Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Don't try this at home!

Have you ever made something that you hate?

I don't mean something you just didn't like, or that it wasn't exactly what you had planned...but something they you hated?

Well I did! These colours looked OK in the store. I think it was those tricky lights... they make everything look good!! LOL

Anyway, I made the whole top...looked at it...and hated it! It was meant as a gift, and I just couldn't see giving away something that I hated!

My first thought was to just throw it in a closet and forget about it. But I really liked some of the fabric and thought it was perfect for the person that I was giving it to.
So my second thought was to go buy more of the same fabric and start over...but I couldn't find the same fabric :(

So...I started unsewing it...first I took out just the blueish pieces...(the white is the bed sheet showing through..)

then..I took out a few more...

Then I took of the border from the top and bottom and moved a few other pieces around...and added some black.  I am happy to say that it all fit back together..(can't say enough about how important accurate 1/4" seams are !!) even the borders fit back on perfectly!  So now it is finished , basted and ready to quilt....and I love it! It is perfect!

here is a sneak peek...more later, once it is quilted.

I have to say, though, this really shook my confidence. I have always struggled with choosing colour combinations, and this is exactly why! If I see something I like, I can make it easily...if I have to pick out the colours I spend a lot of time debating with myself!  So here is my next project...

I admit I am a bit nervous now to see it put together! It is a special quilt to replace one that was lost when my daughters apartment flooded.  Hope it looks OK! :)

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  1. I've had one of those "hate it" quilts, too, and ended up donating it to a charity. You were brave to take it all apart and put it back together again! I think your new quilt fabric looks beautiful. :O)

  2. Glad it all worked out for you Flo! I liked it with the white sheet showing through too.

  3. I looked at this first picture and said 'black' and that is just what you did. I would rescue it too - good for you!

  4. I'm glad you found a solution. I once made a really hideous block with masses of inch squares for a colour challenge and I've never done anything with it. Good that you've ended up with something beautiful :)

  5. I've made some that I didn't love when finished, but never hated! Glad that you found and good solution, Flo!

  6. Glad you are happy with it now. I think your new fabrics look wonderful.

  7. It is very common for me to hate the quilt top I'm working on when I'm getting to the end. Very seldom do I love it. Then, it gets quilted, and I almost always end up loving it. I'm sure yours was beautiful before you changed it all up. But I'm glad you're happy with it.

  8. I don't think I have ever made something I completely hate but that's a good thing as I wouldn't have your dedication to re-do it. Can't wait to see it now that you love it :)

  9. Can't wait to see the new and improved quilt. And I laughed because in the photo where you removed the pieces and put it on the bed, I thought the light colour was part of the quilt and I thought it looked great, lol! Good for you for having the fortitude not to give up on it.

  10. You are certainly persistent, and found the perfect colours in the end!
    I've made things I was less satisfied with, and these were often the most admired/sold fastest. Go figure ...

  11. "Unsewing" I bet I could do that! Now you see, this is where I would be good for you. I am great picking out things that look good together. When I tried creating jewelry, I was great at design, but everything I put together fell apart. I would be wonderful picking out fabrics, I just can't do anything with them when I get them!


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