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Thread: I'm upset...he didn't like it

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    My dad once hung a tied quilt with a wool bat that his mother had made on the wall of the garage and used it to practice golf and and hit balls into it. I got angry and took it off the wall, took it to college with me and cuddled in it when I got homesick. Some men just don't appreciate things like that.

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    Quilt is beautiful! be gracious and just let it go. You were thoughtful enough to make a gift and just keep that thought in mind. It appears that in the future a "T-shirt" will work just as well.

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    I'm sorry that he can't appreciate a beautiful work of art like that - and handmade by you, too! There are so many soldiers and veterans who would very much appreciate it. I wonder if you could ask him to donate it to a veteran's group if he will not hang it. I'm not sure I could do it myself, but could you ask him what he WOULD like - specifically? If you are willing to risk it, you may ask him to choose a pattern and fabric next time. You will have many others to quilt for who will appreciate the time, effort, and love that went into it.

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    The quilt is beautiful. You were very thoughtful. People just don't understand what how much of yourself and how much love goes into making a quilt. This has happened to all of us. My DD made one for her MIL and it was used in the back of a station wagon for the dog to sleep on. Guess who never got another quilt.

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    I guess I am not as nice, I would tell her about seeing it covered in grease and let her know you have scraps she can have for that purpose, not a beautifully finished quilt.

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    I think it is amazing! It has an old colonial patriotic look. My husband is a disabled veteran and he wants me to make one like it for him!

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    I'm so sorry, your quilt is beautiful and I know my dad would have loved to have it. Hang in there.

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    I'm so sorry but I think it's lovely.

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    perhaps you could take it back and donate it to a local VFW or American Legion to use in a fund raiser.. perhaps as part of a raffle or something.

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    I know he is your Father, but you should let him know how much work you put into it and that he really hurt you.
    I think you did a great job...... :thumbup:
    Gram

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    Honey I am so sorry. But let's not think he is a bad person. He is your dad.

    Now, He said he didn't think it looked very patriotic. Is he a veteran? If so, he may not have understood the stas you used in the quilt. They are not the typical patriotic, american flag type stars. As quilters, we love these stars, but to someone else, they might just be 'not right'.

    Sometimes we take offense easily because it takes so much time and effort. But people that don't quilt, don't necessarily see that. So we have to understand their point of view, or at least try to help our own feelings.

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    i think it is a great gift and looks very nice...you did a great job...so sorry he did not appreciate all that you put into it...loving him with each stitch...i am sure it does hurt...but do carry on and make some more things and keep giving as gifts....most people love and appreciate....you get a big big hug from me....deborah

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    Quote Originally Posted by barboonie2
    I expect my quilts to used and make them sturdy enought to endure many, many washings...but to use it as a grease rag...I don't get it.
    And I don't FORget it.

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    I really like your wall hanging. Believe me "been there and still doing it". I like sewing for family and friends, but it seems friends appreciate my things more. I have made 3 or 4 quilts for one member and they have accepted them, but guess what there in the closet top shelf on the very bottom. Never to be used.
    DON'T let this stop you. Someone will appreciate your work and be proud to own it.

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    I think it's beautiful and very patriotic ... my youngest daughter was born on Flag Day and those are her favorite colors ... she thinks it's "awesome" ... I'm sorry your father doesn't feel the same way.

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    I want you to know that I feel bad for both of you. You most of all because it's devastating to give of yourself and not feel valued for doing so. I feel bad for him, too, because he missed out on the opportunity to draw closer to you by showing his love and appreciation! My DH regrets his insensitivity toward our girls now that he's older and they are all grown up! Unfortunately some words and deeds cannot be taken back.

    You did a great job on the wall hanging! The colors and pattern work very well together! I couldn't miss the chance to show some support. We're all with you on this one, girl!
    Just tell me how or why some men can be so goofy at times?

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    WOW! Looks like you dealt with Mr. Cranky Pants. I would get it back and give it to someone who will appreciate it. It is pretty. ...since when does Father's Day = Patriotic patterns? I must be missing something.

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    Was he in the military? If so, maybe it brought back some bad memories that he has since tried to forget. Does he have anything else patriotic in his house? Or is he just like that usually and hard to please. Well, I think it is beautiful and if I were you, I would go back and get it and use it myself, or give it to someone else who would appreciate it. People can be so hurtful sometimes but I wouldn't let that steal my joy. You gave it for the right reasons and it is his loss if he doesn't care for it. You can send it to me! I would hang it with pride!

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    Ouch! I haven't read through all the pages but I just had to respond. {{{{{hugs}}}}} Sometimes people can be mean and cruel without ever realizing it. My suggestion, trade him for something he likes and keep this for yourself. I gave away everything I made for the first few years and I sure wish I had the very first thing I made. Your father may not appreciate it but I bet it would look great hanging up in your home!

    And amazing work for your first quilt! Holy smokes, you go girl!!!!

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    I am so sorry that he hurt your feelings - it is beautiful

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    I like it. Send it to me and I'll hang it up at my house. :thumbup:

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    It's not anything you did wrong!! It's your dad's problem. I pray that sometime soon he will see his mistake.

    The wall hanging is lovely!!

    I made 2 throws for my in-laws and my father-in-law didn't even unfold them but stood up and put them on his chair and sat back down. I never saw them again until he went to the hospital last month and I found that he is now using them nightly.

    Some people are just selfish and unreasonable. I pray that yours and mine will change!

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    Chin up, buttercup. I think you did a FAB job!

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    well, I for one find it to be absolutely georgous!!! thanks for sharing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by barboonie2
    I usually make a quilt for someone...think of them while I pick the pattern, fabric. Think of them while I'm making it. I can't wait for them to receive it. I have been disappointed more times than not when giving a gift of a quilt, so now I'm more selective re who I make quilts for. I gave a baby quilt to a relative many years ago...I went to visit their home a few months later and entered the house through the garage and saw the stained, nasty quilt in the greasy rags box. So when she had more babies, she did not receive another quilt from me. As other relatives have babies, I continue to make them quilts...this particular gal is clearly angry that she never received any more...but I don't have the nerve to tell her why. I expect my quilts to used and make them sturdy enought to endure many, many washings...but to use it as a grease rag...I don't get it.
    I hate when people are just rude like that... I could see if it had been after a few years of use by the child and it was at the rag stage (since kids can be like that) but what she did was wrong! If she didn't like it, she should have said something.

    I have to make one for my sister, but I have to get some fabric for it first!

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