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Old 10-18-2017, 05:17 AM
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Baby shower for our Granddaughter. Gender of baby was unknown so gifts were such, nice, but not too interesting. She opened each gift and set aside, not even passed around. Her husband has a hobby so I made an appliqué quilt relating to it in non gender colors. I worked 10 days on it. This gift bag was the last thing passed to her. She pulled tissue away and peeked in the bag. I’ve never seen it since. She’ll get a quilt for any future babies but it will be something simple.
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Old 10-18-2017, 07:00 PM
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This was not a quilt but when I was tole painting I painted a wood foot stool for my Dad... he was a very proud Canadian so I painted red trilliums on the stool and was so proud of it. The next time I visited him he had his urinal on it. I was really upset but did not say anything ☹️
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Old 10-18-2017, 07:31 PM
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Have you ever received an unrequested piece of hand made art from a relative or friend? They maybe proud of it, but it may be hideous to you. If the recipient has never shown an interest in your quilts, I doubt they would appreciate one.
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Old 10-19-2017, 04:19 AM
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Originally Posted by Garden Gnome View Post
Have you ever received an unrequested piece of hand made art from a relative or friend? They maybe proud of it, but it may be hideous to you. If the recipient has never shown an interest in your quilts, I doubt they would appreciate one.
I know when "ceramics" was a thing (going to a class and painting and glazing pre-cast pieces that were then fired) I lived in fear that someone would give one to me. I never saw one I liked. Fortunately no one ever gave me one!!
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Old 11-29-2017, 12:15 PM
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I see quilting as a form of art. I have never yet made a quilted item. However, when I chat to people I know, about making a quilt, their eyes glaze over, they are not impressed. They look upon quilting as a nice little hobby. I also paint in acrylics. I have had much more respect for my painting from family and friends. I have been advised to sell my art work. Is it possible that people do not understand that quilters are creating a piece of art?

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Old 11-29-2017, 02:17 PM
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Originally Posted by onestrokeartist View Post
. . . . Is it possible that people do not understand that quilters are creating a piece of art?
Yes.

Slightly off topic - I have watched fork lift operators buzzing around a dock in an intricate dance - I consider their skill to be an art form, too. Or an electrician or a plumber that makes the work look "nice" along with being "functional".

For some reason,needlework seldom gets the prices that other forms of art do.
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Old 11-29-2017, 03:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Sandygirl View Post
with hundreds of new items hitting the market each month..how do you expect the shops to keep up? If you want an item..they will happily order it in for you. Pretty simple.

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It's their job to keep up. They can read a quilt magazine while in the bathroom if time is that short.
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Old 11-30-2017, 10:13 AM
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It's their job to keep up. They can read a quilt magazine while in the bathroom if time is that short.
I'm inclined to agree. Any business - if you don't keep up with what's new, you're going to be left behind at some point. Someone else will be up to date and have fresh new items in the shop, and that's where the customers will go.
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Old 11-30-2017, 11:08 AM
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My Grandma made many hand sewn quilts. I have some and my cousins and siblings have some. My brothers ex-wife knew I was coming to get Grandmas quilt she didn't want, so she "accidentally" put it in the dog house. I retrieved it, washed it and cherish it.
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Old 11-30-2017, 01:46 PM
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Originally Posted by ekuw View Post
We are quilters. We love everything about quilts, We know how much time, effort and money it takes into making a quilt. All these stories are about people who received quilts and "disrespected" the gifter. Really? Once you gift the quilt you're done. To assume everyone else has the same passion for quilts leads to these feelings of betrayal. Here's why I say this. I won't make a quilt for my mother. Why? Because quilts are just not her thing. She leans modern in her home decorating, she was not raised with family members quilting/sewing, so quilts have never been a part of her life. Now that she's 80 and I like to quilt, she is not going to change. She understands the time and effort I put into a quilt and thinks they are lovely, but not for her or in her house. BTW, my mother and I are really close. I'm sure there are many other people out there who receive quilts from friends who are just like this. Of course she has never said this directly to me, but when I was first starting to quilt I made her a lap quilt. I haven't seen it, so I am pretty sure she has gotten rid of it, but that's ok. I did specifically tell her it was hers to do as she wanted and that included not using it as well. The point is, she didn't disrespect me. I gave her something that she did not ask for, so how can I expect her to display/care for it in a way that I find acceptable? I for one am happy that people Use the quilt I gave them; and if that includes laying it on the ground for a picnic so be it.
I think the point is well made here. I would just add don't surprise anyone with a quilt as a gift if you are not quite sure if they will appreciate your quilt. Ask them if they would like a quilt. Also be honest and tell them, " Don't say yes, if you don't mean it. I would rather get you something else if my quilt is not going to be loved. " Believe me it works! I paint in acrylics and I refuse to gift a painting to someone who does not want my painting. I tell them that it hurts me for them to take one of my paintings when I can get them something else and give one of my paintings to someone who absolutely loves it!
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