Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 1 of 3 1 2 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 56

Thread: Just because?

  1. #1
    Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Location
    Rockland County New York
    Posts
    57

    Just because?

    Do you ever piece a top just because you have fabric you love or a pattern you want to try, even if you dont have anyone in mind for it? I have two layer cakes that Im dying to use even though there is no one in mind to give quilts to if I do use them.

  2. #2
    Power Poster RedGarnet222's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Reno, Nv
    Posts
    15,729
    I have three I am working on right now! I enjoy being at my leisure while making a top. It allows me to be more creative and productive. I had a set of jelly rolls by moda around called "Hello Betty" for far too long. I just made up a strip heart block to accompany the size and amount needed to make a baby/toddler quilt.

    The other one is the wiener dog quilt and pillow. I just had to make it. So dang cute. I used a layer cake to make the dog sweaters.

    The last is a bird block quilt I saw on line. A gal from Canada made up the block and pattern. I loved it because I have lots of pieces of fabric that needed to go into a scrap setting. It is coming out so cute!

    I say go for it. Much more fun than under the gun and fast and furious quilting.
    Last edited by RedGarnet222; 09-16-2018 at 03:29 PM.
    RedGarnet222

    "Take your needle, my child, and work at your pattern ... It will come out a rose by and by. Life is like that ...one stitch at a time, taken patiently."
    *Oliver Wendell Holms

  3. #3
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    4,399
    Most of my quilts are made that way. I prefer to have a stack of completed quilts and let someone choose one they like. I have never had anyone say, I really don't like that style. Sometimes they hint that they would like two, since I am giving them away. LOL. When a non sewer chooses something, they don't always know how it will turn out.

  4. #4
    Junior Member TAMARATJO's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2017
    Location
    California
    Posts
    156
    So far, the only quilts I have made are for myself because I liked the fabric and/or the pattern. A quilt takes to much time and effort for me not to love the fabric and pattern.

  5. #5
    Moderator QuiltnNan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    western NY formerly MN, FL, NC, SC
    Posts
    48,906
    Blog Entries
    53
    I'm doing the Eleanor Burns Fun on the Farm BOM simply because Joy the Pig is so cute. No destination in mind for it.
    Nancy in western NY
    before you speak T.H.I.N.K.
    T is it True? H is it Helpful? I is it Inspiring? N is it Necessary? K is it Kind?

    Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we might as well dance.

  6. #6
    Banned
    Join Date
    Feb 2018
    Location
    North Carolina
    Posts
    2,393
    Yes. I do it often. Enjoy!!

  7. #7
    Super Member Krisb's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Asheville, previously Lake Vermilion, Tarpon Springs
    Posts
    1,390
    Blog Entries
    29
    I make all my quilts just because. They will telll me to whom to give them—friends, family, charity—when they are done. But quilting is for enjoyment.
    I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it difficult to plan the day.

    Kris

  8. #8
    Power Poster
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    35,786
    ​Most of my quilts are either inspired by a pattern or fabric I want to work with.

  9. #9
    Power Poster dunster's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Lake Elsinore, CA
    Posts
    13,791
    I guess I'm in the majority. Most of my quilts are made just because I want to make them, not with someone in mind.

  10. #10
    Power Poster Onebyone's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Southern USA
    Posts
    11,092
    I rarely make a quilt with a person to give it to in mind. I don't make a quilt to someone's specifications anyway.
    I believe giving what I can will never cause me to be in need.
    Being cheap is not a badge of honor.
    My heroes are working people, paying their own way, taking care of their children and being decent human beings.

  11. #11
    Super Member petthefabric's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Location
    Eastern Madera County, Ca
    Posts
    1,747
    I quilt because I like to.

  12. #12
    Super Member cashs_mom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Location
    Houston, TX
    Posts
    6,186
    Its okay to make something for yourself. Especially when its made from fabrics you really love.
    Patrice S

    Bernina Artista 180, Singer 301a, Featherweight Centennial, Rocketeer, Juki 2200 QVP Mini, White 1964 Featherweight

  13. #13
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Posts
    8,618
    So far, with the exception of charity quilts, I've always had someone in particular to give a quilt to. Might be for a friend going through chemo, a sister's 50th birthday, a going-away gift, or a special baby.

