Thursday, April 8, 2021

A to Z Quilt Challenge: G = Gifts of Quilts

For the month of April, I have taken up Frédérique's Quilting Patchwork and Applique challenge to blog daily (except Sundays) on a quilt topic related to a letter of the alphabet.  

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Much like with charity quilts, quilters love to make quilts and give them away as Gifts.  My favorite gift quilts are:

Mug Rugs

These are great because they are small and can be made up quickly and are a great way to use up scraps.  They can also be personalized using the person's favorite colors or a theme.  

June Tailor has themed panel and quilt-as-you-go kits that can be used to start a mug rug off.   

Jewelry Rolls

The design for these came from Kim Ritter's "Quick Quilting" book although I added the "ring roll" inside of it to the design.  I've made one of these for each of my two closest friends.  

Baby and Kid's Quilts

Of course, if anyone is immediately "quilt worthy" it's a baby or young child!  I haven't made many over the years but each one was for a special little person in my life.

Quilts made for young sibling cousins of mine.

I made these last two for my sons when they were young.  I gathered together novelty prints of things they were interested in at the time.  These quilts were made using a serger and Kaye Woods "Six Hour Quilt" design.  Since my sons are in their twenties now, I guess I owe them some new quilts!

Personalized Quilts

Some of the most challenging and fun gift quilts are those I made to acknowledge an important moment in a family member's life or to celebrate a friend's interests.

This quilt was made for my husband's aunt when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.  Every time I see her she tells me she still uses it every day!

I made this quilt for a neighbor who likes to fish and shares their catch with our family.

This was a Kringle gift for my MIL's husband who was a big fan of westerns.  This became a comfort quilt for my MIL when he passed away last year.

This quilt was for a friend's husband who is a fan of Golf and the NY Mets baseball team.

(Truly) Gifted Quilts

Then there were those quilts originally made for myself but later passed on to someone else as a gift because it was admired or to comfort in a moment of illness.

Have you gifted many quilts to family or friends?  Do you like to make them a particular size?  Who in your life is considered "quilt worthy"?

Linking up with Frédérique and the other Challengers at Quilting Patchwork and Applique.  Bonne journée!


Frédérique - Quilting Patchwork Appliqué said...

All your projects are beautiful! Love your jewelry rolls, such a great idea and great gifts!
I love to make quilts for somebody, with her/his favorite colors in mind, interests, memories, so fun to create something unique!
Bonne journée à toi aussi ;))

Vireya said...

You've been generous with your quilt gifts! I have only made a small number as gifts, generally for special occasions. I made one for each of my parents for their 80th birthdays, and last year I gave my sister one for her 60th.