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Thread: When you give a quilt away.

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    When you give a quilt away.

    Do you ask if someone would like one or do you surprise people? To me it seems like great big thing to give someone and a risk to surprise someone with. How often to you give them away in either of these ways? As a new quilter I already can tell I am in danger of being over run with these because I love making them.

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    I save them for special occasions like birthdays, Christmas, baby shower gifts etc.

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    Special occasion gift for me too, and then I tend to ask the future recipient what they would like (in general terms). For example: if I am planning to give one to an expectant mum I ask her if she wants a baby quilt to hang on the wall, or one to be used, and what sort of general colors she would like. I take the designing from there. If I know a baby quilt will be used by the baby (!) I make it differently from the way I would do it otherwise - and I don't put a hanging pocket on it!

    The one and only time I made a large quilt as a surprise for the recipient I think she was taken aback, and might have preferred something a little different. This is just a feeling...but you know how you can just tell, sometimes! And since it was my mother-in-law I think she may feel she needs to put it out every time we visit. I wish I had asked her beforehand...

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    If I want to give one to a special person, I always ask first if they like quilts because quilts aren't for everyone. If that person seems happy to have one, then I try to cater the pattern and colors to the person and their likes, where it will be used, etc. I've given quilts before to people who don't care for them...to later find them in car trunks, garage floors and dog beds. Yes, I am choosy about who gets one and I would way rather just give one, then to make one for pay.

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    I don't tell because I don't want to jinx it. Ha ha
    You can also make charity quilts, they are well received and appreciated.

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    For the most part, you just kind of know your "audience". You know those who are sentimental and truly treasure the small joys in life. That being said, the only large bed sized quilts I've made to give away were to my parents and to my mother-in-law. To spend that kind of time and money, you really need to know if your gift will be used and welcomed and certainly I would "fish" a little without giving away the surprise.

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    I make quilts mostly for my family, my home, Quilts of Valor and a couple other charities. I am very blessed with my family because they always love what I make for them. Every other year I ask my two chilrdren, their spouses and my grandson what they would like me to make for them that year. Usually wall hangings and lap quilts. One year I made queen sized coverlets for my two children. My grandson calls my quilts "love quilts." This year is a little different...I asked them for their favorite colors and they do not know that I am making flannel quilts for them this year, smile.

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    i have given them as christmas gifts. every body in my family on both sides enjoy them. then i have them also
    sitting around the house or on the back of chairs . if some of my nieces and nephews want them i let them have
    them. i can always make more.

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    When I make a quilt to give away to a family member or friend, I involve them in the process. First, I ask if they would like a quilt, (and I have had folks say "Thanks, but not really...") then I email them a few pictures of quilts I have made...usually about six that I enjoyed making. I have them select the pattern and then the fabric. I have had a friend in Maryland who was able to tell me enough about the fabric she liked that we build her quilt out of my stash. I have had several friends who bought their own fabric, with a "quilt recipe" from me in their hand.

    I wanted to make a quilt for a cousin who was diagnosed with breast cancer (33 years old!!!), and when she said yes and looked at my sample quilts, she wanted one just like I had already made. I simply sent it to her. She wanted cheerful, and that is what she got.

    What I am saying is that I want input from anyone who is getting a quilt from me. It works really well for me.

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    I give for occasions and other times just because. Most of my quilt recipients , I have a good idea of their tastes. I do always offer that they return a gift quilt at any time in exchange for one I am making that they like better. In all years of quilting I only had one "come back". Very often a quilt gets spoken for/ or has a destination before I finish.
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    i only make quilts for those whom i know very well. thus, i know what they like, what they need, and if they'd want it. of course, this does not include charity quilts.
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    I am often overcome by bouts of inappropriate generosity and I have made baby quilts for people I barely know - like the woman I met at WalMart who definitely needed something for her baby's car seat. As we chatted about her newborn I told her I make car seat quilts and would love to make one for her for free. She gave me her address and a week later I mailed her the quilt.
    A fabric stash is always missing that one fabric needed to finish the quilt on which you're working.

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    When I give comfort quilts I don't ask but when making a bed quilt I ask if they want one and let them help pick out the pattern and colors.

