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Thread: Lesson learned... LOVE ALL YOUR FABRICS FIRST!

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    How about using it as the backing of a quilt??
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    Hey how about a beautiful applique and a vine over the quilt..? Think of the blah blocks as background and put little sayings on it...or your name...
    Every quilt has a reason... finish up what you want to do with it and give it away to someone who will love it..
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    ps we have all been there ...

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    I did the samething in green tan and brown!!!

    Then I found a wildlife panel that I can cut in section and use as main focus on my quilt It should look pretty good :-).

    Hope this idea can save your quilt too.

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    Don't throw anything out, you never know when something will hit you and say thats where I can put it. Use as a border, or placemats, pillow cases.
    SueDor

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    Can you make a slash or a cut here and there and stitch in a fabric to make it stand up and sing.

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    We so often hear that there aren't enough masculine quilts donated - this sounds like a perfect candidate!

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    No, please don't banish the "blah" blocks. You would be surprised how many people the earth tone colors. You might combine the rest of your blocks and finish the quilt then contact your local LQS to see if they know of a worthy recepient, like someone in a nursing home or cancer treatment center. Please do not give up. I am sure it will be wonderful when it's finished.

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    Some good ideas! That's what is so wonderful about this board. Everyone is so thoughtful & helpful! Now I have some ideas I can use to salvage my latest disaster quilt. Thanks to all!

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    I did a Black and Tan quilt that I really loved and must say was hit on the board. Is there any way to phase out the color or fabric that you find offensive or of adding more of one color?
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    I was thinking puppy beds. But the back of a quilt sounds like a wonderful alternative.
    Quilting makes me happy!..

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    Oh I did that but am lazy and spiced it up with bright vibrant dashing and appliqué! You might try that and make it smaller then gift it out. ( you don't have to look at it after lol worked for me ).
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    I bet it ain't that ugly, try some sashing or something to brighten it up!
    If a woman's work is never done....why start?

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    Okay Folks, HERE IT IS, warts and all - hahahaName:  DSCF2715 - Copy.JPG
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    I would just put togther what you have done and donate it! I put togeter a sudoko quilt Friday night and YUK! A niece walked its and loved it. All a matter of taste. I'll finish it and give it to her. I have a second on all cut from the same colors. That one will be donated!

    Lessons learned about taste and projects I guess for us both.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sewhappytoquilt View Post
    I was all set to make a Double Slice Layer Cake in Blacks, Browns, and Tans, all gathered from my stash. I got half of my 157 blocks completed and pressed, so I thought I'd arrange them just to take a preview peek. OMG - how blah and boring. I am not even going to waste my time finishing it (King size). Since I sewed all the pieces, string method, I can't even save the 157 squares, unless I spend a LOT of time ripping seams. Lesson learned... LOVE ALL YOUR FABRICS FIRST. Using "just okay" fabrics with other "just okay" fabrics is NOT going to miraculously turn them into something gorgeous.

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    Looks quite masculine to me. If they were my blocks, I would sew 4 blocks, randomly, into a 4patch block. I'd sash each block with a narrow med. or dark blue strip. With some border, should make 2 very nice quilts for boys or men. They are worth rescuing. Good luck with whatever you decide.

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    add another coloer to spice it up
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    I see just a dab or red on a couple of blocks....I'd add sashing.

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    Adding blocks with brighter fabrics sounds like a good idea to me, too.
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    I had a similar experience when making quilts for the wounded soldiers. I alternated rows with reds, oranges, yellows, etc. It ended up being one of my favorites. The soldier loved it too.
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    what about like a dissappearing 9 patch...just cut it up and use a colorful fabric to add to it. post a pic i'm sure you will get alot more help that way.
    Last edited by dotski; 05-06-2012 at 05:01 PM.
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    If you have an embroidery machine, embroider some bright designs on it. If not, sew pieces of lace, rick-rack, ribbon, yarn, or whatever on the blocks before sewing them together. Make it sort of crazy-quilt style. It's amazing what a little color can do!

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    Here is someone who makes a lot of scrappy quilts in mostly subdued colors and has quite a few of them in her gallery. http://www.lynnroddybrown.com/Site/Gallery.html Maybe you'll see something that will inspire you to rescue your quilt. Just a solid sashing around those blocks might be all they need to shine.

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    Sooooo many good and thoughtful ideas from each of you. I guess I'll re-think my original plan and perhaps do something different with what I have. I know that adding COLOR will definitely be on the agenda! I agree with you all that the thought of wasting fabric in this day and age is offensive to the pocketbook. I guess I was just so darn disappointed after all the time and effort spent. Thanks for the outstanding suggestions and encouragement.
    Loretta Sewhappytoquilt

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    i say add purple....or a deep color u don't usually use
    dotti

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    I would sash between blocks with black AND a bright color selected from the squares.
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