It’s Not All About the Gift Wrap

 

So often we encounter quilts that are just stunning, I mean…AMAZING.  The bling incorporated into the design, the ribbons we see hanging from them; it makes us want to run and hide.  But believe it or not often it’s those quilts that don’t “sparkle” or haven’t won awards that are priceless.

It’s not always about the “gift wrap”.  Some of my most precious quilts are the ones that are utility quilts, or ones that I have created for those I love; not designs I made in order improve my quilting professionally.   For example the quilt shown below was a project for a dear friend who, at the time, was battling cancer.  There was no bling, or specialty fabric used, on the contrary, the emotional aspect of this quilt outweighed any materialistic part of this design by leaps and bounds.

Let’s also consider quilts that we receive as gifts.  My sister-in-law, Judy, who is kind enough to travel with me to shows (I’m sure many of you will recognize her in the picture below) made me that awesome quilt.  Now, I’m not insinuating Judy isn’t talented, my point is that this quilt wasn’t produced with all the bells and whistles seen at quilts shows, on blogs, etc.  Judy wasn’t “gift wrapping” her design so those in quilting community would rave about her talent.  No, this priceless piece was made just for me, and trust me this quilt and I bond every night on the couch (or taken on the road with me to shows).

The quilt displayed below was a gift my dear friend Mandy sent to me.  I was completely shocked to receive this beautiful quilt, as it was sent with the intentions of giving me a little “pick me up”.  Her mission was accomplished and she won the award for kindness and friendship!

So let’s face it, we can admire those talented quilters surrounding us. Fellow quilters that encourage us to better our techniques and push our creativity to another level are individuals we should respect.  BUT it isn’t always about the “gift wrapped” quilts.  Quite often it is those “silent” designs that in our hearts have ribbons pinned to them, and are wrapped with love; those are the quilts that truly matter.

Do you have a quilt that didn’t amazing “gift wrap” but mean a lot, or did you give a quilt that wasn’t all about the gift wrap? I’d love to hear your story!

Tis the Season to Receive

Giving, giving, giving, let’s forget we are on receiving end too, right? Monday we talked about giving, now it’s time to discuss the topic of being the recipient during  the holiday season.  I know since many relatives and friends know that quilting is my way of life they often impart on me gifts with a “quilting” theme.  And why wouldn’t they? If you knew someone in your family, or close friend shaped their world around fabric wouldn’t your gift ideas possibly be:  JoAnn Fabric gift cards, a tote bag with their company logo, or coffee mug with an adorable quilting quote? Heck YES!

 

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Do any of the items above look familiar?  Have you received any holiday gifts that are similar?  I am not ungrateful and I truly appreciate those that take the time out of their busy schedule to think of me, but have you felt you’ve been put in the “Quilter’s Gift Box” when it come to gifts?  The box that only has you receiving gifts pertaining to threads, and needles?  Please don’t  get me wrong, I’m not locked in the “Quilter’s Gift Box” let’s just say that the lid has, on occasion, been a little hard to open.

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Now that you have had time to think back on what Aunt Sally or Cousin Kate gave you as a present in the past for Christmas, or the holiday season, I am going to ask you to share what you have received.  Do you typically receive gifts in genre of quilting? If so what is the craziest or silliest item you have received? What present has meant the most to you?  Inquiring minds want to know! What presents are found elgantly wrapped under a quilter’s Christmas tree?

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