In the past 6 months I've given 4 quilts away to families with new babies. All hand-made by me. I make quilts when inspiration strikes, I choose the fabric, pick or design the pattern, assemble everything; each piece is unique and made with my love and sometimes blood. Quilts take a long time to make; I usually have an idea, carry it to fruition, then quilt waits until I have someone to gift it to. In other words, these baby quilts are not usually made with a particular baby in mind.
Three of those quilts were received in person and I got a warm thank you and a hug. Hugs are great thank yous. The fourth quilt was mailed off, with a note and a book, to a relative in NoCal. I FB'd that the package was on the way. I've never heard a thing, and I'm really disappointed.
Today I was blog-reading, I know, gasp!, and came across this, at I'm a ginger monkey:
Sometimes I make quilts for new babies and don't get much of a response from the parents. That really irks me. I could go to the Gap and buy a few onesies. I could buy you a rattly bear. I could spend literally a few bucks and have a gift boxed stack of stuff for you. But instead I make you a quilt, because it shows I care about you and want to welcome your child into the world with a hug. If I'd given you a cheque for $600, would you appreciate it more? Yeh, probably. But then I wouldn't be as true to myself.
Now my gift quilts were lap-sized and not worth $600, more in the $180 - $250, range, but I also thought my quilts were better than a onesie or a bear. That's what I get for thinking, I guess. The photos are the four quilts I gave away, don't you think they all deserve a thank you?
Be well and do good,