Sunday, May 3, 2009

How Many Quilts Is Enough?

This is a must share that I've already told a few blog friends about but would love to hear your reaction. As I showed DH the latest quilt off the longarm he says, "Who's is that one?" I promptly told him mine. He looks at me, tosses a glance around the room and says, "Mary, don't you think we have enough?" Now I pose the question...how many quilts is enough? Are you laughing? If he only knew how many are on the bucket list!

As always I'm willing to share news about giveaways. This may be common knowledge to a few of you and others not. But every single day the Missouri Star Quilt Co. has a Deal of Day featured. They also have a free weekly giveaway. Did you know that? This week's freebie is a Recipe of Friendship charm pack. To enter the drawing go to the community section of the website. A question is usually asked for the weekly drawing, however this week all they want is a photo of your fabric stash. Here's my entry....I wasn't wasting time cleaning it up! This is a one side few of the walk in closet upstairs. Alot of the books you see are old...template days old!



46 comments:

W. Latane Barton said...

You have enough quilts made when your soul is filled, your creativity satisfied and the fingers just won't work anymore.

So, you tell that DH that no, you have no way near enough quilts.

Millie said...

Mary, I think I will never get to the point when I will say I made enough quilts. I cannot imagine my life without quilting and quilts.
My husband too think we have enough quilts en I have way too many fabrics. I so disagree with him!

Darlene said...

There are never enough quilts!!! Never, ever! I have a huge pile of finished quilts but you should see the pile of flimsies - it's very, very large. LOL

My husband just laughs and says - "what's next". LOL

Anne said...

If you find out how many is enough...let me know. Your stash looks awfully tidy to me. I better get to mine and organize a bit more.

Janet said...

And another comment I often get is what do you do with them all? It's the journey not the destination.

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

Enough? Really? What does he suggest you do with all that fabric?

I sure hope you don't stop making quilts. I think he'd be out-voted anyway.

Fiesta said...

Mary I have actually been thinking about this all weekend. Could we also dare say that we maybe are compulsive obsessive in nature, hoarding fabric, making tons of quilts, books, magazines?
I have the same problem with gardening. Too many plants in not enough land. So , I am going to take a leap and say that maybe I suffer from obsessiveness but who is it hurting?

Pat said...

There are worse things we could all be doing....so I say quilt up a storm and manage to get as many quilts made as you can!!!

Linda said...

Mary, I'm with you there. We never have enough quilts , but will we ever get thru all of our fabric.

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

What a silly question, husbands can be that way sometimes!

Maggie A said...

Can you believe such a question?????????????
I have had people say they only make a quilt if they have a use/need for it. How sad. The joy is in the making and I love every step of it.

Dawn Heese said...

Mary, you can never have enough quilts. I couldn't possibly live long enough to make all the quilts I have in my head. It's more about the journey.

Kim said...

Well I am just speechless! My hubby simply asks what I'm going to do with the latest creation, wondering if it's staying to live with us or going elsewhere, but he hasn't asked if we don't already have enough quilts...yet. It just hasn't occurred to me that I should have enough quilts. Hmm. Hard to get my head around that. Fiesta has a good point. I wonder about what is enough, but I don't know the answer to that question - I suspect that when I am no longer on this earth, then it will be all for me, but never enough.

Chris@Cats On My Quilts said...

My husband and I have had this same discussion. He collects pieces of random wood and I ask him "How much wood can you possible need?" and then he asks me how many quilts can one person possible need. We seem to have reached an understanding.

Tozz said...

You have enough quilts made when your soul is filled, your creativity satisfied and the fingers just won't work anymore.

I love that what W.Latane Barton said. It is really so true and I love your stash. :) Keep on stashing and sewing :)

Vivian said...

I've been reading through all these wonderful comments, and I keep nodding my head and smiling. Everyone has put into words my feelings too. We love the process as much as the finished quilt, and most of us probably have enough plans and supplies to last several lifetimes. What a joyous hobby we have!

Gayle said...

Thanks for sharing about the giveaway - I'm not at all familiar with that site so I'm off to check it out!

miniaturequilter said...

There is always new quilt patterns and colors or fabric you want to work with, It never grows old. Maybe some creative rearranging and he wont realize how many you are collecting. Besides if that doesn't work, that fact that they increase in value and are a wonderful heirloom to your kids/neices/nephews/grandchildren someday.

Rebecca P said...

Mary, I don't think I will reach "enough" in my life time. There will always be new patterns to try, new fabric I fall in love with, new techniques I want to learn.
Rebecca P

onlymehere said...

I've decided to quilt each top as I make them. I don't have a long-arm so this takes quite awhile and considerable expense to do. I just don't want my kids to inherit all these quilt tops and have to hire someone to quilt them and then someone to bind them! My husband just bears with me. Working a full-time job I don't get the tops done really fast so I guess he forgives me. I have signed up to learn how to machine quilt on my machine so I can do table runners and small things on my own and not have to pay someone. I say you can never have enough quilts. I'm at a stage in life where the kids are marrying off and starting to have kids. I need to have a quilt stash going so I have one ready when they're ready!! I really like what W. Latane Barton said in the comment though and agree with it whole heartedly!!

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Hi Mary, I don't think there is never an amount you could put on the quilts that you can have. Isn't it funny the next one you do is usually your favorite.
Thank you for sharing all of your finds with us. I'm off to the site.
Keep Stitchen'
Bonnie

Suzanne said...

