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Thread: Do you always know who your project is for, or where it will go, before you start?

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    Senior Member justme's Avatar
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    I do both, I like the idea of knowing but then the inner child in me pops out her head and takes me in another direction. Just love to fondle and buy fabric!


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    My first quilt was specifically started and will finish (at some point) for a specific person. The second one I started for a specific person will not go to her any longer. I am working on a different one for her.

    So I guess my answer is yes and no. :wink:

    Kyia

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    both.... If I'm planning a quilt project to be a gift for a particular person's special event, I do choose the fabrics just for the recipient. If I just want to try a new pattern, I have fun with my stash and maybe one new fabric I'm itching to use. I almost always create my borders when it's time to make them and I can see the pattern all done; I usually do something new I've wanted to try on a border.

    I like both; quilting for a purpose and quilting for a surprise.

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    I do both too! Sometimes I start something and half way through think ' oh, so and so would like this'. I made a quilt for my Mum's bed and she chose the fabrics - never again! In future, I decide on the fabrics. I hated what she chose and really didn't enjoy working on the quilt. No when I go there and see it on her bed, I think 'yeuch'! So in future, I'll let people pick vague colour schemes but I'll pick the fabric! Is that mean? Naaah - they should just be grateful for what they get, right?

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    I usually always have someone in mind when I start a quilt. I'm trying right now to make sure all my grandsons have at least 1 special memory quilt made by their Grandma Tidwell. So far I've gotten the 7 year old one made and he's had it awhile, I am now working on the 6 year old one, and I have part of the 10 year old one's pictures all lined out. I just haven't decided how I'm going to put it together yet. I also have 1 of the daughter-in-laws quilt almost ready to quilt, which is hard at this point as I don't know if she is going to stay in the family or not. I've discussed it with my son and have decided she will still get it because the whole time I've worked on it it's been for her and her alone and I promised her a quilt a long time ago. I still love her even if I don't like the way she's been acting.
    Other quilts I do just to see if I can. Most of the time they just take on a life of their own.
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    There are only 2 places for quilts or projects to go....me or someone else lol. If I am not making it with someone else in mind...it is always for me. My husband is always asking me "Who is that one for?" I always have problems letting go of the quilts that I don't have someone specific in mind when the quilts are started. If I know that I am making it so give someone, I don't have any problems letting go. So far I have keep about half of what I have made. We keep plenty warm in the winter.

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    I may not know who will get a new project, but as soon as my sister learns I'm working on something new, she starts trying to figure out where in her house it will look best. LOL.

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    Yes and no. If it is for family or friend, it is all planned out. I find a pattern and fab to suit the person. When I started the BOM at LQS I didn't know who to give it to, but before the 12 months were up, I decided it had to son's name on it. RWB stars--very fitting for a July birthday. I do a lot of charity quilts so that is where I test patterns.

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    Yikes !! This thread has forced me to stop and think about what I actually do. I would think that most of the time I see a fabric that I really like. Then I buy it and other pieces that would go with it. As far as amounts, I never have a clue as to how much to buy. Then I bring whatever I have purchased and put it in the stash. Then when I have a need (either need a gift, or need to just quilt, or need to try out a pattern) I go into my stash and see what fabrics I'd like to put together for the pattern. Unfortunately sometimes I have to go back to the store to find something else to add to what I have at home. I know this sounds very bad, but in my twisted mind, it makes sense.

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    i do some quilts off the top of my head an then i even have some planed to go to some people but not all the time.thats just like the strips im cutting out now i'm cutting them out so i can use them in a pineapple or log cabin blocks.it's out of some matiral that was givin to me by a dear friend out of her mothers stash an it has some 60's stuff in it.it was about 3black garbage bags full.an i've got about 3/4 of it cut up an you would not believe it was in pieces to begin with an i still washed it because i made a mistake an didn't with one quilt i gave my daughter an the backing matiral bled through to the front an i couldn't get any more of that top of the quilt it was given to me to

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    I haven't done one yet without knowing where it will go. Guess I just haven't gotten there yet. A lot of the satisfaction I get from quilting is knowing that I donate them to either children or wounded soldiers. That keeps me working on them, as I can picture happy faces, even though I'll never see them in person. I do have a couple of patterns I'd like to try, but I'm pretty sure the end result, if it turns out good enough, will be a charity quilt. Either I make and keep a quilt in my already full home, OR I use that space for more fabric I can buy and fondle. Which would you choose? :lol:

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