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Thread: A Very Sad & Disappointing Story with A Happy Ending

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    We all get anxious when we give quilts as gifts, and have had some less than joyous results. I gave this baby quilt as a shower gift 2 years ago to my DD's best friend. When she opened it, she said "OH" and put it aside. Now this young lady is somewhat of a SNOT and I thought "hopefully she likes it". Well she continued to Ooh and Ahh over other various gifts and the knot in the pit of my stomach continued to grow. Afterwards, I was talking to her Mother and discovered the wedding quilt (memory quilt) I had made her resided at her Mother's as the young lady really didn't care for it, it didn't fit in with her black and chrome decor. So I went up to the young lady, holding my breath as I did, and asked her if the quilt matched her nursery and almost fell down with her reply " I had really hoped for a quilt off my registery, that's why we registered our gifts." Little rude ingrate... I told her I would take the quilt back and find her something else and she said "Oh would you...I really like the monkeys and jungle themes." So I took the quilt and thanked her Mother for being honest with me and left. And NO, I didn't get her another gift. Now for the happy ending...a young lady at work is due in a couple of weeks and being I was off for so long recovering from shoulder surgery, I was kinda out of the loop for the shower. I removed the label and added a new one, plus removed the binding and added a new one. I gave it to her yesterday and she loved it, and thanked me in tears. Obviously, this is where this little quilt was meant to be. It may not be my finest piece of work, but, I know it will be loved and used.
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    What a happy ending for an adorable quilt! I think you are right... it was just waiting for the right home to come along.

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    Initial recipient... what a jerk. Glad you didn't get her a second gift. How ungrateful. Glad you gave it to someone who loved it!

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    I like happy endings. Thanks for the heartfelt story. Glad your beautiful quilt found it's home.

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    Yep. Character counts. Appalling behavior from the first gal.

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    That is a precious quilt. That first young lady had very poor upbringing...glad the quilt found a happy home!

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    Just goes to show, not everyone is "worthy" of a handmade quilt.....but some people are. Thank goodness this quilt went to the "right" home!!!

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    Some people just dont get it..

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    Great ending to a terrible story! So glad that sweet quilt found a good home :)

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    and it is sooo cute

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    This is a most beautiful quilt. Hard to imagine ANYONE not wanting it. You found the right home, though, and that is what it is all about. God Bless You.

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    I just had this happen to me, but from my 10 year old great niece *LOL* I made her the cutest quilt with
    embroidered angels and the response I got was less
    than what I expected......but I will not let it bother me.....Rita Faye

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    Quote Originally Posted by hopetoquilt
    Initial recipient... what a jerk. Glad you didn't get her a second gift. How ungrateful. Glad you gave it to someone who loved it!
    yes the quilt is now home.some people just do no appreciate the work and love that goes into a quilt :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    I'm sorry but someone should slap that first recipient. (not seriously...)
    Imagine what the different children will be like!

    Congratulations on the guts to take it back and then NOT send her something else.

    I like the quilt.

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    I'm glad you have a better person to give your quilt to. The other girl didn't desreve your hard work and the love that went into your quilt.

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    Great ending! Your quilt will be treasured! :XD:

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    It's a darling quilt. So glad the second girl was very thankful and gracious.

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    Handmade gifts are not for everybody; I think there is a "Saturation" in our society, where there is too much of everything; in too many colors, themes, styles, sizes, and trends... People are filled to overflowing with details, and choices. Their closets, attics, basements, garages and sheds are stuffed. Be selective about the recipients of your hard work. In a sense, rejection is not about you, your handiwork, in a personal sense; but rather is a generalized state of mind. It's Out There--protect yourself.

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    some people are just mean, great ending story. Barb

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    Quote Originally Posted by hopetoquilt
    Initial recipient... what a jerk. Glad you didn't get her a second gift. How ungrateful. Glad you gave it to someone who loved it!
    Agree!!!!

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    Yes, there are ingrates in our lives. You did very well to hold your temper........I probably would have not done so well. Glad your quilt had a happy ending!

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    I am so very glad that your quilt found a happy home. As quilters, we know the hours and hours of hard work, sore backs, pricked fingers, stitching, unpicking, cups of tea.....etc AND to know it is loved makes every minute worth while. :thumbup:

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    what a darling quilt, what a mannerless jerk, she did not deserve a gift at all. Her mother should hang her head in shame too, she raised her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yonnikka
    Handmade gifts are not for everybody; I think there is a "Saturation" in our society, where there is too much of everything; in too many colors, themes, styles, sizes, and trends... People are filled to overflowing with details, and choices. Their closets, attics, basements, garages and sheds are stuffed. Be selective about the recipients of your hard work. In a sense, rejection is not about you, your handiwork, in a personal sense; but rather is a generalized state of mind. It's Out There--protect yourself.
    So true!
    Why buy just one when you can have three!

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    Glad things worked out happily. The quilt is darling.

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