Monday, October 25, 2010

Not a Care in the World….

YIKES!!!  WHAT?  ONLY 2 MONTHS TILL CHRISTMAS???!!

To sew or not sew… that is the question?? 

Last year I made these sweet little table toppers for my girls…and although they seemed to like them…I don’t think they LOVED them.  P1030883  Young girls just aren’t ‘INTO’ stuff like this…

The year before I made a stack of these…

P1040264I was just having this discussion with another quilting friend…she has decided to quilt for herself this year as her family just isn’t showing her quilts the love that they deserve.  You know…the quilts are kept in the closet and she was told not to make any more bags.  So apparently there IS such a thing as too many quilts, too many runners and table toppers, too many bags….  WHAT!!  Slap ME!!  NEVER!!

So this year I think I will sew for ME…I might even make one of those sweet little snowball toppers for ME!!  What about YOU?  What are you making for Christmas this year…and for who?  Any thoughts?

Have a merry Monday and Happy Quilting!~P

33 comments:

Chris@Cats On My Quilts said...

Will you adopt me please? I am quilting only for my grandsons this year-nap quilts. They seem to love the quilts I have made them.

Janet said...

I think quilting is such an individual hobby. One persons perfect quilt is not someone elses. People who receive these quilts do not understand the cost or time that is put into each one. Using quilts is a very unique decorating style. I agree with you, I only quilt for myself unless someone asks for a quilt to be made for them( then I assume it will be loved).

BTW even though I don't often comment I often read and enjoy your blog.

loulee said...

I.m choosy about whom I make gifts for. Some people just don't appreciate all the love that goes into hand made gifts.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

It's sad to say, but the quilts that I have made for family members never see the light of day. It has been made known that a homemade is not what folks like. I guess gift cards come in all sizes.

Mimi said...

I must be one of the lucky ones because every quilt, table runner or wall hanging is lovingly displayed in my family and friend's home. It so pleases me to see them and sometimes it is a surprise.

Brenda said...

I would love someone to make a quilt of any size for me. Maybe as your girls get older they will appreciate them more? A handmade gift is such a treasure.

Maggey and Jim said...

So far I don't have my Christmas mojo going?? Love those table toppers and would love any of them. I do have one with snowmen heads but not quilted yet..Guess I should at least think on it?? Have a good week,,
Maggey

Ulla said...

I'll be making small quilting projects for dear friends who share the love of quilts, and family will only get books and home-sewn PJ's (the youngest son).
Too many ideas, too little energy!

Laurie said...

My family has said the same thing. No more quilts, bags, etc. How can that be? I don't think you can ever have enough of quilts, etc. Oh, well.
So I'll make small quilted things for friends. It'll will keep me busy!

Poppyprint said...

Who do I have to speak to about adoption? Where can I sign up to be one of your daughters?

Shakerwood said...

To tell you the truth, I haven't thought about it. But it makes sense to me to make something for myself. I need to start looking for something soon. I just LOVE that "Let it Snow" table topper. Looks familiar, whose pattern is it?

ritad said...

Oh, Paulette, don't get me started on our gifts not being appreciated.. I realized several years ago what I do, I do for myself. I am sharing a "Let it Snow" wall hanging with a very good friend of mine. She will appreciate it.. But, nothing else. I too would like to know about your let it snow table topper.

John'aLee said...

Good for you girlie! You know I give a pillowcase demo at shows and I tell people when I am through....that these are for people in our lives who aren't quilt worthy....they are pillowcase worthy! Funny thing is...everyone laughs! They all know what I am talking about.
You go girl...quilt for yourself!!

sunnisandy said...

Awe Paulette they will come to appreciate them when they are older, this is what my girls tell me! LOL My Nieces are older and they love the items I make and give them! (they have families themselves) Keep up the good work and making things for yourself sounds just wonderful!
Sandy

Sandy said...

