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Do you finish a quilt you donít like ?

Do you finish a quilt you donít like ?

Old 03-23-2020, 01:02 PM
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Either gift it away or store it with UFO's for a couple of years. Our tastes sometimes change.
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Old 03-24-2020, 04:03 AM
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I have a couple of those somewhere in hiding. I am now donating to hospice and I am sure they would put them to good use. Only problem now is running out of batting. I am not going shopping now so on to making more tops
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Old 03-24-2020, 05:50 AM
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This thread struck a chord with me. I was working on a kaleidoscope quilt out of left over batik scraps. Just a fun wall hanging size, about 48" x 48" . I had a lot of fun selecting the fabric, making the blocks (for the most part, as they are all the same block), and then laying out all the finished blocks to sew them together. That was when I fell out of love with the quilt. The gradient color scheme did not work out as well as I had hoped, and didn't look as good as in my EQ8 design. But so much work.... I saw this thread, and actually considered not finishing it. Then, I sucked it up. Used two pieces of scrap for the backing, and sewed together smaller sections of batting, and finished the quilt. Did a quick SID along seam lines, and was done! I have to admit, I didn't stress too much on doing my best job on the binding. But it is done. After the fact.... I am SO glad I finished it. It didn't take too long, and now I can put it behind me, and not have it lurking in the back of my mind as a UFO. I don't have ANY UFOs. I have finished every quilt I have made. It gives me peace of mind. Maybe I will take it out in a few months, and find it is not so bad. I did have fun with a lot of the process, so it was not a loss.
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Old 03-24-2020, 11:23 AM
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Yes, you need to finish your quilts, just not on a timeline, I have a few that have marinated for 12 years now. Now that we are all confined to our quilt sheds/broom closets, etc. I have finished 3 of them, only 15 more to go. The ones I do not like go to charity and the rest stay here in my house until one of my daughters want it.
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Old 03-26-2020, 06:12 PM
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I made a lot of 10-minute blocks and then decided I just didn't like them enough for the big quilt that I'd planned. I've used a few of the ones I liked better to make a cosy for my instant pot. Others might become everyday placemats or a couple of lap quilts by adding sashing or plain squares between them. The main problem is they look too busy in a big mass. It was a valuable learning experience, even if I never get around to doing much with it. I like the block technique, but if I use it again, I will make sure to have one unifying color in the centers of them because that's what made other people's examples more attractive.
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