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April's QCA Members Survey Contest: What do you want your quilting legacy to be?

This month’s survey question is “What legacy would you like to leave through your love of quilting?” Tell us how you hope to (or already do) touch others with your quilting and you could win a $10 gift certificate to the Keepsake Quilting online store.

To participate in this month’s contest, simply scroll down and post your answer in "Add a Comment" box below. Winning responses are picked at random from all of the entries we receive. We'll give you until May 10th to reply and will announce the winners here in mid May.

CONGRATULATIONS to our April winners: Ida Hansen, Joyce Owens and Reenie Ritter!


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Ally wrote re: April's QCA Members Survey Contest: What do you want your quilting legacy to be?
on Thursday, 14 April 2011, 1:47 PM

I hope that everyone that receives a quilt from me knows that it was made with love especially for that person. They will always feel that love when they are wrapped up in the quilt.

Sue wrote re: April's QCA Members Survey Contest: What do you want your quilting legacy to be?
on Friday, 15 April 2011, 9:30 PM

When I give the quilts away and the person comes back and tells me they sleep with quilt every night or a quilt goes to a child and mom tells they take the quilt with them every where, it warms my heart. I make strip quilts fast and easy and I give them friends and family when some one passes and the love them. How much thought and love went into the quilts.

Diana wrote re: April's QCA Members Survey Contest: What do you want your quilting legacy to be?
on Saturday, 16 April 2011, 7:03 AM

I love to give quilts to charity.  I've given some to hospice, some to be raffled and proceeds to go to the local food bank, etc.  All of the family has at least one.  Babies when their born or brides when they get married.  One soon to be bride just got her's at her bridal shower.  I couldn't be there but I know she loved it.  I guess everyone wanted to steal it and she hugged it and wouldn't allow it to grow legs and walk off..hehe  I'm blessed and feel warm when they love them, but know that the people who I don't know who are snuggling under my quilts are also being blessed.

Barbara wrote re: April's QCA Members Survey Contest: What do you want your quilting legacy to be?
on Sunday, 17 April 2011, 10:01 AM

To me this means keeping my loved ones warm in the winter , to be able to wrap up in a quilt and be safe when watching a scary movie, to know that I put all the love and skill I have to make my passion of quilting as much a part of me as the people and loved ones I make them for. When I'm long gone they can say ,"I remember when she made this ",and pass it on to the next generation with lots of good stories ..  Barbara

TheQuiltDaddy wrote re: April's QCA Members Survey Contest: What do you want your quilting legacy to be?
on Sunday, 17 April 2011, 6:35 PM

I came, I quilted and I left a lot of myself for others to enjoy. My family will hopefully be kept warm for years after I am gone and to the charities I helped I hope my quilts brought comfort to those in need when they needed it the most.

Reenie wrote re: April's QCA Members Survey Contest: What do you want your quilting legacy to be?
on Monday, 18 April 2011, 12:55 PM

That I made the quilt especially for them because I loved them.

Angele wrote re: April's QCA Members Survey Contest: What do you want your quilting legacy to be?
on Monday, 18 April 2011, 9:49 PM

As I work on a quilt with someone specific in mind, I usually think about that person most of the time.  So when I give the quilt , I hope that the person receiving that quilt will feel how much I care and love them.  I hope they will feel the warmth, and caring I put in each and every quilt.  I do put much of me in every one of my quilt.

Deloris wrote re: April's QCA Members Survey Contest: What do you want your quilting legacy to be?
on Tuesday, 19 April 2011, 8:33 AM

I hope all enjoy my quilts as much as I enjoyed making them. I hope they remember how special they were to me and the love I put in each quilt.

Martisgran wrote re: April's QCA Members Survey Contest: What do you want your quilting legacy to be?
on Wednesday, 20 April 2011, 12:18 AM

I would like to pass on my love of quilts that my mother passed to me. I want my daughter, granddaughter, nieces and even my son and nephews to know what goes into making a handmade quilt because I don't want this craft to disappear. I realize and am thankful for quilting machines but I am still partial to quilting by hand.

pjw wrote re: April's QCA Members Survey Contest: What do you want your quilting legacy to be?
on Wednesday, 20 April 2011, 10:39 AM

