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Do you finish a quilt you donít like ?

Old 03-18-2020, 05:00 AM
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I do finish and if I still d ont like it I donate it.
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Old 03-18-2020, 05:31 AM
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I am like . Since I am learning, I have a log of all my starts and purchases. I have start dates and finished dates along with a column for comments. My pile of receipts is so big, I feel compelled to account for some of my spending. That said, I am binding the sampler where I learned all about piecing. It has 12 blocks in colors I like and was started 2016. I have learned to sandwich, pin and spray adhere, free motion and stitch in the ditch and work with rulers, and bind through my other learning projects.

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Old 03-18-2020, 01:08 PM
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Life's too short to work on something I don't love.

If it's something that just hasn't percolated long enough for me to know how I want to finish it, I'll put it aside, but if it's something that I just plain don't care for, I'll pack it up and send it to the Goodwill. Or, in the case of one half-finished collage I just tossed the whole thing in the garbage. Made me feel a whole lot better after struggling with it for weeks.

Working on something that doesn't make me happy can cause me to avoid my sewing room altogether and I don't want that.


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Old 03-18-2020, 01:17 PM
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When I start a quilt I don't like, whether in a class or otherwise, I finish it with the purpose of charity giving. I've already purchased the fabric so why not. For every quilt there is not only someone that needs it, there is someone that will love it.
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Old 03-18-2020, 01:21 PM
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I signed up for our guild's workshop ($35) with a very popular national instructor, one that always fills up at the Houston Quilt Festival. Found out I needed to pay $100 for the mystery quilt pre-cut kit the instructor was using -- ouch. That was okay until the day of the class. Oh my! I didn't like the fabric or the pattern. Completed more than half at the workshop, put it away for about 6 months. I took it out, quickly finished it, and used it to practice Ruler Quilting. After I was finished, I was happy with the quilting but not so much the quilt.

I sent it to my brother and he absolutely loves it.
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Old 03-19-2020, 08:24 PM
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No way. I expect my hobbies to give me pleasure, otherwise what's the point? It's a hobby not a hazing.

If I love the fabric I salvage as much as possible and put it back in the stash. If it's the fabric that I end up disliking, sometimes I toss it but a few times I ended up painting it using acrylic paint mixed with fabric medium and that was fun. I made a couple of small art quilts with that fabric.
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Old 03-20-2020, 11:26 PM
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I do, but it may take awhile. I started making my daughter a high school graduation quilt when she was 17. She said she wanted it black, peach and gray. I had just started quilting and didn't pick colors very well. Short story, I hated that quilt (I was hand quilting it) and had it about 1/2 done and couldn't force myself to work on it any longer. I finally pulled it out of wherever it was and finished it. I gave it to her on her 40th birthday. She loves it..
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Old 03-21-2020, 04:33 AM
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Originally Posted by WMUTeach View Post
I finish and donate to an organization or individual who likes it. I always consider the project to be an opportunity to try a new skill or to refine my skills of color choice. No matter what you do I would suggest taking the time to consider what you dislike about the quilt top so you don't make the same choice again.
I have adjusted my response this week. I did some cleaning out of my UFO pile and got honest with myself. I found several tops that were either finished or nearly finished. My emotional response when I saw them, sent them to the give away pile. No desire to finish them. Bagged them up and off they go to a donation center for another quilter to finish.

I did take time to follow my own suggestion and I don't like them because they were not constructed well and are crooked and in the case of one, I tried and tried to make it straight and was unsuccessful. Time to move on. I have learned much since starting these two but have no desire to deconstruct two quilts.
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Old 03-22-2020, 06:52 PM
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I try to finish quilts that I end up despising, but there have been 2 or 3 that I finally pitched and I didn't lose any sleep over it!
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Old 03-23-2020, 02:12 AM
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I feel my life is too short to waste time sewing something I dislike.
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