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Old 06-04-2013, 06:09 AM
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My mother had decided to make a quilt for each of us and had started mine before she went to her final home. It is a double wedding ring and she had the entire king size quilt cut out (by hand) in the bin with the partially assembled top. I have pulled it out several times to look at it, but recently when I decided to finish it (after 15 years!) I see that it has several problems. My mom was a wonderful seamstress and quilter, but in her final years she didn't see as well and must have been struggling to sew. The seams aren't sewn well and there are even a couple of holes where she missed the fabric totally. I always planned to finish it one day, but now I'm trying to decide what to do with it. I really don't want to rip out all she had sewn. Maybe I could make a wall hanging? I'm looking for ideas.
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Old 06-04-2013, 06:19 AM
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I would finish the quilt with all the little imperfections. It is a sentimental thing. Something your mom started and you finished. Nothing in life is perfect, why would quilts have to be perfect. If she got to finish it you would have loved it even if it had a big gaping hole in the middle, right? Because it came from your mom and it was made with love.
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Old 06-04-2013, 06:23 AM
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Depending on how frustrating or relaxing working on it is for you, I think I would make a wallhanging or a pillow. If there are others in the family who have not received a quilt from your mother, you could make something small for them also.
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Old 06-04-2013, 06:27 AM
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I would rip out just the parts where there would be holes. And try to finish it, possibly a little at a time.
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Old 06-04-2013, 06:52 AM
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For me ... I would make what I wanted. Probably as a quilt if I really liked it.

I framed a petit point cushion cover my Mom had made back when she could see. It hangs in a place of honor in my living room entry way. Why? because as a pillow it wouldn't last and I didn't need any more pillows. I just wish she would have signed the matting for me.
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Old 06-04-2013, 06:55 AM
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I am in the same situation. My mom had started a Double Wedding Ring, and I inherited it. I don't think she was happy with it and did not work on it often. It is about a fourth done. Someone suggested to finish it as a bed runner, you know those small quilts that sit on the end of a bed, but I have not pulled it out to look at it. I will be watching this post.
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Old 06-04-2013, 06:57 AM
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My sister started a quilt and then passed away. I finished it and then tried to give it to my brother but he already had two quilts from me so I gave it to my daughter. Now she has a one-of-a-kind quilt from my sister and me. I would fix it if it bugged me. If I could live with the imperfections, I would applique something where there were holes and call it good.
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Old 06-04-2013, 10:50 AM
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Originally Posted by SuzieQuilts View Post
I am in the same situation. My mom had started a Double Wedding Ring, and I inherited it. I don't think she was happy with it and did not work on it often. It is about a fourth done. Someone suggested to finish it as a bed runner, you know those small quilts that sit on the end of a bed, but I have not pulled it out to look at it. I will be watching this post.
That's a great idea, but it's already too big for a bed runner. Here's a pic:

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Old 06-04-2013, 11:03 AM
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I would finish it just the way it is. She put a lot of work in to it and its so pretty.
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Old 06-04-2013, 02:11 PM
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Originally Posted by mic-pa View Post
I would finish it just the way it is. She put a lot of work in to it and its so pretty.
I agree. It is a beautiful quilt. I would finish it, fixing whatever I needed to, and then I would use it.

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