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    What Do You Do With The Quilts You Make?

    This is a question my husband has asked me, "What are you going to do with all these quilts?" Of course some go to charity, and some are gifts for friends and family, and some we use ourselves. However, as far as the rest I don't have an answer.
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    I tell my hubby they're for the girls to fight over when I'm dead. I get a look and he leaves me alone. LOL

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    I'm a newbie. First quilt is on our bed. 2nd quilt is waiting for first great granddaughter, 3rd quilt given to our oldest son, 4th quilt (I'm working on it now) is for our granddaughter, next quilt (in waiting) is for our bed because first quilt is going to oldest granddaughter. Don't know about the rest because I've got several kits and several packages of fabric bought for specific patterns. I'm not worried about where they are going. At this point, quilting is my "sanity".

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    Mine are all for gifts. I feel like I spend a lot of money on each quilt, so I justify the cost by saving having to buy a present for family. I gave wall hangings to my moms and pops for Mothers/Fathers Days out of fabrics that cost me nearly nothing. The backings were made of an old sheet that I got for $1 and the front was made from a box of fabrics that I got at a yard sale for $5 (and still have oodles left) and instead of batting, I used a blanket that Granny gave us for Christmas. I gave my dad the first quilt I made last year for Christmas and he almost cried, he was so proud of it. I pick out quilt tops that I like and want to quilt then when it's finished, I pick who it's going to go to. I figure if I mess it up, it stays here!!
    I've often thought if I was very industrious (I'm not yet!) and had a giant stack of quilts at Christmas time, I would just let people choose which one they want!
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    I use on them on beds in the house, some are lap quilts for cold winter evenings and the rest are gifts for family and lots of them go to various charity projects.

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    i gift quilts, donate quilts, sell quilts & once in a great while i even keep a quilt
    hiding away in my stash where i'm warm, safe and happy

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    I don't have one single quilt I have made. They are all given away as gifts!
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    Some of mine are for my adult children and grandchildren. I have told close friends that when my "time comes" they are to be sure and come over and take what they want.

    I heard years ago that if you have blocks waiting to be made into a quilt top and/or you have quilt tops just waiting to be quilted to pin on them the name of a friend or family member or organization that you want to receive it and that way if your "time comes" your family won't just get rid of them or worse yet throw them out!! When they come across one that says "For Betty" they will KNOW that it was meant to go to Betty. I really think that is a great idea!!
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    I've only been quilting since the start of this year but I've been doing it obsessively so I've made a few already. My first one is one for myself but I made so many mistakes on it I haven't been motivated to finish the darn thing (the top is pieced, it's a gigantic king size quilt). Then #2 was a wedding gift for my boss. #3, 4, 5 & 6 are all Christmas presents (2 of which are not quite finished). #7 was for me again (a quickie whole-cloth quilt made from a gorgeous block print tablecloth I bought while on a trip for our anniversary), # 8 & 9 were quickie baby quilts for Linus Project I made from jelly rolls (just need to do a final wash on those before I can drop them off), #10 I just began - another Christmas present. I have 2 more child size quilts and 3 more larger quilts to make for Christmas, and if I have time perhaps two more after that...all for Christmas presents.

    So if I get everything done, that's seventeen quilts I'll make this year (wow), 2 of which are for myself, one of which will be for my husband. Then after THAT (if I'm not burnt out!) I have plans for at least 3 more quilts I will make for myself!!

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    I'm like Auntpiggylpn I don't have a single one I have gifted all that I have made

