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Liberty Houses is shown in the header picture. It is a Jan Patek pattern in her book "Liberty Garden".

Monday, July 26, 2010

AN OLD UFO

Look what I found in the guest room closet. I wondered why I had given away this UFO and now I found that it did not find another home after all. I looked for this a few months ago. It was always in a large plastic container underneath the guest room bed. Well, it was no longer there. I looked all through my sewing room and couldn't find it. I finally decided I had donated it somewhere. Yesterday, I was in the guest room closet and found the container. I have no idea why it put it in there.
Please excuse the wrinkles. The top has been folded up for a good while and evidently not the neatest folding. Now the problem. When I made the star section, I thought I had enough of the shirting print for the whole quilt. I did not. I had a similar fabric but it is not the same shade of "white". It jumps out at me every time I look at it. There is applique to go on the quilt yet. I just don't know if the applique would take your eye away from the variation in shade & design of the two fabrics. I don't want to spend a great deal of time doing applique and end up being disappointed with the project. You can click on the picture to enlarge and see a section of the substituted fabric. I think it is on two sides of the quilt. It doesn't show the color variation well in the picture but you can get an idea.
The pattern I am using is by Terry Clothier Thompson and is called Union Star. This is what the quilt should look like if I did all the applique. What to do? I know that our ancestors sometimes made do with what fabric they had available. I am getting tired of thinking on this project.
I will think on this another couple weeks and make some kind of decision.

Karen

37 comments:

  1. My vote is to continue! This is a great quilt and i love the fact that you had to "make do" with another print, adds so much charm and it certainly doesn't looked forced on this project.

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  2. I agree with Barb! This is an awesome quilt and it has enough applique, that I doubt anyone will notice the difference in the background.

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  3. I think you should continue too. How gorgeous is this quilt?! I bet the backgrounds will look fine in the end. And who needs a matchy matchy quilt anyway? It will give the quilt charm!

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  4. I agree with everyone else. When the applique is done the difference in backgrounds won't be noticeable. I think you should finish it because it's just lovely and that star was not easy, I'm sure.

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  5. Wow that's just beautiful and I guess I would continue too. I think once you get it done you won't really notice there is a variation in color.
    Sometimes it helps me to put it down for a while and come back to it...like you are doing. You'll have a gut feeling as to what you want to do. I agree that the star was a lot of work.

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  6. I think it will be fine once it is finished. And, if it still bugs you, you can always do a slight tea dye on it to even it out, but I think it will look great as it is.

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  7. It is gorgeous! I would definitely continue.

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  8. I agree with all the comments above especially that using the other fabric will give this quilt added charm. It seems like today people make changes like that on purpose and it really won't show with all the dazzling applique. Onward and Upward........

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  9. Keep on going and listen to all the great advice you have already received. I think they are right on.

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  10. Sometimes we strive to make a quilt with different backgrounds before we begin applique work on purpose. I say make-do...no matter it will be a gorgeous piece!

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  11. Oh my! What a treasure!! Ok, here's my 2 cents for what it's worth. I clicked to enlarge before you said you subbed fabric and didn't even notice the different fabrcis. Only after you told the story and I clicked again did I see two backgrounds. I think once you add the appliques it won't stand out for you quite so much. Or, if you really want to be rid of the project you can send it to me!! hahaha.....I dind't think you'd care for that option!

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  12. I don't think you're even going to notice it once you get all that delicious applique going. Personally, I think it'll add to the entire quilt rather than detract from it.

    What a beauty this is going to be!

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  13. Oh Karen, I definitely think you should finish. As the others have said, once the applique is on it, no one will even notice the different fabrics. Even if they did, they would just assume you wanted it that way. The quilt is too fabulous to not finish, my dear. If you aren't happy with it after finishing it, have a giveaway with it. I am sure there are lots and lots of people who would sign up for that. (grin) Have a good day. Winona

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  14. Well, I think it looks wonderful, but did you try searching online for the first fabric if you know the line...you can plain google or you can look on quiltshops.com or the "remainder" type vendors? Your applique is beautiful, wow, what a pattern.

