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Been reading the blogs here everyday, but hardly ever write anything myself. This morning I spent time ironing and squaring up a million half square triangles. It felt like a million, it was around 170. My brother better like the finished product.
I decided to give a friend my southern star BOM quilt for her birthday next month. I showed her the finished squares because she said that she's been asking for a quilt for two years(more like one), I wanted to show her that I was thinking about her. When I asked her if she liked the colors, she said "I guess I'll take what I can get, and it would match her carpet". (who matches a quilt to their carpet, I know that I don't) I wasn't thrilled about that reply. She has looked at my CT catalog, and all she kept saying was that everything was ugly(something is really wrong with her, I don't think she had her glasses on). I work with my friend, and last night I was working on my brother top, and she said "why do you always use such busy fabric" The top is black and white. I really don't want to give her the quilt, but since I said I would I will give it to her. I told her that she's acts like my mother, but my mother liked the quilt I made for her.
School starts back up for me on tuesday, it was nice to stay at home and not worry about studying. My first quarter went very well( 2 B's, 1 A). It was nice to get a B in math.
My New Years Resolution was to make a quilt top every month. I am well on my way, I've started two projects this week.
Hope everyone has a great weekend. Happy Quilting.

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Comment by Michelle K on February 4, 2012 at 6:56am

I would have asked if they wanted to wait and pick out fabric themselves, so they would be happy with it.... that way you didn't lose all that work on someone who didn't appreciate it, and then if they chose the fabric they have no on to blame but themselves if they don't like it and it would probably take them forever to pick the fabric giving you more time to work on other things.  You are a good friend.

Comment by Donna H/MI on September 20, 2011 at 9:20am

Congrats on the good grades!  Its too bad about your friend,, Its so hard when you give someone something and they seem ungrateful,,, It makes you not want to give them anything else...My Daddy always said that you should never seem ungrateful even if you don't want or need what they are giving, cause someday they might give you something you do want...

On the up side, i sent you a friend request so that i could send you my info for the Christmas FQ swap... I hope that you still want to participate!

I know just where lorain is,, i lived in ohio for 40 yrs,, i sure miss it sometimes!.... have fun!

Comment by Lori/MD on February 3, 2011 at 1:26pm

First, Congrats on the good grades. I know how hard it is to go back to school.  

As for your friend,  nothing i could say hasn't already been said.  But the problem is you work with her.  So maybe letting her pick fabric would be a good alternative.

Comment by Carol Wadkins on March 16, 2010 at 3:46pm
My turn, I agree with both Karen and Renee! The best thing to do is, either not give her one at all or let her tell you what colors she would really like and make a very easy, breezy lap quilt for her. Friends don't usually make those kind of remarks, I do think it's more that she's jealous. It's just a shame that she doesn't realize how much you put into your quilting.............. By the way, I love the black and while print!! He is going to love it too!
Hugs, Carol
Comment by Yolanda Allen on January 11, 2010 at 3:19pm
Samara -- Love this print. Did you post a finished picture of the poject?
Comment by Connecting Threads on January 11, 2010 at 9:28am
I agree with many here:
1. LOVE the black and white blocks - yes 170 blocks probably does feel like a couple million!
2. I wouldn't give her THAT quilt...tell her quilters have a rule....we can't give a quilt to someone that won't LOVE it. So you need to work with her to be sure she LOVES what you give her. I'll bet she'll feel good that you care about her feelings (although she didn't seem to care about yours!).
Comment by Sognstitcher Lana/MN on January 10, 2010 at 10:02pm
Samara, it's so good to hear from you again. I was just thinking about you earlier today. I feel your disappointment. But you just keep on keeping on. Your fabric is beautiful. Some people will never understand quilting or what goes into making one. Go with your heart. I would hate to see your hard work go unloved. Maybe you should keep it for YOU! I have to wonder what your friend has in mind? Puzzling. Just focus on the good things. Take your time.
Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on January 10, 2010 at 5:38am
Oh, Samara. I feel your disappointment. We put so much of our hearts into what we do and when people can't see the time and effort (and love) we put into the quilts, it is discouraging. My favorite reaction from from an unexpected source - my nephew who graduated last year told his folks that he'd been waiting his whole high school for graduation just so it would be his turn to get one of my quilts! That is one of the nicest things anyone has said about receiving one of my quilts as a gift. I'm sorry your friend seemed a little uninterested or even unkind.

By the way, I LOVE your black and white print!!!
Comment by Pam/NY on January 10, 2010 at 5:32am
Absolutely, love the black and white...especially for a guy...very striking, be sure to post it when finished...your friend is not your friend...she is trying to belittle you through your passion...jealousy is wicked and vicious...cut her loose, she is bad carma. It's not easy ...but once she not around you'll breathe easier. Been there.
Comment by Mary Boyd/MT on January 9, 2010 at 6:50pm
That is my beef! I have given quilts, especially to family and they just don't really appreciate them! I finally have stopped giving them to such people! They have no idea the cost and effort it takes for a quilt. The average quilt, queen size, costs about $500. to make and have quilted! I love giving them to those who appreciate them....not those who don't i.e. the friend you were talking about!

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