Monday, February 4, 2019

Managing Quilts

I shared in an earlier post that I was putting 33 quilts into the Boutique, to sell during Quilting Guild of The Villages' Showcase of Quilts.

Twenty-four of those 33 quilts were returned to me. Though I'm happy about the quilts that were sold, it's appears that the newer ones, made in a more modern style with brightly-color fabrics, are what people preferred.

One of the quilts that sold was "Prism," finished in 2015. It appeared in the Jacksonville Quilt Show, and the 2017 Quilting Guild of The Villages Showcase of Quilts where it earned a second place ribbon. I double-batted it, and home machine quilted 42 different designs.

It's the quilt I priced a little higher thinking I wouldn't mind getting it back. Ha, ha. That's what I get. I'm gonna miss this one. 

This one also sold, a block of the month set in a modern layout. Lots of free motion quilting in this one too. 

Rainbow Rounds sold too, and was just finished in 2018.

This little 16" X 22" quilt, made with 1930s reproduction fabrics also sold. It was a blue-ribbon winner at a Des Moines Area Quilters Guild show, made during my traditional quiltmaking days in Iowa. 

I doubt I earned what the quilts were worth, but who's to say?

Of the returned quilts, I snagged nine to donate to charities this year. They're ready for disbursement.

I've designated the remaining small quilts as "pet beds."

As a charity project, Big Cypress Quilters put fabric scraps, threads, and batting bits into bags made from home dec weigh material. I think these quilts will sew together nicely into "bags." Then, when they're nearly full of fluffy stuff, we'll sew the fourth side closed and take the beds to a local animal shelter for cats and dogs to lie on.

One of them will lay on the prettiest, Amish-style, hand-quilted bed.

It sorta makes me sad to see these quilts go away, but I must keep reminding myself that I can't keep them all! It's more important to spread the love, right?  Linda


Quilting Babcia said...

If I had made something as gorgeous as Prism, it would have never left my home! But I understand how 33 'extra' quilts could present a storage problem. How nice that some sold, and others will make some deserving person (or homeless pet) very happy.

Susie Q said...

Happy for the update.... might encourage some of us to take a look at what is sitting in our closets and find a home where they will be used. You have a very kind heart.

Dar said...

I would not be too happy to have my hand quilted ones made into pet beds, although I do use my scraps and make them purposely as beds. I have been going through my surplus and making gifts to friends and acquaintances for use as lap quilts or tabletoppers. Today I reduced my inventory by 2 - early Valentines' gifts.:) Your Prisms is just beautiful. I hope you got what you wanted. I don't know how you decide what to charge. That is a very hard question for me too when asked by someone who might want to buy one of mine.

Teresa said...

Congratulations on your sales, but oh how hard it would have been for me to release those beautiful quilts. I have never sold one, but do have to give them primarily to family members as my closet is getting way to full of quilt.

Anne / Springleaf Studios said...

Congrats on selling a few of your quilts and being willing to pass the others on. I recently went through my quilts (both old old and new) to get a handle on what I've done over the years. It made me realize I have older things that I no longer desire and don't know what to do with. Some are just tops. Certainly gives me pause on how I proceed with new things and what their purpose will be.

Susan Snooks said...

It’s nice to know that you had some success in moving your quilts to new homes where they will be loved and admired. It is hard to know what to do with all the quilts we make!

OPQuilt said...

I agree with Susan's comment. Sometimes I just want them out of the house, and sometimes I like them to linger, as evidence of who I used to be. But I love that you have distributed them to so many different places; they are all the lucky one!

Debbie said...

Yay for selling NINE! That's awesome, and yes, it's good to share!


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