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  15. I'm having trouble really noticing the difference but perhaps it's my computer or the photo. I agree with all above. Even before I read them I thought 1. you won't notice after the appliques and 2. if it makes you crazy tea dye it.
    It's going to be great-I hope you choose to finish it. :)

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  16. Oh my gosh Karen! That is going to be gorgeous! I would definitely continue too. I doubt the background difference will be very noticeable, and if it is even slightly~ it will give your quilt more character! :-) Thanks for the applique tips too~ made perfect sense to me! ;-)

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  17. Karen I think the fabric is going to be fine. There is a lot of applique to fill in that background and I think the shade variation will add to the overall effect of the quilt. Keep going with it, its going to be stunning!

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  18. Well, you could finish it. OR you could have a fantastic giveaway and have this and the pattern for the prize and be done with it. Or donate it to your local guild for a fantastic door prize. Much less thinking and applique on the second two options! And of course, I would love to win the giveaway.

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  19. Looking at it the way it is now, the variation would bother me. HOWEVER - once you get all the applique on, and get it quilted, I don't think you'll notice. I think it will add to the charm. This is going to be a beautiful quilt and my vote goes for finishing it!

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  20. Yep, continue working on it. What a wonderful pattern!!

    Crispy

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  21. I think you should definately proceed as if you meant to do that! With all that applique you probably won't even notice the difference. It might also help to tea dye the piece a little bit and then applique. That centre is such a challenging block...way to go!

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  22. Oh this quilt is gorgeous. You have to finish it. Wonder if you could find another shirting more the tone of white? But I think once you get all the applique on you won't even notice that it is different.

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  23. I think you should keep going! It's wonderful!! With all the applique the background variation shouldn't be noticable.

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  24. I have had the dilemna before of the different colors and worried about it. I read a post on Bonnie Hunters blog about this same issue. She was making a quilt and put different shades of muslin in hers. After it's quilted and washed, you will probably be the only one to see the difference! Elaine

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  25. Could you put a narrow border of another colour and then add the other white and do the applique on the two separate fabrics?

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  26. What you've done so far is gorgeous so I hope you continue. I couldn't tell the difference in the backgrounds but I have a project of my own where it seems the color differences is slapping me in the face. No one else can even tell. So, good luck with your decision. I think the quilt will turn out great and I also think the color difference will diminish with applique and quilting. When you are done, people will be saying, "Isn't she clever...she made do, just like the 'old days.'"

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  27. I would not let that be a problem for me. It just makes it look older and after you get all of that beautiful applique on it that is where your eye will go. Not on the fact that you had to use two different shirtings. Please dont stop and keep us updated. Going to be nice.

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  28. Here is another vote for "make do". That is what would have done in the past. All the applique will be the star. I am looking forward to seeing this project as you continue. It is just gorgeous!
    Karen

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  29. First of all I agree with others that with applique you won't notice the background. But if it bothers you now it may bother you later too because you will know it's there. Soooooo, have you thought of taking out more of the main background and putting a third and fourth background print? I am working on an applique quilt called Botanika where each block has a different background but all the same color - cream. If you have more than two background prints it might look more like you planned it that way. blessings, marlene

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  30. Let me just join in with this huge consensus that you should finish this wonderful quilt. I have two quilts with different shades of white or muslin in the background because I accidentally mixed up the fabrics. I freaked out when I discovered it, but now that the quilts are done, it doesn't bother me at all.

    On this quilt, with all the applique, I doubt you will even notice it.

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  31. What a delicious project! Of course you should continue. How many vintage quilts have we seen where the maker had to make-do with fabrics in order to complete the quilt? That's what quilting is all about - making do with what we have and still ending up with a treasure when we are done.

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  32. Oh, how pretty! I stretched my lone star quilt like that so badly...that I gave it to a friend, and I think she tossed it!

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  33. 愛,拆開來是心和受兩個字。用心去接受對方的一切,用心去愛對方的所有。......................................................................

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  34. What fun to find lost items. And a pretty one it is, too.

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  35. I think it is wonderful, and if you take a little break to think on it, you might have the energy to finish it up. Sometimes those lost-and-found projects end up being some of the best!

    And speaking of quilting inspiration, have you found all the great links at www.WeAllSew.com? Tons of great links to other quilters and sewers sharing patterns, tutorials, tips and tricks!

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  36. 一個人的價值,應該看他貢獻了什麼,而不是他取得了什麼....................................................

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  37. I think that you should finish it! It will be so pretty!
    Micki

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