hug quilts thoughts

Is there any reason we don't have a couple of hug quilts set back
in case of short order need? Sometimes we really could use a
hug that gets where it is going kind of quickly. I know it wouldn't be
as personal but in a case like the Gifford hug we could have had one
to her right away.
Just a thought.
Taria
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Taria
Or even if not a quilt, a top ready to be quilted, that way the outlay for backing, batting and binding only gets made when it is needed.
Lizzy
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Lizzy Taylor
Well I don't know about that - the personal touch is really heart- warming to me. The thought that we all contributed blocks with purple or lime green in them cuz it's a favourite colour of the Hugee is just something that you couldn't get from a standby HUG - just my thoughts.
Sharon (N.B.)
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Sharon
That's a very good idea Taria. We could use generally liked colours, with a fairly simple pattern. . In message , Taria writes
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Pat S
Yes, but ... ... Speed is often necessary, or at least helpful. They would still have the signatures on. . In message , Sharon writes
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Pat S
I've been thinking about this idea and had some misgivings at first but you know, it just might be a Very Good plan. As you've said, it wouldn't be as personal as others but the blocks would be signed. And there's probably a color that would/could be loved by any hug-ee. Blue? Is there anyone who doesn't love blue? ( DH loves any color so long as it's blue.) Polly
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Polly Esther
Going to play devil's advocate a bit....
When making a HUG quilt, the person who pulls it all together (who puts out the ask) generally bears the additional expense of adding sashing, borders, backing, batting, binding... Not an insignificant expense. They also put the lion's share of work into the quilt (although we do often get a volunteer long-arm quilt to volunteer their services).
If I am creating a HUG for someone I care deeply about, I generally know what colors, designs... etc I would like to give that would be meaningful to the recipient. To give something generic might not excite me enough to invest that kind of time & money.
Just a thought --
That said -- there very well could be times when a generic top could work.
Regarding Gabby's quilts, I have contacted the Hug requester a couple of times and received no response. From 2000 miles away -- not much else I can do. :-(
Kate in MI
Is there any reason we don't have a couple of hug quilts set back in case of short order need? Sometimes we really could use a hug that gets where it is going kind of quickly. I know it wouldn't be as personal but in a case like the Gifford hug we could have had one to her right away. Just a thought. Taria
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Kate in MI
And just sometimes, Hugs aren't quilts. I'm remembering when Pami first took ill and asked for ugly fabrics. The response to that one was wild and crazy and I enjoyed receiving and forwarding them to her. There was the Christmas after Hurricane Katrina when our daughter and son-in-law realized that they had no Christmas tree ornaments. Not the decorator stylish heirloom variety; the cherished ones of every manner and years of being displayed and loved. Rctq showered them with enough hugging ornaments to decorate their tree and their neighbor's who also was a survivor (and grateful to be one) but with an empty tree. I was just wondering if there's a list somewhere on whom we've hugged and if it mentions these also much-hugging hugs. Polly
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Polly Esther
The 'hug' I received was incredible -- pieces and blocks of fabric with all= kinds of flowers and packets of flower seeds. Coming after we lost 10 year= s of landscaping and beloved plants to a septic disaster, those hugs kept m= e going for a long time. I looked forward to the mail every day. And my hea= rt just sang. Yes, a quilt or two put back would be good for generic needs.= But I do believe the personal feeling put into each hug is what makes it h= ealing. Maybe we needa quilt to keep for ... strangers, or situations where= warmth and cuddling is needed really quick. But for us, for our friends an= d (okay I'm feeling a little teary here thinking about it) our RCTQ family,= I think we need to keep giving HUGS the same way as always. Things will ha= ppen. That's life. But we go on. Because that's what quilters do. :)
Love you all, Sunny
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Sunny
I've kept a list of the ones put out since I took on the list...
don't know if Karen kept one prior to that.
