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

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    Super Member Lori S's Avatar
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    Do you finish your "DUDS"? And where do they go?

    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?

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    I often will mix them with other orphans to make a quilt for the homeless, they don't care what kind it is, just as long as it is warm. Other times I go ahead and finish as I planned and donate it to the homeless or a women's shelter. What you dislike others may love!
    Have a great day sewing and remember to "not sweat the small stuff"!!



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    Donation is great. Those going to soldiers are appreciated no matter what. Also local shelters for battered women or homeless families love them as well.
    Wayne & Gabriele, the married quilters.

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    I am wondering if you mix in other blocks to make it more attractive. I agree it can always become a charity quilt. I've made up some ugly polyester (given to me) into dog quilts .... they curl up on them so they must be somewhat attractive.
    Make it a scrappy happy day!

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    Do you feel like putting a pretty back on it and use it for FMQ practice? You can use it with the pretty back up on your bed, it will still keep you warm.

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    or give it to your local Charity shop. some sewer out there might love the quilt top.

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    A while back I made one of the ugliest quilts on the planet. I truly hated that quilt! That had never happened to me before and I was at a loss as to what to do with it. But in the end, I did finish it and I donated it through my church to a family in need. After many weeks, my Pastor took me aside and shared with me that that quilt had become a family treasure that the whole family would snuggle up under on chilly nights. (It went to a young couple with two very small children.)

    I can't tell you how happy that made me and how glad I was that I finished it. What I saw as ugly and useless someone else saw as beautiful and were busy using it to make memories.

    So I would suggest that you donate the quilt (whether finished or just the top or blocks for someone else to finish). It might just become someone else's treasure!

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    You could cut it in half use some inexpensive flannel for the batting and some ugly fabric for the back. Practice FMQ or birth it and tie it. Then you could donate to the local animal shelter.
    No one has ever become poor by giving. - Anne Frank
    Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Suzette316 View Post
    A while back I made one of the ugliest quilts on the planet. I truly hated that quilt! That had never happened to me before and I was at a loss as to what to do with it. But in the end, I did finish it and I donated it through my church to a family in need. After many weeks, my Pastor took me aside and shared with me that that quilt had become a family treasure that the whole family would snuggle up under on chilly nights. (It went to a young couple with two very small children.)

    I can't tell you how happy that made me and how glad I was that I finished it. What I saw as ugly and useless someone else saw as beautiful and were busy using it to make memories.

    So I would suggest that you donate the quilt (whether finished or just the top or blocks for someone else to finish). It might just become someone else's treasure!
    great story.I would finish it and donate it.
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/Upnorthcrafter

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    our senior quilting group takes donations of quilt tops to finish and donate to worthy community causes. and believe me, some of these have been real duds! they are still gratefully received for use by those with nothing.
    Nancy in western NY

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