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Thread: Giving Away your completed projects

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    I have a habit of giving away my projects to anyone who showes a real liking for them. Last weekend I made 4 super simple table runners. Of course I brought them in to show the girls at work and by the time I went home they all had new homes. Plus, I need two more. I can't help it. If you show a real liking to one of my creations you may very well go home with it. I had one quilt that I made at a class and my niece ended up taking it home with her. My sister commented one Christmas after she did not get a quilt, "when do I get a quilt?". Well she also took home a quilt. I made myself a quilted purse last month. Now they all (4 out of 5, one is in a wheelchair and does not carry a purse) want one for Christmas. I love giving things to them because I know they will use and love them. Is there anyone else that does this or am I just too easy?

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    Nope, I have been sewing since I was five or six years old, I only have a very few things that I have actually made for myself!!
    But, I love giving my home made things to others! It gives me great joy!

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    Im like that too!

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    I do it all the time. I had a quilt I made to take to football games, I took it once and didn't bring it home, it has a new home now. So you are far from alone in this.

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    I so the same thing!

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    Me to.

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    Please show us some of your quilts, and I'll tell you which one I like best! :)

    I do something similar. When I make a quilt top and don't know who it's going to, I don't always get it quilted right away. If I end up showing it to a friend or relative and they fall in love with it, I will finish it up and gift it to them.

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    That's the main reason I like to quilt...to give it to someone who I know will use it or who needs it. I only have one that I kept, but it's really one I made for my husband, so I'm not even sure that one counts. It just gives such a warm feeling to see someone light up when they get it. You can't buy that!

    Show us a picture or two and I'll bet someone will like the heck out of them!

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    Same here. All someone has to say is "I would love one like that" and it's theirs.

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    Me too most of my quilts are given to family first then friends - I had a lovely Amish one which I really wanted to keep but my eldest daughter kept saying how lovely it was so guess where it is - yep in her new home but I know its loved and used so that more than compensates

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    It always gives me a good feeling when someone get one of my creations. I have a couple around here but most I give away.

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    LOL I think that is why we quilt to make others happy :lol: I love to make things for others :thumbup:

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    Yup - guilty as charged!

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    Years ago I made and sold lot of craft items. I would sell them to help with family expenses. Now, I enjoy just giving things away. I do wish I'd taken pictures of my creations. I rarely kept things for myself.
    I like the feeling I get from sharing my talent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brwnntwn
    Yup - guilty as charged!
    Me too. :thumbup:

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    I have given many away.I try to sell some too-but at the holidays my family gets quilts

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    I donate a lot of mine for local charity or fundraising auctions. But I also give a lot of them as gifts. If someone really admires something, they may not get it immediately. But I make a note of it and they usually get it (or something like it) as a gift at a later date.

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    Can I be on your Christmas list! I give things away when I can.

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    Seems like it's our nature to give away our handiwork! Knowing that the quilts I make get a good home and are truly cherished is good enough reason to let them go. I also sell some quilts...most people who understand the work that goes into them are happy to pay for such a treasure!

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    I must be related to you, quilting sister.. I do the same thing.. I make quilts, runners, ect, thinking I will make them for myself, which by the time they are done, I find someone I know who is having a hard time with discouragement, or someone who is sick, ect.. I give everything away.. I know, people have told me I should not do that, but that I should save it for myself, or even sell the quilts, ect.. I feel differently I guess, as I am more blessed to give away when I can bless someone else. Even though I havent't got the fabric stash some of ya'll have, I do have scraps, and I do have a willing heart to bless someone with a small gift sometimes. Thank you for blessing others with your giving heart, too.. Made me smile today knowing we are " related" lol..

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    The only reason we have any quilts on our beds is because my husband won't let them out the door. I just don't show him the ones I give away ;-)

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    I am jumping on this "guilty" band wagon.

    I think that is why I have started joining the swaps from this board. Someone likes my stuff and I love what I get from them.

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    Debra - :-D Your man sounds awesome, lol.

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    I think most crafters/sewers/quilters suffer from this affliction. I am always making things to share with family & friends. I get so much enjoyment sharing. Last year I finally made myself a large quilted Christmas tree skirt, showed it to my BF & he talked me into showing it to his mom. She had always wanted a large quilted tree skirt and fell in love with mine. So of course I had to share it with her. I went home and made myself a much smaller one tree skirt, so I could have it done in time for Christmas. Finished it and my sister came by and wanted it. So guess what??? :roll: I used an old sheet under my tree. This year I am hiding my tree skirt until all done and then gonna put Hands Off sign on it hahahahaha :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by bj
    That's the main reason I like to quilt...to give it to someone who I know will use it or who needs it. I only have one that I kept, but it's really one I made for my husband, so I'm not even sure that one counts. It just gives such a warm feeling to see someone light up when they get it. You can't buy that!

    Show us a picture or two and I'll bet someone will like the heck out of them!
    What did you say your address is????? :lol: :lol: :lol: I'm afraid I give it all away, too. I do have a few things, but most are gifted away. Luckily I know they are all loved and appreciated.

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