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Thread: Do you ever wind up not liking a quilt you've made?

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    Super Member Naturalmama's Avatar
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    I've been working hard (in spare moments) to make enough crumb blocks to make a quilt for our queen sized bed.... I do like most of the fabric.... a few pieces, not so much.... plus I couldn't stop myself from trying to "hide" some of ds's favorite things like a lightning mcqueen car and various animals, etc. But now I'm afraid that after all of this work I might wind up not really loving it. I don't know - like maybe it will be too busy even though I intend on sashing to "calm" it down....

    What about you?

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    Ummmm.....yes. Sometimes I think I am gonna like a certain combination and then it gets done...and not so much. Guess where those go???? You got it....charity quilts! Someone will love it, is just most certainly ain't me :lol: :roll: :lol:

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    Hi,

    Please post a picture of your quilt. Thanks

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    i've made several quilts that thrilled me not.

    somebody has loved every one of them.

    DON'T worry about it. sometimes a quilt really doesn't come together until it's put together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandpat
    Ummmm.....yes. Sometimes I think I am gonna like a certain combination and then it gets done...and not so much. Guess where those go???? You got it....charity quilts! Someone will love it, is just most certainly ain't me :lol: :roll: :lol:
    DITTO!

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    Funny you should mention this. This evening I went into the closet and pulled out a UFO from more years ago that I care to mention. This top was started for my daughter (she had given me input on pattern and fabric) but after she went away to school and moved into her own home I lost interest in this project and stashed it away. Well it is now back out and I still don't like it (blues and yellows, just not my favourites) and actually I am pretty sure it is no longer to my daughter's taste either. Oh well, I will trudge on with it and maybe as Sandpat suggests it will become a donation to some cause.

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    I've got several UFO's in the closet and just can't seem to do anything about it. I even went so far as to get one of them out yesterday and looked at it and put it back in the closet today. Maybe another day, yeah right!!

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    Oh yes! I have one in the closet that needs to be finished hand quilted from back in '98 or '99. I dislike it so much I cannot stand to look at it to complete the thing. One day it will get done. Not saying I will be the one to do it, but it will get done! LOL

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    My tastes seem to change after I finish it. I have one on my bed right now that I don't like very much, but then I don't mind if dogs get on it. If I loved it, I'd have to keep them off the bed. They must think it's beautiful since they jump on the bed quite often.

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    I think that happens to all of us sooner or later but I have a large family and somebody usually likes it.

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    Yes, unfortunatly, I have made at least one quilt that I don't like too much. One I am thinking about is a grandmothers flower garden. It is about 3' by 4' right now. I started it back in the 80's when the fabric selection was nothing like what it is now, and my color sense was a little imature, so now, I don't want to finish it, but I sewed all those little hex's by hand and I don't want to just leave it either. My daughter who just got married 6 months ago asked me about it, that she would love to have it, because she remembers me working on it (she called it the stop sign quilt). I have designed the finished quilt to be very different than what it was supposed to have been. I will finish a few more rows of hex's then add some cute borders to make it a medallion type quilt. The lesson here is finish your quilts while you still like them, before they go out of style or before your tastes change too much.

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    I have had only one but, it really isn't all that bad, I end up thinking they are all pretty when they are finished, I will save it for someone special, who is yet to come along.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pat and pups
    My tastes seem to change after I finish it. I have one on my bed right now that I don't like very much, but then I don't mind if dogs get on it. If I loved it, I'd have to keep them off the bed. They must think it's beautiful since they jump on the bed quite often.
    I'm so glad you said this! My son jumps on our bed all the time - so it would be good if I wasn't 100% thrilled with it then! :lol:

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    I have a few quilts I have hated after finishing and they are all loved by the recipients. That works for me. My DD has one I call the quilt from he**. It's one of her favorites. Go figure.

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    Several.

