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

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    Super Member EagarBeez's Avatar
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    I don't know what you would call it. I am almost done with the quilt I am making for my niece. I have 2 sisters. I asked the one sister and she was tickled with the idea I thought enough to make her a quilt. She asked if I needed anything towards making it, I told her no. I am making it because I love you. I asked colors etc and told her I would get back to her.
    Sis 2. I said to her, that I am going to make quilts for only family and I would love to make her a quilt if she wanted one. She said sure, how long is it going to take? I said I can't put a time on it, it's lots of work and hours. I told her I have some things on my list to make for others and to think of colors, things etc. She called back we talked, she said well, I like country, but, her boyfriend likes skulls, crossbones, things like that, could you make it half and half. Yikes!! I told her I did not think so, but, I could make you a single quilt country and him one with skulls if I could find them. She then said no, how bout black, red, and white. OK could do that's good to work with.
    Last time we went to Texas to visit DH family I went fabric shopping for my sisters quilt. I looked and looked and could not find anything appropriate. I wanted to leave the fabric store, but, DH went over and picked out some solid, red, black, white and some pretty flowered to go with it. Joy!! I was happy finally found something nice. I put the fabric up on facebook so she could see it. She says "it's nice but all those flowers" can't you put something country in there? She mentioned it again yesterday and I told her no I could not, and fabric is not cheap to come by.
    I was ready to abondon a plan I had for hers, but, DH told me, go ahead and make it, it's from your heart, you know she has never been appricaitive of anything.
    You think I should still make it??
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    Yes, you should! The fabrics are lovely -- I love red, white and black.

    Hmmm. What does she mean by 'country'? Can you keep your eyes open for a plaid or stripe that would support these fabrics?

    Or, should you keep this one for yourself and make her a scrappy quilt? Maybe that would be more 'country'?

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    Only make her a quilt if making it will make you happy.

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    Those are beautiful fabrics. Go ahead and make it and if she doesn't like it keep it for yourself.

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    Those are GREAT fabrics and will work up beautiful- wonder if her problem is the flowers ? maybe her BF doesn't want a "girly" quilt and considers flowers "girly" My sis worries about that also with her hubby :? LOL

    Go ahead and make the quilt- like others said if she doesn't like it keep it or find someone that will appreciate it :thumbup:

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    I think that you should go ahead and make it with an old fashioned, country type of block. Or perhaps you could back it with large squares of country colors so that it would be reversible??

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    Yes....make it like you want to. I have made quilts for almost all family members, and I made them like I wanted to, although I did put in colors and/or patterns that they would like. I didn't give them a say. But guess what....the quilts are loved and appreciated, because they came from my heart, as yours is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa_wanna_b_quilter
    Only make her a quilt if making it will make you happy.
    I agree with Lisa AND your hubby. This is from your heart. I have come to realize that many who do not know much abt or care about quilting have very little idea of what goes into creating one. Should you choose to do it, you've considered her request re: colors.

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    I just thought the same thing Rapture said- make it reversible!!
    I don't think your sis is trying to give you a hard time really. I think she's just trying to please both of them.

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    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.

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    If you cut it up enough she'll never really know that its flowers. I wouldnt worry about it plus if She doens't like it you can always keep it for yourself.

    Are you planning on quilting it yourself? or sending it out. I was thinking maybe you could have it quilted with skulls... that may make both of them happy

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    Whatever you do, don't make it to please her boyfriend because if they break up, she will be reminded everytime of him. Better that they each have their own quilt.

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    Well....scrappy quilts are very "country". Make what you'd enjoy making for her. Boyfriend needs his own quilt---at a later date!

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    Maybe this is a gift you sould hold off on for a while. When she asks about it, let her know you are in a quandry over it because you can't find "just" what she wants

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    Put in search for black, white, and red quilts. A log cabin, trip around the world would look old fashioned, and definately a scrappy look would fit the category.

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    I would make the quilt you invisioned. I would NOT give it to her. Let her see the finished quilt if she likes it then say "I made it for you, hugs!" If she doesnt' like it, hang it on your couch and wait till she finds fabric she likes.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Thank you all for the input, what my sister meant by country, I am not sure she even knew. I told her before I bought the fabric, I found a fabric that had a cabin and it was woodsy background. That is when she came up with the half skulls. Then said red,black,white. When we talked yesterday she brought it up again about country. I said well it's got to be a little more specific. She then said cowboys, saddles, cowboy boots. I said I found cowboy boots, but, nothing to work with it and it was not red, black or white. She said well can't you buy more fabric. I told her, I bought it out of state and it is not cheap. She said oh, ok, when are you going to start it.
    This sister and I have never been close, but, since I am doing for one sister, I wanted to make one for the other. Both my sisters are the only family left. My mother and father both passed and there is just us. I told my sister, that I would like to keep what is left of our family together, we've been talking weekly, it's an improvement. I will go ahead with the plan for this quilt. It's a gift and I enjoy making quilts and I do love her in her own quirky way. What she does with it is her business, she is on the other side of the United States

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    Quote Originally Posted by CloverPatch
    I would make the quilt you invisioned. I would NOT give it to her. Let her see the finished quilt if she likes it then say "I made it for you, hugs!" If she doesnt' like it, hang it on your couch and wait till she finds fabric she likes.
    Now THAT is a good plan. If she is not appreciative, odds are you are putting in a lot of time, love, and effort for nothing. (Just because someone is family, doesn't mean they understand quilting)

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    I agree with many others. If you make the quilt, you get to make the choices. You have asked about color (that is what I ask family.) I really don't see where the boyfriend comes into the picture of a quilt you are making for your sister. You didn't offer to make him a quilt and if he doesn't like it he doesn't have to use it. I'm not being ornery, but your gift from your heart was intended for your sister. If you aren't planning on making it the size for a bed, making her a lap size would be very nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa_wanna_b_quilter
    Only make her a quilt if making it will make you happy.
    Ditto.:)

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    Geesh,I don't know if she would even get a quilt from me,and I would flat out tell her that she is too picky so I can't do it,but I get hateful that way lol.

    I LOVE the fabrics you chose by the way.

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    well, I love your fabric selections. so you can adopt me as a sister and I'd be more than happy with your red/black and white quilt.

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    Can I be your sister? I've been feeling "out of sorts", too and it's because of MY sister!!

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