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    what would you do?

    I have two friends with 50th Anniversary coming up. I have made a queen quilt for one but the other has a king bed and I machine quilt on my Singer and a king is just so hard to quilt. (Did one for my sister and that was enough.) I was wondering would it be OK to make a his and her's quilted throw or lap quilt for the second friend or would it look like I was being partial to one over the other?

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    I think that would be a great solution. I would be very proud of any gift that someone made for me.
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    you might also consider doing the king as a Quilt As You Go. But I also like the idea of the coordinated lap quilts
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    Very generous gift ideas! I think the lap quilts are a great idea. I did gifts in April for a 50th. Made them bags! His was made out of Mr Fix It fabric - lined - pockets. Hers was made from the Bella Flora line. They could use them for the beach or his truck or for travel. We put wine bottles inside. I wanted to be original :-)

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    What you're considering is a wonderful gift of time and talent! Doubt your friends would compare each others gifts. They know you made them with love and that's most important!

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    I have quilted large quilts in sections on my DSM. Or you might have a friend with a longarm who would be willing to trade services. Or perhaps the friend has a guest bedroom with a queen mattress. I also think the his/hers lap quilts are wonderful ideas. I just think you are a wonderful friend to do something so special.

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    I like the idea of coordinated lap quilts. I think you are over thinking, I don't think your friends will compare quilts, they will just be thrilled and grateful!
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    The coordinated lap quilts would be a wonderful gift. I do not make the same gifts for my family and friends, but just try to put the same amount of time and love into each gift.

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    Whatever you do is a generous, wonderful, loving gesture. Bigger doesn't have to be better. Just to acknowledge 50 years of marriage with a handmade gift of any kind is special. Even a matching table set of a tablerunner with coordinating placemats in a beautiful "splurge" fabric would be appropriate.

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    Well, if *I* were receiving the gift, I'd rather have throws than a bed quilt.

    I kind of think of the bed quilt as very personal and most people would like to make their own choice. (Unless of course you know their taste and preferences.) Also, furnishings are typically a woman's choice whereas the lap quilts gives the man something of his own.

    I think your alternative is perfect.

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    I like the idea of couch/lap quilts.

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    I have made a queen quilt for a king sized bed. When there is a bed skirt on the bed, it is okay if the quilt only goes just past the top mattress, because the skirt takes over the rest of the sides of the bed. If you made a queen size, I am willing to bet your friend will find a great use for it, even if they don't use it on the bed.
    That said, a quilted throw or lap quits for both are a fantastic idea!

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    Quote Originally Posted by crafty pat View Post
    The coordinated lap quilts would be a wonderful gift. I do not make the same gifts for my family and friends, but just try to put the same amount of time and love into each gift.
    Those are my feelings also. I think lap quilts would be great gifts (I know I'd be thrilled to get one as would my DH). Pictures when you're done please!!!
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    Your friends are very lucky to have a friend like you. If you really want to make a King sized quilt, why not consider making it in two halves that zip together? Extra long, separating zippers are available online.
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    Great idea to make 2 lap quilts.

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    Go for the his and hers lap quilts so you can enjoy the process.
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    I think his and hers lap quilts are a great idea simply for the reason as one mentioned--a bed quilt is a personal decision and unless you actually KNOW That they want what you are going to give them, you may be doing a lot of work for a quilt they don't appreciate.

    Side note:

    I've actually read that giving gifts of a "decorative" nature is often asking for disaster as many times we don't have the same tastes as the receiver of the gifts. The author of the article said that as she looked around her house the things she really didn't like that were in the house, were all gifts. She felt like she had to use them because they were gifts, usually from family, but they weren't her style. This article was "before blogs"--in a magazine somewhere. Ever since then, I've thought about that and realized it is true. Often people give what THEY like, but not necessarily what the recipient loves.

    My vote is for the lap quilts, anyway, esp. if the men's lap quilt is "masculine looking".

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    I think your idea of lap quilts for the other couple is perfect. I would be delighted if I were them!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan View Post
    you might also consider doing the king as a Quilt As You Go. But I also like the idea of the coordinated lap quilts
    Great Idea

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    I think they would love the lap quilts!
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    I think lap quilts are the way to go.

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    I think the lap quilt is a wonderful idea. It's from a friend!

    I have a king sized bed, and notice on a lot of website that sell already made bedding, a plain bedspread, with a lapsised quilt is placed on top of it, diagonally. That's what I'm going to do. A plain woven bedspread, a colorful quiilt.

    Shoot, all the photos I have seem to be of someone elses work, so I'm not going to post them, because I just don't remember where I got them, but one is of 4 seasons of bed toppers. It looks like she had one for each season, winter, spring, summer, fall
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    I am assuming they know each other? Would they go to each others anniversary parties? If so them do not give your gift at the party, that way they won't 'see' to compare. I would be happy with anything and couldn't care less what others have but I understand your worry. I think the throws are a great idea!

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    Well said, CMW. I like the idea of individual throws or lap quilts.

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