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Thread: If you are not selling your quilts, what do you do with all your quilts that you hav?

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    As several have mentioned above I make complicated quilts slowly. If I were in a hurry I'd buy a blanket.

    I also quit buying fabric in 2001, just made financial common sense.

    All my quilts are double sided, halving the batting needed and halving the storage space required.

    I use all my quilts on our bed, rotating them out every 3 weeks to a month.

    Use them, quilts were made to be loved. And I can't imagine ever thinking my quilts were too good for me to use.
    That makes me sad. By the time I get 2-400 hours into a quilt it darn well is good enough to use and I'm worth it

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    I have been quilting about 5 or so years now and have made about 65 quilts. I give them away. I give many to the abused women's shelter, single mothers for themselves and their child and baby showers at church. When someone I know is married I give one on their first anniversary. I am keeping 13 for myself (only 1 at present) and giving the rest away. I feel it is my way to give back to the community.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99 View Post
    If I had this issue, I would look for a shelter for abused women (can be difficult to connect with one as these places tend to be kept as secret as possible). Many arrive with children and next-to-nothing in hand, so a quilt for each one would be a fabulous gift. With turnover, you would also always have some newcomers in need.
    Try cheecking with your local police department. They won't tell you where they are located, but will probably put you in touch with someone so you can make donations.
    ~Charlotte~
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    I satisfy my need to quilt by quilting for Quilts for Kids. I love making quick quilts and they are the perfect outlet!!
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    I have 16 nieces and nephews, 17 great nieces and nephews, 4 step children and 2 daughters. If only I could get a quilt made for each of them BEFORE grandchildren start to arrive!

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    It cost very little to list on Etsy as I sell fabric on Etsy..the only thing is that it does not seem to be as well known as EBay for example

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    I've been quilting for nearly 30 years, and have sold only one quilt...and for MUCH less than it was worth. I give mine away and keep some as well. For me, the joy is in the making and in the giving.
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    I too have many quilts and have given away many. I use my quilts for decorating. As runners on beds, on quilt racks, on couches, folded in glass case (made for dishes). Even use them on tables. I enjoy looking around and remembering working on the quilt or where I bought fabric. Also enjoy the warmth quilts bring to a home. Enjoy them!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArtsyOne View Post
    My understanding (although I haven't tried it myself) is that Etsy listings are free.
    Etsy listings are not free... and they take a percentage of your sales as does Paypal. You also need to know how much you will charge for shipping ahead of time.
    I have an Etsy shop for my crochet designs. There are quite a few quilters out there that use Etsy - and Craigslist which is free however you'd have to meet the person to do the transaction. I have seen a lot of quilts and crocheted/knitted items for sale in Craigslist.

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    Give them to others.

    Quote Originally Posted by joym View Post
    I am a fabric horder. I love fabric. And I love, love, love to make quilts. I am from a very small family and they all have quilts. I have donated many, many ,many quilts and knitted/crochet blankets. I have a small house and hard to find a place to display so many. I would really like to sell them as I could use the money....but not tech savvy. I could even barter. Anyone in the same predicament as me? Any suggestions or comments will be welcomed.
    HAPPY NEW YEAR to all.
    I have given most all of my quilts to relatives, friends, charities, new babies, and have kept only the ones I really wanted or needed for beds. When I started quilting, my husband suggested I keep a record of what I made; so I did. I have pictures of all my quilts and some purses and where they went (over 50). I treasure that album of quilts almost as much as I liked making and giving away the quilts.
    Lizzy in La.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cindypierce View Post
    please consider the chemotherapy cancer center at your local hospital. I found that mine is desperate for anything washable to warm the patient. the chemo is kept refridgerated and chills the patient severely. Most loose wieght in a hurry during treatment and stay cold a lot anyway. they warm the quilt in dryer and wrap the patient to warm her. or him.
    When I contacted our local hospital to donate quilts for cancer patients they told me they could not accept anything home made. I wanted to make and donate to the children who go through chemo.

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    Is there a special pattern you use for the car seat ones?

    Quote Originally Posted by carolaug View Post
    I am also finding now that I have made so many quilts...to try harder ones. I also love making the small quilts for babies for their car seats....so easy and small. smaller than baby quilts.

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    I love to make quilts and have them stacked to the ceiling. My boys have very little interest in them, and I make them for anyone I know who has a baby. But I love theme quilts and keep making new ones. One day my hubby asked me if we were going to have a garage sale with all my quilt "crap"... Needless to say, it's been the last time he asked a stupid question like that! So for now, they just keep piling up, who knows what I will do with them some day!

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    I worked in a school, I give a baby quilt to every staff member that has a baby or a grandchild. My daughters have several quilts and so does every member of my family. I even made a few for my future grandchildren. I have quite a few saved, so that I may give one to a coworker who is going thru a difficult time in their life. I am also building quite a stash and I planning to try and sell them at a craft fair. If I am not successful then I will try and sell it thru Etsy and if that doesn't work I will let my daughters deal with them when I am gone!

