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    #16
    Re: When is a quilt just too ugly to continue?

    I'm not an orange person, either, but I like this. I would either remove the applique stars, or if I left them in I would FMQ outlines of stars scattered across the quilt, then do loose wavy lines going across the background, maybe with a walking foot.

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      #17
      Re: When is a quilt just too ugly to continue?

      I just quilted up two quilts that I deemed ugly quilts, and guess what? Now I don't think they are so ugly! And I showed it to some people and one lady wanted to buy one of them! They do make good FMQing practice tops, and you will make this one beautiful!

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        #18
        Re: When is a quilt just too ugly to continue?

        OldNewbie, I think it's wonderful. You put your time and fabric into it. Be happy that it is done and gift it. Someone above said "No apologies".... I love homemade quilts....Love it and gift it. Personally, Orange was always my favorite color...ask my children...their rooms were full of orange and red....and I absolutely loved orange and red tissue flowers...Power to the Flower. Really, love what you have done and gift it with pride....OR....send it to me I forgot to mention that stars were then and now one of my favorite quilt and home designs.
        Last edited by cv quilter; June 8th, 2019, 05:21 PM.
        A day patched with quilting Seldom unravels Sharon

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          #19
          Re: When is a quilt just too ugly to continue?

          do your practice , then use it as backing on a quilt you do like.

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            #20
            Re: When is a quilt just too ugly to continue?

            Maybe you could donate this one to charity & make another one you like better for the baby. Our guild donates quilts to local charities; all donations are accepted. It will make some child very happy. It's a bright, cheerful quilt.

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              #21
              Re: When is a quilt just too ugly to continue?

              Stop criticizing yourself! do as I say, not as I do (I'm the worlds worst critiquing myself).
              It doesn't matter what others think, including me! you should be proud because you put a lot of effort
              into this. This child will love the bright happy colors, and the mother will appreciate your gift.
              When you have decided what you believe, what you feel must be done, have the courage to stand alone and be counted
              Eleanor Roosevelt

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                #22
                Re: When is a quilt just too ugly to continue?

                Originally posted by The_Last_Unicorn View Post
                I'm not an orange person, either, but I like this. I would either remove the applique stars, or if I left them in I would FMQ outlines of stars scattered across the quilt, then do loose wavy lines going across the background, maybe with a walking foot.
                I like the quilt but I don't care for the stars either. It is a bright happy quilt! Finish it and gift it. .

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                  #23
                  Re: When is a quilt just too ugly to continue?

                  I understand how you are feeling. I once made a quilt I truly disliked. It was so great in the planning stages, but in reality, once it was all coming together, I didn't like it at all. The more I worked on it the less I liked it - lol. But I did finish it and I donated it to our local shelter. Someone will always find beauty where we find none and I knew that someone, somewhere would like this quilt. It just wasn't me. So I have always hoped that whomever it went to found some beauty it and was comforted by its warmth.
                  Courage is being scared to death, and saddling up anyway. ~John Wayne

                  Quilting is my passion . . . chocolate is a close second!

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                    #24
                    Re: When is a quilt just too ugly to continue?

                    firstly love your quilt, and its the thought that counts.
                    if was unsure about the front would make a fancy back or even use a panel, to making the quilt reversible, then the receiver can decide which side likes the best.

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                      #25
                      Re: When is a quilt just too ugly to continue?

                      I have made a few that I wasn’t happy with, but only one that was, well, ugly. But I went to the fabric store and picked out fabric for borders, added a pinstripe (4 borders total) and it turned out way cool. Totally different than others I have made. I even sold it. Shockers!

                      I like the idea of making a second one for your friend that you do like, and then go back to work with this one. I think after adding a border and quilting it with your favorite pattern, it will surprise you.

                      And then if you do donate it, it will be proudly and someone will have a treasure. I like it, by the way. Good work!

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                        #26
                        Re: When is a quilt just too ugly to continue?

                        I made 2 quilts for a dear friend; hated how both of them came together but gifted them anyway and have regretted it ever since. I feel as though I cheapened our friendship and I am now, several years on, still uncomfortable when I visit her if she has the quilts out. Interestingly, whenever I call on her unexpectedly the quilts are nowhere to be seen....they only appear when I arrive on a planned visit. Makes me feel worse now that I suspect she doesn't like them either.

                        I have also thrown a quilt I had made from scraps and partly quilted into the rubbish bin. As far as I was concerned it was going to be too much time and effort to try and unpick it all and try to make it better. I felt great about my decision and warned my husband if he retrieved it from the bin I would not be happy. He left it there as instructed and I started a new project with enthusiasm and no guilt!
                        Last edited by just4me; June 11th, 2019, 05:11 AM.

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                          #27
                          Re: When is a quilt just too ugly to continue?

                          Thank you all for your perspectives. This is what I have done. I fmq’d around those unfortunate stars and they did look better. I am setting this aside for now. I still love the name here comes the sun, and am making a different quilt for my workmate. I appreciate and learn from you all.

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                            #28
                            Re: When is a quilt just too ugly to continue?

                            Doesn’t look like a baby quilt to me.
                            Personally I like to use bright colorful
                            children’s prints when I make a baby quilt
                            and like to incorporate bright solids as well.
                            Search free baby quilt patterns on the net,
                            there are a lot of great free patterns available.

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