How many is enough. Hmmmm. Ahem. Perhaps I'm not the person to ask...

Meredith said...

Actually my Dh supports and encourages my quilting "habit". Our male friends always ask for updates on my quilting and ask me for a show and tell every time they come over. So I would say I can't answer your question. Everybody around me supports my quilting and a few are hinting they need a quilt made by me. This holiday season I hope to grant a few. Plus the there are the breast cancer and other quilts I make and give away.................:)

The Quilt Buddy said...

How many quilts is enough?

Hmmm...please tell Mr. Hollow that there is now such thing as "enough quilts"! I guess that "enough" is as many as I can make or dream up in my head.

So basically, "enough" is never "enough".

HUGS!

Stina said...

:o).. Hubbys are all the same from all over the world... why dont they get it!!!! There is no such word "enough quilts, pillows , stitcheries or whatever" !!!
Glad or not glad to hear soo many have the same problems with our DH´s .. but Im sure they love every one of our quilts!!! :o)

Sue said...

It's has nothing to do with how many! It's are you having fun making them? To me, that's what it's about just enjoying making them - when it's not fun anymore then you have enough quilts!

*karendianne. said...

I can't imagine having enough or too many quilts but I haven't been quilting all that long either. No one would ever ask.

Carrie P. said...

When you like to create beautiful things like us there are never too many quilts. Great stash. You sure do have a lot of books.

Karen said...

I am drooling over those shelves of fabric!
Let's see. How many is enough? Mmmmm! When you have to move outdoors to live because there is no room left inside. Yes, that would be enough.

Sherri said...

I, too, will never have enough quilts...because quilting is truly a journey that I love! Thanks for a wonderful post!

Sheri Howard said...

I tell my husband they are for bartering when times get bad...there isn't a family anywhere who wouldn't love a good quilt in trade for a winter's worth of fresh milk or eggs etc....however, I am fortunate, my husband never asks that.

Libby said...

*hmmmm* I don't think there is a number . . . . the list is already too long to ever complete *s*

Karen said...

Your DH is funny! What does he think your ever growing stash is for? :)

A Prairie Home said...

Mary,
I'm of the opinion that you can never have enough books or quilts!

~Erin

Linda C said...

This lovely poem can be found on Bonnie Hunters website, Quiltville,
and l think sums up the question perfectly. l sure hope Bonnie doesn't mind my sharing her poem.





How Many Quilts?

May 9, 2004:

After having been asked how many quilts I've made, who I'm making this one
for, or that one for or why, and how many quilts do I think I need....

I came to the following conclusion:

I am a creator, an artist, just as much as a painter is...

Does anyone ask a painter who he is painting for or why he is painting yet
another landscape? how many pictures/portraits he has painted? How many
canvases or paintings he needs?

NO!

Does a painter stop wanting to paint because he has reached some number that
symbolizes the end of his need to paint?
"okay, that's #100, I'm done now..."

I create because I am driven to create. My medium just happens to be fabric
and thread, instead of oil or acrylics on canvas..but I create for the same
reason..to express myself, to share myself, to experiment...
Even if the quilt doesn't have a purpose, a recipient, a reason.
Quilting is my voice.

I Quilt, Therefore I Am! *Ü*
Bonnie

Candace said...

I agree with everyone else - a girl can never have enough quilts! Maybe that was just your hubbys way of tellin you how much he likes it - LOL!!
Cheers!

Wendy said...

I have no idea how many will be enough. I love quilts and so do my girls. My girls all have quilts but are always wanting more and someday I hope to have grandchildren and maybe even grands.....they'll all need quilts so I'll just keep making them and the future generations can enjoy them too.

Gayle Bong said...

Yeah, funny question. But get this, I've had fellow quilters ask me the same question. Some people just don't get it.

Joyce said...

My husband has more paintings stored than I'll ever be able to make quilts, so he understands. He's more amazed when I give them away. He likes to keep his paintings. We both know that there are never enough.

Amy @ Park City Girl said...

I think your hubby needs a hobby of his own - then he may understand :) The need to create goes far beyond the # of quilts made.

Wendy said...

Good question...I will never have enough quilts as long as I can still cut, sew and dream about quilt I'll be making next.
You are so organized, I've been trying to organize my tiny little room, I think it's about the same size as your walk in closet...LOL

Lori in South Dakota said...

Have enough quilts? It's like asking if the world has had enough smiles, a child has had enough hugs, my family enough cookies! And when I am gone, I hope they pass out the quilts I've kept and people remember me. And all those quilts I've given away I hope are used and tattered and well loved.

Yaya and Papa said...

My husband and my sister already asked me that same question. (both think I am obsessed!--I say quilting is my passion!) I really don't have that many quilts--yet--since rejoining the quilt world about 5 yrs ago. I've made a lot of gifts lately and have a few WISP's for me...and many more on the to do list-so I'm no where near "enough quilts" yet!!

Sherry said...

I don't think we ever have enough quilts. As long as we love what we are doing, each & every one is different. I have found myself lately giving more away though. I have whipped out about 6 quilt tops in the past two months (not quilted yet) but hubby doesn't complain or say a word. My excuse for the overdrive on piecing & lack of quilting is I need to go buy batting. I do but those darn Moda precuts are making it hard for me to stop whipping up quilt tops! LOL

Barb said...

Wow, your stash is so nice and orderly....

Marisa said...

um, wow, you are a neat freak w/ your stash. impressive!