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Thread: Do you finish your "DUDS"? And where do they go?

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    Do you finish your "DUDS"? And where do they go?

    I just finished sqaures for a quilt top , a large enough for a full/queen bed. I know just by looking at the sqaures on the wall , I will not like this any better once its done. Its been a long time since I made a quilt I really did not like. I usually use very small pieces for my scrap quilts. This time I used larger pieces as my scrap pile was just getting too large and smaller pieces would not help me to get the pile more manageable in a timely manner.
    It seems like a bad idea to put money into the batting and backing that could be used for a more appealing quilt.
    This is one of the situations where the tried and true methods should not have been abandoned.. SO my questions is what to you do with the DUDS? Do you finish ? What happened to your DUD?

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    I often will mix them with other orphans to make a quilt for the homeless, they don't care what kind it is, just as long as it is warm. Other times I go ahead and finish as I planned and donate it to the homeless or a women's shelter. What you dislike others may love!
    Have a great day sewing and remember to "not sweat the small stuff"!!



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    Donation is great. Those going to soldiers are appreciated no matter what. Also local shelters for battered women or homeless families love them as well.
    Wayne & Gabriele, the married quilters.

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    I am wondering if you mix in other blocks to make it more attractive. I agree it can always become a charity quilt. I've made up some ugly polyester (given to me) into dog quilts .... they curl up on them so they must be somewhat attractive.
    Make it a scrappy happy day!

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    Do you feel like putting a pretty back on it and use it for FMQ practice? You can use it with the pretty back up on your bed, it will still keep you warm.

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    or give it to your local Charity shop. some sewer out there might love the quilt top.

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    A while back I made one of the ugliest quilts on the planet. I truly hated that quilt! That had never happened to me before and I was at a loss as to what to do with it. But in the end, I did finish it and I donated it through my church to a family in need. After many weeks, my Pastor took me aside and shared with me that that quilt had become a family treasure that the whole family would snuggle up under on chilly nights. (It went to a young couple with two very small children.)

    I can't tell you how happy that made me and how glad I was that I finished it. What I saw as ugly and useless someone else saw as beautiful and were busy using it to make memories.

    So I would suggest that you donate the quilt (whether finished or just the top or blocks for someone else to finish). It might just become someone else's treasure!

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    You could cut it in half use some inexpensive flannel for the batting and some ugly fabric for the back. Practice FMQ or birth it and tie it. Then you could donate to the local animal shelter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Suzette316 View Post
    A while back I made one of the ugliest quilts on the planet. I truly hated that quilt! That had never happened to me before and I was at a loss as to what to do with it. But in the end, I did finish it and I donated it through my church to a family in need. After many weeks, my Pastor took me aside and shared with me that that quilt had become a family treasure that the whole family would snuggle up under on chilly nights. (It went to a young couple with two very small children.)

    I can't tell you how happy that made me and how glad I was that I finished it. What I saw as ugly and useless someone else saw as beautiful and were busy using it to make memories.

    So I would suggest that you donate the quilt (whether finished or just the top or blocks for someone else to finish). It might just become someone else's treasure!
    great story.I would finish it and donate it.
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    our senior quilting group takes donations of quilt tops to finish and donate to worthy community causes. and believe me, some of these have been real duds! they are still gratefully received for use by those with nothing.
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    I figure I only have so much quilting time in me, so I hate to waste it on something I really don't enjoy working on. In the past, I offered some for free on this board. It made me feel good to know they'd be finished and it freed me up to pursue quilts I do enjoy...
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    I would finish and give away. A few years ago my guild did a 2 1/2" strip exchange that we turned into 9 patches. Everyone did their own layout with the blocks. Well...I did not like the fabric colors, the blocks or the layout I chose
    but forged ahead anyway and finished the quilt. As I was finishing the last of the binding, my middle daughter saw it
    and fell in love with the quilt. Needless to say she ended up with it and the quilt has it's own place on the back of her
    couch. It's their snuggle quilt that everyone uses every night to lay under while watching tv. What was ugly to me is
    a favorite with her family.

