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Old 01-20-2014, 05:35 PM
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I have a standard reply that fits many scenarios: "thank you for asking me to ....fill in the blank( useful,because it catches them off guard). However,due to a conflict in my schedule,I'm unable to do it at this time. Please ask me again. That's all I say. No need for justification,guilt ,hogwash.
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Old 01-20-2014, 05:36 PM
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If you really do not want to put your time into this, you must take a deep breath, and put your foot down. I know it's hard to do, but you do not want to be saddled with a job that is going to put pressure on your time as well as your mind.
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Old 01-20-2014, 05:44 PM
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I just tell anyone that they can't afford me.
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Old 01-20-2014, 05:49 PM
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Bless your heart! Just let her know you are flattered by her request, but...and then use Lori's words to let her down sweetly.

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Old 01-20-2014, 06:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Lori S View Post
Tell them you "have commitments that make it impossible at this time". Your commitments are your personal business, no further explanation required. It may include a long soak in the tub, watching endless hours of TV, or making quilts you want to make.
LOL!! Absolutely right, Lori! This is the correct thinking on this issue... ha ha!
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Old 01-20-2014, 06:44 PM
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Why not offer to guide her into making them herself. My sister and SIL do this via skype
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Old 01-20-2014, 06:48 PM
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What I say is "I'll put you on my list. It's a long list."
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Old 01-20-2014, 06:55 PM
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I made a quilt ( Queen size ) for an estranged family member, and instructed my daughters this person was to be given the quilt in the event of my death. My daughters talked me into giving it to the person now saying" you never know what doors this might open and this just might make things better. So I gave it to my oldest daughter to give to this person. No doors were opened, no phone calls made, and I did not even get a Thank you. I am ok with this though, I opened the door, more than that I can not do.
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Old 01-20-2014, 06:57 PM
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"Take a number" I have "x" amount lined up and it's probably going to be a couple of years before I can even think about it.
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Old 01-20-2014, 07:07 PM
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I've been very successful with saying "Thanks so much for thinking of me, but I just don't do commission work". I have yet to have someone ask for me to make something as a gift ;-)
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