Friday, March 5, 2010

They did what with that?!?!

Ok girls, what is the most frustrating thing about making things for people? Yep, I'm sure most of us have been through it....we find our beloved creations stuffed in a closet never used, on the yard sale table, or used for the dog on the backseat of the car! Whether we quilt, knit, paint, or sew I'm sure most of us have been through this disappointing phenomenon. What could be worse? Being a sucker and making something else for the same person! Now, can anyone explain why the people we care enough about to make something for are sometimes so clueless when it comes to appreciating our thoughfulness and time it took to make them something like a quilt or baby sweater? Heck, if they don't want it or don't like it, I know I for one would rather have them hand it back to me and say so, rather than throwing it in a closet. At least then I could give it to someone else or keep it for myself. So, again, why? Of course I could understand if it's something really crappy or ugly, but when we know without a doubt that we've made a beautiful, well made creation, what makes someone treat it like thrift store junk? The only thing I can think of is that they are simply just "snobs!" What can we do when we've spent 3 months making a layette set and the recipient never even takes it out of the box? We can smile, walk away, and not let it ruin our day. Or, we can grab it out of the closet and take it home....we know they won't miss it anyway!


Anonymous said...

I'll never forget the feeling of dismay when my mother-in -law used the quilt I made her as a camping blanket. It took a while, but I came to realize I was raised in a family where home made was preferred over store bought. She was raised in the opposite. Neither is right or wrong just different. I now buy her gifts and we're both happy.

The Calico Quilter said...

I chalk it up to lack of education. If you can't do anything like sew you have no idea what it entails and can't respect the amount of effort the giver put into it. Plus, the flood of foreign made "quilts" (I use the quote marks intentionally) for $49.95 at the local discount store has dulled people's understanding about what goes into making a quilt. I cringe when I realize they probably can't see the difference.

RevPam said...

I hand quilted a Trip Around the World quilt and gave it to my 12 year old mentally disabled son. The next time I saw it it was full of holes where he had broken open batteries and poured the acid on the quilt.