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Thread: What to do with all your quilts!?!?!?!

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    Hello all!

    I just wanted to throw out a topic and see what type of responses I might get :-)

    What do you do with all your quilts? Do you make them for family? Is it theraputic? Do you donate them? Do you keep them yourselves? Do you show them? Do you raffle them?

    I know there is an organization called Project Linus who provides love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers” and I was wondering if anyone participated with this?

    Thanks for taking the time to answer!! I look forward to the responses!!

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    What do you do with all your quilts?

    I'm a hand quilter, still new, don't do it every day or even every week, so I don't expect to have many, many quilts. I plan to make a pile for myself, also a wall hanging or two.

    I may make some as gifts, but it's a lot of effort, so I would only give them to people who want one and probably have them pick the design and fabric so they'll like what they get. OTOH, I could see making baby quilts. Some neighbors are expecting their first, and I so wish I had a machine so I could whip up a cute quilt for the baby!

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    So far I've donated each one I've made. Our guild supports the local battered women's shelter, as well as donating to the local fire and police departments. My favorite recipients are wounded soldiers, via the Quilts of Valor group or the Soldier's Angels group. I have made one wall-hanging for myself, but have not kept any quilts.

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    Kept a few - given away lots. I always know what I'm going to do with it before I start.

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    I give them away. I started with family. When I get through all of them I will give away to friends. You can donate them for auctions or to charity functions. Check out Quilts for Kids which sends you fabric, you make the quilt, send it back, and they give it to a child in the hospital. Or you can keep them for yourself. I kept all the quilts I made in the begining. I have about 10 that I just can't part with.

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    I have given my quilts to my three kids, Grands,Great Grand, Hubby's family,friends and certain people I feel could use a quilt and I have some for us too. I have over the last 44 years made 24 Hand quilted, 36 Machine quilted and 28 Comforters - Tied.

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    I rarely keep any of the quilts I make. Most go for charity. Therapy, yes, I guess I'd say making quilts is therapy. I see success and beauty. Once made, the quilts aren't mine anymore. They go to new homes, family, kids, friends, you name it.

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    Sis has 3 (soon to be 4)
    Hubby has 6
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    Gave away many also. They are all over the place, Texas, California, Indiana, Virginia, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Canada.

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    They go in my collection in the closet. I have published patterns and I speak for area quilt guilds so i need them to take with me and show. There are some that I use and some that I have given away. I have a hard time giving them away because of all the time I put into them.

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    What quilts? I have lots of quilt tops, but that's about as far as I get. I've been doing this for about 4 years now, only have two that are finished. One is a wall hanging that I pieced and my aunt hand quilted. The other one I had quilting buy a LAQ and it's too pretty to use.

    I love piecing!

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    Mine have all been gifted. One stayed at the house...it was a gift to my husband. The rest are snuggling up with other folks I love.

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    I make most of them for gifts, some for charity, and some for me. I make them with the intention of using them. I do not do them for shows or raffles.

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    I make mine for shows, sale and give aways plus I have many
    it is just fun to do and I have been making them for several years

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    I make them for all the reasons listed above. I have been making quilts for 20 plus years and hope that those who receive them enjoy them. Right now I have started to make "Cancer Comfort QUilts" and give them to any one who is going thur Chemo treatments. I just started this the first of the year so haven't made only one an gave it away The blocks for the second one are made just have to put it together. I have been commissioned to make two other quilts for before this Sept. They will be totally made by machine.

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    What part of central PA do you reside?

    Kathi in PA

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    I have given every quilt I have ever made except for one. That one is currently at the LAQ and I am anxious to get it back! I have made lots of tablerunners and such, but most were given away as gifts.

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    most of mine are given away to people i do not know! i have started to keep some of my work.

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    All mine have gone to family members. No one in my family should be cold I guess.

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    I make them to give away, and I also use the ones I make for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adriansmom
    I have given every quilt I have ever made except for one. That one is currently at the LAQ and I am anxious to get it back! I have made lots of tablerunners and such, but most were given away as gifts.
    LAQ?? Long arm quilt?

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    So far all my quilts have been given away. 2 were raffled at work, 2 were door prizes, the grands have 3 each, and DD is getting one. The rest have been given to co-workers and friends who are undergoing chemo, dialysis, house fires, having babies or grand babies, or getting married.

    When DH got me the frame and mid-arm I had to promise a quilt that would stay at home. I have one in my mind, but haven't started working on it yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by geckogirl
    Hello all!

    I just wanted to throw out a topic and see what type of responses I might get :-)

    What do you do with all your quilts? Do you make them for family? Is it theraputic? Do you donate them? Do you keep them yourselves? Do you show them? Do you raffle them?

    I know there is an organization called Project Linus who provides love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers” and I was wondering if anyone participated with this?

    Thanks for taking the time to answer!! I look forward to the responses!!
    I give them to social service who uses them to give to kids that are taken from their homes like in the middle of a fight, abuse etc. It helps for them to have something new and belongs to them when they are taken away. My grandkids went thru that and since we adopted them 2 years ago, they were taken at 4 in the morning by the police and ss and taken without a thing except whaty they had on. The dad had them and ss had gotten a tip that he was abusing them. He wasn't but both parents lost the kids. They are now 12 and 15 good kids. tjey were 3rd and 5th grade when we got them after almost 2 yrs in foster care/. also my quilts go to the women and kids shelter here in town.

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    Yes, LAQ is Long Arm Quilter.

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    I have given many away to family or friends as wedding or Christmas presents. I've donated a couple for a charity quilt auction, kept a few and have a TON of tops waiting to be quilted. I hand quilt my quilts but I need to start machine quilting to finish all those tops!

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    I haven't been quilting long enough to have an excess of quilts to donate. It seems that as soon as I finish one that has not been prepromised, someone calls "dibbs" on it. I sure would like to make one for me.

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