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    I don't make quilts specifically for any one person. I make quilts that I want to make. I did go to two small craft shows in October and sold several things. One was a quilt I had intended to give to my older daughter because it was a purple and cream log cabin, but I sold it to the husband of a very good friend of hers because her friend also loves purple. I really hated to see that quilt leave the family, now I have to make another one for my daughter. The $350 that I got for the quilt was just a fraction of the cost if you give yourself anything for labor.

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    I usually make quilts to give away - though I made snuggle quilts for DH and me last winter. I have a huge stash, so I start a new quilt as soon as I finish one. I don't want to leave that stash for my non-sewing DD to deal with! She loves quilts, and I've made a ton of them for her ad DGD - but usually from their discarded clothing, so that doesn't help get rid of the stash. I'm going to start making charity quilts if I don't have a person in mind who 'needs' a quilt from me. Plus, I have a stash of quilt leftovers to make into charity quilts.

    If I'd been in CT when the Sandy Hook murders happened (10 minutes frommy house), I would have made a bunch of children's quilts for the families who lost children and have siblings left behind. As it was, all I could do was sit here in AZ and be miserable. My local sewing machine dealer is joining in the call for snowflakes for Sandy Hook - and I've been dropping by to sew some when I have time. If I had an embroidery machine here in AZ, I would be making them in my house. What a time to have 2 embroidery machines in CT and none in AZ.

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    I have five grandkids (nuggets) and every time I show them a quilt I have finished or one that I am working on, they immediately ask if they can have it. Each of my Nuggets have more than 1/2 dozen quilts I have made for them and they use everyone of them. The quilts go to football games, picnics, camping trips, on their beds, and they cozy up with them in front of the TV. Does my heart good!! In the mean time, I continue to make quilts knowing they will all have a good home.

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    My quilts are given to those I love and I have 8 children who really benefit. They get them as gifts and once they are gifted they can regift them to someone they really care about. Will be making lots of scrap quilts now in different patterns. I like lap size quilts that can be used as toppers on beds and maybe I will make more of them including pillow covers and other such things that I can quilt easily on the machine. Most all of my large quilts (except those that I hand quilted many years ago, are machine stitched by me or my favorite long arm quilter. My kids know the value of quilts so they don't just give them away to people that will use them for car covers or their pets.

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    Finish a quilt. What’s that? Do people actually finish quilts? Oh well maybe one day. But do I have fun making blocks.

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    Funny you should ask, tdy, i dropped off two Christmas wallhanging tops to be quilted. My long armer loved both of them and asked me if I was interested in selling them....after seeing the look on her face and her excitement, I thought.....why not?!! So I did..and she was thrilled! She never gets time to make some for herself so I was happy to do so. I really did not need them as I still had another one that I was keeping. Interesting turn of events. And I dd not need to spent the $$ to get them quilted.

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    What is the name of the quilt ArtsyOne on your avitar?

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    I have tons of finished quilts Im distributing to deserving family and friends. I was recently diagnosed with incurable cancer and want to make sure quilts dont end up at Good Will and be sold for a few $$$

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    Many lap quilts are donated to D.A.V. and veteran home's and VA hosp that are going to a very good cause and most have a tax deductable. Keep track. It's not so much really the money. It just says thanks for what they gave and let them know we care. I know i've been there. I worked the job (Army) I paid the price. ( Agent Orange) the rest of my life. ( Laryngectomee) throat cancer. still paying that bill. Worth every penny. I'd do it again in a min.
    Fredwtb3........ Friendship and Love is the only cement that will ever hold this world together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luana View Post
    I give quilts to Hospice and Quilts for Kids and the church. I donate to charities and I have made quilts for friends and family. I find joy in the process of making a quilt and even more joy in sharing. This is a good question. I don't think I care as much about where the quilt is going as the fact that I get to make it.
    Luana, what you and Dayle and so many others have said touches my heart. All my family are gone except for a few cousins. I have a few friends and even fewer close friends. I think after all is said and done if I can make someone's life brighter with a gift of a quilt IMHO then one of my purposes on earth is done. I do hope to sell some to make ends meet but if I can't do that then I just hope I can touch someone's life. We never know what it could mean to someone else. To me quilts mean so many things such as comfort and knowing someone cares.

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    I've given away every one I've finished. Mostly, so far, that's baby quilts, or children's quilts. I've done only one adult quilt and I gave that to my mother. Mother has taken terrible care of it, and I've had to grit my teeth and remind myself that it isn't mine anymore. The odd thing is Mother used to make fine garments, from drafting the pattern through to finished item. She sort of KNOWS how hard it is to do, she thinks quilts are much easier than garments (no fitting!), but she knows I buy nice fabric, and choose the blocks with care, and hand quilt them, so I'm not quite sure why she's so cavalier with the finished product. She does tell people, however, that I made the ratting looking thing!

    When I make full sized quilts for my daughters (they've only had childhood quilts to date) I'm going to have to do the same thing - "it's not mine anymore" and make sure they hide it if it gets trashed... I think I can live with ignorance a whole lot easier than I can live with visual proof that they didn't care enough to take care of it. One daughter has told me that her boyfriend actually likes her quilt so much he now wants another quilt for them both, and he's afraid he'll overuse and ruin the childhood quilt. So, they will get one at some point, and it will be used and loved. And I will be happy that it is, just hide the damage from me!

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