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It is hard when you gift a quilt to someone who has no grasp of the effort that goes in to making a quilt.
Once I wished I had had taken my credit card to a big box store and bought an inexpensive "blanket" as a gift for someone because the person had no understanding of the hours of work I had put into the quilt I had made. I rolled my eyes at DH because it was one of his relatives; I learned my lesson to select quilt recipients more wisely in the future.
Judy, you and I are alike with respect to giving our quilts to others.
I have been reading and admiring other's generosity of spirit. I also give quilt to charity .. I have a favorite one near me that I donate to. But to family members? Sadly, I discriminate. Honestly, I have NO idea who, if anyone in my family or Mr Pirate's family appreciates handmade quilts. If I do discern that someone might be appreciative, then that person could get a quilt. But just hand them out willy-nilly to all family members just because they are family? Nope. Not gonna happen now.
I used to be more "giving of spirit" when I was younger. I had stitched a counted-cross stitch what-not box for a sister-in-law. While it wasn't a terribly convoluted design, it *did* take me quite a bit of time to stitch it out and assemble it. I was thanked for it but the next time I saw it in their house, it was obvious that the entire box had been submerged in water. To say I had my feelings hurt is an understatement. That family has never received another homemade thing from me again. Yep, I am just that petty.
I *love* piecing the tops, as evidenced by the stockpile of unquilted tops I have hanging in a closet. The top accumulate faster than I quilt them, especially now, since I'm concentrating my time and efforts on creating family heritage photo scrapbooks. I do look forward to FINALLY finishing these scrapbooks and returning to quilting. Mr. PIrate does ask me what am I going to do with "all of this"? He still doesn't quite grasp the concept that I simply adore the creation ... the end use is irrelevant in many cases. :-)
Dear Pirate ... am I allowed to go off on a tangent in this thread?
I tried using the search feature to locate your thread posted a long time ago about how to make a pillow covering with nicely finished corners, corners that would not look like floppy dog ears.
You shared a method for gently shaping corners of pillow covers which I found interesting but at the time I was not ready to make pillow covers. Now I am ready and the Delphi search feature is not being useful.
This tells me that your thread was probably posted years ago. Do you have a link to a blog that you could share?
With sugar on it?
re dog-ear pillow correction ... not a problem.
Apparently, I never made a blog post about it but I DO have a graphic that will show you what to do.
that tick mark on the original cutting line is done at the mid-point, so the resultant redrawn curve is gentle. Once you've redrawn the cutting line, just use whatever seam allowance you planned on using.
It's absolutely amazing how this simple correction, which looks so wrong!, will result in **square** pillow corners. Magic.
I don't claim to have thought of this correction .. it comes from one of my sewing books.
That is such a simple technique, I don't know why more people don't do it. It makes pillows look SOOOO much better.
Thank you very much, dear Pirate.
Instructions are printed out and pinned to design wall.
you are very welcome. Happy to spread the knowledge. :-)
That is sad, Lynne. Unless I have someone in mind I donate mine. Occasionally one will appeal to me, and I'll keep it at least for a while.
I make quilts for Quilts of Valor, Project Linus and Snowball Express. But I sew almost every day and with the exception of the QOV, most go out the door pretty fast. I belong to a quilting group that does the Project Linus, Snowball Express and we also provide quilts for cop cars (to comfort children) and several other organizations in our area. I just love the entire process.
Right now I'm working my way through a ton of UFO's that need to be done and gone.
I have all the quilts I need for my home. My kids have a "Cease & Desist" order on me for quilts, claiming they have more than enough. BUT I will be making more mature quilts for the grandkids soon.