I hope to pass on that unequivacle feeling of the legacy, the history, the lives of the quilts that have gone on before to continue and preserve that unbroken connection to quilters past and present who share the passion, the emotion that makes us quilters

phaganj wrote re: April's QCA Members Survey Contest: What do you want your quilting legacy to be?
on Wednesday, 20 April 2011, 2:31 PM

My mother was a beautiful seamstress and in her 50s taught herself to quilt.  She made quilts for her grandchildren and many others throughout the years.  The day she died our son and daughter-in-law announced that they were expecting their first child, my mothers first great-grandchild.  As I was cleaning out her sewing room I found two large cabinets full of fabric.  I sorted through the fabric donated some to her quilting club at church and took the rest home.  I made a quilt for our grandson (my first quilt) using fabric from her stash.  I have since made quilts for my other two grandsons and a grandnephew using some of her stash.  Eight years later I am hooked on quilting and continue to incorprate some of her stash in quilts for family members.  As I make the quilts I ask mom to watch over the person that the quilt will go to.  On the label I let the person know that part of the quilt is from mom/grandma/great-grandma despending on who is receiving the quilt.

j.ya.owens@hotmail.com wrote re: April's QCA Members Survey Contest: What do you want your quilting legacy to be?
on Friday, 22 April 2011, 11:13 AM

I hope that the quilts I have made and given to family and friends becomes like an old family friend, loved and cherished.  Each new grandchild receives a quilt when they are born made especially for them.  The label welcomes them to the family, details birth information and that the quilt was made by grandma.  Many of those quilts have been loved almost to death.

chocomaniac1951@yahoo.com wrote re: April's QCA Members Survey Contest: What do you want your quilting legacy to be?
on Tuesday, 26 April 2011, 3:39 PM

I have no children, but my cousin's daughters are like my own.  I made a quilt for the oldest when she was married two years ago, and now the youngest is engaged, and I've started on one for her.  I can't wait until they have children to make them quilts as well.  I just want my quilts to go with them through life and wrap them in warmth and love from me.

JoAnne wrote re: April's QCA Members Survey Contest: What do you want your quilting legacy to be?
on Tuesday, 26 April 2011, 8:03 PM

There are many, many men, women and children out there who have received "hugs" from me in the quilts I have made.  Nearly every quilt I make is made for charity.  That's my quilting legacy.  Besides, the more quilts I make for charity, the more I can buy and play with beautiful fabric!

pepsi wrote re: April's QCA Members Survey Contest: What do you want your quilting legacy to be?
on Tuesday, 26 April 2011, 8:19 PM

I want all my grandkids to have one for them and anouther for their children whenever and the other I would like to make and give to our animal clinic here that places dogs and cat s ( any type of quilt as they have a silent auction and the money goes to help the orphen animals . I went this year and their were NO quilts of any kind.

barbsp wrote re: April's QCA Members Survey Contest: What do you want your quilting legacy to be?
on Tuesday, 26 April 2011, 8:55 PM

I have a rare disease called Takayasus Arteritis. It causes the Aorta and its branches to calcify. I have gotten new medication three years ago and have not needed any surgeries. Before that I had two major surgeries a year for eight years. My family has been with me every step of the way. Through surgeries and all the problems my illness brings. My legacy is to make a quilt for each one of them. I want others to know that in spite of my difficulties there are things I can do and want to do. I want this to encourage others to have the same strengths. I want to show others that they too can go on. My love for all my family will show in the quilts I make.

patanne wrote re: April's QCA Members Survey Contest: What do you want your quilting legacy to be?
on Tuesday, 26 April 2011, 10:28 PM

I got into quilting seriously in 1999 when I was diagnosed with a rare disease.  I didn't think I'd live to see my young sons graduate high school, or my daughter on her wedding day. So I made them inspirational quilts to remember me by.  My daughter has intertwined wedding bands called "Your big day", my son has flying geese called "Discovery", and my youngest son has a star quilt called "Superstar".  As young adults they treasure their quilts. I'm still here making quilts for my future grandchildren, and not taking any day for granted. I want my quilt legacy for my children and their children to feel my deep love through the quilts I've made them.

Fiona41254 wrote re: April's QCA Members Survey Contest: What do you want your quilting legacy to be?
on Tuesday, 26 April 2011, 10:40 PM

I want people to know they are someone special to me if they recieved a quilt made by me.