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    Yes, I made my very first attempt at a bargello. It's very small, and it's pink, cream and green. I named it "pickles and ice cream", but I don't like how it came out. It hangs on my quilt rack and doesn't get used. Other than that 1, I think there is 1 or 2 that I have given away that I ended up not liking so much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roselady
    The lesson here is finish your quilts while you still like them, before they go out of style or before your tastes change too much.
    I really like that lesson :-D

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    Usually, it's because I'm not happy with something I've done.

    I had the opposite happen, too. I had fabric I didn't like at all, and sewed it together into a quilt that turned out pretty nice in the end. Quite a surprise for me!

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    Here is one I made for my mom, see pics

    This was going to be the front, but I was not happy with it so........
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    I made this for it which became the front and put the other on as the back which made it reversable.
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    Great idea Kimberly! I like both sides of that one!

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    Oh yes, and sometimes once they are quilted and washed I like them better. I usually make "test blocks" before I invest too much time and fabric. If I don't like the combination at that point I stop and have an orphan block. If I like the block and continue but then don't like the finished top it goes to charity unless someone expresses a interest in it. Then it becomes a lovely hand made gift.

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    You bet!! My very first quilt.. there was Nothing wrong with it, it was a soft muted shades of turquoise.. we used to call them 'dusty' colors. and it was a grandmother's fan.. done on muslin. and it was a HUGE top queen sized spread. I finished the whole thing and couldn't STAND it. So ..... I sold it.. that was my first hand pieced top. I found out I really don't care for pastels or muted colors much. But I got my money back out of it and it was a great learning tool.

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    not really..it may of not turned out a great as i would of liked it to..but i love it anyways!

    My dogs are allowed on all my quilts, on the couches and the bed..I make them to use,not for looking at.And i don't mind washing them once a week! (nothing bigger than a twin size)

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    I NEVER like any of the quilts I make ... I like looking at the pictures, and I really like the process and the techniques, but I am never really attached to any of my quilts.
    It is one of the reasons I give so many away ... ALL of them away .. out of my house, away from my sight!
    I don't like them because I know what is weak about them. I know where I made mistakes. I am constantly finding places that could have had a better color combination. I don't ever want to see any of the quilts I make EVER AGAIN!
    However .... sometimes, I am forced to - - and, when I see one that I made years ago, or months ago (since I usually just do the quilt top and wait to quilt it) ... I am sooooo impressed!
    They always look better than I remember them!
    For example. I made a HUGE pineapple quilt for my son and DIL for their wedding. It was my typical, everything but the kitchen sink colors, thrown together. When I quilted it, I put waay too much stippling in it, and it is stiff .... I shipped it off to the kids, knowing they didn't know good from not so fine and breathed a sigh of relief, since I would never visit them, anyway. I would NEVER have to see it.
    Four years passed and I happened to go visit while they were waiting for their second child to be born. When I walked into their house, there was this really impressive quilt on the wall, and so bright, so cheery ... I walked over to look at it and was checking out the quilting (I am SERIOUS! I didn't even recognize it!) .... I was just about ready to ask: Where did you get this quilt???? When, something about it caught my attention ... a strip of fabric that apparently I REALLY liked!
    I stepped back, and looked at the WHOLE quilt, and by golly! I knew where they had got that great quilt! LOL and, it really looked great.
    The other day ... DD and I were going through some quilt tops and she pulled out one and I asked: Where did that come from? (well, of course, from me - - silly old woman!) but, when did I do it? What had made me do it, and by golly! It actually looked like I knew what I was doing! even though I recognized blocks I had created some nine years ago, and whatever made me think to put four patches, nine patches, solid blocks, and big HST all together uniformly in a quilt? I knew when I folded it away, I hadn't like it, but here I was, seeing it years later, and being impressed ... senility? LOL Maybe ... but, I know what I think when I am done with one ... I DO NOT LIKE the quilts I make ... LOL

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    Then omak....you can send yours to me.. :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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