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Thread: do your quilts always look the same?

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    sometimes my quilts seem to start looking the same even though I choose a different pattern. I wondered if anyone else felt the same way about their quilts and what do you do about it? I am a fairly new quilter (3yr)

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    I tend to be stuck on certain colors. That does tend to make my quilts all look the same. Doing the Downy Charity quilts has helped to break me out of that way of thinking.

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    what are downy charity quilts?

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    Here you go, a lot of people have responded to this they send you a free pre cut kit and you finnish it and send it back to them.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/posts/list/27514.page

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    PS Welcome to the board there is a lot to learn from here!!

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    LOL... Never.... even if I just do samplers for a while, they're all very unique.

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    I love the dark primitive colors and tend to use them often. someone (a non quilter) once commented my quilts all look the same. It got me to wondering.

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    Mine have themes over the years - I went through a blue period, basket period, Americana period, and such. I think the beauty of building a good stash is you are not limited by this year's "in" colors.

    I think most of the older quilters with country blue/mauve and seafoam/peach quilts will agree with me!

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    Gee - good question. I don't know that I can answer that since I have done a variety of patterns and a variety of colors. Some of the color combinations are not my style and are quite challenging. Now if I only worked in colors/values I liked, they might start looking alike.

    I find that joining swaps (where the partner's preference is stated) is a good and easy way to branch out. Another way is to take classes and try something new.

    .....however, if the quilts are well done and pretty - does it matter if they fit in the same family?

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    Most of mine look different because the kids usually pick out their own patterns and fabrics.

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    Mine all look different if they looked the same color wise or pattern I would get bored and never work on it. I like to switch thing up a bit. :wink: :wink:

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    I never really thought about it, but I do tend to have a lot of the same kind of colors - Holly Taylor earth tone types - in my quilts. Of course, ones that I make for others are different - a BRIGHT baby quilt for one friend, a blue/purple/green/teal batik for another, etc. But as for the ones for me...probably look a lot alike even though I do a lot of different patterns. I'm trying to branch out. Bought a bunch of 1930s repro fabrics and did a small wallhanging that immediately went to my sister-in-law because she liked it, but I have another one for me on my to-do list.

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    Mine don't necessarily look the same, because I seem to encounter a different problem with each quilt. Just when I think I have licked one problem, a different one pops up on the next project. So, I guess you could say that each of my quilts is unique because of the fuss factors.

    Renee

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    Not mine. I don't alwyas use patterns and if I do, I change them. I get very different fabrics. Because I am selling many of my quilts, I tend to look at fabrics from the eye of the potential buyer. I used not to make anything I didn't trully enjoy, and even though I still do that, I have started looking into themes I don't do for myself and techniques I have never used.

    Another thing is that I try to use new techniques (at least new to me) for evey new quilt I start.

    Maria

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    Thanks for all the input! Interesting to know how others see their quilts. I like scrappy quilts and primitive colors (blacks, reds, mustard yellows) I tend to make most of my quilts with this in mind but I use different patterns. I guess I will have to make myself branch out a little at a time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trupeach
    Mine all look different if they looked the same color wise or pattern I would get bored and never work on it. I like to switch thing up a bit. :wink: :wink:
    My sentiments exactly! :D

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    i think people develop a signature style and i don't see anything wrong with that.

    i view it as a painter, you can always tell a Picasso or a Pollock.

    so its the same for quilters, you can always tell a Bryer-Fallert or a Schamber.

    develop your our signature style and don't try to fight it - its part of the creative process and very uniquely you.

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    I used to always do the same boring simple sashing 'til this year. I challenged myself to do different layouts and borders not the same old same old and I am finding that I enjoy the creating process and finished results a lot more.
    I love scrappy quilts and there are a lot of different patterns to try and borders to try too. I don't usually do the same one twice but some are calling me to remake them so I just might do those over
    Eileen

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    I like to think of it as quilting in a series. I use the same pattern for all the baby quilts I make. I even have a set of fabrics I use for the blocks and just get a different background for each quilt. So they're the same but different. Then I do a series of quilts for the girls after they move to a twin size bed. They're square in a square with black sashing. I can use up a mulitude of scraps for those so they tend to look similar. I've made 6 of them so far and I have #7 & 8 started. The boys have gotten either string quilts or a D9P. There are a lot more girls in the family!

    Other than those two series my quilts don't look alike. I tend to use a wide color palatte though. I don't care for the Thimbleberries, Kansas Troubles type colors at all and I have noticed the people that favor those colors tend to only use that type of color range.

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    If I was only making quilts for myself, I would probably have several styles and color palettes that I would pretty much stick to... But most of what I am making are geared to other's tastes and it keeps me out of a self imposed rut LOL.

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