Terrific Imm, what a good granny you are. It is very important to pass our skills onto the young, more more so important to engage with our young people on every level, especially communication and doing things together.
I love your dye ideas, such a clever way of introducing the chn to hands on creativity, something that doesn't seem to appear on curriculums these days.
I'm taking your advice and starting a new topic. Cheerio for now (and I didn't realise you're in my neck of the woods Imm!!)
Just catching up as I've been out of town, so this is a little late.
I chose quite awhile ago to not always give in to my generous instinct to make a quilt every time I come across someone in need. My budget won't allow me to do it, for one thing. And for another, yes, there are many who don't appreciate the time/work/expense. So I am very careful whom I choose as recipients of my efforts. I will often craft a small item for someone first to gauge their reaction before committing to a larger quilt. That way I know a little bit about how they react to handmade things. Having said that, once a gift is given, let it go! The world will never be a better place if we hang on to anger and resentment. After all, it is only "stuff", and the giving is more about the concern and love it symbolizes than it is about the ultimate fate of the fabric and batting.
Rainy3, I think your advice is spot on. It is supposed to be about the giving, not how a gift is received. But there is a lot of joy when a handmade gift is received well, that stays with the giver for ever.
Yes, I'm tempted by both sides of the argument. I love giving gifts, and surprises. Not so happy on receiving surprises - guess that's the control freak in me! LOL.
I'm going to help my non-quilting friend Di, to make a quilt for her grandson. It's going to be so much fun and I can't wait for the joy on Di's face to see a quilt that she has made for her first born grandchild.
just recently found this forum. Was interested to see answers on this subject. I rarely give gifts of quilts as most people now days seem not to take the time to thank you for the gift. If you do not get a thank you why bother to take the time to make the quilt in the first place! I do not expect people to gush and go on and on about the quilt they receive as a gift but I do expect a thank you! I think people are so used to seeing cheap imports as quilts and do not realize the time, effort and money involved in making them -- ?
I have to agree Karenfae, cheap imports have damaged the attitude of those who aren't very closely associated with the craft of quilting. And like all things these days, people expect immediate gratification; pity they can't show their gratification eh?