Inspiring Quilters, Stitch by Stitch
Do you keep, sell or give away your quilts? I've made well over 100 but I only have four in my possession. At first I made them to give away to family members, then I started making them to donate to various charities (Project Linus, Quilts for Kids, AAQI, etc.). Lastly I made them to sell. Recently I sold 35 to one party and I'm having a really hard time missing them. A few I didn't really want to sell, but we desperately needed the money and I got a very good price for them. Has anyone given away or sold quilts and regretted it?
I make unique quilted, machine embroidered wall hangings for our house. We have a large home with lots of big white walls so they can SHOW. We are retired, so when we are traveling in our 5th wheel, I have a simple Janome sewing machine and I piece quilts for donation to our local "safe house" through our local quilt guild. it's nice to have that to give me projects to do in the RV. When I get home, I send those out to be quilted and then, almost immediately, start something I really want to work on with embroidery included.
I've never sold one - I can't believe anyone would pay me what it's worth. I'd rather donate them - but those are not fancy quilts.
I usually keep the quilts that I make as a class project. When I make a quilt for charity (my local Binky Patrol group), I try to remember to take a photo and put the developed picture next to the directions in a notebook. I have made quilts for babies to give at baby showers and I have made quilts for the grandkids (just for fun, nothing fancy). Have made several "quillows" which I gave away. I have different quilts that correspond to the season of the year which I bring out when it's time. I have never sold a quilt, but I did win one in a raffle - that was a thrill!
I made a quilt for myself and ended up selling it. The one I'm working on now is going to be mine...if I like how it turns out! I have another one that's ready to assemble and I may keep that one...depends on which one I like better!
Everyone in my family has a quilt I've made, and now my mom and brother both want another one. My brother wants a queen size with a cowboy theme, but I doubt I'll get around to it any time soon. My mom has one I made for her, the one I made for my dad (who is now gone) and a third one that she requested for her birthday last year. So, she won't be getting another for a long time!