  14. #14
    Power Poster Jingle's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Outside St. Louis
    Posts
    34,586
    Everyone I know has one or two quilts. What I don't keep I donate to kids in foster care in my county. I donate a bunch in November for their Christmas party. I have a whole year to make as many as I can. Just finished a bunch for this year from lots an lots of scraps. I made them fast as I could to get the scraps out of here. Now I will work slower.
    Another Phyllis
    This life is the only one you get - enjoy it before you lose it.

  15. #15
    Super Member Irishrose2's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2015
    Posts
    2,133
    I have a very large, ever expanding family and I came late to quilting, so all of mine have been gifts - oh, except for prayer quilts for the church and a couple for fund raisers. I haven't had the luxury of a quilt w/o a home, though I have started an Irish Chain for me.

  16. #16
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Oregon
    Posts
    661
    About 75% of my quilts are made just because I like the fabric or pattern and just have to make it. The other 25% are gifts, but I just ask what they like, maybe what size bed if I want to make a big quilt. Gift quilts are simple quilts for me. I’m the only Quilter in the family and my experience is non Quilter’s care more about the fabric print than anything else. Complex quilts are just because I like them.

  17. #17
    Super Member Aurora's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Somewhere in Time
    Posts
    2,647
    Blog Entries
    2
    Quote Originally Posted by dunster View Post
    I guess I'm in the majority. Most of my quilts are made just because I want to make them, not with someone in mind.
    Dunster, I am with you. Quilting is something I have always wanted to do. Most of my projects are because I want to do them or because I want to try a new technique. While my stash has grown, my sewing room has gotten smaller and there is very little room for the actual completing of projects. Fortunately, I have access to two UFO days per week or I would never accomplish anything. I do a lot of smaller projects, which I can complete.
    Aurora

    "A dying culture invariably exhibits personal rudeness. Bad manners. Lack of consideration for others in minor matters. A loss of politeness, of gentle manners, is more significant than is a riot." -Robert A. Heinlein

  18. #18
    Senior Member Monale's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2014
    Posts
    928
    Even for baby quilts, I'm usually: Great, a baby is coming, I have this really cute fabric and this pattern I wanted to try out... Was just waiting for an opportunity!

    Now that I have a quilt on every bed and a wallhanging, I guess I could start thinking about recipients for all the quilts on my bucket list I'm planning on making...

  19. #19
    Super Member Sandygirl's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Midwest
    Posts
    4,822
    I always have ME in mind. What are you talking about?
    Sandygirl

    Janome 9900 / Janome 9700 / Janome 3160 QVC/ Janome 1100D serger, Juki 2020 Mini
    Singer Centennial model (inherited from my late, fav aunt!)

  20. #20
    Community Manager PatriceJ's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Posts
    7,649
    Blog Entries
    3
    Quote Originally Posted by Krisb View Post
    I make all my quilts just because. They will telll me to whom to give them—friends, family, charity—when they are done. But quilting is for enjoyment.
    that's me, also.
    99% are destined for donation.
    some "wait" until i stumble across the best place to give.
    I Quilt, I Nap, I Quilt Some More ... Aaaaah, The Good Life!

    for Newsletter or Digest issues, please contact [email protected]

    To contact me with questions or suggestions that relate to our community, you may email [email protected]


  21. #21
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Posts
    1,258
    Oh, I do this all the time! That's what makes quilting so much fun.

  22. #22
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2014
    Location
    Davenport, Iowa
    Posts
    2,332
    Sometimes I make a quilt just because I liked the pattern or the fabric. Nothing wrong with doing a "just because" quilt.

  23. #23
    Super Member Texas_Sue's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    1,025
    I think all of my quilts are "just because", then when I'm finished with the top and ready to quilt it, it becomes, who's this for?

  24. #24
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    Heart of Colorado's majestic mountains!
    Posts
    6,017
    I just quilt to quilt. I love fabric and like to purchase what I like- so I have to do something with it! So I make quilts for family, friends and charitable causes. My guild will furnish fabric to anyone who will make it up. I usually use my own fabric and use the batting they provide-it is not really awe inspiring to buy batting. I just love to sew.

  25. #25
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Posts
    550
    I make what I like and then decide who I will give it to (or not). Quilting is my fun time and I don’t want to spend time doing something I don’t enjoy or working with fabric that doesn’t inspire.

Page 1 of 3 1 2 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.