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Thread: Funny how a couple of days gives you a different perspective.

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    Funny how a couple of days gives you a different perspective.

    I just finished quilting 2 small quilts to send to Quilts Without Borders. One of the tops sent to me was a log cabin made up of Christmas fabrics, mostly reds and some greens. The backing was solid green.

    Since the front had mostly hollys and poinsettas, berries, etc...I decided to use a pattern I had of holly, berries and ribbons. I decided to quilt it in white thread. I thought the white and green on the backing would look good. And that it would blend in on the front since it had some white running through the reds and greens.


    Oh...I totally HATED how it turned out. The backing looked fine...the design really popped with the white and green. But the top....the white thread didn't blend into the background at all and seemed to draw attention to itself...which is not what I'd planned at all.

    I decided I had ruined that quilt and was so unhappy...it is for a charity...and I wanted whoever the little boy/girl was that received it to have something beautiful in to own. Waaah! I couldn't bear to finish trimming and binding and was grateful that the person who pieced it wasn't going to see the job I'd done on her top.

    Then today a strange thing happened. I trimmed it and took another good look. Christmas Elves must have been working during the day that it lay untouched...because it looks great to me now. I really like it and think my quilting was pretty decent...not perfect...but a decent job.

    So...What happened??? Did it look OK all along? Or am I just fooling myself now? LOL...this type of thing could make me think I've gone bonkers.
    Last edited by dray965; 04-28-2013 at 03:27 PM.

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    It happens sometimes when you are work so long on a project. That is why everyone always says to put a project away and re-evaluate it later.

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    No, you haven't gone bonkers. You were probably very tired and just needed some space between you and the quilt. Rest assured there is a person out there who will be thrilled to have this quilt! You 'dun' something good.


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    As others have said, you are just to close to it when you are working on it. You consciously or unconsciously remember every little thing that didn't go quite like you wanted it to. I can't even see what a quilt looks like until a week or more after the last stitch. Glad you came around to liking this one, that is what keeps us quilting.

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    That has happened to me. Finished quilting a project and think blech! Come back to bind it a few days later or look at it a month after it's finished and think......hey, that's not too bad.

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    That can work in reverse for me also - think something is great and look at it later and don't like it. I guess most of the time distance can be our friend. Maybe we just focus on the whole thing rather than a small part of it. Glad it turned out for you.

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    Sometimes we envision a certain outcome and when the vision and actual outcome don't match, we are disappointed. Time gives us perspective.

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    We are our worst critics. I am sure some child will love it and think it is perfect. I am glad after a few days away from it you are now happy with it.
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    It's a stress thing, you know, we all have it from time to time.
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    Sometimes the image I have in my mind is the only one I can measure my success, and when it not that exact image I get sooo disappointed. But like you if I just give it some time I can adjust that "image" I had when I started , and realize what I ended up with is just a good as the one I had in my mind.

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    I hardly ever like my quilt when it's in the been-quilted-but-not-squared up-and-bound stage. That last step is the clincher to make it "just wonderful"! Sometimes I have to force myself to finish due to this anomaly, but I have had only one quilt in 30 years that was horrid after it was completed. I gave that sucker away and have not thought about it until this topic came up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lori S View Post
    Sometimes the image I have in my mind is the only one I can measure my success, and when it not that exact image I get sooo disappointed. But like you if I just give it some time I can adjust that "image" I had when I started , and realize what I ended up with is just a good as the one I had in my mind.
    I think you nailed it exactly. This happens often. It is not what you pictured, but you usually adjust to it

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    It's really interesting to hear what you all have to say about this. Now I don't feel so crazy.
    Dray, you are doing a really wonderful thing!

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    Jan: Feel the same way you do about the binding. I don't know what happens but when that binding goes on even the worst becomes magical. People look at me very strangely when I say this but I swear its true. Maybe its the weight of all the quilters that have gone before.

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    You just needed to rest and take a break. Everyone's perspective changes a little when they've taken a break. Hope you took photos. Would love to see it.

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    Hi dray956, maybe you were just tired, that often happens,you did what you did out of love, maybe someone with more power took over and finished what you had started, who knows. Letty x

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    Time passed and your mind came to peace over the quilting. It looked ok all along.

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    You're not bonkers, just suffered a temporary lapse after working on a quilt for some time. Stepping away for a day or two can do wonders and bring things back into perspective. I'm sure it's a beautiful quilt.

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    I agree with the group that sometimes you just get too involved in the immediate and really can't see how well it looks. I'm glad it came out well.

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    I agree that a break from it can make a big difference

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    Quote Originally Posted by caspharm View Post
    I agree with the group that sometimes you just get too involved in the immediate and really can't see how well it looks. I'm glad it came out well.
    I agree, and I think a lot of the times that this has to do with having a "vision" of how you want the finished quilt to look, and even when it comes out great, if it doesn't match that vision 100% it can be a disappointment. Giving it a few days gives you a new perspective on how awesome it really is

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    This happens to me all the time too. I see every mistake and every issue. Then come back to it and now I can see the big picture and it's all not so bad. I'm glad some little person is going to enjoy this quilt.
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    Our guild makes over 1200 doll quilts a year for Head Start. Believe me the children who get these are so thrilled and they don't care one bit how it is quilted. Some people tie them. I like to practice my FMQ on them and think they hold up better than tied ones. Just my opinion. People who received these from people they don't even know are so gratiful to receive something. They give them to the children and Christmas and they are all different colors and designs and they are so appreciated. One mother even took the quilt to use for her baby rather than the childs doll. If I had known I would have made another for the "real baby." Don't worry they aren't the quilt police and may really enjoy seeing the stitching.

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