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    Super Member pumpkinpatchquilter's Avatar
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    Do you ever get half way through a quilt...

    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!!!
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    I'm working on a strip tube quilt right now. I just don't like the dark browns in it, so I'm pulling any blocks with that color out and making more with no brown. I figure I'll use the blocks with dark browns to make a small charity quilt. As I just mentioned on the thread about making the wrong fabric choices, I do this way too often, but it's still fun so I try not to stress about it.

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    yep, live and learn.
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    My first quilt is still sitting because I do not like my fabric choice.

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    Boy, do I ever! I just took apart a quilt top of 36 blocks and 3 borders because I just did not like one of the fabrics. Of course now I'm stuck with a pile of blocks that were all trimmed and are no longer usable out of their original position.
    A fabric stash is always missing that one fabric needed to finish the quilt on which you're working.

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    No and I finish all my quilts. I have given away some quilts that I really loved. Now I am just making them and Daughter and Granddaughter can figure out what to do with them.
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    If it were not too time consuming I would rip out my quilting and use a darker bobbin but if you go that far might as well use a different backing or finish and donate to someone.

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    Making fabric choices for a project can be a struggle at times. What I do is agonize and keep trying out different fabric combinations until something just clicks! Using a digital camera to audition fabrics has been a big help.

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    Finish the quilting, maybe, then if you hate the contrast, baste a lining over it, hit it with spray paint or resolve to never, never, ever look at the back side. Seriously, if you love it sometimes and hate it only other times, love might win.

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    I too have a huge problem putting fabric colors together. I always feel I don't chose the right fabrics. But I usually finish and just give away.
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    I usually finish them and then don't want to give them to anyone because I'm embarrassed about them. I have a few just sitting in my closet with no one I would dare give them to.
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    I bought expensive batiks for a quilt for my sister. Then I fuse some yellow flowers on top of the background I made. I hated it. I still have the unfinished top but decided I will rip it off and re-use the fabric on other projects. It took me a good 2 years to decide to rip it off and I haven't done it yet. I guess if I came up with a design for the fabric it will be much easier to do it.
    :-( I wish I was a full time quilter!
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    Yes, I have made quilts that I regret the color choice, but others loved them. I now know that I personally prefer quilts that have a great deal of white in them. I know what types of quilts I like and what I don't like. Since I quilt just for me, I make quilts with the colors that I like and they mainly turn out OK.....now.

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    I would not rip, I would finish the quilt, you might grow to love it. If you don't feel like using it now, store it and maybe use it when company comes and you need extra bedding. Can't have too many quilts when guests come.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KarenR View Post
    My first quilt is still sitting because I do not like my fabric choice.
    i say finish it up, donate it or throw it out. in any event, it would be out of your house, and you will be able to focus your energy on the positive experiences. i know that this kind of negative energy bogs me down.

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    I tell my LA. Quilter that i dont want to see the quilting thread. I want to see the fabric. Live and learn..
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    Since I make a lot of quilts for Linus, I figure if I'm not all that crazy about my fabric choice, I'll still go ahead and finish it. Someone, somewhere is bound to like it

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    Yes, this has happened to me. But, LOL, for me, I am way too lazy to tear something apart and way too A type personality to not get a project finished. I belong to a quilting group and someone there always loves whatever it is I am not liking...lol...so I send it home with them and they finish it. Then we always bring whatever we have completed to share and so eventually it shows back up at the quilting group and looks great! Win win for everyone!

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    Hi there..you know if that is all that bothers you , you can take a fabric pen or crayon and color the threads on the back. I know that is allot of work but it seems tons less work than tearing it all out..good luck..

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    Same thing happened to me too. Bought material on an impulse at the end of a quilt show and once I got home really didn't like it. Finished the quilt but it went to charity. Live and learn. Nice to know that happens to other people too.

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    I am "color challenged" so I let my DD pick the colors for our quilts. I've never been disappointed with her choices

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    I agonize over my fabric choices, then when it is partly quilted, I find the perfect fabric that should have been in there and isn't, or some pattern I threw in because I loved it just doesn't seem to match. Usually everything looks fine at the end, or sometimes I add more applique pieces.
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    I always think the back is prettier than the front. I love it when I can see the stitches. I remember my Mother quilting on a frame that hung from the ceiling. Every night when she would roll it up she would stand and look at her quilting. She loved that part and I guess I got it from her.

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    Don't be afraid to use a sharpie to darken the thread you hate or cover the backing with another piece of fabric. If the top is ok for you, you can always fix the back.
    Lizzy in La.

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    I made a quilt for my DSIL and decided I didn't like the variety of greens in it (she wanted forrest colors). After it was finished though, I decided it wasn't so bad after all and she just loved it!!
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