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    What do you do with your "I don't like that afterall" quilts?

    What do you do with the quilt you've finished making and it just hasn't turned out how you envisaged...you wince when you look at it and mutter "why did I think that was going to look good?"....what do you do?
    Do you donate it?
    Do you stuff it in a cupboard and sigh "oh well..never mind",
    Or do you try to gift it to someone, hoping they will like it?

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    Re: What do you do with your "I don't like that afterall" quilts?

    Donate it. Someone will love it. We have a few good group here that would love it, or any other donations.
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      #3
      Re: What do you do with your "I don't like that afterall" quilts?

      I use them for longarm practice quilts. I'll just quilt whatever comes into my head on them. It's amazing how awesome a fugly quilt can look! I get the practice and I don't worry about mistakes! This fugly thing now hangs on my wall, and I use it for reference when I'm looking for a new design
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        #4
        Re: What do you do with your "I don't like that afterall" quilts?

        If it was mine I would donate it. Someone would love to have it.
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        Scottie Mom Barb

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          #5
          Re: What do you do with your "I don't like that afterall" quilts?

          I love this quilt. It is not fugly. What a great "reference tool" you have created.
          Originally posted by cindirae View Post
          I use them for longarm practice quilts. I'll just quilt whatever comes into my head on them. It's amazing how awesome a fugly quilt can look! I get the practice and I don't worry about mistakes! This fugly thing now hangs on my wall, and I use it for reference when I'm looking for a new design
          [ATTACH=CONFIG]145444[/ATTACH]
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            #6
            Re: What do you do with your "I don't like that afterall" quilts?

            Thanks for your replies. This was my first attempt at fmq without using the BSR so I decided to opt for matching top and bottom colored thread to minimise "dots" and as the quilt top is predominantly white and the backing, a dusty rose colour I figured a soft ecru colour was my best compromise. Now I'm happy with the top but the stitching on the backing is quite "stand out" and it has highlighted all my little crooked curves and uneven stitch lengths. I know everyone has to learn as they go along, and I shouldn't expect "perfect", and I don't but now. looking at it I'm kinda wondering if I should've matched the bottom thread to the backing fabric and just put up with the colored dots peeking through ocassionally on the top. But oh dear, the idea of spending a day unpicking half a quilt of meandering leaves me despairing...I have half a quilt left to do and don't know what to do. sigh...just venting here, I know no-one can wave a magic wand for me. I just feel so embarassed that I've made a bad choice.
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              #7
              Re: What do you do with your "I don't like that afterall" quilts?

              It will probably grow on you but let it b known that our charity, Shriners children hospital fundraiser would be delighted to have your mistakes! Just finish it as a practice piece and if you want to change thread colors so you can see the difference, go for it! We'll still love it. Bind it and put it in a box and ship it out. You'll be amazed what we'll get for your masterpiece!
              Walk in peace with the Lord by your side.
              Terry

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                #8
                Re: What do you do with your "I don't like that afterall" quilts?

                Those crooked curves won't be so noticeable after it's washed.

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                  #9
                  Re: What do you do with your "I don't like that afterall" quilts?

                  I suggest finishing the quilt with the thread you're already using so it will look consistent. We're all learning as we go. On the next quilt, consider matching the thread to the backing, assuming it works well with the quilt top fabrics. FMQ takes a lot of practice. I generally use the same color thread on the top as in the bobbin. A non-quilter will not critique your stitching. If you don't already do this, I suggest making a sample block sandwich of the same fabrics as your quilt top & the backing, using the same batting, to practice on prior to starting on your quilt. That way you'll get an idea of how your thread & stitching looks. I do this with every quilt I make. Sometimes I try one color thread, then change to a dif. color after seeing it on the sample sandwich. I have a large collection of all these sample blocks that I can review to see how I quilted certain patterns & fabrics.

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                    #10
                    Re: What do you do with your "I don't like that afterall" quilts?

                    that is a very pretty quilt! I understand your angst, read my post about crying, but finish your quilting and wash it. Then decide what to do with it. Sometimes a little distance makes a world of difference. But personally I like that you can see the quilting on the back and it doesn't look that bad.
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                      #11
                      Re: What do you do with your "I don't like that afterall" quilts?

                      My first FM quilt was predominately brown fabric. I quilted it with WHITE thread. It's still here and I still cringe when I look at it. Occasionally I would think about taking out the thread and re-doing it and then think "nope, been there, done that, ain't touching it again." All the non- quilting people who have seen it love it and see nothing wrong with what I consider the "big ugly mess". Eventually one of the grand kids will take it off to college.
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                        #12
                        Re: What do you do with your "I don't like that afterall" quilts?

                        Originally posted by cindirae View Post
                        I use them for longarm practice quilts. I'll just quilt whatever comes into my head on them. It's amazing how awesome a fugly quilt can look! I get the practice and I don't worry about mistakes! This fugly thing now hangs on my wall, and I use it for reference when I'm looking for a new design
                        [ATTACH=CONFIG]145444[/ATTACH]
                        This is not fugly. It's a pretty quilt.

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                          #13
                          Re: What do you do with your "I don't like that afterall" quilts?

                          One quilters ugly is another quilters beauty. We all have different taste and there is always going to be someone who would appreciate and enjoy the quilts we don't like.

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                            #14
                            Re: What do you do with your "I don't like that afterall" quilts?

                            Quilts are so appreciated by those that do not have them. I have donated several over t he years and I am a horrible quilter. I have never had one turned down. I do not see a problem with bad quilting unless there is not enough to hold it properly.
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                              #15
                              Re: What do you do with your "I don't like that afterall" quilts?

                              First off I think your quilt is lovely. I would continue with the same thread and don't pick anything out. Once the quilt is washed what you perceive as imperfections will disappear. I try to use the same thread top and bottom and I also pick a patterned back so the quilting blends in more. It tends to really show up on a solid. Keep this quilt so in the future you can look back and see how far you've come with your FMQ.

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