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Thread: What to do with a really ugly vintage quilt top?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tortoisethreads
    here we go with a few pics. I added the turquoise border just to see how it looked...it helps a little.
    I love scrappy quilts!!! I have 3 or 4 of them.

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    I don't think it is that bad. I kinda like it.

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    I wonder if specila clothes and so forth were put into that pattern as a memory for the person who made it. I sorta like funky stuff, so I would keep it as is. You might want to put a white or black border just to neutralize it a bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tortoisethreads
    actually, she gave it to me to keep! It's almost charming how crazy it is!
    Just remember, someone put a lot of time into that quilt. We don't all have the same tastes. I like it. As in most scrappy quilts, some squares are nicer than others. But I would finish it, and put as much love into it as the person who originally made it did. I would put a subtle border on it , if one at all. I think it has enough pizazz already. And maybe some FMQ over it.

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    I have 7 or 8 quilts my GM made me from polyester scraps, solids, florals, plaids, geometrics, stripes and dots. She hand pieced each one of them. They are all hand-tied, some with batting and backing, some with only a sheet for backing. These quilts are the ones we grab whenever we need to cover up, build a tent with the kitchen chairs, have a picnic in the living room or make a bed on the floor. Also every time we use them we are always commenting on whose dress, blouse, skirt or pair of pants was made out of that fabric. As you can tell I would not take for my quilts.

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    OHHHHH, there is nothing wrong with that top. I thought I was going to see something really AWFUL. The older folks just didn't have the fabrics that we have today so they didn't have much choices. Plus spending money on JUST fabric was unheard of back them.They cut the goodie parts out fo old clothes they could no longer use and stuff like that. If the workmanship is good then there is NO ugley top. Quilt the dang thing and make it a gift back to her. BUT, I promise you, It will grow on you.

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    I love it. These kinds of quilts are my favorites

    Now if you want ugly check out this one.
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    I really like it ! Wish someone would give me one like that ! I agree that it's better without the border.

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    I actually like it. Maybe it's because I am old and can remember some of those fabrics.

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    This year, my sister gave me a quilt top my mom must have made. it was log cabin and it was anything but straight. I hand quilted it for her and it turned out to be nice after quilting. she loved it. go ahead and quilt it. I would ask her if she would like to have it back since it's finished. if not, keep it for the sake of family. you might come to appreciate it.

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    I love it. Love scrappy . send it my way i can give it a good home :)

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    Wonderful collection of period fabrics. Just enjoy it. You never know, in years to come, you may look at it and think lovingly how much she liked you. After all she trusted you with it.

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    Back then most of the quilters tied them , I think that would set it off, maybe even a black border :)

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    :lol::lol: My grandmother gave me one almost identical to that one! She finished it though -Hand quilted with these huge stitches on the diagonal...and it is well loved here. Battered and ratty now...but used, loved, and very ugly!! :lol:!!

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    I think it is cute, but scrappies are practically all I do.

    Even if it is a tradional block quilt I will use various shade of blue, cream, etc.

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    Look at it this way. This would be a good quilt to have lying around to throw over your legs on a cold night when you're just settling down to watch T.V. If someone spills coffee, tea, kool aid, etc. You will not feel bad.

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    I like it! It is truly a scrappy quilt. Isn't that how you use up your old vintage fabrics in your stash? Really, I see nothing ugly about it. Would be great as an all around utility quilt.

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    Call me crazy as well for I like it it has its own charm...

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    Another scrappy quilt fan here. I like it and would quilt it and proudly display it on my quilt ladder with my other quilts. I have made one very similar except I had black sashing between blocks. Still one of my favorites.

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    How about practicing your crazy quilt stitches? It looks like it is just begging for different colored stitches. Herringbone in different colors and some blanket stitches. Just a thought.
    Henri

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    There is a very homey, comfortable feel about it - I do like it.

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    I agree with some of the others: Quilt it nicely and give it back to her with compliments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by damaquilts
    I love it. These kinds of quilts are my favorites

    Now if you want ugly check out this one.
    OH I just saw the pictures. That is not ugly! It is really pretty.

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    I think the quilt top is great, but then again I love a scrappy quilt.

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    Gosh, I love scrappies..........I think its pretty nice!

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