Tuesday, March 29, 2011

a gifted quilt

Remember this quilt?  I love this one.  I made it in February, just a couple months ago, and I had so much fun with it.  I love the fabric and pattern, and it might even be my favorite quilt that I have made.

I gave it to my best friend Vanesa last month.  I didn't start this with that in mind, I originally wanted to make it for my couch.  But as I was working on it, she kept coming to mind.  Purple is her favorite color, and I knew that she would love this quilt.   We've been best friends since we were 10 years old and in the fourth grade.  We've helped each other through the best and worst times.  She doesn't sew, and I knew it would be extra special to her.

So I gave it to her, and I'm so happy that I did.  She took these lovely pictures of it, and I just had to share them with you.   It is funny, though.  As I was quilting it, I kept thinking that maybe I should keep it for myself, because I really do like it.  But that day, she left a comment on a blog post I had written about the quilt.  I had shared some pictures of the finished quilt top, and she wrote that while she always loves the quilts I make, this was her favorite one by far.  How funny is that?!  So that day, I decided that it was her quilt for sure, and I quilted her named into the quilt.  Do you see it?  It is right under the peachy starburst fabric in the photo below.  I took this shot before I gave it to her, but couldn't share it until now.


Hope you don't mind me sharing my little story.  What about you?  What is your favorite handmade gift that you've given away?  I'd love to hear about it.

xo Ang

27 comments:

  1. I think that a gift that is hard to part with is the most special kind. You are a good friend!

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  2. That is so sweet! And how creative of you to quilt her name...

    My favorite quilt that I have given, well that's a tough one. I guess I would have to say that there have been three that got the best reactions from their new owners... tears, laughter, shock, genuine appreciation... all those reactions make giving quilts so much fun for me.

    Jennifer :)

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  3. great story! love it when i can gift something that just really fits a person and they love it too!

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  4. very sweet, Angela. I love how you quilted her name right into the quilt... I've never seen that before. wonderful! xo amy

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  5. I just started quilting last summer and my first 4 quilts I made ended up being gifts. The first 2 were not meant to be - they were just my first quilts and I was trying out patterns. However as I was making them I just couldn't get a certain friend out of my mind both times. Love when that happens! Its hard to give up quilts I really like, especially my first ones ever made, but knowing they are perfect for a special person makes it a lot easier :)

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  6. How very sweet. I love how you added her name and I'm writing that idea down for future gift ideas.

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  7. My favorite quilt-giving story is of the one I made for my step-mother. She is an exquisite knitter but doesn't sew. When she opened the quilt, which was inspired by the colors of the ocean as she lives on Cape Hatteras, NC, she teared up and said that she was so honored to receive a handmade gift. She's almost 50 and has been gifting handmade gifts to others for 25 years but rarely receives anything handmade. I know the gift was supposed to be about her but it was so about me at that moment!

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  8. Fantabulous. Lucky Vanessa. I'm sure my BFF would love a quilt...if I ever finish one again that is. :)

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  9. That's awesome! It's always more fun (read: easier) to give something you worked hard on away when you know that the recipient will love and appreciate it! I am getting ready to give away the 2nd quilt I made (and the 1st one I used a pattern) to my aunt. She loves anything I make her so I know she will love and appreciate this quilt that I worked so hard on. (It's a King size and I quilted it on my little home machine! Can you say crazy?! LOL!)

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  10. Love it! That's the awesome feeling I love every time I give a quilt.

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  11. Thanks for the story! I have loved this quilt since you first blogged about it. The colour choices and pattern are perfect for each other. This completes the picture. Thanks for sharing the photos! :-)

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  12. I love, love, love to give quilts as gifts. I've had the same feelings before, too. I make something for me and then a friend is struggling or sick and I can't get the quilt over to them quick enough! I think giving a quilt is really giving a part of yourself....all the time and love that went into it.

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  13. That's so sweet and I love how you added her name in the quilting. :)

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  14. What a beautiful quilt! Isn't it wonder ful when you are able to gift a friend with such a personal item as a quilt that is done with love? I love giving my quilts to others.

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  15. I enjoyed making the lap quilt I gave my mum for Christmas. I think my favourite item I've made and given away is when my young niece saw a reversible bag I'd made out of one of the legs of my other half's old uniform trousers she fell in love with it so I used the other leg to make her a bag. We used them on holiday last year and lots of people commented on them.

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  16. this is such a sweet story. i love the picture with the little kids sitting under it. they look so excited

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  17. Thank you for sharing your story, love it. Sometimes it doubles the joy when you give the quilt away, especially if you know it is loved! I gave away my first quilt, in fact the desire to give a handmade gift was what convinced me make the time to start quilting. You can read the story here http://piecesofcontentment.blogspot.com/2011/03/my-first-quilt.html

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  18. You are a wonderful friend, and I appreciate you doing this for Vanessa.

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  19. Gifts you have loved making mean even more when you give them away. My most special thing I have made and given away was also a quilt. For my friend's baby. It's at www.sewpony.blogspot.com

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  20. I love that you quilted her name into the border. My favorite quilt I have given away...was made for our first grandchild. I realized that he had two sets of grandparents and 3 1/2 sets of great grandparents! so I sent rectangles of white fabric to every one to sign their name and birthdate, which I then incorporated into a red and white "signature" quilt, which was really more of a family tree quilt. I should post a picture of it sometime....

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  21. Oh my gosh, I love that you wrote her name in the border! I do this too, and I think it is a really fun way to customize. Love this quilt.

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  22. Such a sweet story and gift. life long friends are a rare gift indeed and the quilt was such an awesome way for you to let her know how much she means to you. the quilt is AWESOME, by the way.

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  23. I love your story! Oh, the picture with the kids..priceless! So sweet! My favorite handmade gift that I've given was my first quilt. I made it for Craft Hope. I always wonder who received the quilt. I really loved making that quilt for them! :)

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  24. That's wonderful! My favorite was my second quilt which was my first larger throw-size quilt. I made it for my older sister. She was moving to Minnesota so I picked a snowball pattern and then hand-quilted snowflake shapes into the white snowballs. The entire quilt was hand-quilted (before I had kids!) so it was a genuine labor of love. The moment of giving it is priceless!

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  25. So sweet! Nothing better than an appreciated gift!

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  26. What an incredible quilt and an incredible gift!

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  27. You are so sweet to gift your quilt to a friend. :o)
    I have a favorite quilt that my niece keeps telling me how much she loves. Her birthday is in August, and I plan to give it to her. The other night she spent the night and when I woke up in the morning, I noticed that she slept with the quilt. :o) August can not come soon enough!! :o)
    I love following your blog and love even more, your passion for Christ. :o) I too want to find that balance of sharing my love of Christ and not chasing people off. :o)
    Hope your weekend has been a great one!!
    Sincerely, Trish

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