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Thread: Quilting Kudos

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    What is the nicest compliment you've received (or heard about) regarding a quilt you've made?

    In my case I helped a friend make a quilt for her husband. We had taken care to find the best fabric for the top in an aviation theme (he's a pilot) and then put flannel on the back. It wasn't a fancy pattern at all. He loves the flannel best, I think, and recently told his wife that if they ever get divorced (they're not headed that way!) she can have everything else but he gets the quilt.

    Wow! what a pat on the back for her and for me.

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    I just sandwiched and hand quilted an amish top that a girl I worked with wanted me to do to donate to the Cancer Walk and she got all teary when she saw it, That was all the thanks I needed. I get teary thinking about it!

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    I made an Americana sampler for my best friend who has her family room/dining room decorated in Americana. I used navy, burgundy and cream fabrics. She was so excited when she opened it and hugged me so hard... I was really happy. But the following week she told me that she took it somewhere to have it framed and it cost her $400. It hangs on her wall and I thought that was the nicest compliment I ever had.

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    that's an amazing pat on the back. congratulations...makes you feel good about spending time at the machine instead of mopping floors, right?

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    I was at my parents house showing my moms my quilts that I made for my grandchildren. My sister-in-law made a snide comment about I hope they appreciate getting another quilt. Her son stepped up and said I would take one of Aunt Kathy's quilts any day. That was a huge compliment from a 19 year old. Guess who is getting a special quilt for Christmas!!!!!!

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    My kids have great conversations about who will get what quilt when I'm senile!!!! I quess I will leave them a legacy as my mother did for her daughters.

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    I made a very manly quilt for a friend who has bone cancer. He was later found to be cancer free and he said that my quilts can cure cancer. Unfortunately he passed away a few years later. It was a very nice comment anyway.

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    This compliment came completely out of the blue...My Mother-in-law in the past has made it clear to me, in no uncertain terms, that she has NO interest in quilts or anything pertaining to quilts. Yesterday my Hubby got home after visiting a close family friend. She wanted me to know that despite what my MIL has said to me, everytime she talks about me to someone, she mentions my quilts and describes them as "exquisite"!! Coming from my MIL...that is an AMAZING compliment. (She is a highly talented and artistic lady.) I had planned on making her a quilt someday...but I think I might step it up!
    I have to say...I am one of the fortunate few that is completely in love with my Hubby's family! My family is disfunctional but wonderful...his family is...amazing!
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    This story will make me cry (again) but here it goes. I made a quilt for my older sister who lives in Ohio. She used it as her everyday quilt on her bed. Last year she became very ill and she told her kids she wanted that quilt to be buried with her. At the funeral home viewing the quilt was with her. I guess she liked it.

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    that one made me cry...what a compliment

    All these stories are wonderful. I (we?) often think that folks don't appreciate the work and the love that goes into our quilts, then something like these stories pop up and give us encouragement - and make our hearts expand till the only way they can get bigger is to come out in tears...

    I am trying art quilt projects and really enjoy them. Not long ago I had a "real" artist tell me that I could not exhibit my art quilts in their monthly art display since quilting was not art...how little she knows!

    Which leads me to wonder how quilters would define "art"...maybe another discussion thread?

    Here's to each of you who keeps on keeping on even when the kudos are not obvious.

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    RatherBQuilting - at least your MIL is able to verbalize her feelings to someone and I"m glad it got back to you. Have you ever thought about making a quilt for your MIL based on one of her own paintings/drawings? Might make it even more special to her.

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    My husband gave me the best compliment. He wants two quilts to keep in his trucks.
    And today I spoke with my grandbabies other Grandmother in Oklahoma, she said the quilt I sent for the next arrival in a week and a half was simply beautiful she loved all the stitching.

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    I gave a quilt to my foster daughters boyfriend, Kyle. He came home and one of his roommates was covered over with the quilt. Kyle took it off him, was told "I was using that", Kyle responed "its mine"!
    These are grown men out of the Army and in college LOL.
    I sent two more quilts with Kyle and Aleigh for the two room mates.

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    I'm seeing a couple of themes in the comments here - Guys CAN get attached to something "girlie" like a quilt, and positive feedback, however obscure, can put quilters into a sewing frenzy so that more quilts are produced, creating more positive feedback, etc. Will it ever end??? Not as long as a quilter can still sit at a machine.

    Thanks ladies for adding your comments and I'd love to hear more.