I guess I'm one of the lucky ones- my DD uses the quilts and afghans I've made for her and her family. My DS thought he was "saving" his and it got burnt in a house fire - no one ever got a chance to really use enjoy it. (DIL didn't think it went with her decor! how silly). But you're right, I'll only sew for someone who appreciates it, usually another crafter, or my IMMEDIATE family.

Barb said...

Oh....I just love the items you have made....and why not sew for yourself!! I am itching to get near a machine.

Allie said...

I love your table toppers! Yes, I'm only sewing for me and for some quilty friends this year. I've made all for my family that I'm going to. Although my mum still loves what I make, and uses it all and displays it all, I'm just burned out on it.

Sunnybec said...

I am going to quilt something Christmassy for me, me and only me!! This is my first Christmas quilting so other people have no chance... LOL. Like a few of you have said I am not sure it would be appreciated, so would only do something if it was asked for. But...they will get cross stitch cards whether they like it or not!!

Lynn said...

Last year I was making a small quilt for a Christmas gift that I was so proud of. My husband suggested keeping it myself because the recipient wouldn't appreciate it, and we loved it. So I did and I don't feel guilty one bit.

orchidlover said...

Good for you.
I very rarely sew as presents as they never get the reception I think they deserve. There's a distinct under current over here that home made is the cheap option.

Love and hugs Gina xxx

Susan said...

I find it hard to make gifts for my girls, just too picky, but so was I at their age. Now, I make them show me the colors and prints they would like. I like to make for myself, too, and have the satisfaction that one day they will fight over it all. LOL!

Becky said...

I used to make pj bottoms for my neices and nephews each year. It became expensive in time and $$$. They didn't seem to really enjoy them once they entered their teen years, so I stopped. One year, I didn't have anything hand created for anyone's gift and I missed the joy of giving something that I had made. Now, I try to make at least one project a year. I choose a friend or family member who will cherish the gift. Last year, I made pillow cases for quilting friends. It's something they hadn't taken time to do for themselves. This Christmas, I'm hoping to have a quilt for a special sister-in-law. Great topic!

Marie said...

This is a theme we can all identify with. My husband reminds me to only make things for those who trule appreciate it. Not everyone is into handmade quilts or decor. It is very hard to keep reminding myself not to get my feelings hurt.

Hugs - Marie

WoolenSails said...

I need to make more for me too, but my daughter does love when I make her things, so I will make her things too.

Debbie

jane p said...

I have long come to the conclusion not everyone enjoys handmade goods. So anyone who wants my handmade bags have to pay for them even my own family. I only give it away free when I am asked to make a bag for a family member or a friend and I don't want to charge for it. That way you know your hard work and love will be appreciated.

Karen said...

That's why I make and give quilts to my quilting friends. They always appreciate them.

Sandy said...

I absolutely love that snowman table topper! What is the pattern?

Jackie said...

I'm not quilting for anyone but I am knitting my son a scarf. I like giving homemade gifts spontaneously throughout the year instead of at Christmas.

Tom and Marci said...

I'm lucky, I guess . . . all 4 of my sisters are quilters as well -- actually more so than me (well, they have more time for quilting than I do!) So anyway, everybody appreciates the handmade gifts. This year, we're having a "Runner Exchange". We have a new pattern for a 10-minute runner, so everybody (even my neices who don't sew) is making one, and we're having an anonymous exchange. Fun!

Kathy said...

Ditto!

QuiltSue said...

Well if your daughters don't want anything, there's always your friends - actually I'm thinking of one friend, who lives over in the UK!!

searchfamilies said...

I have told my children if he wants any quilts or knitting for their family they will have to ask as i don't think it appreciated either
I guess it the modern world everything bought at a expense
You can always adopt me & do it for me lol
Hugs Janice

VickyB said...

I agree with everyone's comments about others not appreciating quilts as gifts. The one I made for my sister's 75th is neatly folded and in the closet for ? I just dug out a UFO blue/cream log cabin blocks that I started for my son. I have joined 16 blocks making the design cream in the centre, blue on the outside and am going to applique a poinsettia on the cream centre and use as a table topper for myself for xmas. I will definitely enjoy it.