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Thread: Does it ever bother you that your work can look commercial?

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    The last few things I have made look good. But at the same time they look almost commercial in that there are few "hand made" features. It kinda bothers me that anyone would look at my creations as commercially made cause they are good. Am I the only one??

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    Mine always have so many flaws that I don't have that problem. I would probably get upset if someone thought it was bought at a store.

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    I want my projects to look good, but also handmade... I think it is a good thing/bad thing LOL I guess in the planning, we need to add some "hand made" touch to each quilt, so there is no question as to it being store bought or not. :D:D:D

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    If you look at commercial stuff closely, the workmanship is horrible. I don't think I have ever seen a quilt from Penney's and find it any good. If they are hand quilted the knots tend to be on top and the corners never match.

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    No worry about my quilts being mistaken for looking commercial. LOL I do make tote bags and purses that people can't believe I made them. I am a perfectionist on those but not on my quilts. I don't know why.

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    I too, always have enough flaws that no one would make that mistake. However, I have seen commercial quilts with mis-aligned seams and stitching that was wonky.
    I feel that since you are your own strongest critic, you have to do what you can live with.

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    My DM gave me a store bought quilt last December and it started coming apart at the seams 2 months after I started using it. I don't know why she bought it she knows I make quilts. Anyways I have never had a home made quilt do this in such a short period of time.

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    I have to agree. I was looking at one at my MIL and she didn't want to wash hers because she was afraid it would fall apart. The seams along the side of the bed were already straining just from people sitting on the bed. So, I am SURE yours are much better than any commercial quilts. Good for you!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwhite
    The last few things I have made look good. But at the same time they look almost commercial in that there are few "hand made" features. It kinda bothers me that anyone would look at my creations as commercially made cause they are good. Am I the only one??
    kwhite- If I am understanding you correctly I'm thinking that's what I don't like about machine quilting. It just doesn't look handmade to me. However since joining this board I'm re-thinking MQ b/c I want to make way more things than I have time to hand quilt. And
    I have the capabilities on my machine to do some so I'm going to.
    The beautiful quilts I've seen on this board have changed my thinking :)
    Please don't anyone take offense, especially when you read the sentence above!!!!!!! :D
    CJ- maybe your Mom bought you one of those quilts b/c she didn't know they weren't quality made and knew you liked quilts and thought you'd like one. My sister bought herself one only once. I gave her such a lecture that I think she didn't just to shut me up. She doesn't quilt and doesn't know anything out them lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwhite
    The last few things I have made look good. But at the same time they look almost commercial in that there are few "hand made" features. It kinda bothers me that anyone would look at my creations as commercially made cause they are good. Am I the only one??
    (Sigh) Now that's one problem I DON'T have :oops: :oops: I wanna be like you when I grow up! :lol:

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    I really don't want to sound conceded. I just don't want to be wearing a dress I made and have someone assume I bought it at Penny's cause it is too good. I also don't want anyone to look at it and say WOW you had to make that in your basement either. I guess I just can't be satisfied.

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    Sometimes - when I am making things that I am planning to sell - I bite the bullet and use really cliched fabric choices. Patriotic, Christmas, Pastel-o-rama. I'm almost embarrassed to do it - but they do sell. So do it! Then make special things for yourself, family and friends. Your work is really beautiful. I may have to steal some hot pad patterns....

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjomomma
    Mine always have so many flaws that I don't have that problem. I would probably get upset if someone thought it was bought at a store.

    ditto, plus I hand quilt, embellish or do something to give it a personal touch

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwhite
    I really don't want to sound conceded. I just don't want to be wearing a dress I made and have someone assume I bought it at Penny's cause it is too good. I also don't want anyone to look at it and say WOW you had to make that in your basement either. I guess I just can't be satisfied.
    But people pay big $$$ to have dresses custom made for them.
    All you need to do is find people to pay you big $$$ to custom make quilts for them!

    Maybe you need to start putting your labels on the front!

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    HAHAHA Good idea. Like a little alligator on the upper left quadrant of the garment. Maybe I can revive IZOD.

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    I think fabric choices make the difference. I went to a quilt show a few months ago and when I saw so many quilts at one time and could compare them side by side --- I saw quilts that appeared to have been made from a stash and some that looked like the maker purchased all the fabric at once for a pattern --- or that it was a kit. The latter group did have a commercial look to them, the material was just so matchy matchy.

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    I could get so lucky to have this sort of problem. Someday if I work really hard. Maybe that is why some people include a "humility" block?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bottle Blonde
    I think fabric choices make the difference. I went to a quilt show a few months ago and when I saw so many quilts at one time and could compare them side by side --- I saw quilts that appeared to have been made from a stash and some that looked like the maker purchased all the fabric at once for a pattern --- or that it was a kit. The latter group did have a commercial look to them, the material was just so matchy matchy.
    I had a similar reaction to a quilt on display at one of the booths...absolutely gorgeous colors, beautifully done , and the kit was available for 'only' $150! I loved it, but I don't want one just like who knows how many other people are making. At least half the fun is picking out the design, the fabrics, the ultimate layout and knowing that you designed it...yeah, maybe it was a traditional pattern, or one designed by someone else originally, but in the end it has your persobal touches that make it unique.

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    It took me a long time for me to show my work to other people,as I began to learn what to do,then I couldn't wait for someone to see my work. I am offended if someone thinks my work is "store bought",but what is worse is when you give someone a quilt and they don't even unfold it to look at it. That is when I wonder if I should have done all that work.

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    Nobody ever asks me if I bought it because they all know I make everything. :lol: :lol: :lol:

    Hummm, is that good or bad I wonder? :lol:

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    Mine dosen't look comercial, stitches are too close, but I want it to look good. Agree w/Bottle Blond and mom 6, make it original, thats fun to me! :)

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    I have up to this stage made my quilts all by hand. I was not relaxed using the machine. I have just purchased a new machine and am enjoying the speed of machine piecing. - lots more quilts may be made!!! I still prefer hand applique and quilting but may also attempt this on the machine at some stage.Mine do not look commercially made - there are too many flaws in them to be considered. But I have loved every one of them.

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    All my efforts look hand made and I love them that way, no chance of mine looking commercial, I am too old for that, I try especially hard to make mine look like the old fashioned kind of scrap quilt or country, machine pieced but hand quilted, warts and all!!

    Gal

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    My quilts do not look store made, unless the quality control were sick that day :roll: :lol:

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    Hmmm That's so funny!! Recently I made a Bow Tuck Purse, and my friend said "I hope you aren't offended, but that looks store bought!" I thought it was funny that she thought i would be offended by that, I was rather flattered that it didn't look "homemade". She compared it to Vera Bradley, which I see as a compliment since her stuff is well made. But I think on the flip side I can see what KWhite is saying. I would hate to put so much love and effort into a quilt, maybe give it to someone and then they pass it on so people don't know where it originated, and down the line it gets sold at a thrift store for $2 next to every other China made comforter because people can tell that it was handmade. That makes me sad, but it is hard to tell sometimes as I often want to rescue quilts in a thrift store myself and give them love, but I don't want to give love to a mass produced item and honestly without a label, sometimes it is so hard to tell!!

    Rachel

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