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Old 11-09-2011, 10:42 AM
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Have you ever made a quilt that you truly don't like? I did a block of the month this past year using black and white fabric. Each block looked pretty good until I had to put them all together, add an outer border and final border. I decided to make it for my son for Christmas. Now that the top is finished, I see so many things a little wrong that I'm not even sure I want to pay to have it quilted. This was my first try at a BOM and the pieces were usually 3 inches or smaller. I guess he will still get the quilt and I'll hope it doesn't turn out to be a dog blanket. I'll post a picture when I get the final border on it.
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Old 11-09-2011, 10:49 AM
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There have been a few that just weren't as I pictured them being. I think you should stop looking at it so closely and get it quilted. You may feel better about it then.
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Old 11-09-2011, 10:52 AM
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yes and it is still unfinished and my kids love playing with it.
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Old 11-09-2011, 11:03 AM
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Originally Posted by Fabricnut View Post
Have you ever made a quilt that you truly don't like? I did a block of the month this past year using black and white fabric. Each block looked pretty good until I had to put them all together, add an outer border and final border. I decided to make it for my son for Christmas. Now that the top is finished, I see so many things a little wrong that I'm not even sure I want to pay to have it quilted. This was my first try at a BOM and the pieces were usually 3 inches or smaller. I guess he will still get the quilt and I'll hope it doesn't turn out to be a dog blanket. I'll post a picture when I get the final border on it.
My usual progression goes as follows:

1. Resolve to use only items from my stash. Pick the fabric. Love it. Think it all fits together. Put it on the cutting table.
2. Hate some or all of the fabric. Switch some, go to fabric store, buy some more.
3. Cut some pieces. Decide I don't like some or all fabrics. Go to fabric store.
4. After cutting, put all auditioned and new fabrics away. Wonder why it won't fit into the spot from which it came.
5. Make some blocks. Decide I hate everything about this quilt. Grit my teeth and tough it out. Optional: Go to fabric store.
6. Complete quilt top. Procrastinate until layering is inevitable.
7. Layer. Think about quilting patterns for a few days/weeks/months.
8. Start quilting. Lay quilt on floor to look at effect. Change quilting pattern (optional) and rip out previous quilting. Finish quilting about an hour at a time.
9. Make binding. Add binding. Decide this is the ugliest quilt ever made.
10. Show quilt to someone else. They say it's beautiful. Decide they're right. Repeat this step as required until I believe it.
11. Resolve that the next quilt will have no new fabric, since now I have more than before I started this quilt.
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Old 11-09-2011, 11:13 AM
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I did a mystery quilt that I did not like the way it came out. I quilted it and I finally gave it away to one of the homes that has children.
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Old 11-09-2011, 11:15 AM
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I have made quilts for friends' babies in colors that they wanted but I didn't like. I never like the results when I do that, but other people don't see the quilts the way that I do and they rave about them. Go figure! I'm betting your quilt will be fine (and if it isn't, then dogs need quilts, too ... I bet they love their dog.).
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Old 11-09-2011, 11:25 AM
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You got, Krisb. That is one familiar story! :-)

I have definitely had quilts that I didn't like and just like Fabricnut, it is always a block of the month. I've finally learned that I like picking out my own fabrics and patterns much better.
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Old 11-09-2011, 11:34 AM
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Yep - I've got one in progress with penguins that I thought I would love as I love penguins. But the yellow that I used as an accent is just too harsh. I think it will end up as a donation quilt.

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Old 11-09-2011, 11:50 AM
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And how! Made a mystery quilt from one of the quilt mags about18 yrs. ago. Had plenty of fabric in my stash, but decided to go to local LQS and buy fabrics in my favorite colors. What an ugly thing this turned to be! Still don't the borders on it and it is hidden somewhere in my house. If I run across it before I die, I might finish it for a charity quilt.
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Old 11-09-2011, 11:59 AM
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Originally Posted by Doreen View Post
I did a mystery quilt that I did not like the way it came out. I quilted it and I finally gave it away to one of the homes that has children.
That's why I don't do mystery quilts. Guess I'm too much of a control freak. But yes, I have made quilts that I don't like. I think we all have.
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