Darlene wrote re: April's QCA Members Survey Contest: What do you want your quilting legacy to be?
on Wednesday, 27 April 2011, 6:10 AM

I'd like to leave the legacy of the art of quilting. The individuality, creativity, and loving comfort of being able to sleep under a work of art knowing that someone you love loved you enough to make it for  you.

Connie Wells wrote re: April's QCA Members Survey Contest: What do you want your quilting legacy to be?
on Wednesday, 27 April 2011, 7:52 AM

I have been quilting since the 80's and enjoyed every quilt I have made.  My quilts have always been for a family member or friend.  I enjoy making the quilts and try to make something that I think they feel is especially for them and has a connection to pattern/design I choose to make in their quilt.  I love "old" and collectible things. They have a history and I hope the quilts I have made will someday be passed down in their families and have a history for someone new.  These quilts have been made with love of pattern, love of colors and a special place in my heart for each recipent of the quilts. So whether or not I am remembered, I hope my quilts touch someone with love.

Connie Wells wrote re: April's QCA Members Survey Contest: What do you want your quilting legacy to be?
on Wednesday, 27 April 2011, 7:52 AM

I have been quilting since the 80's and enjoyed every quilt I have made.  My quilts have always been for a family member or friend.  I enjoy making the quilts and try to make something that I think they feel is especially for them and has a connection to pattern/design I choose to make in their quilt.  I love "old" and collectible things. They have a history and I hope the quilts I have made will someday be passed down in their families and have a history for someone new.  These quilts have been made with love of pattern, love of colors and a special place in my heart for each recipent of the quilts. So whether or not I am remembered, I hope my quilts touch someone with love.

Ellen wrote re: April's QCA Members Survey Contest: What do you want your quilting legacy to be?
on Wednesday, 27 April 2011, 8:14 AM

About 10 years ago a major document I had spent days working on was deleted by the computer.  At that point I knew I needed to work on something that was truly lasting.  Since then I have made a bed-size quilt for everyone of the teen girls I work with in International Order of the Rainbow for Girls.  I have heard from many of their mothers that the girls each treasure their quilts.  For me it is about knowing that the girls will know they are loved and can't be "erased" by a computer keystroke.

Donna Lynn Wielinski wrote re: April's QCA Members Survey Contest: What do you want your quilting legacy to be?
on Wednesday, 27 April 2011, 9:10 AM

The only quilting legacy I'd want to leave are the friends, neighbors and relatives I've managed to talk into trying quilting; knowing that they love it and seeing the joy in their eyes as they work on their quilts.

Linda Lou wrote re: April's QCA Members Survey Contest: What do you want your quilting legacy to be?
on Wednesday, 27 April 2011, 9:30 AM

I have a small group of ladies (6 of us now) who make quilts for the homeless.  It is my fervent prayer that those who receive a quilt that I have made, will know that he or she is loved by God and by others.  We have been making quilts for about 18 months using only donated material that has been given to us by friends and strangers alike.  We have never run out of material.  I also want to leave this legacy of the joy of quilting to my daughter, daughter-in-law and granddaughter, that they might someday also know the pleasure in quilting for others.

wendyjosa68 wrote re: April's QCA Members Survey Contest: What do you want your quilting legacy to be?
on Wednesday, 27 April 2011, 9:35 AM

I have a sunlight and shadows quilt that I am hand quilting to give to a first grandaughter with hand designed quilting stenciled unicorn heads in the center like jacks on a playing card and unicorn mini heads in each block. It will be a big girl quilt since like most of my quilts it was planned as a twin size but finished out for a queen/king. sooo bad with planning these things...lol

Marge (AKA Dimples) wrote re: April's QCA Members Survey Contest: What do you want your quilting legacy to be?
on Wednesday, 27 April 2011, 9:38 AM

Since I make a lot of quilts for various charities, I would like to know that I have left behind lots of people cuddled under quilts that under normal circumstances might have gone cold.  I hope they feel all of the love that was put into them so that they literally feel wrapped in love.  

