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Thread: What would you do if you made a quilt you hate?

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    But on the other hand I like your quilt and think the design is great...and sewn by hand.

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    It's absolutely beautiful. You could put it aside for a while and finish it later. You might like it better after a break. You could have someone else finish it for you. Or you could send it to ... MEEEEEEEE!! (LOL).

    Seriously, I know how you feel. I've had quilts that I absolutely couldn't stand to look at after a while. Set it aside for a while and you'll probably feel differently after a while.

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    I understand how you feel. I made a T shirt quilt for my DD using her sorority T shirts. It was a king size quilt and was a bear to piece and even worse to quilt. By the time I was done I called it the "quilt from He**". She loves it. I hate it. But if it had been made for me I might not have finished it. I understand where you are coming from, but maybe you could finish it and donate it to an organization you like and they could raise money with it. That way it would do some good. It's really too pretty of a quilt to just sit in a closet. JMHO.

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    Weeeellllllll, if you really hate it that much, you could always mail it to me. LOL :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    well i think you,ve done a beauitful job ,but i know what you mean about love and hate ,look at it this way you,re almost done spend it out to have it quilted and then surprise you,ll love it ,good luck to you and your beauitful quilt

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    oh my. i love it. its gorgeous :D

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    Thank you, all you great ladies, for advice and complements.

    First of all, I've gotten over the worst of my "EEW YUK" about working on this quilt again, so I spent some time and effort on it yesterday.

    Second, I want to make clear that I have the utmost respect for long arm quilters who are there for us quilt top makers when we need them. However, this quilt already has enough quilting done on it so that I could safely put the binding on (which it is). Also, being of Scot-Dutch ancestry, "frugal" is in my DNA. I would pay to have something I like professionally quilted, but not something that I dislike.

    Third, I've decided that, if I do not want it when I've finished it, I will donate it to charity. We've recently had much flash flooding in this area, with people losing practically everything they own. There are always people in need and Mother Nature is always creating new crises.

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    Quote Originally Posted by weezie
    Thank you, all you great ladies, for advice and complements.

    First of all, I've gotten over the worst of my "EEW YUK" about working on this quilt again, so I spent some time and effort on it yesterday.

    Second, I want to make clear that I have the utmost respect for long arm quilters who are there for us quilt top makers when we need them. However, this quilt already has enough quilting done on it so that I could safely put the binding on (which it is). Also, being of Scot-Dutch ancestry, "frugal" is in my DNA. I would pay to have something I like professionally quilted, but not something that I dislike.

    Third, I've decided that, if I do not want it when I've finished it, I will donate it to charity. We've recently had much flash flooding in this area, with people losing practically everything they own. There are always people in need and Mother Nature is always creating new crises.
    Hope you will end up liking it well enough to keep it for yourself. It really is a very attractive quilt.

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    if you are all the way to the binding and still don't like it, chances are you never will like it.

    that quilt is a stunner. beeeeeeeeeuoooooteeeeeeeeefaminous, for sure. so, if you still don't like it, go ahead and give it to a flood relief organization.

    you can rest assured that whoever gets it will be overwhelmed by the beauty of the quilt and by your generosity. :wink: :P

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    I love that quilt. I'll take it! Finished or unfinished... :D

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    I think it looks great in the photo. I do hand quilting with the ladies at church, and often times we see things that no one else will ever see in a quilt because we are up close. No one else will ever see what we see. You know what you have done, and you are not 100 % pleased, but none quilters will not see what you see. I think it is a beatiful quilt and you will be pleased with yourself for finishing it. Then you can put it away and look at it later and be proud. :lol:

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    I think it is wonderful!! I have seen some quilts that were in shows that are not as nice as this. As someone else said, have it machine quilted and you may change your mind.

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    I think it looks just fine! I recently made a quilt for a benefit that I was SO unhappy with- I embroidered on the corners that were cut off, you could do buttons or a yoyo flower on each corner to hide the flaws that you see. But believe me non quilters don't see it!! I had lots of ideas from members of this board and they helped me see it from a different point of view!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    First of all, I think the quilt is very attractive. It is high contrast, and in a light room, it may read too dark.

    There are choices:
    You can finish it yourself (just bite the bullet and get it done).
    You can pay to have it finished.
    If you decide to keep it, you can change the decor of the room to work with the quilt colors.
    If you decide not to keep it, give it to the person who is just googoo-gaga over it (honest response - not fake).
    If you don't want to finish it AND you don't know anyone in your acquaintance, donate it to a guild that gives to charity. BTW: there are members on the QB who donate/finish work for assorted charities.
    This is what I would do.

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    Good choices weezie. Glad you are in a different frame of mind about it. It really is pretty.

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    If you are really done with spending anymore time on it and nobody wants it (how can that be?), you can give it to charity, as you mentioned.

    What you may not know is that you can donate a quilt without finishing it !

