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Thread: What would you do if you made a quilt you hate?

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    Super Member Pzazz's Avatar
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    I so totally understand the love/hate thing. It took me about 4 yrs to complete a log cabin for my step-daughter. Partly because it was a surprise for her, so I had to put it all away every time she was at our house, partly because I did one of those "what WAS I thinking" things when I started it...I wanted 1 1/2 inch finished strips, but CUT the first few strips at 1 1/2 inches. :( Once I had that many I figured I would keep going. In the end, it was worth it as the pattern wouldn't look as distinct with larger strips. Then when it was all done and hanging for a picture, I didn't see my BIG oops until I looked at the pix...I had one block turned 90. At that point , I was NOT going to start ripping!!!!

    Hang in there....from the pic this really is a very beautiful quilt!!! Keep us posted on your progress.

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    I've been there, too.
    Just put it away or send to a machine quilter & you'll love it when you get it back.
    You just need a break from it.
    By the way..I think it's beautiful!!
    I can see the hard work that went into it!!

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    First of all, I think the quilt is very attractive. It is high contrast, and in a light room, it may read too dark.

    There are choices:
    You can finish it yourself (just bite the bullet and get it done).
    You can pay to have it finished.
    If you decide to keep it, you can change the decor of the room to work with the quilt colors.
    If you decide not to keep it, give it to the person who is just googoo-gaga over it (honest response - not fake).
    If you don't want to finish it AND you don't know anyone in your acquaintance, donate it to a guild that gives to charity. BTW: there are members on the QB who donate/finish work for assorted charities.

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    You're all most kind. I have put this StarFlower quilt aside a few times. I just brought it back out this a.m. after taking time away from it to make a machine embroidered quilt for a child and a pieced king sized top just for fun. I never had a moment doing either one where I was unhappy or frustrated with them.

    There was a lot of unplanned hand stitching in this StarFlower quilt. I couldn't get the points to match right using my machine so I ended up having to finish most of them by hand and not doing a very good job of it. Then, because the "melons" are constructed of 6 different colors, sewn chevron style, the seam allowances did not want to lie down, so I hand basted them down before I put the quilt sandwich together. Then I machine stitched around them all so they are forced to stay put; I'm removing the basting this morning. The binding is already sewn on topside and the next step would naturally be to hand stitch it to the bottom, but AGAIN, the points are a mess and I have to un-stitch most of them and re-do them by hand. I'm fairly used to making lemonade out of lemons, but this quilt has really tried my patience. I think that my biggest failure here was a lack of spray starch. I think if the black fabric and the multi-colored melons had been starched stiff as a board, I might have had more control and less problems. There are lots of quilts with curves that I want to make and I'm not going to let this one keep me from doing them.

    None of my family or friends like the StarFlower, so I can keep it for myself or give it to charity. I have a simple design to quilt in each of the black centers, easier done by hand than by machine. I'll quilt one or two blocks before I attempt to repair the binding and then decide whether to continue the Star Flower effort or give it up.

    Thanks so much for your input!

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    I had to make a quilt, I didn't like for a show. It was black background with primary colors. My DIL loved it so I gave it to her. I am so glad that we don't all like the same colors and designs.

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    I have only made one that I really didn't like when finished. It was a fairly easy pattern, so unlike yours, I didn't have lots of time invested. I donated the top to a church group that was thrilled to get it. They were going to tie it and give to someone in need.

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    I have seen half finished quilt top sell on e-bay sell for big bucks maybe sell it

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    I got one in the same category. I am frustrated with it and keep putting it aside for 'better' projects! This winter I WILL put the layers together and I think I will just tie & knot it, to get it done quicker. Then give it to my kids who have pets that will probably love it.

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    I really understand that love/hate thing with your quilt..But I think it's a fabulaous quilt. Wow it's a realy georgous piece of work!

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    What don't you like about it? It's beautiful. Maybe you should set it aside and work on it another time. I've done that with quilts that I don't like and come back and finish them and like them. Or you could send it to me.LOL

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