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    I made a nap quilt for a good friend's grandson for his birthday. He hugged and thanked me as expected and I never thought to hear any more about it. This weekend my friend told me that another little boy was over at his house and wanted to use his quilt. Griffin apparently refused adamantly, telling Marcus that "Somebody made that for me and it's special. Go find another one."...awww!

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    I made a single Irish Chain quillow for a friend's first baby. Not the usual "baby pastels", but bright BRIGHTS with balloons & fish with black backgrounds and even some gold outlining. I embroidered her name & birthdate on the pocket. About 12 years later he told me that she still uses it every day! :D

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    that reminds me of the time a friend was having a new baby with a three year old at home. Knowing that competition can sometimes set in with a new baby, I made a quilt with one of the panels with roads, building, etc on it and included with it were two matchbox cars. The backing was strips of fabric in three colors to match the front. I explained to the three year old that the front side was his to use and the back side was for his new brother to use and that they had to share. The father reported back to me a year later that the older brother was still using the front side and made sure that Mom and Dad let the baby use it sometimes. The older brother would wake up early and go downstairs where they kept the blanket with the cars and would play on the floor until they came down...As chance would have it and totally without planning, he also told me that the strips I'd used on the back (red, yellow and green[?]) were in the exact order that when read starting with one color were in the sequence of the flag from one parent's heritage and when read starting with another color it was the colors of the flag from the other parent's heritage.

    I saw my friend several years later and he said that the quilt was still around and the younger one was now the one bringing it out and playing with the same cars!

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    I hope you put your nephew's name on his quilt and specify that it is his so his tacky mom will know it doesn't belong to her! How rude of her, she could think whatever but should not make an ugly remark like that. That kind of remark would really hurt my feelings, and I don't get them hurt easily.

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    Ktbb: We have a special section at our annual Fall Fair in our quilt show exhibt just for art quilts. That "artist" should come see some of them! Gerbie

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    Gerbie - I have a feeling that this individual wouldn't even recognize the artistic aspect even then...so I moved on and now enjoy these activities thru the guild, classes, etc. I just hope I don't ever come across as being that narrow-minded!

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    What wonderful stories!

    So far, I guess the biggest compliment I've received is that my friend won't leave her quilt at the cabin which it was made for. She hauls it back and forth so that no one will steal it. It was a quilt that we actually made together, but she had never done any quilting before, so I was in the lead. I cut, she pieced the blocks, I sewed the blocks together and did all the final quilting and binding.

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    I have three extra special compliments for quilts I have made for others, the first for a dear widower friend and (ex neighbor) when DH and I were first married some 40 yrs. ago. We attended Church together and he had been battling cancer for several years. I don't know why but suddenly I knew I must make Bill a quilt. I made him a log cabin quilt and rushed to finish it because he was really getting low. I did it in less than two weeks a record in itself. I gave it to him on Thurs. and he passed away on Mon. of the next week. He loved it he said. His daughter in law told me he really thought it was extra special because she said he was cold that morning and wrapped up in the quilt and passed that way. I can only think it must have been special to him. The other was a quilt that I made for my best friend for her 70th birthday. I showed her some patterns, and some fabric, she picked both out, thinking that I was making the quilt for DH. I don't know where she came up with that idea. She was kept in the loop with the quilt, we work together as retired teachers doing math tutorial classes at a local elem. She knew I was on the finishing end of the quilt a few days before her BD. When her BD came along, on one of our workdays, I had a BD card and the quilt in a box, She loved the card and when she opened the box, stated, Oh! you finished Bob's (DH) quilt, I said yes, but it isn't his, it's yours, she cried. The next was a quilt for my youngest neice. I designed and made her a quilt for Christmas her freshman year at Tx. A&M with her collegiate colors and a photo of her Sr. pic. in the center. She was almost in hysterics, she was so excited. She would not take it with her to school, because she feared someone would take it from her dorm room. Gerbie

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    DJ - don't you love helping someone do a quilt like that when they think they can't?

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    Gerbie, amazing, all three. We never know when following the leading of our heart will mean so much to someone else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Justok
    This story will make me cry (again) but here it goes. I made a quilt for my older sister who lives in Ohio. She used it as her everyday quilt on her bed. Last year she became very ill and she told her kids she wanted that quilt to be buried with her. At the funeral home viewing the quilt was with her. I guess she liked it.

    First I am very sorry for your loss.

    My paternal grandmother said this when I gave her her lap quilt. She said that we can put it over her in the coffin. I don't know if she was serious but I know whe really liked it.

    Kyia

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