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Thread: Recycled quilt block Part 3

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    This one was quite a challenge as I inherited a bag of cut diamond shapes from a quilter who has died. She had pieced the diamonds but I had to assemble them all and do a quite a few "Y" seams. I've decided Y seams aren't my favorite:> Anway, I took a close-up of the intersections to show that the quilter did her best, but they aren't dead on. Also I think she may have cut the blocks a little off as the center motiffs are a tad off...so maybe these were her rejects. Anyhow, I decided to put it together. I love the color combo but wonder if I should call it quits. There's only this one large block. I FOR SURE don't want to add on to it, as I tend to be a perfectionist and this isn't dead on. Should I quilt it and see if it comes to life and make it a wallhanging or even a bread cozy etc? I really don't want to put hours and hours into quilting it if the imperfections in her cutting and piecing drive people nuts. (me included:>) Opinions??
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    Well, I think it looks great, but I am not what anyone would call a perfectionist!

    The colors are really nice.

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    I think you are too hard on yourself - the blocks look great to me! Love the colors too - so maybe if you don't want it on display bkz of what you think are imperfections, just a small table mat would be good - not a wallhanging, as most people would then look more closely at it. Again, I like the way you placed your seam ripper in the photo for others to get an idea of size.

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    I'm sure glad you aren"t checking any of my work!! That looks pretty darn good to me, the only thing I sew are a few puckers on a couple, and quilting would cover that up.

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    I think it's wonderful. But I have decided that lift is too short for perfection. It would make a great bread cozy, or large trivet.

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    I say go ahead!! Some of us (me included) get so hung up on perceived "perfection" that we drive ourselves over the edge trying to achieve it. IMPOSSIBLE!!! Lighten up!! This is a special project with the work of a lady who didn't complete it for some reason.

    If I persisted with the Perfectionist label on myself, I wouldn't even think about working on my 1880's red/green quilt top that needs total rework because the lady was way off on her design. But it deserves to live....so, I am going to do the best I can to square up her very curvy blocks so that the quilt can be made.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clem55
    I'm sure glad you aren"t checking any of my work!! That looks pretty darn good to me, the only thing I sew are a few puckers on a couple, and quilting would cover that up.

    Not puckers really, but some easing in of fabric for sure. I don't do table toppers. My decorating is very minimal and I have no clutter about.

    I think the advice about not using it as a wallhanging is good...it would be closely scrutinized. I think I might just quilt it up and use it as a roll/or bread cover at Thanksgiving.

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    Also, is there a name for this pattern other than just a "star" ??

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    I really like this! How about a wall hanging? It is neat the way the patterns form from the diamonds.

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    Oh, that is absolutely beautiful!!!! I just love it. If you wanted to make it into a quilt, it looks like you could put a large half square triagle on each of the 4 corners to square it off then it would be your work from there.
    If you don't want it, do you know someone who sits alot. They would like it for a lap quilt. I really like it.

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    PM me...I'll send you my address....it will be very happy in my home!!!

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    Very pretty!!

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    I think it's lovely. I think perfection is impossible to attain anyway...I would try not to judge this lady's work and just appreciate it for the time and effort that you have put into it to complete something that she began and was unable to finish. I hope that it doesn't get relegated to "just" a breadcover...it really is pretty. Try looking at it with a different perspective! :)

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    I agree with everyone that it's really nice.

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    I think it's very pretty. It would be a beautiful quilt or wall hanging.

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    I think it looks great to me - and I would finish it in honor of the Quilter it belonged to. Do you know the family? Maybe they would LOVE to have it back completed into something.

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    Sounds like the little off seams etc. of this seamstress will continue to bug you. If you don't love it, pass it on to someone who will. Just an idea. Several on here would really love it.

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    I love it! I think a table topper or table mat would be perfect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltinghere
    I think it looks great to me - and I would finish it in honor of the Quilter it belonged to. Do you know the family? Maybe they would LOVE to have it back completed into something.
    I've sent a photo of another quilt I made from the deceased quilters blocks to the niece(who I purchased everything from). The niece didn't respond, so I have to assume she could care less... :<

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    Very Nice!

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    Pretty block and I really like the colour combination.

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    I really love that. It would make a beautiful table topper. I am not a perfectionist so that would match beautifully in my house. Please finish and use it for something. If you really don't like it send it my way and I will display it proudly.

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    I love this top!!! If you used a loftier batting, those little poofs won't be as noticeable. I think it will be loved no matter how you decide to use it :D:D:D

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    I think it is very nice. If you don't want to spend alot of time. I like the idea of saving it for the next international round robin. Those ladies do amazing things and it would end up a beautiful quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    I love this top!!! If you used a loftier batting, those little poofs won't be as noticeable. I think it will be loved no matter how you decide to use it :D:D:D
    That's a good suggestion. And if I use it as a bread warmer then the loftier batting would be great idea.

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