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If you did not like it then - do you like it now?

Old 06-07-2015, 04:21 AM
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Default If you did not like it then - do you like it now?

I have seen mixed advice on what to do if one actively dislikes something one is working on.

1) If one does not like it now - one will probably still dislike it 20 years from now. Change whatever it is that is bothering one and continue.

2) Work on it until it is finished - no matter what . Sometimes one falls in love with the finished item.

In your experiences - of those quilts/projects that you hated while working on them, but finished anyway - how do you feel about them? (Other than relief that it is a project that is done and out of the way)

Happy with it?
Wish you had changed it while the changing was comparatively easy?
Wrote it off as a learning experience and will never do something like that again?
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Old 06-07-2015, 04:27 AM
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I have done both. My first major quilt was a machine embroideried Jenny Haskins "The Color Purple". Why I started it I'll never know. I'm not even a fan of purple. Anyway, I worked on it for over 10 years with the mindset that I spent all this money, I'm not going to waste it. Finally finished it and I tolerate it if someone comes and loves it, they will leave with it. The other instance is the navy and floral kingsize quilt that I recently posted pics of. I completely dismantled it, changed the blocks around, put it back together and now I love it.
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Old 06-07-2015, 04:44 AM
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I don't finish it or change it. I get rid of it. I can remember doing this two times. The quilts in progress made me frustrated to look at them. It felt good to ball it up, trash it, and think good riddance.
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Old 06-07-2015, 04:48 AM
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Years ago I finished what I started no matter if I liked it or not. Because of that I have 3 of the ugliest quilts in the closet in The Box That Shall Never Be Opened.

Now, if I don't like how something is progressing I stop and re-evaluate. If it's truly bad I take it apart and add the cut pieces to my scrap box. If it's re-workable, I'll play around with it until I like it. Life's too short to deal with something I don't like and probably never will.
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Old 06-07-2015, 04:56 AM
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If I have the top pieced, I will finish it and give it away to someone. If I am still in the piecing stage, I separate it and us the fabrics somewhere else.
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Old 06-07-2015, 05:18 AM
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Assuming it's not a commission quilt, I'm in the throw it out or reclaim the fabric by taking it apart camp. Some things are just not meant to be.
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Old 06-07-2015, 06:00 AM
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Originally Posted by janRN View Post
Years ago I finished what I started no matter if I liked it or not. Because of that I have 3 of the ugliest quilts in the closet in The Box That Shall Never Be Opened.
LOL-this made me cry from laughing so hard!
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Old 06-07-2015, 06:06 AM
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my quilting experience is usually like a roller coaster. Starts out with wild enthusiasm, progresses to second guessing when half way done with piecing, when the top is done I usually dislike it intensely. I think I've just been looking at it too much because usually after sitting a week or two, I'm back in love and ready to quilt it. I have a couple tops I just can't get excited enough to quilt, but occasionally will pull one out to do some experimental quilting.
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Old 06-07-2015, 06:28 AM
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My experience with this was when I made a bunch of blocks out of very bright fabric. Individually they were OK, but when I combined them to make the quilt they looked just horrible together! I eventually divided the blocks into 2 different groups, separated them with wide black strips to tone them down and donated both to charity!! Hopefully a couple of folks got some use from them and I didn't have to look at them anymore!!
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Old 06-07-2015, 06:38 AM
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I usually let it sit for a while (sometimes a LONG while) and expect to go back to finish it. Eventually, I'll be in the right mood that I will face the fact that I am never going to finish it because I don't really like it and I either give it away, trash it or put it in my scraps to be cut up for future projects. It is always so freeing when it's gone.
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