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Thread: loosing inspiration

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    I started a quilt that I was super excited about but realized I had no where near the time needed to finish it before its intended gift date, so I switched patterns from one of my design to a scrappy themed turning twenty that looked awesome in my head.

    Now I'm lookling at it and it looks... kind of thrown together, I see the theme, but its not "matching"

    I'm still a novice so this is a new thing for me, the other projects I've done are ones that I really liked the end result of.

    What do you do when you loose inspiration? Do you finish a quilt that you aren't sure you like any more?

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    I post a picture on this board and get so much positive and encouraging feedback that I start to like it! :lol:
    Happend more than once and while you are stuck on the things you dislike, others see the good and nice parts about it and will change your point of view.
    Go ahead and post a picture.
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    Please post a picture of your quilt for us to see

    Quote Originally Posted by Afton
    I started a quilt that I was super excited about but realized I had no where near the time needed to finish it before its intended gift date, so I switched patterns from one of my design to a scrappy themed turning twenty that looked awesome in my head.

    Now I'm lookling at it and it looks... kind of thrown together, I see the theme, but its not "matching"

    I'm still a novice so this is a new thing for me, the other projects I've done are ones that I really liked the end result of.

    What do you do when you loose inspiration? Do you finish a quilt that you aren't sure you like any more?

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    We need pics:) We are the harshest judges of our own work, the people here are very helpful and sometimes things just need a gentle tweak to get the look you are after....may not need tweaking at all...maybe you just need some positive encouragement.

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    i thought scrappy was meant to look not matching :lol:

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    I agree with the other posts. Quite often a quilt that you don't like during construction can become one of your favorites after some time has passed. You may have had one image in your mind when you started, but the quilt can take on a life of its own and so your initial image doesn't match what you see. Give it time and you will probably love it!
    (And yes, post pictures!)

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    when that happens to me i try to push on and finish it. what i've discovered is that even when i don't like a quilt i've made ... 9 times out of 10 ... somebody else will love it.

    i've also found that a quilt will sometimes look awful while still in progress. once done, they somehow look better.

    keep going. you will probably be very pleasantly surprised by the result. :-)

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    turning 20 is supposed to be scrappy, it probably looks great!

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    I agree with all of the above, and I bet its not as bad as you think. where is the picture?

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    I've been in the same boat. I choose colors for a quilt and when I began to cut it out, the one shade of green I did not like. So I decided to sew some pieces together, at first I thought "I just don't know". The more I sewed the top together it got better. Finished it now and I love it!

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    Good for you, for not wanting to abandon ship after the work you have done so far on this. You've received some great suggestions here.

    Great quilts as WIP sometimes go downhill when bordered wrong.
    Ugly quilts often can come together with the right borders!

    Please do show us your WIP ... and you'll get lots of ideas to help you continue on.

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    Thanks you guys, I'll post a picture when I get home tonight

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    I have made a lot of quilts that started out ok..but then..yuck..no how you feel, but as someone said, we are definately our own worst critic!!

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    Sorry for the long delay, here is a bad picture of the quilt top so far, sorry my camera is pretty old.

    Thanks!
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    Hey Afton! It looks pretty good from here (even in the dark)!

    Only thing I'm seeing "different" is the use of value - lights don't feel light enough, and the darks are the same - sort of like the quilt is all medium values.

    Not to worry - It will still turn out pretty good. I did a charity quilt with the same issues on value and I had the same feeling about it, but at a longer distance than right in front of it, it suddenly started looking a lot better. I wound up showing it at our local quilt show this May 1 to pretty good acclaim. So Don't FUSS - just finish it, then step back (WAY back) and take another look at it. I think you will be pleasantly surprised at the results.

    See what I mean about contrast?

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    Even with the camera not being so great.....

    I LOVE IT.....the colors are wonderful and blend nicely.

    You should be proud....you did not give up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Afton
    Sorry for the long delay, here is a bad picture of the quilt top so far, sorry my camera is pretty old.

    Thanks!
    Thanks for posting ... I think your fears are unwarranted. Are you becoming disappointed with it's "scrappy" look, which is what that pattern is all about ... because you are judging it against a "matchy-matchy" pattern? I know I've done that. It takes a shift in mindset to like scrappy looks.

    And too, once you have the quilt together, frame it up with a border(s) you'll be surprised how well it can all come together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ
    when that happens to me i try to push on and finish it. what i've discovered is that even when i don't like a quilt i've made ... 9 times out of 10 ... somebody else will love it.

    i've also found that a quilt will sometimes look awful while still in progress. once done, they somehow look better.

    keep going. you will probably be very pleasantly surprised by the result. :-)
    I agree and in the end you may find that you like it as well!!

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