    When I was able to, I used to go for a day of quilting at a local quilt shop's monthly project for making quilts for the local shelters group called COTS. We would have stacks of already made, donated, quilt tops and we put the 3 layers together with a simple quilting pattern of our choosing. The first time I did it, I got all weepy. So call around to either quilt shops or the shelters and find a place who uses tops for this purpose. This will put a positive "spin" on the quilt for you. It's very rewarding. And believe me, whoever gets it will be more than thrilled. The shelters let the homeless people choose and keep their quilts. If their circumstances go bad again and they must return, often, the quilt is their only possession. Your feeling of this frustrating quilt will be changed to a humbling and warm,fuzzy,good one.

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    It's gorgeous! I just finished one recently that I got so I hated to work on, but I finished it and gave it to my little grandson and now when I look at it, I think - it doesn't look so bad after all! In fact, my DD never said too much about it when I was making it, but now she uses it all the time! I'd say put it away for a while, then come back to it!

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    I applaud your decision to donate it. As Patrice said, if you are already at the binding stage and you don't like it, you most likely never will!

    By donating it, just think that everytime one of the flood victims looks at that quilt, they will remember the kindness of a stranger and through your gift, they will feel hope.

    it is a beautiful quilt!!!

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    OH MY GOODNESS, WEEZIE, I am sorry, but this is beautiful...I know what to do with it, if you don't want to finish it...send it to moi!!!!
    I'll give it all the love and cherishing it needs!
    That is fabulous. It looks like you put a lot of work into it, but just look at that picture????
    What mother wouldn't love a quiltface like that?
    Sorry if I am not commiserating...I just can't.
    I'm really curious now, to see what is pretty to you, bc this is wonderful.
    :D
    EDIT: I sometimes post my reply, before reading more.
    I understand more about what your feeling now, and I think quiltswithdogs, idea is excellent, about going ahead and donating, even though it is not finished.
    I have a quilt I was making for DGD and I don't like the ribbon I put on it, to cover some bad quilting. I have considered taking it back off, but then I would need to 'cover' again, so, this has opened up my thinking.
    She is 5. She is going to use it, and love it, anyway, so I need to go ahead and just finish it, and realize while I am doing it, my quilting has come aways this year.
    Mistakes or not, this really is a very nice quilt, and some cold person out there, would love to have it, I promise :D

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    I know exactly what you mean weezie.. My first "big" quilt top was a Queen sized spread.. meaning that it was bigger than a queen sized quilt. Loved the materials when I bought it, but when I finished the top, I decided that the colors just depressed me and I wanted nothing more to do with it. Fortunately a guy I worked with saw it and offered to buy it and I said "SOLD"
    he and his partner had it finished for their new house and loved it.
    Personally I love your quilt.. and I agree it would make someone who has lost much very happy ... and grateful for a thoughtful person like yourself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltncrazy

    I'm really curious now, to see what is pretty to you, bc this is wonderful.
    :D
    Update: I'm plodding along on this quilt and am not doing too badly. I've even come up with an idea to "fix" the icky star flowers where the points meet, but that would be a lot of work, so may not do it.

    What I dislike most about this quilt: it is monotonous, too repetitive, I guess. I'm not sure that I know exactly. I'm almost finished a quilt top that I really like. I "borrowed" it from a 3" x 3" catalog picture and it is very traditional; only has 4 fabrics in it. I really like my kid quilt (she said modestly) -- photos posted Oct 14 under "Pics & Whine". I mailed it at mid-day on Friday and that's all the tracking report shows so far and that's really creeping me out.

    I will attach 3 pics to this (2 finished and 1 top) that I like. The small tropical floral one is made mostly of leftovers from the Hawaiian shirt phase my girls went through when they were in high school in the '80's. The Looney Tunes character fabric was also a leftover from pants I made one of my daughters; she's worn the pants for years and they never fade, so I took all the Bugs, Daffy, and Taz and kept adding strips of color until I ended up with the quilt top. The paper piecing one started as an experiment in paper piecing, but I really can't do it well as I'm directionally challenged?? and so I made just a few PP blocks and decided to just "wing" the rest of the quilt.
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    YAHOOOO! I just checked the kid quilt tracking report again and it's reached it's destination (the post office there anyway!). Happy dance! Happy dance!

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    My gf lost everything a couple of yrs ago due to a hurricane. She was SOOOOO thankful to recieve not one, but 3 quilts!!! She is also a quilter, so they meant even more to her, knowing how much work and love went into them.

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    My solution--you could put that into a box and send it to me. I think it is beautiful!
    My suggestion is that you might use a skinny light/medium for the first border. It may be that the quilt has become "too dark" with the fabrics you have chosen. I think its saving will be in the border and the quilting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by illinois
    My solution--you could put that into a box and send it to me. I think it is beautiful!
    My suggestion is that you might use a skinny light/medium for the first border. It may be that the quilt has become "too dark" with the fabrics you have chosen. I think its saving will be in the border and the quilting.
    Hiya! Thank you. It has no borders ... just a narrow binding which is already sewn onto the front; now I am hand stitching it down on the back and it's looking pretty good. I think once I finish that and put the design in each block center (I'm leaning toward using a cherry red colored thread for the design), it will look better.

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