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    Finish it, donate someone will love it!!!!!!

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    I don't finish duds. I've had more in knitting then in my quilting. But once it is no longer enjoyable I put it aside for another day or no day at all.
    When it seems like the world is falling to pieces remember that the pieces are falling into place. We are nearing closer to the End Times.

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    Do think you would like it more with black sashing? That often gives a piece a whole new look. I finish everything, whether I'm totally happy with it or not. Usually it looks a lot better when the quilting is finished. Having some time away from it usually makes me appreciate it more too. And donation quilts are always welcome.

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    I disassembled two and put the fabric back in my stash. They were just never going to get completed

    I have a Blackbird Designs applique project I've been walking around and thinking about all morning. It is probably 3/4 finished. I'm thinking if any of my quiltie besties would like to trade it for something they are tired of.

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    Like others, I'd suggest that you finish it up. If you still don't like it, there are many worthy charities that would be so happy to have it!
    Be a blessing to others, as you may entertain angels unaware!

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    I have a quilt in my closet that will never see the light of day, ever again. It is my very first quilt and I did not take the advice of my sister-in-law, who told me to start with an easy pattern. I took a pieced block and altered it and appliqued it to a white square block and sewed them all together - no seams matched and no points were pointy. Put the top away for 30+ years. Then my BFF was selling her long-arm machine and called me the very last day and asked if I had any tops that I wanted quilted as she had some batting left. So, I hurridly gathered up this quilt top and a few others and she quilted them for me with an easy panto. It was just as bad 30+ years later, so put it back in my closet, without any binding. Guess that I should cut off the backing and batting and put some sort of binding on it and give it to somebody needy. But, just too embarassed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lori S View Post
    I just finished sqaures for a quilt top , a large enough for a full/queen bed. I know just by looking at the sqaures on the wall , I will not like this any better once its done. Its been a long time since I made a quilt I really did not like. I usually use very small pieces for my scrap quilts. This time I used larger pieces as my scrap pile was just getting too large and smaller pieces would not help me to get the pile more manageable in a timely manner.
    It seems like a bad idea to put money into the batting and backing that could be used for a more appealing quilt.
    This is one of the situations where the tried and true methods should not have been abandoned.. SO my questions is what to you do with the DUDS? Do you finish ? What happened to your DUD?

    Is it something you could use for a background and add giant applique over it?

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    Can you put the squares together and use them as the backing of your next quilt?

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    I have only one quilt not quite done and each time I look at it, I say what was I thinking? Have not done anything to finish, since I am able to burn my garbage, it may end up there or not. It is not a good feeling especially since I looked forward to it so much. Oh well. Live and learn.

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    My "ugly" ones are still warm......and here, we usually put our quilts between the top sheet and the bedspread, so a work of art is usually covered up anyway. That being said, I still like pretty quilts, and I still like knowing that I've done a good job. Please finish your quilt or donate it to someone who will finish it.
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    As Miss Piggy said, "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and it may be necessary from time to time to give a stupid or misinformed beholder a black eye."
    Not everything does turn out. I have seen some hideous quilts at the thrift store one day but they are gone the next time I go back - someone must want them.
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    I'd finish it. I probably would do a simple quilting and don't worry about how pretty the backing is and I'd put the binding on by machine as to save more time invested. If someone in my family didn't want (which would be rare) then there are many out there that need something to keep them warm. If you don't like it give it away or donate it but don't just let it sit there or toss it. You do have all this time and money invested in it so do something with it.
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    I read somewhere about cutting apart an ugly quilt into blocks then putting back together using sashing - breaks up the ugly factor and gives it a whole new look. never mind - just re-read the original post and see that you don't have the blocks put together yet - so .........try sashing! Or on point!
    Last edited by paulswalia; 01-29-2013 at 05:14 AM.
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