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    I wondered if anyone else has ever been disappointed in a project they were working on? I'm fairly new to quilting and to the board (I read it every day!) I started a quilt with fabric that has been in my stash for awhile. I thought it was a no brainer because all the fabric came from one line and co-ordinates nicely. I have all the blocks made and spread it out on the floor and I don't like it at all! I thought it might be the color of the setting triangles around the outside edge so I went and bought new fabric for that and replaced them but I still don't like it. There's just something about it and I can't quite put my finger on it. Now I don't even want to finish sewing it together. I want to move on to my next quilt but feel guilty about wasting fabric and leaving it unfinished.

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    OOOOOHHHH YES!!! HaHa!!! I have had several projects start out great and just go all wrong...it happens to everyone!! Put up some pics and ask for advice...someone will give you the solution you're looking for!! :-) Good luck!

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    Your first U.F.O.!!!
    Sometimes, you need to put it aside, work on something else for awhile, then come back back and WA~LA! You fall in love with it all over again!! :wink:

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    Just put it aside for a bit and come back to it. You may just be tired of it. Sometimes I have to let things perk in my head for awhile when I reach a rough patch with a quilt, and then I'll come up with an idea that I like and go for it.

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    It is probably very pretty. Why don't you post a picture and get input from other quilters. Sometimes it helps to get other opinions and suggestions.

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    Sometimes you have to put a project aside for a couple of months and then come back to it. Your brain will have thought it all over (subconscious at work) and that might allow you to figure out what you need to change.

    I made one, hated it when it was done, stuffed it into the closet, took it out about a year later - and miraculously liked it again. The memories of mistakes had faded. One day I'll actually quilt it...but not yet.

    Good luck!

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    Ok, first off you need a HUG-so consider yourself hugged. Next, yes of course I imagine lots of us have felt the same way with a project(s). However since you are new to quilting I recommend you finish it, either now, or in the future. Sometimes I have forced myself to finish a project I didn't think was coming out well. And was then shocked that the finished quilt was pretty. Also are you planning on quilting it yourself? If so finish it and then consider it a piece you can practise your Free motion quilting on. Don't worry about any goof ups in your free motion quilting as it's just a practise piece. After it's done if you still don't like it, you can donate it to any number of great worthly causes. Believe me someone else will love your quilt even if you don't!
    Good luck and whatever you do is fine.
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    All the time!!!! Put it aside and then come back to it later. :)

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    OOO yes that sure has happend to me. Ive put it down and I move on. Maybe one day I will go back.

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    Welcome to the board from Southern California!

    I think we have all had projects like that. Sometimes it is best to just put it aside for a little while. Maybe in a couple months it will look better to you or better for someone that you want to gift it to!

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    Yep, happens to me from time to time.

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    Post a picture, please. Quilts often don't meet our expectations when they are in that stage. I'd finish it before I passed judgement. What is the pattern? Maybe it needs sashing strips or to be on point or both. One of my favorite quilts looked too busy until I used sashing and set it on point.

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    I like the first picture better. If you really hate the project, you could always try to sell it on here. I'm trying not to let UFOs accumulate any longer. I had several to start the year and caught up in March. I do have 2 quilts waiting to be quilted but I'm waiting for my new sewing desk before I do them!

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    I'll figure out this board sooner or later! I posted the pictures and forgot the add the border in. It's wide, about 6 inches and it's a dark brown with large flowers, pink, green and yellow. (Thanks for all your responses, I really appreciate the support!)

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    I have two projects like that right now. One is queen size that was initially intended to be a Christmas present for my sister-in-law. I bought fabric for that quilt 3 times. The second set of fabric I finished the top and it was just awful. I am going to donate the top and backing to a group that can finish it and give it to someone who needs it.

    Maybe you can finish it and donate it. Then it isn't a waste, you'll learn, and someone that can use a quilt will get something that can give them comfort.

    ETA: I love the second one! That little pop of the darker color really brings it alive!

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    I like the first picture better, or try a lighter shade of pink to match the quilt. You could always finish it and donate it to a charity.

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    I REALLY like the first picture. You are well on your way to being a great quilter...have patience!

    Also, I tend to get "tired" of a quilt I'm working on. I think it's because In my mind I want to get going on the next project. Will only allow 4 UFO's to accumulate! :-)

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    I like it!!! (the first one)

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    I like them both and I think it looks very nice and if you really don't like it you can send it to me. LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by collydolly
    I wondered if anyone else has ever been disappointed in a project they were working on? I'm fairly new to quilting and to the board (I read it every day!) I started a quilt with fabric that has been in my stash for awhile. I thought it was a no brainer because all the fabric came from one line and co-ordinates nicely. I have all the blocks made and spread it out on the floor and I don't like it at all! I thought it might be the color of the setting triangles around the outside edge so I went and bought new fabric for that and replaced them but I still don't like it. There's just something about it and I can't quite put my finger on it. Now I don't even want to finish sewing it together. I want to move on to my next quilt but feel guilty about wasting fabric and leaving it unfinished.
    Oh I think we all have em!!! This said, I see nothing but "nice" in your quilt. I like the first option and maybe a small border of the dark color just to give it a little "pop", and then another border or two...but that's just my opinion. I think you've done a good job!

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    I think it's beautiful! Maybe it's the big chunks of like colors that are hitting you wrong... That bothers me with things sometimes.

    There's always the option to give it away! I'm sure you can think of any number of people or charities that would love a quilt like that!

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    I actually like both pics...the 1st one a tad bit more...that being said, I usually have a few projects going at one time...just give myself a dead line to finish each one, and try and stick to it!! Breaks up the boredom, if I have any...and, I also agree with put it away for a bit, do something else, and when you come back to it you will have a fresh perspective...I also have had quilts that I thought were just plain ugly...but others think I am crazy...so, beauty is in the eye of the beholder...and I for one needed to lighten up and not be so matchy-matchy and rigid...good luck to you!
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    Welcome to the message board.

    I really like the blocks and the fabric. I would turn some of the blocks so the larger square in the block is facing the same way as the others in the row.

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    I like both of them. What is missing is a border. The quilt will take on a whole new look when you put a border on it.

    The other ladies are correct, if it's bothering you that much now, put it away for a while and then come back to it.

    Good luck! :thumbup:

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    I like the first pic with the yellow triangles. I think it would really pop if you use that dark pink as the binding or a border.

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