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Thread: Do you always know who your project is for, or where it will go, before you start?

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    I am at a point of deciding on a pattern for a group of fabrics I've had for awhile (one of many groups waiting). When I bought the fabric I had no idea what I would do with it, I just liked it! Now that I have picked the design, I have also discovered that I need to buy more fabric to fill in. I have found some fabrics that will blend nicely with what I have but I still don't know what I will do with the quilt when it is done, so I don't know what size to make it, which also makes it hard to know how much more fabric to buy. Like I said I have many more collections of fabric waiting to be used, in every color imaginable, not just colors that would match the decorating in my home. Am I crazy for wanting to start a project without knowing first where it will end up? Am I the only one who does this?

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    No. I'm guilty too. Sometimes I plan a specific thing for a specific person. Sometimes, the recipient is "led" to me by what the quilt turns out to be.
    At times, someone near to me sees a quilt I'm working on and loves it. I tell them okay, when it's finished, it's yours.

    Plans? Quilters don't need no stinkin plans! :D

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    i've done tons of projects merely to learn or improve upon a technique.

    these projects never have an intend place or person in mind.

    most of them are donated to charity and some have found their way into mine or my friends homes.

    the most fun about these projects is the unexpected results because i typically use a fabric that i wasn't fond of and then i just end up falling in love with the results.

    i've found that my tastes in fabrics actually changed from doing all these serendipitous projects.

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    people plan ahead with their quilts for a specific person or thing?

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    Most of the time I have the reciepant (sp?) in mind, but not always.

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    I am guilty of starting out with one design and as I work on it, something else comes to mind that would add dimention or depth the piece. I have started to incorporate some fabric folding desings, as well as sashiko stitching in the blocks themselves or using it as enhancements on the borders. shiboridragon.com has some great stencils. I also have started on piece for a person, and before it was finished, I changed my mind entirely, as really didn't 'fit' the person! Anything you create will fit SOMEONE, just maybe not the original one intended.

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    Sorry. I'm guilty of knowing who my projects are for, before I start them. I know. You guys/gals used to like me and I'll probably be banned from the group now. But in my defense, I'm only working on my 3rd quilt. And yes, it's for my niece's graduation gift. I promise. The next one will not have an intended recipient. :wink:

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    quote=Deb watkins]I am guilty of starting out with one design and as I work on it, something else comes to mind that would add dimention or depth the piece.
    I do something similar to this. If I do actually start with a pattern that's not one of my own, I typically end up making some kind of change to it. I have a hard time sticking to any one pattern. The majority of my quilts haven't had an intended home but lately they've seemed to end up in my own home. Now though, I promised a friend I'd make a quilt for when she has her baby. Perhaps I'll actually follow a pattern.

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    I think it is a good thing to KNOW ahead of time exactly what one is going to do.

    I often start with good intentions, but sometimes a project seems to have a mind of it's own, and goes off in a different direction.

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    No-I buy fabric because I like it and it's a price I'm willing to pay, I'll figure out what to do with it later.LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by mytwopals
    I promise. The next one will not have an intended recipient. :wink:
    and that recipient will be me, right???

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    Klue, I'll put you one the list.

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    I usually have a recipient in mind when I start (because if it's not for another person, it defaults to me!) :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by butterflywing
    no.
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    :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

    Short and sweet BW!
    No for me also! I am bad about changing my mind in the middle of a quilt!


    Ninnie

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    I buy fabric all the time and don't know what I will do with it. It comes to me eventually.

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    My daughter always wants to know, "What are you gonna do with that?" (whatever the latest project is) and I just shrug my shoulders and smile...

    But I do make stuff for particular people/purposes -- like baby quilts or presents... :roll:

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    I'm all over the board on this one. Sometimes it all comes together (pattern, fabric, and recipient). Other times, it starts as an idea or a test and then it has to find an owner. Sometimes it starts and becomes a UFO.

    Right now, I have a loooooong list of potential recipients who are all patiently wating their turn. However, the list just got shorter by one. My SIL is a useless twit and it'll be a cold day....well, you get the picture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    I'm all over the board on this one. Sometimes it all comes together (pattern, fabric, and recipient). Other times, it starts as an idea or a test and then it has to find an owner. Sometimes it starts and becomes a UFO.

    Right now, I have a loooooong list of potential recipients who are all patiently wating their turn. However, the list just got shorter by one. My SIL is a useless twit and it'll be a cold day....well, you get the picture.
    :lol: :lol: :lol:
    Would you like to compare stories :wink:


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    You said "project" not fabric, so... sometime yes, sometimes no. When purchasing fabrics and patterns most of time I have no idea what it will become or who for. But by the time I sort it with a pattern and start on it, I may have a person in mind. I have had to make a ton of wedding gifts and now baby gifts the last couple years so...... many of those had names on them by the time they were grouped together

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ninnie
    Would you like to compare stories :wink:
    Is it too early for a glass of wine? :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    Quote Originally Posted by Ninnie
    Would you like to compare stories :wink:
    Is it too early for a glass of wine? :D
    doesn't every family have at least one?

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    So far, yes. I'm still rather new to quilting and that probably explains it. I want to make all my family members a quilt. In the meantime, people keep getting married and having babies and of course they have to have a quilt. Then, there is the quilt guild I just joined and the charity quilts. How about the special friend you just have to honor? Can you believe I have never made a quilt yet for me???? I think I need a time-out for me, LOL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CindyBee
    So far, yes. I'm still rather new to quilting and that probably explains it. I want to make all my family members a quilt. In the meantime, people keep getting married and having babies and of course they have to have a quilt. Then, there is the quilt guild I just joined and the charity quilts. How about the special friend you just have to honor? Can you believe I have never made a quilt yet for me???? I think I need a time-out for me, LOL.
    AH YES, the curse of life. lol

    I had an accident with one of my quilts (used MIL hand-me-down fabric and the indigo bled and bled and bled.....) It was no longer the pristine gift I had intended. Only DH got a BIG smile on his face because FINALLY he got a quilt. (As long as it doesn't come in contact with anything white, I think we're safe - lol)

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    Quote Originally Posted by mytwopals
    Sorry. I'm guilty of knowing who my projects are for, before I start them. I know. You guys/gals used to like me and I'll probably be banned from the group now. But in my defense, I'm only working on my 3rd quilt. And yes, it's for my niece's graduation gift. I promise. The next one will not have an intended recipient. :wink:
    I will let you in on a secret.....it will probably happen to you...eventually....the quilt bug will bite... you will find a pattern that you simply must do...fabrics that you must buy for it that do not "go" with anyone's decor...and you will have no idea of where it will call home :lol: :roll: :lol: :wink:

    I make totally planned quilts but I also have several started that are just because I like the pattern and the fabric that called out to go play with it :lol: :lol: :lol:

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