Vicky Heintzman wrote re: April's QCA Members Survey Contest: What do you want your quilting legacy to be?
on Wednesday, 27 April 2011, 10:25 AM

I plan to make a quilt for each member of my family and hope that they will be passed down to the next generation.  They're like prayer shawls - full of loving thoughts as they are created and will provide warmth and comfort and hopefully happy memories of me as they enjoy them through the years.

grannybear1942@aol.com wrote re: April's QCA Members Survey Contest: What do you want your quilting legacy to be?
on Wednesday, 27 April 2011, 10:31 AM

I hope that my children, grandchildren and great-grant children can feel the love that was stitched into the quilts that were made especially for them.  Besides their baby quilts, I made them crazy quilts and included materials from all their grandparents and great grandparents.  I also made a little booklet, with pictures of each and if possible included a picture of them in the clothes that I used for their fabric.  I also quilt "love granny" into each and every quilt I make.  The rest of my quilts and given as gifts or as memorials for a lost loved one.

sjclee@charter.net wrote re: April's QCA Members Survey Contest: What do you want your quilting legacy to be?
on Wednesday, 27 April 2011, 10:46 AM

In addition to leaving a legacy create a current gift for someone you don't know. I have quilters to be very generous. I have donated quilts I love to Relay for LIfe for use by cancer patients, to St. Jude's Hospital, to auctions for youth camps and area ministries, veterans' groups, and a couple of navy associations.  It's great to know that in some small way I am giving comfort to others.

cwilson3 wrote re: April's QCA Members Survey Contest: What do you want your quilting legacy to be?
on Wednesday, 27 April 2011, 12:47 PM

I want my quilting legacy to be that the person who receives anything I have made finds joy and a sense of peace in knowledge that  with each stitch sewed was done so with them in mind.  My first quilt was for a friend of mine dying of brain cancer.  As I sewed it, I hoped she would find comfort in its warm,  and would smile and find joy in it's bright colors and the cats (which she loved)  The next quilt I made was a baby quilt for my first granddaughter.  As I sewed it I thought of her playing on it and dragging it around until it was tattered.  Each quilt gift is given for different phases and celebrations of life.

Leslie wrote re: April's QCA Members Survey Contest: What do you want your quilting legacy to be?
on Wednesday, 27 April 2011, 7:24 PM

I want my quilting legacy to be that the person who is wrapped in one of my quilts will feel all the love that was sewn into it.  

Judi wrote re: April's QCA Members Survey Contest: What do you want your quilting legacy to be?
on Wednesday, 27 April 2011, 8:48 PM

I hope my quilting leaves a story of life at the tirn of this century for my descendents and others who come after.  I have quilted thorough the loss of my son on September 11th, the challenges of my parents' illnesses and deaths, the joys of my older sons's weddings and the birth, joy and toddlerhood of my granddaughter.  Quilting is life and life must go on.  Quilting is the story of our lives.

MåMå wrote re: April's QCA Members Survey Contest: What do you want your quilting legacy to be?
on Wednesday, 27 April 2011, 9:42 PM

When someone with a dread disease calls me in tears telling how much the charity quilt he/she just received meant to him/her, words can not describe the emotion that envelopes me.  I thank the Lord daily that I have the strength and finances to make someone's day brighter with the work of my almost 80 year old hands.

Laura wrote re: April's QCA Members Survey Contest: What do you want your quilting legacy to be?
on Wednesday, 27 April 2011, 10:30 PM

I'm sitting here with a quilt hand pieced and quilted by my grandmother and mom. It is in bad need of repair, and I am starting to work on that. I remember watching them as a child, with the quilt frame set up in the basement working away on this particular quilt, and I can pick out different pieces of fabric from dresses of mine and my sister. I would play underneath the frame with my dolls while they quilted. It brings back wonderful memories of my grandmother and my mom. I want my quilting legacy to be the same, that when I'm gone, my children and grandchildren will sit wrapped in a worn and well used quilt that was made specially for them, and they will have wonderful memories of things we had done together.

Marie wrote re: April's QCA Members Survey Contest: What do you want your quilting legacy to be?
on Wednesday, 27 April 2011, 11:27 PM

I want to leave a legacy of love.  When my grandkids are old I want them to remember that Memaw loved them and made a quilt just for them.  Everytime they get under that quilt and are warm, I want them to know that they are loved.

