Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Selling A Quilt?

How Absurd!!! I love each and every quilt I've worked on! They become a piece of me. I cannot seem to let them go!

I've had several requests and my responses have been: I am new at this. I work a full time job and cannot afford the time to make a quilt for someone else. My skills lack the quality worthy of selling a hand made item. So many excuses but the major one is that they are an extension of my creativity.

Then I finally broke down and said YES to a wonderful lady. She really wanted one made by a friend to give to her new daughter in law.

I tried to find a way to say to myself "this one is not Mine." I asked my friend questions. What is the recipient's favorite colors? What style does she decorate with? Her age? Just to get a feel for the person. That helped in designing and choosing for another's personality. It worked! I was able to relinquish without regret! And the smile on her New Daughter In Law's face is priceless!







I must admit, I made several mistakes along the way but I chalk those up to individual expression and uniqueness!


17 comments:

  1. Oh so pretty! Very nice of you to do this for your friend.

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  2. It's beautiful! I'm glad that you were able to to part with it. I can't imagine selling a quilt either, for all the reasons you listed above.

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    1. After seeing the sparkling happiness it did make it quite satisfying. I will be doing it again. Choosing fabrics and designs for another made it fun too!

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  3. The only person who will see any 'mistakes' is you. The recipient looks so happy, and she'll smile every time she looks at her quilt. It's a very special thing to put so much time and effort into a gift and I'm sure your friend appreciates it so much. It's a lovely quilt - congratulations!

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  4. Oh wow....awesome quilt....great job. Most quilts have at least one or two mistakes....or maybe just mine do. I sent you the gecko quilt pattern via your yahoo...hope you got it.

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    1. Thank you, I will look for it. I didn't notice at first glance through emails but will check again. Have a wonderful day!

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  5. Making quilts on request can be so hard! It looks terrific.

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    1. It is definitely a challenge! I have truly enjoyed the process!

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  6. What a beautiful design! Love the softness of the background and the sunny flowers on top. Nice pictures!

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    1. Thanks Sharon, I found the flowers in Pat Sloan's Teach Me to Applique book!

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  7. You have made a beautiful quilt, and one that I hope the recipient knows to care for and treasure. I have sold a few quilts on commission basis, and it is definitely a lot of stress. You don't want to do inferior work; you don't want to overcharge, yet you don't want to just give it away; there are a lot of factors to think about! Good for you! Your creation is gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you Jayne! I am looking forward to the next commission adventure. I've only sold 2 and I have really enjoyed the process of taking my view of another's wishes and incorporating it into a quilt.

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  8. Congrats! You should feel honored to be asked to make a quilt for others as you've got some beautiful work! Thanks for sharing on Midweek Makers

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    1. Thank you Susan, my hopes are only to get better as I continue to practice!

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  9. Glad you took the plunge. Like you, I find it very hard to see one of my quilts depart, but many do as gifts and some as sales. - Remember not to expect perfection of your quilts. Handmade cannot be perfect and those little imperfections - besides the fact that they are seldom noticed by anyone but us - are valued and prove it to have been made with love.

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