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Thread: Ok To Just Create the Tops?

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    Super Member charmpacksplus's Avatar
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    I've seen plenty of quilt tops for sale on ebay and etsy.
    I've sold a few tops at our guild "clean out your sewing room" sale.
    There's plenty more in my closet waiting on me to figure out how to quilt them :-)

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    Okay, I have an idea that may work for you. If it doesn't, just ignore it....but, if you enjoy the quilt tops and not the rest of the stuff, just make quilt tops, put a tiny hem around the outside and use them as they are. They could still lie on the top of a bed or sofa, they could cover a chair, they could decorate a wall. They wouldn't be real warm or anything, but that is what a blanket could be for. Your quilt tops are art. They don't have to be quilted in the sandwich thing to be enjoyed. You could even make the last border a bit larger so that if you ever change your mind, you could just cut off the tiny hem....I am thinking like a 1/4 inch hem, just turned under 1/4 inch and then another so there isn't any thread left to ravel.

    Just a thought.

    My best wishes go out to you and your husband.

    Dina

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    Dina is right, I think that would really work well!!! Make all the tops you want and enjoy what you do !!!!!!!!!

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    All of my handmade gifts are made by me; I made out the check for most. LOL If you have a guild in your town put out the word that you have tops that anyone learning how to machine quilt can use your quilt tops for practice and get your tops done free that way.
    Got fabric?

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    I agree, making tops is the fun part. I don't quilt my own, I have a friend that does long arm quilting and I have her quilt them. But, I have a huge tub full of just tops that may never get quilted. I also quilt for a charity that has long arm volunteers so I can do all the tops I want for them and have someone else quilt them. Maybe there is something like that where you live.

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    I know one lady that never quilts her own quilts. She sends them to a long arm quilter to be quilted.

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    If any of us told you "no," would that stop you? I would hope not. Do what you enjoy and leave the worries behind. That is definitely one thing that quilting helps me with--it's calming, soothing, and I enjoy the process. As others have said before me, there is more than one way to finish a top into a quilt--and remember, done is always always better than perfect. I will keep your husband in the light.
    Laurie in NYC

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    Sending my prayers to your husband and you. You have a right to do what you want with your tops. Just go for it. (((HUGS))). BrendaK
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    Absolutely!! Just fold the tops and stack them. Rotate which one is on top and enjoy them as if they were finished. Heck, I fold fabric and enjoy it - it's not even in a quilt yet, but I still love looking every time I pass by it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Belfrybat View Post
    Of course it is fine for you to do just tops. You might also want to ask around and see if you can find a longarmer who doesn't like to piece. You could piece a top for her in exchange for her quilting one of yours for you. That would be a win-win situation. Prayers ascending for your husbands full recovery.
    I was going to say that I agree 100%. Find someone who loves to actually do the quilting--they do exist. Really. I hope at least one person contacts you about the idea of an exchange. And praying for your hubby.

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