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Thread: Do you finish your "DUDS"? And where do they go?

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    Super Member willferg's Avatar
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    I figure I only have so much quilting time in me, so I hate to waste it on something I really don't enjoy working on. In the past, I offered some for free on this board. It made me feel good to know they'd be finished and it freed me up to pursue quilts I do enjoy...
    People who start projects and never finish them are cooler
    than people who never start projects at all.


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    Senior Member QuiltNama's Avatar
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    Duluth/ Superior, WI
    I would finish and give away. A few years ago my guild did a 2 1/2" strip exchange that we turned into 9 patches. Everyone did their own layout with the blocks. Well...I did not like the fabric colors, the blocks or the layout I chose
    but forged ahead anyway and finished the quilt. As I was finishing the last of the binding, my middle daughter saw it
    and fell in love with the quilt. Needless to say she ended up with it and the quilt has it's own place on the back of her
    couch. It's their snuggle quilt that everyone uses every night to lay under while watching tv. What was ugly to me is
    a favorite with her family.

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    Power Poster mighty's Avatar
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    Upland CA
    Finish it, donate someone will love it!!!!!!

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    Super Member nygal's Avatar
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    New York
    I don't finish duds. I've had more in knitting then in my quilting. But once it is no longer enjoyable I put it aside for another day or no day at all.
    When it seems like the world is falling to pieces remember that the pieces are falling into place. We are nearing closer to the End Times.

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    Power Poster dunster's Avatar
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    Do think you would like it more with black sashing? That often gives a piece a whole new look. I finish everything, whether I'm totally happy with it or not. Usually it looks a lot better when the quilting is finished. Having some time away from it usually makes me appreciate it more too. And donation quilts are always welcome.

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    Super Member KalamaQuilts's Avatar
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    May 2011
    SW Washington USA
    I disassembled two and put the fabric back in my stash. They were just never going to get completed

    I have a Blackbird Designs applique project I've been walking around and thinking about all morning. It is probably 3/4 finished. I'm thinking if any of my quiltie besties would like to trade it for something they are tired of.

    I don't like UFO's hanging over my head so I seldom have any.

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    Power Poster Mariposa's Avatar
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    Eastern Washington
    Like others, I'd suggest that you finish it up. If you still don't like it, there are many worthy charities that would be so happy to have it!
    Be a blessing to others, as you may entertain angels unaware!

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    Super Member NikkiLu's Avatar
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    I have a quilt in my closet that will never see the light of day, ever again. It is my very first quilt and I did not take the advice of my sister-in-law, who told me to start with an easy pattern. I took a pieced block and altered it and appliqued it to a white square block and sewed them all together - no seams matched and no points were pointy. Put the top away for 30+ years. Then my BFF was selling her long-arm machine and called me the very last day and asked if I had any tops that I wanted quilted as she had some batting left. So, I hurridly gathered up this quilt top and a few others and she quilted them for me with an easy panto. It was just as bad 30+ years later, so put it back in my closet, without any binding. Guess that I should cut off the backing and batting and put some sort of binding on it and give it to somebody needy. But, just too embarassed.
    Nikki in MO

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    Super Member Scissor Queen's Avatar
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    Southwest Kansas
    Quote Originally Posted by Lori S View Post
    I just finished sqaures for a quilt top , a large enough for a full/queen bed. I know just by looking at the sqaures on the wall , I will not like this any better once its done. Its been a long time since I made a quilt I really did not like. I usually use very small pieces for my scrap quilts. This time I used larger pieces as my scrap pile was just getting too large and smaller pieces would not help me to get the pile more manageable in a timely manner.
    It seems like a bad idea to put money into the batting and backing that could be used for a more appealing quilt.
    This is one of the situations where the tried and true methods should not have been abandoned.. SO my questions is what to you do with the DUDS? Do you finish ? What happened to your DUD?

    Is it something you could use for a background and add giant applique over it?

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    Senior Member Rebecca_S's Avatar
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    Can you put the squares together and use them as the backing of your next quilt?

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