I think it's healthy to give some of our quilts away. There are years that I give less away than others 'cuz basically I'm a selfish person and want to keep them all to myself! Some quilts start out being made specifically for a certain person and other quilts kind of evolve into being someone else's quilt whether I intend for that to happen or not.*wink
My fall throw--
Bloom Where You Are Planted
This quilt quickly became someone else's quilt. The more I worked on it, the more I realized that it needed to go live somewhere else and nothing else would do for it. I think for me, it's like spreading a little love and appreciation around with those that I care about so usually I can come to terms with a quilt that's determined to ditch me. It's a balance though. I rarely give away a quilt that has seen hundreds of hours of detailed work. Once, years ago, I saw a quilt I had gifted laying on the floor for the dogs bedding. A favored dog for sure, but still, what a lesson. Once a quilt has been gifted, It's. Not. Ours. Anymore.
Perle Cotton around the applique
So that's why I tend to machine quilt the ones I give away--a few less hours involved in the making. I'm trying to get better at that and I've definitely discovered the joys of avoiding crossing over previously stitched areas. Umm... yeah, it's seems to help me eliminate the unsightly puckered look! lol
It finished up approx. 50" x 65"
I had a goal in mind to finish this quilt by Thanksgiving and then, well.., things changed. I decided to put a rush on things. Which turned out to be a good decision. I made it, I gave it and I cried. Quilts and friendships are a complicated thing, aren't they....