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Thread: Anybody made quilts and nobody wants them?

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    Senior Member oldpiglady's Avatar
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    I've only been into quilting for 3 1/2 yrs. When my Mom and sister found out...the first thing they told me was NOT to make anything for them! One Christmas I got brave. I made one for my sister that was very, very simple. All I did was buy fleece remnants, cut into 5" squares, and sewed them all back togther. I tied it because I didn't know what else to do. It had a flannel backing. She absolutely loved it!!! After a couple of months I was showing off another more involved top. She made sure she wasn't going to receive it... Months later, I made a modified log cabin quilt. Took it to Mom's and put it on her bed. Weeks later, my brother called asked if I could make him one just like it. So I grabbed another quilt I had finished. Cat blocks. Went to Mom's bed again, gave the first one to my brother and gave Mom the newer one. But I've been told "No more". I have made a dozen since. I promised my other brother he could have my very favorite for Christmas coming. Other than that...I keep making them and no one wants them. I find I love them so much when they are done, I just want to keep them anyway. Mom took hers off the bed because she wanted to save it. I put it back on the bed. The sad news is that now her mind is rapidly failing and she isn't even aware it is folded on the chair beside her bed. Hasn't a clue to use it. I usually just read all your posts. Have only commented a couple of times. But I so look forward to reading all the wonderful things you all have to say to each other . Just wanted to say thanks for the entertainment. Ha ha ha

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    Just love your quilts and keep them for yourself and let them wonder what they are missing

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    ditto

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    Can't imagine no one wanting a quilt. Even if it is to keep in a closet until you want to curl up and read a book or watch TV.

    I did make a quilt for a lady I worked with when she got married. She quit the day before, they eloped that weekend. Told her I had a wedding present for her and we set several dates o have lunch and she flaked on me several times. So I took the quilt home and donated it to a church.

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    I agree.. Keep them for yourself.. I don't know why people don't appreciate things.. I go to the thrift store, and see home made items all the time, and it makes me sad to think that someone discarded something that was made for them..
    I am thrilled that have enough people that want my quilts..
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    I can't imagine anyone NOT wanting a quilt. My problem is everyone wants them. You KNOW that anyone on this board would love to have one of your quilts!!(hint-hint) There are organizations that would love to have them to auction off to raise $. The one dear to my heart is the Alzheimers Association, they have an on line auction going all the time. This is especially dear to me. 15 years ago I worked as Alzheimers Coordinator at a nursing home. Now my Dad has Alzheimers. No matter how prepared you are or how knowledgeable there are times when you just want to cry :cry:

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    There are many places that would love your quilts. Try Nursing homes, hospitals, Quilts for kids,Veterans centers, me...enjoy quilting and donate to others or keep them to snuggle with.

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    You can try and donate to Womens Shelters or homes for unwed mothers or troubled teens.

    Plus - I'm sure there are people here that would love some. :) *hint!!* *hint*

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    My family would love for me to make them tons of quilts but they all want king sized and that ain't happening! :)

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    There are so many groups and people out there that would love your quilts. Our guild made 130 large quilts and a couple of dozen incubator quilts last year. We just can hardly keep up with all of the requests. There is a need out there in most communities. There are many seniors in long term care that would be thrilled to receive a hand made quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mizkyp
    There are many places that would love your quilts. Try Nursing homes, hospitals, Quilts for kids,Veterans centers, me...enjoy quilting and donate to others or keep them to snuggle with.
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    My sister asked me to make one to be donated to the Bakersfield Moose Lodge to be raffled off for Make A Wish for children.

    I think that is a marvelous thing for them to do.

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    quilts are not for everyone...so make them, store them and when the time is right, their NEW home will find you & them!

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    There's been a busy thread here lately about how much dialysis patients appreciate quilts. You can read it here: http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-154088-1.htm

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    I'll take one! And will love it to death! I've made everyone in my close family one or two quilts each. My cousin is a quilter, a sewer, a crafter. Not one time have I EVER received a home made item from her. I have friends I've made quilts for & I've got nothing ever from them either. I feel offended but don't know why. I've made quilted jackets & purses for 2 of my quilting friends & NOTHING in return. I must have kooties or something, I can't figure it out.

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    oops double post

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    I'm so sorry to hear about your Mom. Mine is my very best friend so I think I can understand how you must feel. Remember that she could feel the love in the quilt you made for her while she could. :) Continue to make your quilts and bask in the joy you get from making them. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltingcandy
    Can't imagine no one wanting a quilt. Even if it is to keep in a closet until you want to curl up and read a book or watch TV.

    I did make a quilt for a lady I worked with when she got married. She quit the day before, they eloped that weekend. Told her I had a wedding present for her and we set several dates o have lunch and she flaked on me several times. So I took the quilt home and donated it to a church.
    Good for you. Maybe she didn't really want a quilt and didn't know how to tell you. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raggiemom
    My family would love for me to make them tons of quilts but they all want king sized and that ain't happening! :)
    I hear you and feel the same. :)

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    If you are giving the quilt away that's pictured in your avatar...I can send you my address...LOL. I LOVE that quilt. I ordered and just received a book called Red, White and Sometimes Blue because I love the patriotic look on/in just about anything.

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    Some people just don't get it! I love them all!

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    Some people just don't get it! I love them all!

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    Anytime you feel the need. you can send them my way!!!

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    I'm sorry your family don't appreciate the love your trying to wrap them in. I can tell you that there are a lot of people who are very sick who would love them. There are soliders who would love them, kids, older folks, you name it. My family have a few quilts each and love them. My Granny made quilt tops for all of us. I guess I have about 10 of them. They are all quilted now. I was the first person to make her a quilt. She slept with it until she died and I now have it also.
    Don't give up, enjoy your quilting and the place they need to go will soon speak for them.

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    I've given a bunch of quilts to people, and I've also given of myself.. I think I would go into shock if I got something back in return.. I'm not sure how I would deal with it.. I'm so used to being on the giving end..
    Barri

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    You all are so special. Thanks for your comments. I am taking it all to heart. The quilt in my avatar was an early one I made at LQS. For $5 a week, they gave me a kit for each block. All different. It was a fun way to learn and I really enjoyed the class. I couldn't go on the fridays they set, so I went on my days off which were always thursdays. I had the shop to myself. They ran the business, and I ran them wild with all the questions. LOL

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