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Thread: Your opinion please--what's wrong here?

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    I am making 2 memory quilts for children whose father was killed in an accident. The mother wanted quilts for each child (2) made out of her husband's shirts. There are t-shirts and regular western shirts. I finished one of the quilts today (the girls) but I am not very happy with it. I am not willing to make it over, but if I could improve it with a different border or something, I'd consider doing that. I've invested way more time in it than I ever expected to, but it has been a learning experience. The boy's quilt will be much simpler--just large blocks with 2 inch sashing between the blocks.
    The mother is thinking these will be keepsakes for the children to take with them when they leave home. I used cuffs, sleeves, etc in the borders to carry out the idea they come from his shirts.
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    It is beutiful. Just go with it. a job well done.

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    Two questions -
    - did you put it on a design wall before sewing it together?
    - why the fabric with the pink flowers?

    Because -
    - it seems kind of jumbled; I have trouble finding where to look (ah, I came back and found the pattern!)
    - the flowers kind of distract but if it's significant fabric, I understand wanting to use it

    What a thoughtful project you have taken on. I can only imagine the quilt has been sprinkled with tears as the shirts are cut. It is sure to be dearly loved and a warm memory wrap.

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    I think it is GREAT!
    you might want to share what you aren't happy with, but as a casual observer, it looks like everything is laying correctly, the quilt has movement of color through it. It wasn't easy to put tshirts and western shirts together, but it looks like you have done a fine job of it!

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    I do not see anything wrong with this quilt, its beautiful and it will be sew special to the kids:thumbup: :thumbup:

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    The borders need to be separated from the body, maybe a solid color between the two. The cuffs, collars may look better as a pillow as they distract from the beauty of the body.

    I like the body of the quilt,

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    I have one made out of my dad's shirts and pants, just squares sewn together. Used blue jeans cut in squares for the back and the border. will try to get a pic to show you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CAROLJ
    The borders need to be seperated from the body, maybe a solid color between the two. The cuffs, collars may look better as a pillow as they distract from the beauty of the body.

    I like the body of the quilt,
    I agree with CarolJ. Adding a solid larger sashing before the border will put the main point of interest upon the center of the quilt. Think of it as a photo within a picture frame. Congratulations for making such wonderful memories for the children.

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    I think the flower print draws the eyes away from the actual design of the quilt. I love the way you used all the different shirts in this quilt, gives it personality. I am sure it will truly be loved.

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    I agree that a solid color sashing--darker would make the colors pop! I think the flowers lighten it up and makes the sashing blend in the the other blocks.

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    looks great

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    Quote Originally Posted by CAROLJ
    The borders need to be separated from the body, maybe a solid color between the two. The cuffs, collars may look better as a pillow as they distract from the beauty of the body.

    I like the body of the quilt,
    That's what I was thinking as well. Great job on the top, it looks wonderful, and I really think it will be a nice keepsake for them.

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    plane color 4 the borders i think will be better and then this printed border maybe as second border
    I LOVED YOUR USING ALL DETAILS OF SHIRTS

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    She said this one was for the girl so thats probably why she added the flower border. I like it!! Great job!

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    You did a great job. Memories sometimes are all that we have left.
    I love the way you used the cuffs. Go with a solid border to really showcase each shirt.
    You are a thoughtful person for taking this project.

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    It is really nice and a wonderful keepsake for your friend's daughter. I am sure it will mean a great deal to her for many years to come.

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    Stop beating yourself up - it is lovely and what a great idea! I think she will love it just like that....maybe put a polar fleece back so it is nice and cuddly!

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    I have to agree with the solid border idea that others have thrown out there. The flowers are a bit distracting and maybe that is what you are having a hard time with as well? All in all, you have done a great job with this quilt and the reason for doing it overcomes any flaw you may feel that it has. At the end of the day, the boy that receives this quilt is going to cherish it for the rest of his life. You have done a really great thing here.

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    Nothing is missing in my opinion... it's a neat idea.

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    What a lovely thing to do. I can't imagine how hard it was to combine the T's with the Westerns...such different things to work with! What about it specifically is bothering you???? If its the border...just replace it with something different and piece this one into the back of the quilt.

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    I think it looks gorgeous. If you have more flowered fabric left I would put a border of it on the sides, since it is for a girl and a regular backing fabric for the back, I think that would hold up better and be better in the laundry and last longer than fleece. So generous of you to do this for them.

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    I think it is very nice the way it is. The combination of the floral and the shirt fabrics connects the girl back to her father very well.
    If you have left over cuffs and collars, I would use that treatment for the boys quilt also and have a special boy fabric for sashing between the blocks.
    You did a good job.

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    I think it's great. Leave it as it is.

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    You have done a wonderful job, what don't you like about it?

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    So, I went and read what everyone else wrote and thought "I must have missed something!"
    First of all, I wouldn't be taking anything all apart, so I thought ... maybe, the dark I was seeing between the blocks weren't actually sashing and that you had just laid the blocks out and was waiting for suggestions of how to put it together.
    I went back to the picture, looked closely, and sure enough! You have a thin sashing between each block ... the quilt is a done deal, in my mind ...
    But, it is a wonderful quilt, and as the daughter of a cowboy dad, and the wife of a cowboy hubby - - the sashing is just the right touch. A cowboy without a woman is just plain and crude ... I always told my dad "Mom is the lace for your Levis!"
    After reading everything, and checking the picture again - - the quilt is GOOD TO GO!
    I still am curious about what you don't like, but it might be because you so captured cowboy that you don't see yourself in it anywhere??? That just means you did an EXCELLENT job!

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