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

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    So many good reponses but.......it just flashed into my head that you may want to cut it into a few smaller quilts! When smaller, you might bind each one in a different color that is already in the quilt. It may just be "TOO MUCH" at one time! It really is beautiful but some patterns in dark colors can sometimes overwhelm you. You might even keep a part of it as a small medallion in the middle and put on some straight borders, then some rows of it, then some straight bordering again. Bind it in the red and voila! I think you will love each piece of it. Can you imagine? You could make the smaller pieces and love it in so many new ways! Good luck to you with it.(If your response to reading this was, "OMG! NO", then put it away and get it out of your mind! Then it will never please you and life is too short to torture yourself with "I HAVE to finish it." Don't let it finish you! :lol: :roll:

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    I honestly like your quilt! It looks very close to being done. I have had the same experience. What I did was to put it away for awhile, get something else to work on, then after several monts, get it out and work on it again.
    Our Guild stresses that when we get to certain points on our work, just to put it away and leave it. It has worked for me.
    Good luck, and don't be too hard on yourself. I really like it! If it is borders you need, I would use some lighter colors to tone it down some, then end with a dark again. I have been told to use darker colors on ending borders, as our eye can see the end then, moreso than with a lighter color.
    I made a Patriotic Wall Haning before I knew much about quilting, and didn't know that last fact. I ended it with White, and wished later I had done the dark. So, I took it apart and improved the borders with a dark and some tying, and like it really well.
    It is easy to get "stressed out" with Quilting.
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    I have a king size quilt top that I made in the bow tie pattern with real silk neckties and white silk in the alternating blocks. I think it's 215 blocks and no two are the same tie. I can't decide how to quilt it. Every time I think I have a good idea I change my mind.

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    I've donated quilts I don't "love" to charity organizations, and I've also sold quilt tops on ebay.

    I think your quilt is beautiful, but I understand how you feel. I will find every excuse imaginable not to work on a quilt or project if I don't like it or if I'm unhappy with it for some reason.

    Someone will love it. Aren't you glad we're all so different?

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    I think it is beautiful. The problem is you have worked on it so long and so hard that you can't stand it now. Put it in a box and put the box on a shelf. Leave it there for 6months to a year. Then take it out and look at it again. I think you will see the beautiful quilt you have created and be anxious to finish it. When I have been frustated with a project that is what I do and 9 times out 10 I finish it. Only a begger man's quilt of hexagons have defeated me.

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    I agree its beautiful, What about having a raffle at your church or local disabled vet, or fire hall, they could use the money and people that really like it will buy tickets, so it will go home with someone who really loves the quillt and you are helping out a group, I know most fire depts around her are volunteer and could relly use the donation.

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    I really like it. However, put it away for awhile.

    I have a friend who was working on a quilt, which had a million and one pieces and she grew to hate it. She put it away and about one year later she took it out and finished it. She entered it in a quilt show and dadgum didn't she win third place :!: :!: :!: Needless to say, its one of her favourite quilts.

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    So, I agree with all that you all have written. Finish it and give it away. Go make a wonderful something you can love. We've all been there.

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    I made a quilt that I absolutely hated, and still do. It was made from the Blooming Nine Patch pattern. I had it quilted but I still didn't like it. After much encouragement from my quilt guild, I entered it in our annual St. Patrick's quilt show. It won Best of Show. Just goes to show that beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. That still didn't make me like it but maybe one day when it is passed on down, whomever gets it will like it. Enter it in a quilt show - who knows - it might win.

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    :mrgreen: It's beautiful.If I were you I would try to find another means to recycle it somehow.
    You did an awesome job.It looks so happy and vibrant.Can you make it into a single maybe?quilt-n-frenz :?

