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    I have three quilts in various stages of completion for just this reason. The second part of our story is that we moved into a new home and some of the colors just don't seem to fit our new home. Our previous home had both a living room and a large family room and while I kept the colors in the same color palates, the hues in the family room were much bolder to accommodate the size of the room. We have no family room here, so I'm needing to keep the colors a bit softer so as not to overwhelm the room. My bedroom colors have changed also, from the teals and rose/mauves to a softer blue, white and rose pink. When it comes to fabrics, we can only purchase what is available when we START the project - and then I find that one or two PERFECT prints that would have worked better but weren't available when I started - oh, just more goodies for my quilt closet stash!

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    it's beautiful! Love it!

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    If it's the back that you don't like, why worry about it? It's not going to be seen unless you are having it judged. Too, the galloping horse rule usually works when being critical of our own work. Up close we might think something is objectionable but standing across the room, it blends together and the part we don't like just goes away. We see the "whole" and not the individual "mistakes".

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    I just don't understand anyone throwing quilts in the trash because they don't like them or made a big mistake. I have bought several tops from St. Vinnies and fixed them enough to take them back there so someone can use them. They will keep someone warm, and mistakes don't matter when you're sleeping under the quilt. I just can 't see the waste when people over the world are hurting.
    Mavita - Square dancer and One Room School Teacher

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    I just moved and needed to downsize so I donated my un-luv unfinished quilts to a quilt guild hoping they will find a home ....

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    I have done that - made something and hate the fabric. I finish it and give it to charity immediately. One man's trash....

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    It happens all the time, I have been known to take apart QUILTED quilts to change a block or two!

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    I quilt for pleasure not torture.
    Finished is better than a UFO

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    No matter how much you hate a quilt, there is someone out there who is going to love it. There is an ongoing need for quilts for charity and our military, so any quilt you make and still hate after putting it away for a while, will have a good home waiting for it somewhere. Military quilts do not have to be in red, white and blue.
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    I believe UFOs are like scraps, ferns and dust bunnies. Once you get two, they send spores out into the air and more just happen anywhere the spores meet.

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    I, personally, wouldn't worry about the backing unless it shows through. A picture would be nice to get more opinions.
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    Boy do I understand your problem! I have a couple of really complicaed quilts I made for myself but when they were finished absolutely did not like them. I tried everything--including sashing, on--point --thinking it would improve the quilts. Believe me-once you do not really like a quilt, it does no good to try to SAVE it. It just doesn't work. Have even thought of trash--just joking--but it is frustrating.

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    Someone in my quilting group occasionally give me an unwanted, unloved, unfinished top. They know I will take anything noone else wants. It gives me great pleasure to finish them either to use or give to someone. It feels good to bring life to a quilt.
    GeeGee

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    I find that when the quilt is finished it looks a lot better then when you are in the process.
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    I too find that if I finish the quilt, put it away and look at it later it usually doesn't bother me as much - Look at the big picture and try not to concentrate on what you don't like about it. If it's the back you really won't spend much time looking at that part anyway. Take it as a lesson learned. I've had plenty of those lessons!!

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    I've made a number of quilts that I didn't like by the time I finished them. someone else always loves them. and some have been flat out NEEDED. if you don't want to finish it give it to someone who will. I have made many adjustments with permanent markers. one I gave a nieghbors little boy and found out later he'd re-colored some of it because it was too girly. he still has it!
    don't stop!just keep trying and something usable will turn out!!

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    Finish it then put it away for awhile. Its like childbirth, with time the bad memories fade.
    Life is made up of bits and pieces. You won't know how it'll turn out till its done.

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    I'm working on a baby quilt and not pleased with the outcome not the same ask true in mind.
    Finished is better than a UFO

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    You could change color of bobbin thread now, then go back with a permanent marker and color in the previous lighter colored stitching...I've done it successfully on small projects but have no idea how much you've completed....got to think outside the box sometimes.

    Quote Originally Posted by pumpkinpatchquilter View Post
    only to regret your fabric choices? I'm working on this quilt with lots of neutral colored filler quilting...but I chose a really dark backing fabric so the quilting sticks out like a sore thumb on the back. I thought I could live with it but the more I quilt...the more I'm contemplating just giving it away because I don't think I can keep it in the same house with me as it is...it's driving me crazy! I get really wishy washy where some moments I love it and some moments I hate it. ARGH!!!
    Kate

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    Yes, several times, and those quilts are now UFO's that I don't know if I'll ever finish.

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