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Old 04-03-2007, 05:18 AM
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When I was a beginning quilter, I used to give quilts to almost anyone under the sun. I welcomed the opportunity to practice different techniques and learn with each quilt. Now that my quilts represent much more experience and craftsmanship, I only give them to recipients I feel will appreciate the time and effort that went into them. No more hurt feelings on this end.
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Old 04-03-2007, 05:54 AM
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I wish we could have a group hug right now. I haven't had the quilt pain but goodness knows I've had plenty others. So glad we have each other to lean on.
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Old 04-03-2007, 06:00 AM
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I will always feel that people who treat our items badly are just jealous of the artistic ability that each one of us has. And I feel that quilters are true artistes.
I see it every week when I set up my booth, that there will always be that one person who walks by and makes some snide remark about my quilt items. But thats ok, because I have alot of people that come see my things every week and appreciate everything that I make.


To all of my true artist quilt buddies, have a great day!!!!!
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Old 04-03-2007, 06:13 AM
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This subject has been an interesting read this morning. I grew up with a paternal grandmother who spent just about every waking hour during her last 20 years crafting quilts for others and crocheting. So I value anything handmade - no matter how good or bad. When I married 30+ years ago, my m-i-l, her sister & mother and her m-i-l all were quilters. I was soon recruited to help whenever a quilt was set up in the spare bedroom. This just reinforced my appreciation for this art form. As most of you already know, we found a wonderful quilt stash after my m-i-l died. My s-i-l and I took the time to photo document all the quilts. When we were in the process of doing this, my b-i-l's wife stuck her head in the bedroom to see what we were doing. Her comment???????? Why all they are good for is to keep you warm when you are in bed! Meanwhile my s-i-l & I could recount things we learned - stitch length, matching corners, unique patterns, commardrie (sp) that was enjoyed at the mini quilting bees.
Maybe this isn't exactly what this topic is about but I thought it was similar.
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Old 04-03-2007, 06:31 AM
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Originally Posted by kathy
I wish we could have a group hug right now. I haven't had the quilt pain but goodness knows I've had plenty others. So glad we have each other to lean on.
kathy


me too :!:
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Old 04-03-2007, 09:10 AM
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Wow, this one brought up so many memories. But the worst is the ones are of things I've made my son, grandchildren that my dil uses for the animals or leaves out in the weather. I made all of the children afghans, quilts, etc. Even made her some, but I've found them in the animal beds, in the basement mildewed, and even thrown to the porch and let in the weather. I told my son no long ago when the girls asked for new quilts that I would make them and keep them here for when they have their own homes. They WILL learn to appreciate my work and anyone else' work or they will not receive them. He understands but stands by and allows it to happen. Makes no sense does it?


I wish that group hug were able to happen, too!
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Old 04-03-2007, 09:30 AM
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To June6995, My heart truly goes out to you. To the others who have been hurt by thoughtlessness, I am sorry for you too. I have been making and giving handmade gifts for 30 plus years and have experienced this too, like June said, we must move on. For newbies let this thread be a lesson- Be careful who you give heartfelt items to,they may not have a heart to feel. For the rest of us-Chins up, needles at the ready, keep smiling and quilting!
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Old 04-03-2007, 10:05 AM
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Never in my life have I felt so close to so many people whom I count as friends that I haven't ever seen before. WE ARE KINDRED SPIRITS. WE have a love for quilts and the making of them that keeps us close, like sisters and brothers. Maybe that is why we get our feelings hurt once in a while, but it is definitely what brings us together in love and friendship. We get our group hug every day that we read this forum, and I thank you all for that. You are all a big part of my life.
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Old 04-03-2007, 10:19 AM
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Who knew that this topic would lead to a great big (((HUG))) for us all!! We are the fibers that hold the world together, we are the FAMILY that we have CHOSEN to be, we are FABULOUS! When we get hurt, we move past it & onto to the next patch, yes?
It is sad when the quilts we put ourselves into are not appreciated by the PEOPLE we give them to, but you know what? Seems like most of us are also pet lovers (judging from our icons! lol) - I think we need to be GLAD that those critters are lucky enough to also be QUILT LOVERS! LOL If we look hard enough, we can find some happy way to look at these things. :D

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Old 04-03-2007, 10:39 AM
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My mom is 86. My story happened 10 or 11 years ago. Now all she ever says is what do you want out of the house when I am gone. I always have said--nothing--just a small momento--I have 6 siblings and do not care to get into squabbling over what she has aquired in her lifetime. The last time I was asked this question, (last Thanksgiving) I said, I just want the quilt back and she said"what quilt" So it opened an old wound wide open once again. Its one thing to rationalize about her age, memory, etc, but its hard to BE rational about it. Its over,done, and time to move on, but it just goes to show that no thought was ever given to the amount of work that went into making that quilt. So like everyone else that has been hurt, by people not appreciating their work, I am very, very careful who gets them now.
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