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Thread: Really Ugly Quilt

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    I don't think it is ugly at all. If I had done that one, I would border it with a green or deep rose batik. I think that would be really nice. Perhaps putting a cornerstone of the roses fabric in the border would also change it a little. Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. Keep up the good work.

    Quote Originally Posted by Vicki W View Post
    How about adding a border of the deep rose(a solid or reads solid) and perhaps the green to tone down the flowers.
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    I like it...send it to me!!! lol .. Finish it, you might be surprised!!
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    I actually like it!

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    I "fix" them with an applique!

    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    All is not lost. It may be a good candidate for cutting and adding sashing to, like a fractured picture like Ricky Tims Convergence pattern?It also may make a lovely background for some black silhouettes, maybe a garden gate or stained glass window outline? Without seeing it that is all I can think of right now.
    This one was just too PINK. So an applique helped tone it down.
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    Perfect for an applique!

    Quote Originally Posted by burchquilts View Post
    Here's an ugly quilt. I LOVED these batiks & thought they'd make a really soft, subtle quilt. They ended up making a pink puddle! And they were spendy so I felt doubly awful! I donated this fugly thing to Quilts For Kids & I hope it didn't make some poor little child even sicker.
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    This one just screams for an applique! Boy would it look fantastic! I used some of the same fabric for backgrounds for cupcakes and it has been a huge hit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jan in VA View Post
    Is this still 'just a top'?
    If so: There are things you can
    easily do with this, but it WILL require some work.
    Keep telling yourself it will be worth it in the end.

    1. First, take the quilt apart into blocks.
    2. On the 3-strip block add a narrow border strip at the sides of the block like the graphic below. Use a much darker color that will accent your medium value fabrics, perhaps a deep/dark rose.
    3. On the plain green floral blocks, add a deep/dark strip of perhaps the dark green in the leaves on 2 opposite sides of that block.
    4. Reassemble the quilt as you pieced it before.
    5. If you have any of the green floral fabric left, make a narrow border all around the top, about 2/3 the width of the cut strips in your blocks.
    6. Add a dark green then a dark rose border.
    7. Bind with the pale pink floral fabric which will be pretty against the dark rose border.

    Iím betting youíll love it after this effort because all you really need in it is contrast!

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    What helpful ideas!!! Now you have a choice at least......
    1. Take the time and effort to re-design what you've already made to make it into something you will love.
    2. Decide to cut your losses, use ideas from some of the quilters for borders, and donate it to a charity.

    Isn't this board wonderful?
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    Quote Originally Posted by applique View Post
    This one just screams for an applique! Boy would it look fantastic! I used some of the same fabric for backgrounds for cupcakes and it has been a huge hit.
    What a great idea!! The batiks are just too beautiful to waste. And what a super "background" this quilt would make!
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    Well, it's not one I would like for myself, but I love it for one reason. It reminds me of my beloved grandmother.
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    I like this quilt a border would help or maybe a baby girl quilt. I think it is pretty.

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    It isn't ugly, it just needs something else to pull it all together.

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    Not ugly, just not enough contrast in tone to let the pattern stand out. Put whatever border you like on it and donate it. Or, back it with a fabric you really like and use it reversed.

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    I don't think it is ugly at all, my DH said " I think that is pretty."
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    Well, I like it! I agree to use the darker color for a border.
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    I have to agree with alot of the other ladies here. Finish it with a border of a solid color and if you still do not like it then donate it to a special cause. There are alot of groups that would love to have something hand made. There are centers for battered woman and children that are always in need of bedding, as well as foster children that have nothing of their own to take with them from place to place that would be more than happy to receive something as special as this quilt.
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    When I first began reading this post, I was worried because nobody seemed to like it (and I loved it). I'm so glad plenty of people were found who liked it. I guess the hardest lesson to learn(for me) is how different people's taste may be. Thank you all for expanding my horizons!
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    Quote Originally Posted by GrannieAnnie View Post
    Ugly???????????? It's pink and even I love it
    What she said...

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    I agree the flowers kind of overwhelm the quilt. A solid border of green (darker than in the quilt) would tone down the flowers and I'm sure someone would love to have it. You know what they say...One woman's trash is another woman's treasure! Ha Sandy 64

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    I'd do a border with the darkest pink/red to tone down the floral, but its lovely. If you don't like it, offer it to an older woman in the family - they would LOVE it...

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    I don't think it's ugly. I say a couple of kinda dark solids for borders will frame it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rubesgirl View Post
    Ok, here's a photo of the ugly quilt.
    I know you think of it as UGLY - but I think it's GREAT. And I DIDN'T like my grandmothers sofa at all. Use green or the deeper rose boarder. It would look great on the back of a chair or over the foot of a bed. Good luck and thank you for sharing.

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    I don't find it ugly at all. I agree a dark rose border would soften the look and make a lovely quilt for someone. I agree with Kat and Pat625; what others find ugly, someone else might find lovely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by applique View Post
    This one was just too PINK. So an applique helped tone it down.


    What a darling quilt!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rubesgirl View Post
    ht they would be beautiful together . . . what was I thinking?!?! Was I just blind or does this happen to others, too. Does anyone have any suggestions or solutions? I can post a photo of it if necessary. Maybe there's someone out there who will love it, but I can't help but think this will be my first UFO.
    The pale pink border is wrong. If I were doing this, I'd use a green and dark pink - see photo attached.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BeverlyH View Post
    Well, I like it! I agree to use the darker color for a border.
    I agree, I think it is beautiful! Tone it down a little with a dark green border and I think you will love it too.

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    Don't kick yourself too much!!!! I did a drunkards path in rainbow colors. Lovely piecing, lovely quilting. the colors are just TOO MUCH together...Too busy..a ten on the barf-o-meter...I hate it....I think perhaps the colors you used were too much in the same line, i.e., middle tones... I would either do what Jan in Va suggests, or if you don't want to rip it apart, finish it quickly, and donate it to any number of wonderful charities...You are nOT ALONE...

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