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    I show some, gift some, donate some, keep some, sell some...hang some, use some, frame some...never finish some, throw some away, cut some up, remake some...lost 2 in a divorce...variety is the spice of life.
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    My youngest daughter(27 yrs old) claims they are all hers, and her brother and sister can have any unsewn fabric. In the event of my death she plans on taking the quilts from the house before she notifies anyone I am gone....lol I better start splitting them up now.
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    I have a trunk full of finished bed size quilts. There is one on my bed, one thrown over the sofa a smaller, a white on white as a cover over the antique trunk holding the quilts, one over a wing chair that the cat clawed. Others are handy to cover up with if it is chilly etc. I have given away dozens and I make simple ones, at least 20 a month for Linus. I don't count the ones I handquilted for others as I don't have to store them. Before the longarmers took over the market I handquilted quite a few for other people. That way I got to do my favorite part without having to store them afterward. I probably made and gave quilts to my grandchildren when they were small. The youngest is now 15 so I guess I could start making ones for their future homes.
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    #1 Charity
    #2 Family as gifts
    #3 Best friends as gifts
    #4 Myself

    In that order.
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    Baby quilts I've given away for years, honestly have no idea how many I've done. Special people in my life occasionally are gifted a bed sized quilt with specific instructions they are to sleep under it (!) use it up, etc. I have done quilts for home and I should be doing those right now. I am far from being the best quilter in the world, but I don't think anyone enjoys it as much as I do. Happy sewing today and always!!

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    Most of my quilts are gifts and made with the specific recipient in mind. I have a few lap quilts made from scraps and extra blocks that I've kept, but not one specifically made for me! I keep thinking I will get started on one, already have the pattern and colors picked out....just no time to start. Someday I will have time, fabrics and ambition.

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    I have gifted most of mine. But I do have some for my beds. I work on them an who ever say can I have it ,or I love that gets it. All kids ,grandkids an greatgrandkids have 2or3 at least .an friends get them also. joyce j

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    Gifts, self, and to sell at Quilter's Pantry. I've also had them on display and for sale at a local establishment, my web site and Etsy.
    I have longarmed some for charity and customers. Love doing that as I don't have to keep them or piece them. Some of them are far better than I piece!
    I have yet to make one just for ME. I made one for my DH that is on our bed. My kids are still waiting for bed size quilts from me. The grandkids have one each. Newest grandson due in October will have two already when he is born!
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    I make wall hangings as gifts and have several of them on my walls. Also table runners cover my dinning room table for each season.

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    I am still working on quilts for all my grandchildren and now and then I make one or two that are "not designated" but will most likely go to charity. I don't plan to keep more than I can use. I have been to too many estate sales that have the 1970's quilts that are for sale very cheap! The family didn't want them and the style had changed. Someone can enjoy my work...even if it ends up on the ground for a homeless person.

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    I either gift my quilts or put the tops in storage for grandchildren when they get married. They can then choose a top and I will get it quilted. Easier to store tops than finished quilts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dyan View Post
    My youngest daughter(27 yrs old) claims they are all hers, and her brother and sister can have any unsewn fabric. In the event of my death she plans on taking the quilts from the house before she notifies anyone I am gone....lol I better start splitting them up now.

    Sounds like something my youngest daughter would say.

    My husband also wonders what I will do with all the quilts. I don't know! But I don't see it as a big problem, compared to the other problems in the world.

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    Good one! We are childless. Should my husband ask questions, will tell him to take inventory of his own gun collection.........I have my own ammunition ready for this argument, I mean discussion.

    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen View Post
    I tell my hubby they're for the girls to fight over when I'm dead. I get a look and he leaves me alone. LOL

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    If you make them, the need (for them) will eventually present itself.
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    My husband keeps on asking me when I will make a quilt for us!!! As my grandkids have grown, I have made 11 baby quilts, and 4 kid's quilts, and now 3 college kid quilts. It keeps me busy. I am also doing a quilt for kids and hope to be the DELMARVA coordinator, made 10 quilts for Davids House, and multiples for the Women's safe house. I am truly blessed, so I gift as much as I can.

    Quote Originally Posted by auntpiggylpn View Post
    I don't have one single quilt I have made. They are all given away as gifts!
    If life gives you lemons, make a margarita.

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    My husband knows that my hobbies cost much less than his.

    Quote Originally Posted by SouthPStitches View Post
    Good one! We are childless. Should my husband ask questions, will tell him to take inventory of his own gun collection.........I have my own ammunition ready for this argument, I mean discussion.
    If life gives you lemons, make a margarita.

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