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Rescuing/salvaging/making over - someone else's UFO

Rescuing/salvaging/making over - someone else's UFO

Old 10-17-2020, 06:51 AM
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Heehee, BattleAxe, I took on someone's Frolic mystery and haven't had enough time to work on it but need to get it done between now and Thanksgiving so I can work on the next one. I am planning to try her directions for side seams instead of my usual open seams.

There was a problem/miscount at one stage and it took me a bit to figure it out and then make the missing units. Right now all the blocks/setting units have been made and put in bags to assemble block by block.

But I'm actually having a really good time putting it together! The other person did excellent work and did most of it, I just have to put the tiny bits together into blocks and I think that's fun. Sometimes I describe my quilting as making big puzzles.

I'm definitely open to do this sort of thing again -- but two Frolics will be enough! I really enjoy the piecing part of the process and have enough quilts and enough projects for the most part, but the quilting down is my downfall. With this UFO I get what I consider the fun part and don't even have to figure out what to do with the completed top other than ship it back. Win/win as far as I'm concerned
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Old 10-17-2020, 07:27 AM
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I can understand/get "solving a puzzle" part - especially if all the pieces are still there (or can be found).
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Old 10-17-2020, 07:46 AM
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No thank you. I have no interest in "inheriting" someone else's WIP or salvaging someone else's treasure. I want to spend my quilting time working on things that are created by me. I hope that when I am unable to quilt that no one feels obligated to finish my WIPs.
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Old 10-17-2020, 11:06 AM
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Originally Posted by Peckish View Post
I have a similar problem with someone else's UFOs. The problems is I have no idea who the original maker was. My MIL gave me several unquilted tops. She doesn't quilt. She said they were in *her* mother's possession, but her mother was not a quilter either. Nobody in the family quilts (other than me, of course) and nobody knows who made these tops! What am I supposed to do with them? I don't care for them, they're not very well made, they're not my style, but when I muse about possibly selling them on eBay, I get gasps of horror from other quilters.
Find a newby longarm owner who is looking for practice tops. The quilts get finished and donated to something. And don't tell the family - say you found someone to finish and the love them. (Sheesh - if they arent willing or able to do the work themselves....)
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Old 10-19-2020, 10:30 AM
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I tried to take up where some one left off on a flannel quilt I got at a church rummage sale and finally I finished it and use it for cats blanket. Never again will I buy something like this.
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Old 10-21-2020, 03:43 AM
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Originally Posted by Peckish View Post
I have a similar problem with someone else's UFOs. The problems is I have no idea who the original maker was. My MIL gave me several unquilted tops. She doesn't quilt. She said they were in *her* mother's possession, but her mother was not a quilter either. Nobody in the family quilts (other than me, of course) and nobody knows who made these tops! What am I supposed to do with them? I don't care for them, they're not very well made, they're not my style, but when I muse about possibly selling them on eBay, I get gasps of horror from other quilters.
My guild has a $1/ticket raffle each month for donated UFOs. Makes a little money for the guild and the person donating the UFO gets rid of it. If you don't belong to a guild, you might be able to donate them to a church rummage sale. There may be people who would purchase the quilts to practice their free motion quilting skills.
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Old 10-21-2020, 12:57 PM
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I have a passion for rescuing old embroidered blocks and quilt tops, but I am pretty selective on which ones to purchase and re-do. Most of them are nicely embroidered but in horrid or plain settings, a select few were partially re-embroidered because they were of interest and value to me. That being said, I have donated my own UFOs for a variety of reasons and picked up antique linens or quilt tops selectively.

I'll ask everyone if you think a UFO swap to finish or add a border, etc., would be of interest to anyone on this board? I think it might be a fun project with some guidelines. Has this been done before here? Maybe limiting it in size or scope? To go back to the original owner but modified and completed?
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Old 10-21-2020, 05:41 PM
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Big fat no on finishing otherís stuff unless MIL or SIL who are exemplary quilters. I salvaged only one quilt in my quilting life and it was hubbieís grandmaís quilt...totally worth salvaging for him. But thatís it. I had someone ask me to make a quilt from her motherís curtains...sentimental project and I referred her to someone else.
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Old 10-22-2020, 03:38 AM
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I have taken many unfinished quilts from estate sales and garage sales and finished them and donated them. I hate to see someone's hard work go into a trash can. Usually they cost under $10.
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Old 10-22-2020, 04:35 AM
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I’m probably the only one who enjoys going through boxes of donated fabric at church. I like to use as much as possible so it doesn’t just linger in storage. I have someone who will take the double knit fabric & we make other projects besides quilts for charity.
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