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Thread: Is this how UFO's happen?

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    Is this how UFO's happen?

    I've been working on this GFG for several months. Spent a long time collecting mostly 30's reproductions because I love them and wanted it to be a little scrappy looking. Spent a long time pondering the path. White just doesn't work in my house it wouldn't look nice long. Found a gray that I love. These are large hexis (1 1/2 inch). But now that I have all the flowers done and have added path pieces and am in the final assembly I'm falling out of love fast. Not to mention it is like wrestling a bear trying to manuever the flowers around to hand sew them together. I'm very quickly getting to where I don't like the look at all. The lighting isn't the best in this picture - but does it really look as bad as I think?
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    Thatz why mykitty Zoey iis getting mine,
    After i finish hand quilting it.
    i love yours

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    It looks great !!!

    I think you may have to 'take time away' from it if your falling out of love for it... im the same way, if it takes too long from start to finish i get bored ( annoyed that its not done yet more like it) so i work on something else and come back to it later when I'm refreshed and fall in love with it all over again..

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    I like the way it looks. I'm not an orange person, per se, but I'm loving the pops of orange against the gray. I would take a step back for a bit and then go back to it. I think you'll find that you have fallen back in love with it. Honestly, I think of a GFG as a long term project. One that you nibble away at. I think it would also be good when you just want something that you can work on without too much pre-planning since you've already done it.

    Set it aside. Go back to it, maybe in winter. I'm sure the bright colors will really cheer you up then and you'll love all over again.

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    For me, if a project is a long drawn out process, I become bored with it. If I keep plugging away at a quilt that is taking what I think is too long to complete, I wind up hating it and not getting enjoyment out of my quilting time. I've learned to just put it away for a while (sometimes for a longer "while" than others! ) I will eventually get back to it and if I don't then I don't. I give myself permission not to finish everything!
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    ​It is going to be so pretty! I would do it in sections like the one you have done and then sew the sections together. Just think how good it will feel when you can check GFG off your bucket list.

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    Putting it away until Winter sounds like an excellent idea. Often when a quilt is completed and quilted it looks much different.
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    I think your pattern and colors look great. And yes, when I experience burn out on a project it becomes a UFO for weeks, months and maybe years. LOL
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    I have been working on a GFG for about 3 years now. It is one of my take along projects. Lots of flowers started but none attached yet! When I get tired of it or begin to think it looks awful I just put it away and forget about it for a few weeks or months. When I need another take along project I just grab and go! Step away for awhile then go back to it

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    Definitely put it on the back burner for a while. I have often fallen out of love with a quilt, only to pick it up six months or a year later and wonder why I ever gave up on it... Some of my best quilts were born this way!! I like yours!
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    Nothing to fall out of love with there....it's very pretty. I have a long term (years) GFG project..which is nearing the joining up phase. I work on it in the evenings and sometimes take it along when I have an appointment with a long wait. Persevere. GFG look stunning when quilted....I think that's when they come "alive". So don't give up on it.

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    I think it is beautiful. Don't give up. I struggled with connecting my flowers the first couple rows, then I got the hang of it and it goes pretty quick. I have been attaching each flower as I finish making a row of flowers. I wouldn't try doing it in sections, I think it would really be unwieldy. Just keep plugging away one flower at a time. Just think how much you have put into it, and you are almost done.

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    My second one is all folded up by my chair, waiting for attention. It is nearly finished but I just needed a break and to work on something else for a while!

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    Make it a P.I.G.S. for now....I am seeing (I think) what you are seeing......All else fails, you could make a table runner, potholders, a trivet or....... I have a 3/4 finished top on my planning board which I look at several times a day and can not get back to it....I really should box it up and just start a fresh new project, instead of not sewing at all because I have fallen out of love.
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    It looks great to me - orange used to be my least favorite color but I find myself really liking it lately! Maybe a break is all you need - come back to it with fresh eyes and I bet it'll look more beautiful to you, too.

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    I'm going to be the wet blanket and agree with you. Your work is super but it seems, JMHO, something is needed. Would you consider adding little 4-hexagon diamonds at the intersections of the blocks? Perhaps in greens.

    I also agree with the folks who advise setting it aside for awhile---

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    Here is a photo with the setting diamonds I had planned on. I liked the gray because when I laid the flowers on it it seemed to tone down the too bright fabrics and give a little oomph to the lighter ones. Keep in mind this isn't natural light, but you get the idea.

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    I'm going to be the wet blanket and agree with you. Your work is super but it seems, JMHO, something is needed. Would you consider adding little 4-hexagon diamonds at the intersections of the blocks? Perhaps in greens.

    I also agree with the folks who advise setting it aside for awhile---
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    If your fabrics in your flowers have bright white in them, like the pink & white check...they are most likely fighting the gray you chose for your background. Your flowers are bright pure tones of color, the background color is more muted (greyed). a solid pastel color for your background might make you like it better. If you like the gray best, remember that the quilting thread will be another opportunity to get the top to be cohesive. A varigated quilting thread color can liven up the gray and still relate back to the flower colors. Love your flower color choices.
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    Sometimes working on a project so long we just need a break. Maybe work on something small and then you will be ready to tackle your GFG again.

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    Color lady is right. The gray is fighting with the clear colors. I made my husband look at it and after hemming and hawing I said I don't like it and I wanted his honest opinion. Solution....the gray has to go. Me and my seam ripper are about to get real close. There are 780 gray path pieces to unsew. On the brightside. I have the path all done for my next GFG.

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    It does not matter if we like it or not. It is important if you like it. You have put so much work and energy into it, so finish it and put it away. Take it out in several months and look at it again. If you still do not like the way it looks, it is going to make an amazing gift for somebody on your holiday list. Good luck!
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    Oh I know that my opinion is most important. But that is why I double checked with you wonderful quilters. I just couldnt figure out what was wrong. The idea for gray was good, it just doesnt work well with the flowers. But I bet it would look nice with either bright solid flowers or smokey batiks. I love working with the hexes so I was already planning more. The gray will get used just not with my pretty 30's repro flowers.

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    I want a bit of handsewing to do, so I'm starting s GFG, but I'm going to do the flowers and appliqué them to a square block, instead of piecing them traditionally like you have. I'm hoping it will cut down on the "wrestling" and make it into a project I can actually complete. We'll see!

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    Well, that is one way my UFO's happen! I have four that are in various stages of assembly the oldest I have been working on 3 or 4 years. I am attaching the 4th border today! Of course, the way I chose to quilt the border is going to take me about 10 hours for each side and I only have one side and a smidge of a second, so I am still many hours away from completion. But this is the year!!! Another is still in blocks and one needs one more border quilted and added to the quilt and then bound, Another is in about 5 large pieces (already quilted) and needs to be put together. I think I will get to them before dementia sets in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cowpie2 View Post
    Here is a photo with the setting diamonds I had planned on. I liked the gray because when I laid the flowers on it it seemed to tone down the too bright fabrics and give a little oomph to the lighter ones. Keep in mind this isn't natural light, but you get the idea.
    I think it works with the setting diamonds. ( I suggested green because I like leaf colors with flowers) It has a cool serenity. LOL try some solid green setting diamonds---I haven't given up on the leaves.

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