Kate in MI
And just sometimes, Hugs aren't quilts. I'm remembering when Pami first took ill and asked for ugly fabrics. The response to that one was wild and crazy and I enjoyed receiving and forwarding them to her. There was the Christmas after Hurricane Katrina when our daughter and son-in-law realized that they had no Christmas tree ornaments. Not the decorator stylish heirloom variety; the cherished ones of every manner and years of being displayed and loved. Rctq showered them with enough hugging ornaments to decorate their tree and their neighbor's who also was a survivor (and grateful to be one) but with an empty tree. I was just wondering if there's a list somewhere on whom we've hugged and if it mentions these also much-hugging hugs. Polly
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Kate in MI
ME!!!!! I absolutely ABHOR blue -- stuff like baby blue or sky blue. I like teal blue, turquoise blue, navy blue and can, on occasion, tolerate bright, jewel toned sapphire blue but that's it. The blue most of you think of when the color is mentioned is just plain icky, IMNSHO (R&D&H) !!! CiaoMeow >^;;^<
PAX, Tia Mary /\__/\
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Tia Mary
We have often been encouraged by the hug mistress to make ahead hug blocks of different colors and types in the 6" format so that they could be sent off quickly. That might be the best of both worlds. The hugs could be personalized in color or type but with a quick block deadline to speed the process. For myself I find if I don't make the block within the first two days of the request it doesn't get done. I will try to refill my hug block box so I have more on hand in the future. The idea worked well when the box was filled several years ago. Just need to continually replenish it.
I have found it comforting to have several throw quilts on hand ready to donate to various charities. Just this week I heard about a local craft sale to benefit a home being established for girls and women being rescued from the sex slave trade. It was nice to have something ready to donate because I would not have had the time to make anything. Making these throws for charity is so much fun because I can try new patterns and use fabric from my stash. The hard part is sticking to the fabric in the stash. It is so tempting to find half the fabric in the stash but then feel I must purchase the other half to have just the perfect quilt. Making do as early quilters would have done does not come naturally for me. Susan On Fri, 18 Nov 2011 10:28:15 -0800, "Taria" wrote:
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Susan Laity Price
Yes, Polly, I have been hugged on. Don't post much, but while in Chemo the call went out and I started receiving bits & pieces of all kinds and sizes and colors of fabrics.
The mail each day was a treat to look forward to, and I liked he idea that you all sent me a supply, just assuming I was going to be around to use them.
I have used very few and keep the rest of fondle, so I have a happy supply to see and a collection of sig blocks to remind me of good friends from 12 years ago.
Yes, quite a few are still here on the group.
Thanks all, and let's figure out a solution to the situation.
Anna Belle in Palm Bay
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Anna Belle
Yay for Tia Mary! I also dislike blue but use it when necessary in my quilts. Funny, but it turned out my new-to-me pick-up truck is a gorgeous shade of metallic sapphire blue. It's the closest to purple as a blue can be, so maybe that's why it delights me! ;-)
Leslie & The Furbabies in MO.
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Leslie & The Furbabies in MO.
That's called Brilliant Periwinkle -- LOL! Periwinkle is good because it is between blue & purple but not really either one :-). I will use blue also in my quilts -- heck I even make all blue quilts when called for. I have an adequate stash of blue fabrics -- I just don't buy anything else in that color. No clothes, no home dec stuff, nothing. You do realize, Leslie, that we are in the minority, don't you?? When I tell people I don't like blue, I get stunned looks from everyone. The only time the looks are more stunned is when I freely admit that I don't like little babies, have no desire to hold them or do any of the other cuddly things most women do. No I REALLY need to R&D&H -- LOLOL! As for having a "backlog" of Hug Quilts or quilt tops, I think that is a great idea. Those quilts would not be meant for our "members" but would be wonderful for instances like the present one when a quilt is needed for someone outside the group. CiaoMeow >^;;^<
PAX, Tia Mary
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Tia Mary
Wow! Here I thought I was alone in my dislike of blue! I only use blue when it's required for sky or water. I usually have to go buy it though.
Ms P
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Ms P
More heresy here..... I greatly dislike pastels. They are wimpy! VBG And muddy colors make me droop. I love deep saturated colors- rich purple, deep ruby, old gold, mysterious dark green, dramatic black. Maybe those colors just suit my Drama Queen tendencies??? LOL
Leslie & The Furbabies in MO.
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Leslie & The Furbabies in MO.
Maybe we'd better move on to Plan B. Do we have a Plan B? Polly
"Leslie & The Furbabies in MO." wrote More heresy here..... I greatly dislike pastels. They are wimpy! VBG And muddy colors make me droop. I love deep saturated colors- rich purple, deep ruby, old gold, mysterious dark green, dramatic black. Maybe those colors just suit my Drama Queen tendencies??? LOL
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Polly Esther
Ha! The closest I voluntarily get to pastels is light neutrals. Jewel tones, colors with some depth to them are my cup of tea. I do like to combine bold colors with darks too. It works marvelously well with counterpoint, which may explain why I am so fond of it. Country colors and muddy tones remind me too much of a particular art instructor I had way back when that insisted on students adding black to colors to make tints. It gave every painting a muddy look that I didn't care for at all.
NightMist
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NightMist

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