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Thread: Changing Fabric/Fabric Color After Quilt is Complete

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    I think the quilt is beautiful! Gift it as planned. Even if your sister keeps in a closet, there may come a time when she will learn to appreciate it and use it. People's tastes change over the years sometimes. I think you are making a wonderful gesture in having something handmade for your sister. Surely she will at least appreciate that!
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    Since she's your boyfriend's mother, she's bound to find out, sooner or later, so I would not lie about it! If the quilt isn't yet finished, I'd just pay Sharon for the work she's done and tell her the truth - that her work is beautiful but you made a big mistake about the colors you chose. Make sure you put all of the blame onto yourself and not her work. Then ask her for suggestions, as to what to do about it. In other words, be mature and admit your mistake; don't lie to her!
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    Oh boy, been there, done that. As many have said there isn't much you can do but smile and either keep it yourself or give it to your sister as planned. But here's something to consider: you have no idea how wonderful it may turn out once it's quilted. I never really realized how much the quilting adds to a quilt until I saw the "before and after" hanging on my LQS wall. A friend and I were making the same quilt but with a different color palate. She finished her's before I did (still working on it-lots of diamonds, taking it slow) and the shop owner asked if she could hang it up on the wall to advertise the book. I didn't like it at all-personal preference. Then two weeks later I saw it up on the wall again but this time it had been long arm quilted and binding on. It was fabulous! The quilting truly made that quilt a thing of beauty. So wait and see. You may find all turns out alright in the end. You may fall in love with it and hate to give it to your sister. Been there too.
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    I agree with the person who suggested using other colors for the border. Personally, I would not use the green for a border. I would probably use the purple outer border. You might want a thin inner border of the green to separate the purple border from the purple blocks.

    As to what to do? Give your sister the quilt. She can return it to you if she doesn't want it but at least you'll never have to lie. If Sharon finds out someday that you have the quilt back, you can say that it didn't fit your sister's color scheme and you were so pleased that she returned it to you because you had a hard time parting with it. Yes, a little over the top, but at least you're not lying.

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    Why not put a pink border, a white border, then use a dark green final border.

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    One thing I've learned to live with when it comes to giving gifts...once I've given it, it's out of my control. I've had all kinds of second thoughts during the making process but like others have said, the beauty only shows when the quilt is fully completed. Trust you initial choices and give it with all the love that you started it with.

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    I would go ahead and give the gift as she has made it. It is a lot of work to make a quilt. Maybe you could have her change the border or binding if it isn't finished yet. But be gentle about it. This may set a tone for your future relationship. I think it is a lovely quilt. Having something made just for me would mean more than the color/design to me.

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    Maybe a few appliques scattered here and there would perk it up. I'd try a few colorful colorful yoyos scattered about and see how that looks.

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    Are you sure your sister would not like it? It is a gift from you. I really don't understand.
    Better to do something imperfectly, than nothing perfectly.
    Done is better than perfect.

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    Are you sure your sister would not like it? It is a gift from you. I really don't understand. This is a not so subtle reminder when family ask for a favor, say no!
    Better to do something imperfectly, than nothing perfectly.
    Done is better than perfect.

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    [QUOTE=marie926;5349000]Hello,

    I am a novice quilter and new to this forum. My boyfriends mother, Sharon, makes beautiful quilts, and so me and my boyfriend asked Sharon to make one for us to give to my sister and her soon-to-be husband as a wedding gift. We will pay her for costs as well as her time that she put into making it.


    Ask if she would use the cream and purple as borders instead and maybe that would make it more to your sisters liking. I personally would not use the green as a border. But that is me.
    If you still don't think your sister will like it, then I would do as suggested above and keep it yourself and give your sister something else. You don't want to make an enemy out of a future mother-in-law if you don't have to. Gina

    It has been very difficult finding the right color pattern, especially since I live 1.5 hrs away from Sharon so our communication has been via texts. We finally decided on the color scheme, but now that the quilt is coming together, the colors look very different from the pictures, and I know my picky sister will not like it at all. I have no idea what to do because Sharon is such a sweet woman and potentially my mother-in-law.
    Hope this helps and good luck.

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    I like the quilt top - pattern and colors.

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