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Thread: what do you do with all of your hard work?

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    I am having the best time learning from all of you. My husband asked me a very "man-ish" question when I was discussing wanting to pursue this hobby: "So what are you gonna do with all these quilts you're gonna make?" It got me to thinking....what do you all do with most of your quilts? Do you actually use them, wash them, enjoy them, give them away, or "save" them because they're too precious to mess up? Do you display them? Thought it would be fun to know. :D

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    Welcome to the board and the answer is: all of the above. Glad you joined us.

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    So far I have given all of mine away. I did manage to get photographs of most of them. One of these days, after I have retired, I will work on my dream quilt for my bed. In the meantime, there are grandchildren's birthdays coming up, so off to sew I go. :lol:

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    My grown daughters and granddaugther grabs all the quilt I make. They love every one even the ones I think aren't so pretty. I keep a stack of baby quilts on hand for baby gifts, mostly their friends who are having the babies so they grab them too. Nothing beats making quilts for a grandaughter that loves her Mamaw. Nothing.

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    I have friends with there hands out and of course my kids get first dibs on everything.. and then there is ME! I couldn't give this up if I tried .. I go to sleep thinking of new quilts to make......

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    Mine are resting on beds though out my house. Both DDs have a number and DS has many. My DGD had three and all my nieces and nephews have some. Three for my bed and a number of wall hangings and quilts for my bed and for the living room. I guess my quilts are everywhere.

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    Most of mine have been given away. About 3 doz to charity and a dozen or so to extended family, each of my kids have at least one (4) about 15 wedding gifts and another dozen baby gifts and another 2 dozen for various reasons, sickness, watching my pets, staying with my kids, memory of a deceased family member, etc. I have about a dozen or so around the house on all the beds and in the living room and they all get used.
    The only place I don't have one is on my walls. Which I have a top done and ready to be sandwiched for the wall behind my bed.

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    Welcome!
    I give them away, sell them, pass them on to my kids, display them on the wall, whatever you can imagine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lisalovesquilting
    Welcome to the board and the answer is: all of the above. Glad you joined us.
    Same answer for me.

    My honey had to learn that I often buy fabric without ANY plan for its use. When he gave me the "how many sewing machines does a person need in a lifetime?" there were harsh words and I started a count of his toys (how many saws does one person need AT ONE TIME?) Pat has since been enlightened and he is one of my best supporters (and color advisors). If he were to ask me that question today, I would say "to build up a stash and smother you with it." lol

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    Yes, all of the above. I would love to make an applique quilt (queen size) for each of my grandchildren (5). Right now I'm making use 'em and love 'em quilts for them (they're between 5 - 13).

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    All of mine have been given away. One of these days I'll keep one for myself

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    All of the above, except for save them. I make them to be used and loved! My hubby says the same thing. :) There are other things you can make to satisfy the quilting itch, such as table runners, placemats, purses/totes, Christmas items, etc.

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    There has to be a reason :shock: :lol::lol:lol:
    I quilt because I love to...I could give every one away and still be happy :D:D:D

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    I give most away, occasionally make one just for me that gets used. My Mother never uses them or gives them away. They are all neatly stored in a closet! (Last count was over 50 of them.) To me that is a waste. Quilts are made to keep you warm, and I think they look better when they've been loved.

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    Well, except for the first quilt I finished (Eleanor Burns' Log Cabin in a Day), every quitlt that has been finished has been given away. I have three tops that are waiting for... Something... One I love, but is covered w/ cat hair from DD's cat who was visiting & I've just not wanted to deal with it. Two are from a Thimbleberries club I was in. I keep thinking that I'm going to try to quilt them myself, lol. Don't love them enough to pay somebody else to do it.

    Neither DD likes quilts - too traditional, I think. That said, I have blocks done for one for elder DD, very geometric, not my taste at all. That's to be a birthday gift for her later this year. She picked most of the fabrics, I think she wanted something I made. So although it's not my style, I'm committed to finishing it for her. Was going to be a gift last year, but as she decided not to come home for Christmas, I didn't feel a huge need to get it done.

