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Thread: What do you do when you fall out of love with the material you picked?

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    Hi - Being new to quilting last New Year's Day I did a mystery and wanted to make it King Size. I bought a really nice line of fabric called Once Upon a Christmas by Susan Winget for Benartex. At the time I loved the material.
    Now it is almost a year later and I'm still not done with the quilt. I was wishing it had more brighter colors in it.
    So what do I do?
    Continue - finish it and like it or put it away?

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    Sometimes a quilts colors can surprise you after it has been quilted. You may fall back in love with it. Go ahead and finish it.

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    I would put it away, along with all of the fabric, for a little while... sometimes we just get tired of the project... not necessarily the quilt itself :wink: then when you pick it up again, you will see why you fell in love with it the first time :D:D:D

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    Put it away for about ten years!
    :lol: :lol: :lol:
    Seriously, you're not likely to grow any fonder of it if you continue to work on it now. And we don't want you to lose interest in quilting, so . . .

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    I would finish it and give it as a gift. I find often that a quilt will come alive when it is quilted and bound. Show us a photo maybe we can offer some suggestions to liven it up!:)

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    I so agree! A quilt all quilted really takes on a whole different life. Don't forget you can always spice it up by the thread you use to quilt it, or just by the way you do quilt it. Keep going!

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    I recently made one that I fell out of love with in the piecing process. Once I finished it, I fell back in love with it. I call it "In and Out of Love" lol. Put it away for a while, finish it eventually, and if you still don't love it, somebody surely will :)

    Do you have any pictures of it?

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    Sometimes just taking a break from it helps. Do a fun smaller project and you may be ready to go back to this one.

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    I have no help to offer. I hate working with fabric /colors I don't like. If I put something away, it's there for the duration.
    How about finishing your quilt as a gift for someone?

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    Maybe take on a small project - a tablerunner or wallhanging. After you finish it - take a look at the old project and see how you feel about it. I have a WIP that I started afew years back as a queen size - got a new bed it's now a king size. I have all but a small piece done and then its just sewing blocks together. I just found that this small piece of the quilt was not as fun as I thought it would be. It involves dec stitches in the center of each block, and I don't have a top of the line embroidery machine so it was more work than I anticipated to get the look I wanted. I haven't touched the project for at least 6 months but am now looking forward to getting back to it once my holiday sewing is done.

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    Finish it and if you still don't love it, gift it!

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    I know what you mean ... I bought a bunch of fabrics for my bedroom dresser runners... started it and now I can't stand to even look at them so I'm scrapping it and starting over..

    If you don't like it for yourself and you don't mind making a quilt for someone else, use it. If you don't plan on giving someone a quilt in the next year or so, set it aside and use it for backing or for accent material for other projects. It might be just perfect for something else ;)

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    I would finish it and see if you like it any better.

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    I can totally relate right now. I love the individual fabrics for a quilt I am making, but I really do not like them together. I am working on it, but I work on what I want to work on in between. I do some on the ugly quilt and then some on somethings esle, etc...
    If I had the option I would chuck it in the trash, but because of money that is not an option for me.

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    I think this is where UFOs come from!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by plainpat
    I have no help to offer. I hate working with fabric /colors I don't like. If I put something away, it's there for the duration.
    How about finishing your quilt as a gift for someone?
    Or donate it to a charity for an auction.

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    i know what you mean - that happened w/ a quilt i was quilting. The quilting was too complicated and it wasn't fun to quilt. After eight years, i finally just changed the quilting pattern and finished it....

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    Or….. Dahlin’ you could just send it on to me! ;)

    Jan in VA

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    Oh I love that line of fabric.

    I'd probably just finish it up (the top at least) and donate it to a charity or something.

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    if you don't like it, you didn't cut it into small enough pieces....LOL i have soooooo been there!

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    I agree.
    Quote Originally Posted by cjomomma
    Sometimes a quilts colors can surprise you after it has been quilted. You may fall back in love with it. Go ahead and finish it.

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    Try to finish it-if you absolutely cannot finsh it, pass it on to someone else. Then you won't have it hanging around making you regret you chose it.

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    I would stick with it....unfinished things have a way of niggling at you. As the others have said, once it is quilted and bound, you may think differently. Perhaps step outside the box a bit when you quilt it....that way it will hold your interest and will take on a different look. If when done, you still feel the same way, you could gift or sell it. Either way it will be "done and dusted".

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    Give it to secret pals, make pin cushions, give it to someone that would love to have material

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    I guess I agree with most of you. I bought a line of fabric and then couldn't see it made up. I saw it used in a ad and now I have it almost done and I love it! Keep going or even add another fabric that is brighter if you can. maybe a contrast border? I've had this happen so many times I can't begin to count but they all came out great in the end.

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