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Thread: Anyone ever feel like abandoning a project

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    Super Member Baren*eh*ked_canadian's Avatar
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    ...even before it's half-way done?

    This stupid quilt looked so much better in my head than it does cut and pieced together. I'm so disappointed I can't be bothered to finish it.

    I had tons of purple fabic, so I decided to make a purple scrappy, I was gonna call it "Disorder in Purple, a lesson in color selection" but the more I sew the less I want to finish it. I just want to get rid of it, pretend it never happened and start something else.


    AARRGH.... has anyone else have similar experiences?


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    are you kidding? i feel that way about half the stuff i start. why do you think i have so many UFOs? :shock: :lol: :lol:

    do two more blocks to make it square. slap a border on it. use it as a practice piece for quilting. then name it "The Bruiser". Or "The Grapes of Wrath". Or "This is What Ate Gilbert Grape". :lol:

    unless you like it, after all, when it's done. then you can name it "My Amethyst Surprise". :P :wink: :twisted:

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ
    are you kidding? i feel that way about half the stuff i start. why do you think i have so many UFOs? :shock: :lol: :lol:

    do two more blocks to make it square. slap a border on it. use it as a practice piece for quilting. then name it "The Bruiser". Or "The Grapes of Wrath". Or "This is What Ate Gilbert Grape". :lol:

    unless you like it, after all, when it's done. then you can name it "My Amethyst Surprise". :P :wink: :twisted:
    LMAO, that's great...

    What kills me is that I used some really awesome fabrics in this, a few irridescents, a couple of silks, AAARGH! Now I can't use them in something else that's nice!

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    PatriceJ... you are soooooo wise - great advice.

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    Set it aside. Do not look at it or think about it for 6 months. If you still don't like it, give it another fallow period. I have been known to pass things on unfinished when I could not accept the colors or values I had used. Someone else can love them, or they end up as potholders.

    Another thing I have done is cut blocks like yours on the diagonal, and sashed them in another color. The original blah blocks could breathe and show themselves off next to the plain sashing.


    If you want to try that, before you start, fold along diagonal, and place over a soft yellow, or maybe blue or cream. Play with the width, too.

    I think you will end up surprising yourself.

    I forgot who said this, on the board, but it has stayed with me as a great truth:

    Not all quilts are going to be heirlooms.


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    naaaaaahhhhh. go get some silver lame' for the sashing. it will be smashing. i guarantee it. :wink:

    ugly is in the eye of the beholder. just so happens ... i kinda like it. :D

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    I use shoe boxes The kind i can't see through. I put them in and write on end and they go in corner.............My sun bonnet sue......gross colors and a Jean cirlce thing......others I don't like...........When I get over the idea of throwing away money.......I will bag them and dump them in the box at the thrift store lol :oops: :roll: :oops: :roll: :oops: :mrgreen: :roll: :oops:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruth Camp
    I use shoe boxes The kind i can't see through. I put them in and write on end and they go in corner.............My sun bonnet sue......gross colors and a Jean cirlce thing......others I don't like...........When I get over the idea of throwing away money.......I will bag them and dump them in the box at the thrift store lol :oops: :roll: :oops: :roll: :oops: :mrgreen: :roll: :oops:

    I realize this one isn't THAT bad, and since I've only ever made 2 before this, it's not a huge tragedy, but I would be embarrassed to give this one to a thrift shop like it is... Maybe I'll give it another shot.

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    Yes, I have but so that I didn't leave something unfinished I made it into a pillow! Mine was purple too! It turned out pretty nice as a pillow just wasn't going to work as a quilt. Plus I didn't feel like I left something unfinished. Just a suggestion!

    P.S. The dog liked my pillow...lol

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    I love those colours..... and silver would look super with them.... can't make out what you think is wrong with it.... finish it and then decide... you will be pleased you did.

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    I think the only thing wrong with it is that it's not big enough. When you are doing scrappy, 16 purples can really clash. But 160 purples will end up meshing together and looking great! Keep going!

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    I cut enough squares to make it 12x12, giving me 144 squares... maybe it won't look so g od-awful in the end

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    Finish it, It just might come to be one of your favorites.......

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    I say finish it...since you have made only 2 before...it will be good practice in piecing , then if you don't like it in the end practice quilting on it. I agree with the others...scrappy looks better bigger.. I think you will surprise yourself!

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    Don't give up. I like the colors. I think you will be pleasantly surprised when it gets bigger. Keep up the good work :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: btw: You have pretty feet :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: Pam W.

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    Ditto what the others have said. Plus, after it's quilted, some of the "imperfections" will probably mellow out. I think it would make an awesome baby quilt, if you know anyone expecting a girl :) ! I say stick with it a while longer. It may surprise you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by signitwright
    Don't give up. I like the colors. I think you will be pleasantly surprised when it gets bigger. Keep up the good work :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: btw: You have pretty feet :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: Pam W.
    I always manage to get my feet in the pic... the other one had the garbage can, the sewing machine and my foot in the pic, lol

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    Well, I like it! Of course that may be my purple bias showing through! I love anything purple! I say keep going. At any rate don't throw it out, years down the road you might cut other shapes from it to use in an entirely different project! I can see large op-art style flowers cut from that and appliqued onto a backround fabric.

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    I happen to like it since purple is my Favorite color in the whole wide world.:) But I know purple isn't for everyone.

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    I think it's nice! Finish it off and if you still don't like it, donate it to a shelter/woman's shelter/nursing home or something. Someone there will ABSOLUTELY love it!

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    Looking at my stash recently I wondered if I was drunk when I bought some of it. I found several half finished things, an ugly burgundy fabric made into an applique cat block approximately 20 x 20, denim pieces cut out of jeans which I will in the future make into a couple of quilts for kids, ugly chicken fabric I once thought was cute. I'll put that on the back of something to practice my quilting. At least half of what we do today we probably wouldn't consider doing 10 years from now. Bought a new Fons and Porter quilting mag today and saw what is popular at this moment in quilting. Drab muted colors, dull brown combined with beautiful turquoise, pale, pale colors that look like the dyes washed out. Not my cup of tea. I much prefer your purples. Finish it if you can. If you can't stomach it, put it away along with the thread and the rest of the blocks you cut so every thing is together and sometime in the future you may get it out and decide it's exactly the thing you want to do. How about appliqueing (sp) flowers in coordinating colors with green vines on top of the squares. That could be awesome! I've repurposed many pieces of fabric. Just a few meandering thoughts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by henryparrish76
    I happen to like it since purple is my Favorite color in the whole wide world.:) But I know purple isn't for everyone.

    You know purple is my favorite colour in the whole wide world too, which is why this is such a dissappointment for me. (I have 2 purple jackets, at least a half dozen purple camisoles, purple sweaters, purple make-up, purple school bag, my glasses are purple...lol) I raided my mothers' (dozens of) bins picking out all the purples I liked... and now I don't like the outcome so much. I will give it another shot, though. It's not like it's gonna take a long time to stitch the rest together, it's 144 squares.

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    i agree dont give up the colors are lovely...by the time you make it bigger and quilt it i think you will be pleasantly surprised!

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    It's hard to see the beauty in your quilt until its finished. It always amazes me how the colors find their own unique pattern and then add a applique border or unique pieced border and you will love it. If not it will still be snuggling worthy.

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    I would finish sewing the blocks together, put a deep golden colour narrow border and then a wider purple border & finish it as a table center piece. The gold & purple look very "regal" and warm together. JMHO

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