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    Your quilt is beautiful. By putting the black background your design stands out. If it was me I would finish it. Give it to someone you love. You put a lot of work into it. God Bless and have a great day.
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    I can't see why you hate it so much. It is PRETTY! I had a quilt thaI was so frustrated with that I could have died. I had worked hard on it and was going to have to go to the hospital. A friend of mine offered to finish it for me. So, reluctantly, I gave it to her to finish. When I got it back it was a t-total mess. I paid her 20 dollars for the work she had done. And I went home crying. I worked with it for several days. There was no way I could fix it without taking it all apart. But then when I tried to do that, the stitches were so tight I couldn't get the seam ripper inbetween. Another friend came along and thought she could fix it so I just gave it to her. So............ Do you need a friend? I'll gladly take it!!!!!!! :lol: Just feel free to PM me for my address. But seriously. It is really pretty and I think you could grow to love it. After all you have put a lot of work into it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by #1piecemaker
    I can't see why you hate it so much. It is PRETTY! I had a quilt thaI was so frustrated with that I could have died. I had worked hard on it and was going to have to go to the hospital. A friend of mine offered to finish it for me. So, reluctantly, I gave it to her to finish. When I got it back it was a t-total mess. I paid her 20 dollars for the work she had done. And I went home crying. I worked with it for several days. There was no way I could fix it without taking it all apart. But then when I tried to do that, the stitches were so tight I couldn't get the seam ripper inbetween. Another friend came along and thought she could fix it so I just gave it to her. So............ Do you need a friend? I'll gladly take it!!!!!!! :lol: Just feel free to PM me for my address. But seriously. It is really pretty and I think you could grow to love it. After all you have put a lot of work into it.
    I'm very sorry for your above mentioned icky quilt experience. Thank you for saying mine is pretty. I am working to finish it. As a matter of fact, I fell down yesterday and bruised my left rib cage area. When I don't move at all, there is no pain, so I've been sitting very still with this quilt and repairing the very outside edge star flower points and then stitching down the binding backside. It's looking o.k. When that's done, I need to make room on my cutting table to lay the quilt out to mark the design that's going in each block. For that, I'm planning to use a cherry red thread, hoping to add a little pizzazz (sp?) to the black centers. If red doesn't look good, I also have a blue solid and one variegated spool each of blue and red. After I've hand quilted the design in each block center, I still have some minor repairs to do to completely finish it the quilt. If I still don't like it, somebody who needs a warm bed cover will be getting this one as a gift.

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    I know how you feel. I started one once, actually with enough pieces for two queen-sized quilts. Took over two years to complete one (all hand pieced, hand-quilted) and ended up LOVING it. Not only that, but both my kids loved it so much its the only thing they ever argued about as to inheiritance. I have now been working on the second one for about 10 years, and at this rate will only take another 3 to finish piecing the top; not telling how long to hand quilt the dang thing. But, since these are the only things I'm leaving to the kids (not really, that's just what I told THEM) I do work on it once in a while.

    The other alternative is to donate it to a quilt guild/club for the purpose of a raffle or some sort of fund raiser that you and the quilt quild both like.

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    If you decide not to finish it, find a quilt guild or women's church group that quilts and donate it. They would be happy to have as much work done on it as you have already done, they can finish it and then use it as a fund raiser. Neither your work, nor the quilt materials, will go to waste and in fact, they will do some good! By the way, I kind of like it and my daughter would love it...

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    I think your quilt is gorgeous! But I know what you mean. The 1st quilt I made was an Amish style 9-patch; black with beautiful scarlets, royal blues, and emerald greens - all quilted with crimson thread. I finished it, put it on my bed, and never wanted to lay eyes on it again. I found it darkened the room too much, and so my brother had a gift stitched with love for his Christmas present that year! Which meant my sister wanted one the following year.... I chose another pattern.
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    Well, with all the offers to take your quilt -

    How about putting a price tag on it and see what happens?

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    Weezie, I can see that this pattern must have been really difficult to put together, but WOW I love it! It shows true skill to be able to do all those curves and points which I don't think look bad at all). We are always so critical of our own work....I am that way too. Just keep telling yourself, "Done is better than perfect." I admire you for continuing on with your work of art, and hope your ribs and side are doing better.

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    Dontate the quilt top to a charity organization. They will love it, love to get it and will finish it and give it to someone that will love it.

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