Whether hand sewn or machine quilted, making a quilt is a labor of love that lasts long after the quilt is finished and been gifted it to someone special.
A lot of time, effort, and yes money has been put into that quilt with countless hours spent in front of your quilting machine to make it just right for the recipient.
You’re proud of that quilt lovingly made on a machine like the Juki HZL-DX7 and feel its sentimentality long before it’s given away, right?
If you then see that it’s not being well cared for or even being used at all, it can be really disappointing; however, a few tactful things can be done to help the situation.
You will be doing a great service to both you and the recipient by giving them a little information about this gift and here are some scenarios to learn from!
Yes, That Gift Quilt Was Made To Be Used
Many times, recipients of handmade gift quilts are afraid to use them.
Many people believe that special gift or heirloom quilts are to be treasured and protected and handed down not used because that could damage them.
So the helpful thing to with your machine quilted gift is to tell the recipient that the quilt was designed and sewn to be used.
Whether you learn the quilt has been tucked away or see that being done, explain that it was made durable to be used as a cozy, comfy blanket that will give years of pleasure.
No, That Gift Quilt Was Made to Be Displayed
On the other hand, when you’ve made an heirloom quilt that really wasn't designed for use, don’t shriek in horror if the quilt is being dragged around outside by one of the kids.
The only polite thing to do is mention that this specific quilt was made to be hung up and displayed and is not so durable that it can withstand too much washing.
Show them how to properly display that quilt and then offer to make another one that can be used regularly.
Your display piece has been saved and now have an excuse to start a new quilt project!
Explain Proper Quilt Care
The other problem possibly encountered is the recipient is not taking proper care of the handmade quilt gift they were given which can affect its condition and how long it will last before it starts to fall apart.
Tactfully intervene by explaining how the quilt made on a Juki HZL-DX7 should be cared for so that it can last as long as possible.
Provide washing and drying instructions and other pertinent notes about how to properly store it when not in use to prevent the threads and fibers from becoming damaged or getting moth-eaten.
Avoid Gift Giving Disappointment - Tell Them!
No matter what the purpose the beautiful machine-made quilt was made to serve, it’s important to tell the recipient upfront what should and shouldn’t be done with it.
One of the best ways to do that is by including a handwritten tag on the gift quilt that explains your vision of how the quilt that was carefully made on your quilting machine should receive appropriate care.
Clue in the recipient as to whether the quilt should be used or displayed based on how it was sewn as well as how to properly take care of it, everyone will be happier.
Then breathe a sigh of relief while the recipient of your beautiful and sentimental gift can enjoy it fully in the way that was originally intended!