    Several things I'm working on now are for ME, a new concept... I like to have several things going on at once, so if I reach a point where I'm frustrated or bored I've got another choice until I can deal with whatever issue. So I have two Bonnie Hunter quilts that will be mine. I'm in the IRR, so while I'm working on tops for others, they are working on mine. I have a flannel top almost done (put away out of frustration). And a batik quilt that is for a June wedding gift.

    Whatever happens later... You know, the BIG later, when I'm gone, lol... Well, it won't matter to me! So if somebody in the family or a friend wants them, fabulous. If not, finished ones are to be given to the needy, tops to my guild to finish and donate to a worthwhile cause.

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    So far, I only have one that I have made. The rest? Lets just say, I have a fairly extensive family!!! LOL And they don't all have a large one yet...some only have runners, or wall hangings...but I'm working on it.

    Patti

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    I usualy give mine away, actualy i usualy just make them for people...I don't have any of my own :( But If I did, I would be using them constantly, not only do I have a blanket fetish..but I LOVE LOVE LOVE quilts..I don't think you can have to many of them..or blankets for that matter.

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    Yep I am voting in with "all the above"...mostly my DGD's have recieved my quilts. I usually start them w/ someone in mind but I have a few on my to do list that are going to be for me.

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    Great thread! I love hearing what all of you are doing with your quilts as I have wondered the same thing!! I only have 3 quilts I finished 3 years ago (which are falling apart since I though 1/4 inch seams were optional at the time :)), but these three are well loved and used everyday. Then I have a Christmas one I finished a year and a half ago that I use at night, and a lap quilt I finished about a year ago that I use to keep me warm at work. I made a breast cancer quilt for a friend about 6 months ago (the only quilt I have given away) Then I have 2 quilts in the process of being quilted, and 3-4 being pieced. I am amazed at how many quilts some of you make and have always wondered what I would do with so many!! I am amazed at your generosity as I find it very difficult to part with them after all the time & money that goes into them. LOL But maybe if I get more than 5 finished I will change my mind!! Not sure though as I have promised my hubby a few that are in the process of being finished and quite honestly I'm not sure if I can part with them even for him!!! LOL

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    So far I have given all I have made away. I am still "new" to quilting and love ALL of it!

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    I give most of mine away. Family, friends and good causes. The only one in the house now is the one that I made for DH for Christmas. I can't seem to help myself! If someone really loves it, unless it is made specially for someone, They get it. This year, however, DH strongly suggested that I keep more for our use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    There has to be a reason :shock: :lol::lol:lol:
    I quilt because I love to...I could give every one away and still be happy :D:D:D
    I agree whole heartedly. I give away 99% of my quilts. I try to give every new baby born in our Church a new quilt....some for Children's Hospital, lots for my kids and grandkids, some for my friends at work, some for other family members, some for charities. My oldest daughter told me awhile back to not give any one in her family a quilt for Xmas as she had so many and not enough room to store them all but every time she sees me working on a new one since she starts drooling. I am now working on one for her 17 mo old daughter for when she goes in to a "big girl bed". My daughter is thrilled with it. I mentioned I might give it to her or another friend's daughter and she immediately said she wanted it for Karlie and gave me ideas on what else to do to it (colors, borders, etc). Didn't even blink an eye while saying it all either. I just smiled and said OK of course.

    Welcome aboard to the quilting world gal. Some day you will feel like the rest of us old quilters....not necessarily old in age either. LOL

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    Basically, I quilt because I am ... or, I am, therefore I quilt.
    I use my skills to encourage others and I give my quilts to hospitalized veterans locally, and throughout our state.

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    Quote Originally Posted by isnthatodd
    So far I have given all of mine away. I did manage to get photographs of most of them. One of these days, after I have retired, I will work on my dream quilt for my bed. In the meantime, there are grandchildren's birthdays coming up, so off to sew I go. :lol:
    I to thought that someday when I retired I would have time to do all those hobbies. Quilting, crochet, knitting, painting, macrame'. Not so. As the family got larger so did all the problems and sicknesses. Sometimes I can't help wondering where will it all end. Sorry to be so glum. Stay positive. Love to see photos of what you do have left.

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    Everything I've made has gone to family, except two afghans I crocheted before I started my Home Sewing Business. I'm going to make a sampler for ME & an Irish Chain, it's time for ME.

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