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    I've only gifted to family members or donated to charity (mostly teenagers at children's hospital). I would rather ask someone if they would like them, than surprise them and see it at their garage sale in the summer.

    Until you start making stuff and gifting it, you don't realize that a lot of people do not like handmade stuff or simply have a different life style that does not include quilts. Perhaps they simply have too much stuff. By asking them first, you avoid an awkward situation. That said, you KNOW people who love surprises and are appreciative. My former boss adored the wall quilt I gave him. He only brought it home to show his wife and then put it up in his office (no kidding!). I had not quilted all that long at the time, but you sure could tell he appreciated it! The quilt was similar to poster ArtsyOne's avatar.

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    I made a quilt for my in laws a couple of years ago and I have never seen it on their bed. I know my family appreciates hand made things but not many of my dh's relatives. My bil in Kansas would appreciate them and I am thinking about making one for my neice who is getting married in Sept. I am thinking about writing her and asking her for three colors that she would use in her decorating. I will then keep it pretty simple.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan View Post
    i only make quilts for those whom i know very well. thus, i know what they like, what they need, and if they'd want it. of course, this does not include charity quilts.
    Ditto that!!!!!!

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    I absolutely love making quilt, crochet afghans, tie blankets. I make them and give them to family and then a lot to charity. Through my daughters work she finds me also anyone she feels needs a pick me up from cancer patents to whatever illness. It is fun and rewarding plus I have more blankets than my whole city. LOL but I love making them.!so if you ever get a abundance overload check out charity's or come join me to give to the homeless, battered women and foster children. Happy sewing!
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    I surprise the receiver.

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    I have only just started quilting, and wasn't sure what I was going to do with the chicken quilt, but then after thinking on it a bit, I realized that the perfect person to give this to would be my best friend growing up, who I haven't seen in almost a decade, and I recently found out that she moved to Alaska I know, my own fault for not keeping in touch, but as life sometimes turns out, we simply took different roads. But I think of her often, and want her to know that I remember doing her chores with her (feeding her chickens) after school, and it's just perfect for her. I'm glad it occurred to me to gift it to her.
    #2 is for my son (his design) and is almost done...DH hasn't picked out a pattern/color yet, so I'll start working the Origins Watercolor that I bought on impulse...not sure what'll happen to that, but probably gift it to somebody...I like making things, but don't always have a use for them myself, so will gift it however it seems appropriate.
    Have a doggie themed one on the back burner if I can get the pattern out of Blankquilting.com...will gift that to my coworker, and don't care how she uses it...cuz she has a little menagerie at home all with personalities...I love hearing her stories, so if it ends up "going to the dogs" I'm totally ok with that. It's a gift.

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    I sometimes have a recipient in mind when I make a quilt, other times as I see it going together I determine that it "just looks like it should be for . . ." And still other times I want one for a specific purpose and look through my UFO and WIP stack and decide that a particular top is just right for that recipient. For me it is a combination of factors based largely on knowing the person ( or situation) and intuition mixed with availability. Some people have to wait for their turn to get a quilt because "the right one " for them just hasn't happened yet.

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    Artsy one - generosity is never inappropriate ! You have a gift of love that "knows" who needs that special item at that particular time. Listen to your heart. It will not lead you wrongly.

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    I've given lots of comfort quilts...friends co=workers going thru hard time ie...divorce, serious illness and always a lap quilt. Only give bed size to my sons and they told me the colors. Dh doesn't care what color of quilt. He's just thrilled I got it done!
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    Your quilts are wonderful----the baby quilts you made for my grandchildren were well received and very much cherished too, as well as my wallhangings.
    quilting in beautiful Ohio

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    family/friends i (gift) quilts to---are surprises---sometimes a family member or friend may put in a request...then they know one is coming.
    i donate quilts to charitable organizations- i always check their policies, wants, needs first to make sure they would be accepted, have use for, and that i made them to their specifications/rules.
    hiding away in my stash where i'm warm, safe and happy

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    Artsyone; what a wonderful charitable thing you've done. Wonder if she ever responded to you after she received the quilt you made. You are sweet!

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