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    Just curious....how many of you quilt for fun, how many of you quilt for shows, how many of you quilt for pay, how many of you quilt for gifts and how many of you quilt for strictly utilitarian purposes (your new baby, your bed, your sofa, etc.)?

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    For Fun...Hobby only. I make for family and extended family members and of course for Myself. Donate once I am done with it and get better and better. I donate to the centers for Animals.

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    For fun, whether they turn out for gifts, charity, swaps, etc... is secondary :D:D:D

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    Fun

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    For fun and sanity!

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    For fun. But usually with somone in mind. I haven't kept one yet. And have three in the works that are going to special people in my life. Someday I will make one for me. ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wonnie
    Just curious....how many of you quilt for fun, how many of you quilt for shows, how many of you quilt for pay, how many of you quilt for gifts and how many of you quilt for strictly utilitarian purposes (your new baby, your bed, your sofa, etc.)?
    I make quilts for gifts for my family; also do a lot of charity quilts. Am currently using my stash to make quilts for Alabama tornado victims.

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    Mostly for fun, no shows, no "paid hobby", just because I love making things, and creating gifts for close friends and family, so that when the day comes and I am no longer here, they can remember that it is something from my heart.

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    I quilt because I love putting fabric together, hearing the purr of the machine, watching the quilt come together... I especially love the face of the recipient one moment after opening their gift quilt... makes it ALL worth while... even the "unsewing"...

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    I quilt because it is fun... not for prizes, profit or posterity. I am not very good at it yet, but every one is a new adventure and I am getting better. I judge my skills by improvement from my last quilt. I appreciate the solitude and serenity from going out to my quilt room (when I improve more, I will call it my quilt studio.) I love what running1 said about the purr of the machine and watching the quilt coming together -- add petting the fabric too. Love the fabric.

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    I do it mainly for fun and gifts

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    Sewing is my passion. But when I sew I want it to be for something practical and usefull. Everything I see posted here seems to have a purpose. I just don't have the time to do all I want to do. I do have a long 'to do list'.

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    Fun & gifts (still fun)

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    I try to quilt for profit. I ran a window treatment business for 10 years and now I've added quilting services. No long arm yet, so some things are limited. I must admit, I'll never get rich. I don't charge near what I should. I know that I wouldn't have as many commissions and I'd rather sell two than none. My quality doesn't suffer, I'm just as particular as if I were charging twice as much. They're just lucky to have found me. And I know if my heart is in the right place, it'll all come back to me anyways. So they get a good deal and I keep pocket change.

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    The fun, the challenge, gifts,(rarely for pay-most can't afford me), utilitarian, decoration and the Wow! factor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by merry
    Fun & gifts (still fun)
    DITTO!

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    Well, that's what I thought...most of us do it for fun and gifts...me, too!! I love the creative process and the challenge of each new pattern. I'm sure I could figure out my own patterns but others have put a lot of time and money into developing a pattern and, if I love it, I don't mind buying it so they can make a buck or two while I get to start right in since I don't have to deal with the mathematics of the quilt plus the mathematics of the fabric.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peggymunday
    I try to quilt for profit. I ran a window treatment business for 10 years and now I've added quilting services. No long arm yet, so some things are limited. I must admit, I'll never get rich. I don't charge near what I should. I know that I wouldn't have as many commissions and I'd rather sell two than none. My quality doesn't suffer, I'm just as particular as if I were charging twice as much. They're just lucky to have found me. And I know if my heart is in the right place, it'll all come back to me anyways. So they get a good deal and I keep pocket change.
    Good luck. If you've run a business for 10 years then I'm sure you'll be a success at this as well :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by carolaug
    For Fun...Hobby only. I make for family and extended family members and of course for Myself. Donate once I am done with it and get better and better. I donate to the centers for Animals.
    Same here. If I had to make them for sale it would become a chore instead of an enjoyable hobby. I donate to Vets and Linus.

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    I quilt for me, lol. It's my sanity & the only thing that really seems to take me away! Tried lots of other hobbies, but this really does it, like nothing else ever has. I love gifting my quilts, when the occasion arise & I know it will be loved & appreciated, & used! I mostly just make them up as I want, with no idea where they may ever end up. Keeps me happy & content, so that's enough for me. I have been told, oh, you should put your quilts in shows, but that's not my thing, so never have & most likely, never will....

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    I quilt for fun, gifts and sanity. I always have a quilt on the frame to hand quilt and I always have several lin the works. I just love it!

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    I quilt for my sanity. If I don't have one to work on, I get really grouchy

    :-D . My quilts are mostly for gifts--if I see fabric or a pattern that speaks of someone special, I make it for them. I've made 4 baby quilts in the last 10 months. Then I make quilts for Linus, using fun novelty prints. I also made several blocks for 'Just One Star'.

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    Any reason I can find!!!!

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    Fun and relaxation and the sheer joy of it all!

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    For fun and to keep me from constantly eating.

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