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Thread: My sister...feeling out of sorts???

  1. #101

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    Quote Originally Posted by betsey
    This has been on my mind since yesterday. I am in a similiar situation right now. I offered a family member a bed quilt for her wedding gift as opposed to a monetary gift. She chose the quilt. We met at my home to discuss colors, patterns, style, etc. I had many fabrics and photos and books for her to get ideas and choose from. She brought her finance(?),who offered no input. Basically she chose a classic sampler with blues, white and yellow. Excellent choice, I thought. A short time later she told me she would like some butterflies, flip flops, and the New York Yankees put into the quilt. I told her I could get butterfly fabric, some "beachy" fabric, and put a Yankees patch on the back of the quilt. I started making the blocks and emailed her photos-no reply. After weeks, I emailed again-no reply. After finally calling her she said she got the photos and thought they were "OK." I am so discouraged, and have lost interest in finishing this quilt as I feel my time and effort are not appreciated. That being said, I did offer to make her a quilt and gave her probably too much input. I will finish the quilt and give it to her to do with it what she will. When you give a gift you should give it with no strings. People that don't quilt have no idea of what making a quilt entails. With reagrd to your sisters quilt, your fabric choices are great. Take control of the situation, make it how you want, give it with love and then be done with it. As far as the skulls-no, no, no. The boyfriend probably won't outlast the quilt. Good luck.
    I agree. Ignore the boyfriend - he probably won't last. Tell her you don't do skulls and other ghoulish things. As for a quilt for her - I'd do a scrappy with black, white, and red. Make it twin or lap size and if she doesn't like it, you won't have speent a lot of time on it. Would also use a simple pattern like Yellow Brick Road. Good Luck!

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    Some people just really do not like "quilts" If you are making it for her then the boyfriend is not to be considered. If she doesn't appreciate your quilt give it to someone that will love and cherish it.

    Let her buy the fabrics. . .
    I can't work with ugly fabrics it's just not my "Thing".

    You are a better person than I if you make her a quilt of any kind.

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    Disappearing 9 patch would be perfect for this, quick and so easy, if you decide to do anything at all. I'm stuck with regard to this wedding quilt, already invested too much time and money. If I were you I'd hold off with your sister's quilt. If you are like me, it will be a struggle from start to finish.

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    I think your DH put his finger right on the problem. Don't expect gratefulness from her - just make it in love. If she doesn't like it, that is HER problem. Your fabrics are gorgeous. If she doesn't like it, send it to me! :)

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    Can't wait to see the finished quilt.

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    Perhaps think about this?
    Make a top in these red black and white colors using a simple pattern you like.
    Like a rail fence or ninepatch double irish chain...
    The drama in this quilt is the colors!
    Then show it to everybody involved. Finish it and give it to the ones who like it best.
    Maybe somebody would like it in shades of all browns - or blues.
    People who don't quilt do not appreciate the difference between a simple and complicated pattern.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel
    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    I would ask her why a boyfriend would care enough about a quilt being made by a sister to a sister, And for her to bring him up for consideration is foolish when it's a lasting gift from you to her not you to him. He could be gone next month with a new girlfriend and then the quilt would just be a reminder of him and not wanted anymore.
    That's kinda what I was thinking... you're making the quilt for your sister, not her boyfriend. You offered to make one for him and she said no, so I'd just make it for her.

    I agree with both statements!

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    Make a quilt that makes you happy. In the making you will find it's home.

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    Make quilt for sister # 1 first ,then work on sis # 2 quilt and make what you want,cause if you try to please sis as well as boyfriend then it becomes a chore and just know that you are making something from your heart and with lots of love,maybe a pattern with a meaning of sisterly love ,like "SISTERS CHOICE"? But the choice being that of the makers not the one reciving the quilt,I say this becuse I have been where you are and if sis doesn't quilt my quess is that she has little knowledge of time as well as money that goes into making a quilt.Remember that you should enjoy your craft!

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    Those are beautiful fabrics. I think you should make the quilt- from the heart like you planned. Your heart will know what to do with it when you are done.

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    Just an added thought. I definitely think I would let her buy the fabric she wants and send it to you for the quilt. Then I think you should use the fab. that DH picked out and make a quilt for the two of you. Apparently DH liked it well enough to pick it out and I think you and he just might deserve a bit of something for yourselves. Blessings on whatever you do. Gerbie

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    you found gorgeous fabric, go ahead and make the quilt, if your sister doesn't like it, keep the piece and maybe one day you will find someone who likes it and will appreciate all your work and thoughts.

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    Quilts are so much work, I realize this is something you love to do, but if your sister is that picky I wouldn't bother with her. I love the fabrics your husband picked out. Make it for yourself, if you don't like it when it's done then give it to the sister that was thrilled that you wanted to make her a quilt in the first place. Unappreciative people are a waste of time, there are too many others who would LOVE to have a handmade quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sap
    I never tell family I'm planing a quilt for someone. It's my choice of colors and pattern. I just give it for Christmas. Haven't had a complaint yet.
    I do think this is the way to go! If they don't like your choice keep it for somebody who can appreciate it.

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    I wouldnt do the skulls on it no way. Especially since it is for your sister AND NOT the boyfriend. Chances are they will break up and she will have that reminder of him forever and you don't want her to just put it in the closet and never use it because of that reason. Instead, when he asks her to marry your sister, then, I would consider making one with skulls for him but only then. Just my opinion though.

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