MICHELLES-2 wrote re: April's QCA Members Survey Contest: What do you want your quilting legacy to be?
on Thursday, 28 April 2011, 11:47 AM

I want those who receive a quilt from me to know that they are appreciated and loved.  While snuggled in the quilt, I want them to know hours were spent on them considering them and all they do and that heartfelt prayers were lifted up for them.  As a result, my quilts are sent with a little story about them.  (In the story I tell them any of the fun details regarding the quilt's making (like the fact that most of the materials may have been picked up on the Southern California Quilt Run).  I tell them why this specific quilt was made for them and what I was thinking/praying about them as the quilt was made.  I tell them why they are special & receiving the quilt.  I tell them the name of the quilt and how to care for it.)

Teri wrote re: April's QCA Members Survey Contest: What do you want your quilting legacy to be?
on Thursday, 28 April 2011, 4:05 PM

My legacy will be that others received warm and lovingly made quilts. I donate most of mine via the service committee of my local guild. Usually lap quilts that go to the local Vets hospital in Iowa City IA. They may not know me but they really do appreciate them.

Linda L. wrote re: April's QCA Members Survey Contest: What do you want your quilting legacy to be?
on Friday, 29 April 2011, 7:27 PM

I hope my legacy will be that I used my time and talents to create and give to those in need.

mhairi wrote re: April's QCA Members Survey Contest: What do you want your quilting legacy to be?
on Saturday, 30 April 2011, 9:00 AM

For both my children to know the love that was sewn into their quilts and to carry my passion for the craft into their lives.

lalamb wrote re: April's QCA Members Survey Contest: What do you want your quilting legacy to be?
on Saturday, 30 April 2011, 7:59 PM

That my family would be proud of all the Charity Quilts I was involoved in.  That my true passion was teaching and being challenged to reach higher abilities with each quilt I made.  My love to learn from every quilter I met, even if it was to learn what not to do.  lol  How I met and learned the long arm quilting machine.

Eileen wrote re: April's QCA Members Survey Contest: What do you want your quilting legacy to be?
on Sunday, 1 May 2011, 8:37 AM

My great aunt loves to knit & crochet and has made something for just about every family member. I still have a small afghan she made for me when I was a child (it's over 30 years old) and I treasure it.  I hope the quilts I make, like the ones for my nieces and nephews, will be treasured the same way. What makes quilting worthwhile for me is the happy smile on the face of a relative when I give them a quilt - I know I did a good job when they like it.

Gerri wrote re: April's QCA Members Survey Contest: What do you want your quilting legacy to be?
on Monday, 2 May 2011, 9:44 PM

What I want my quilting legacy to be is a memorial to my mother, who have taught me so much about sewing and creating unique treasures. That those who receive the quilts are blessed with the knowledge that I was a better person because of who they were in my life. Finally, I would like my legacy to be an example of doing something you enjoy doing just for pleasure and having fun doing it.

Carol Vondruska wrote re: April's QCA Members Survey Contest: What do you want your quilting legacy to be?
on Wednesday, 4 May 2011, 9:24 AM

I would like my quilting legacy to be a memory of love and caring. To me, a quilt is visible love. The majority of my quilts are made for special people in my life. i hope that the quilts will be a reminder of love long after I am gone. I treasure the quilts that have been made by my relatives as evidence of their love and care for their part of the family story.  

Bianca wrote re: April's QCA Members Survey Contest: What do you want your quilting legacy to be?
on Sunday, 8 May 2011, 6:08 AM

I want my legacy to be, that my loved ones own quilts I made, and see my love reflected in them. I also want my daughters to remember the times we quilted together, and the techniques I taught them. I want the people that received my "love offerings" through Quilts for Kids, and James Cancer Center to be comforted, and feel loved.

marlemom wrote re: April's QCA Members Survey Contest: What do you want your quilting legacy to be?
on Wednesday, 11 May 2011, 11:13 PM

My answer reflects what most of the other quilters have said. My legacy will reflect the love and time spent in making the recipient the best quilt I could make for them. Someday I hope they will realize the effort and time spent not just in making the quilt, but also picking out the colors, pattern and appropriate theme for them. I hope they snuggle up and are comforted by the love that was put into them.

Betty wrote re: April's QCA Members Survey Contest: What do you want your quilting legacy to be?
on Tuesday, 14 June 2011, 12:32 PM

I would like to hear my family members saying "My Grandma made this special for me"  I put so much love, thoughts and feelings when stitching, I would like them to know how I feel.  I have received many thank you notes from charities that I have given gifts to and that also makes me feel very special.  My DD has helped me become a good quilter.

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