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    What do you do?

    When you start a project and decide you really really dislike it?

    I started working on a rag quilt I had started back in January or feb but the more I work on it I realize I don't like the fabric I chose for it and not sure I want to continue working on it or add the fabric to my scrappy quilts stash. What do you do when you find yourself in this situation?

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    If I have enough of it done, I just finish it off and make it a dog quilt.
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    I have experienced this same thing. I always finish it and give it to someone or donate it to charity. Some WILL love it even if I do not.

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    On a few select occasions, I've tossed it in the trash and found it wonderfully liberating!
    People who start projects and never finish them are cooler
    than people who never start projects at all.


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    I put it in a plastic zip lock bag and donate to my guild's charity committee for someone else to finish. I have done that twice now. I included the pattern and all supplies necessary to finish it, so it is sort of a "kit." Our guild has fabric that members can take to make charity quilts and my kits have been taken by someone and finished. I know they got finished because they were shown at "show and tell."

    Just in case that would work for you...

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    Like a previous post... I have found it very liberating to just "make it go away" and have tossed some just to ugly to finish. For years I stressed and made myself finish projects ... it really impacted my quilting in a very negative way, being bogged down in "bummer quilts". Free yourself of projects that have become a burden.. Life is too short and there are better quilts waiting to me made.
    Sometimes I cut the fabrics into scraps , if the blocks were large enough.

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    I finish it and let the grand kid's use it as a picnic or beach quilt.

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    We have received many items that need to be finished as the maker has lost interest in the project. We are always thrilled to receive it as many other charitable organizations would be as well.
    Thanks for passing it along.

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    Give it away or throw it away. I did the same thing recently and it actually felt good to just let the darn thing go and move on to something I want to do.

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    If you haven't used too much of the fabric - I would probably just toss the few blocks I did and put the rest into my stash. If I have all of the blocks or most of them done I would finish or pass it on.

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    I have packed it all up with the intended fabric, put it away for a length of time, got it out again and found "this isn't so bad after all", and then finished it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lori S View Post
    Like a previous post... I have found it very liberating to just "make it go away" and have tossed some just to ugly to finish. For years I stressed and made myself finish projects ... it really impacted my quilting in a very negative way, being bogged down in "bummer quilts". Free yourself of projects that have become a burden.. Life is too short and there are better quilts waiting to me made.
    Sometimes I cut the fabrics into scraps , if the blocks were large enough.
    I agree 100%. Bravo.

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    It depends to me on how close to finished the project is and how much work I have put into it. Sometimes I get sick of a project and am not happy with how it is turning out. If I finish it and set it aside, it usually looks much better to me at a later date.

    On the other hand, sometimes the solution is to scale down, simplify the pattern, finish it, and give it to charity.

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    I have done a few I wasn't real crazy about, although not many. Just finish it up and you may discover it isn't as bad as you thought.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Annie68 View Post
    I have packed it all up with the intended fabric, put it away for a length of time, got it out again and found "this isn't so bad after all", and then finished it!
    I've done this, too!

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    It happens to all of us - I don't have a good imagination when it comes to color, tend to buy what I like, then when it gets home, gets washed and in to the block there is some bizarre change and I wonder "what was I thinking?" when I bought it. So I have been known to take the blocks apart and get another fabric, if it is the pattern of the block then will scrap the entire project. My hardest projects were making an Oakland Raiders quilt for my daughter's friend and then a SF 49'ers quilt for a friend of mine. (Kept feeling like a traitor to my San Diego Chargers.)

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    I stop working on it and set it aside. If I still no longer care for it I put the fabrics away and will use them for another time.
    When it seems like the world is falling to pieces remember that the pieces are falling into place. We are nearing closer to the End Times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by willferg View Post
    On a few select occasions, I've tossed it in the trash and found it wonderfully liberating!
    Oh my dear girl, I will stand in confession with you; let's shock them all!! Just as long as my mother doesn't find out!

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    It's a rag quilt pattern and I have a lot of the blocks quilted but only two rows put together, think I may just use the leftover 6" squares for scrap fabric. This is the second rag quilt I've done and I really don't seem to enjoy doing them at all.

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    This has happened to me and each time seemed to be different.
    1 - donated for someone else to finish
    2 - finished but donated
    3 - the most surprising of all: finished it and changed my mind again and loved it when it was fully done.

    Go figure.
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    I have an agreement with my quilting buddy. When this issue occurs,I give the project to her. What happens to it after that, is not my concern anymore. It goes both ways.
    Life may not be the party we planned for,but while we are here we should dance!

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    I'm with you - rag quilts are not my favorite thing to do - made two of them one year - one for my husband and one for my son - bought a kit in Wyoming and liked the fabric but it was going to make a huge quilt and I really didn't want it on my bed. They both got couch throw quilts so we were all happy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crashnquilt View Post
    If I have enough of it done, I just finish it off and make it a dog quilt.
    Or a purse. or a cat mat (like a dog rug!) tee hee
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    Quote Originally Posted by meldmac View Post
    It's a rag quilt pattern and I have a lot of the blocks quilted but only two rows put together, think I may just use the leftover 6" squares for scrap fabric. This is the second rag quilt I've done and I really don't seem to enjoy doing them at all.
    I've been reducing my stash doing personal sized rag quilts that are WOF strips. Fairly quick-----------if you don't count the time I use to pick fabrics out of my stash.
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