chicken themed fabric!!! Oy.

    I think making a list of things you could really use to hand out to your friends might be helpful. If you are still gifted fabric you do not want for whatever reason, try your local quilt guild who may be able to steer you towards someone who makes quilts for shelters? I know they are always grateful for fabric.

    Maybe explain the problem to your wife and enlist her help in getting the message to your friends? (How nice to be so loved!)
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    I have a very GIVING friend who does a lot of nice things for people. She will NOT allow anybody to give back to her. She says it makes her feel GOOD to "DO" for others... so I told HER.... it makes ME feel good to give to her. I told her she is depriving ME of that GOOD feeling that she enjoys so much.. That stopped her in her tracks..... so now when she starts to balk at me taking her to lunch or giving her $$ for gas for the road trip we just took - I just remind her she is depriving me of feeling good. As a quilter - part of the FUN is fabric shopping - so in essence your wife and friends (while intensions are GOOD!) are depriving you of ONE of the joys of quilting.... stated simply - this might work for you! good luck !!

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