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Thread: What do you do with your quilts

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    I haven't made enough to do anything with them. I've made a few lap quilts for family members but that's about it. Do you sell them, give them away, etc. My problem would be getting too attached. I have the patterns and materials for 3 quilts and I can't see me getting rid of them. My job is moving to a nicer building in Aug and I will have a more private office. I'm thinking of displaying one on a wall. I collect windchimes and have them hanging in my present office. Everyone is making sure I take them with me. They say they are a part of me and if I don't take them it would be like leaving part of me behind. Since I can do that I don't think there would be a problem with management letting me display a quilt. It would be a lot nicer than some of the pictures they currently display. I would be interested in hearing what you do with your quilts.

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    Oakie, I think displaying your quilt would be a great idea.

    I give most of mine away, have kept my first one and made one for our bed.
    Someone always wants one. My DIL will get one for her 50th BD in Nov.

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    Mine have all been gifts. I don't have one thing (except a purse) that I've made and kept. I'm working on a quilt for dh's birthday. It'll be the first keeper.

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    My quilts usually become gifts too...Right now all of my siblings have one and all of DH siblings will be recieving theirs next month... For Christmas this year I will be making twin sizes for all my neices and nephews.. That will be 8 for Christmas..

    They bring such joy even to others and are usually really appreciated..

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    All the quilts I make, I have someone in mind to give it too (usually family). They are all made of their choice of colors & my choice of patterns.

    I set a goal for myself...I'm going to make everyone in my family a quilt before I die. Hopefully, that won't be for a veryyyy long time! :lol:

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    i know it is hard to decide what to do with them because after all the hard work put in to them you knida get attached to them i am saving my for christmas i would like to give each one of my children one and then start on getting one for each the grands then for people that are close to me i have sold a couple of them to friends who really went awe over them good luck on your move and finding a good home for your quilts

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    I have lost tract of the quilts I have made, I have given to the family, friends and sold some. Depends on who wants one when it is finished. I also have several wallhangings (small quilts) displayed around my house. I use them for wedding gifts or what ever comes along. My brother will be getting the next one when it comes back from the long armer. Marge

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    I keep most of mine. I have made over 60 and have only given away 6. But, I start all of mine with "I want this one" goal so, when I want to make one for someone else I have to go out and buy everything for it so that it isn't one I am already attached to. I am attached to everything in my "kit" stash over 150 projects. :shock:

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    Probably 99% of my quilts are donated to organizations such as battered women's shelters and foster children. They're not heirloom quality, most are lap sized or twin, tied not quilted. But I hope they're appreciated.

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    I have given some away, kept a few. I do have one hanging on my office wall & have room for more, just haven't hung any more up...YET! lol
    I have sold one. And, at my guild, as part of our membership, we are asked to donate at least one quilt to our philanthropy committee, and those quilts are given to the YWCA WINGS shelter, the local fire & police depts, and now to the soldier angels program.

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    Okie:

    I haven't completed a quilt yet, but had an idea for your office. Think about rotating them occassionally (sp?) A great way to add interest to your wall, AND be able to display more than one quilt. :-) :lol:

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    Some of mine I have kept (in fact, a lot of mine lol). I made each of my daughter's college friends (the group has maintained their very close friendship for 10 yrs now) a quilt. I tried to choose each person's favorite colors or a theme I knew they would enjoy. The last of these is ready to go to the recipient later this month.

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    Well--quilted stuff (wall hangings, lap size quilts, tree skirts, pillows, table runners) ) have gone to all the nieces and nephews on one side, both my parents and in-laws, many friends have something, some new babies, kids who have troubles, a few students, my kids each have about 4, there are wall hangings all over the house....there are now two quilts for the bed-which I change for the seasons, and I have two for myself.

    My kids are 18 and almost 21, so in about 5-9 years I should be working on wedding and then baby quilts...and wall hangings for every room in their houses. :lol: :wink:

    NOW, I'm working up a pile to sell at a craft sale in November. I can't wait for summer, when school's out, to get going on finishing all I've started!!!! I have sold several items....

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    I have given many quilts to friends and family for gifts. I have a pile still left to be quilted that I will decide once done if I will keep them for me or to sell them. I have sold my quilts for the last 10 years. I remember when my very first quilt was sold. I was living in Nova Scotia and I put this beautiful blue and white star sampler in to a quilt consignment store to be sold. It sold within a couple weeks to a couple from France!! I was sooo excited!! that was 1997.
    I still want to donate some of my work to some special causes here. I also work for the Newfoundland Labrador Housing Corporation (its a division of provincial government) We provide housing and services to low income families. This coming November/December I will be donating one of my Christmas tree skirts that will be placed up on tickets with all proceeds going to help purchase Christmas hampers. Perhaps next year I might try a small Christmas lap quilt.

    Cheers

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    I can't think of a better decoration for a room let alone an office! Things get stressful, just look at the quilt to stabilize!

    The only quilt I've kept is one that I found at a yard sale. It is a hand pieced top of hexagons of numerous materials. I haven't found any two hexagons alike. It's like an I spy. I just finished it and loved it so much I kept it. Been sleeping with it for years. I only paid $4 for it!

    The VAST majority of the quilts I make or for teens and kids as gifts. Some are related to me, some are not. I've sold a couple that were special requests for homemade John Deere quilts. I'm finishing one now with a Cars theme for my grandson who adores the movie.

    My favorite quilt story is a friend of mine had been after me for years to make her a quilt. I like to personalize quilts when I can and had a hard time personalizing hers as we had so much history together. Then I stumbled on the perfect pattern, we went shopping together and she chose all the material (novelty patterns and colors I wouldn't have chose in a million years), I complained about the color choice to her and anyone else who would listen. I made the quilt. She and I have gotten so many raves that I was dumbstruck. I had to admit to her that she did well choosing the colors. Anyway, as payment for my labor and making a second quilt of the colors I chose, she let me have her old Jeep. I'd been wanting it and it all just worked out!

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