I wrote yesterday about how I'm choosy in whom I give handmade gifts to. Unless I think somebody will appreciate and take care of my work, I won't give it to them. However, I've come to that realization over time and I know that some of the things I gave away decades ago weren't taken care of or loved at the level that I expect today.
So it's especially nice to come upon stuff that I madeand gave away a long time ago, still being loved and used.
We briefly visited my sister-in-law on our way to our Christmas beach vacation and I was amazed to find things in her house that I know I made, once upon a time, but had frankly forgotten all about.
Two quilts were hung somewhat unorthodoxly in windows, since she didn't have curtains and needed to block the sun. Had these been works of art I probably would have been offended, but they were only "goodbye quilts." And they looked quite nice in backlighting.
Some of the goodbye quilts were donated to the Holocaust Museum in Houston, where Rachel Brumer had an exhibit in 2001. She wanted to provide a quilt for every visiting child and solicited contributions from people on the Quiltart list. I sent two or three.
Others went to friends and family, but not unless they first said they liked one. Apparently I gave two to my sister-in-law, although I don't remember either one.
It was almost Christmas, so she had also brought out a log cabin quilt that I had made about 30 years ago. I made similar Christmas quilts for everybody in my family with the same three-color, 16-block design but different fabric combinations. I hadn't seen this one in many years so it was fun to be reacquainted.
A worthy recipient, she definitely will get more fiber art gifts in the future.
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Properly appreciative 2
Posted by Kathleen Loomis at 6:24 AM
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I love some of the uses your SIL has put your quilts to. I don't do art quilts. The quilts I make are meant to be used, and I tell the recipients so. Nothing makes me happier than to see one of my quilts well worn by use over time. After all, I can always make another one! :) Completely agree with how you determine the recipient. You admire it, it's yours!ReplyDelete
I learned not to waste time and materials on the unworthy as well. Sometimes, though I'll do a test on a new person.ReplyDelete
My nieces have been recipients of a number of things now, all because their mom (new-SIL) searched me out (we'd never met in person) at a large family get-together and gushed about the "gorgeous baby quilt" I made for the newest niece, "that must have taken SO long!".