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« on: May 31, 2011 02:37:15 AM »

Let me just say, AAARRRGGGGGGHHHHHH.

Why do I do this to myself??!!???!!!

A friend saw the quilt I sold on eBay and asked if I could make him one for his friend back in the US, who has a little boy. He wondered if I could add an Australiana element to the patchwork.

I had been looking for an excuse to go fabric shopping, and so picked up a 1/4 of this fantastic vintage Holden cars print against a map of Australian roads:



It wasn't until about 24 hours after about 16 solid hours of quilting that I realised I had a serious problem. Every single design I tried sucked. Then I realised:

IT'S NOT ME.

The colour scheme. The "cutesy" aspect of the print. NONE OF IT IS MY STYLE.

And I've already told him about my purchase.

So now I just have to make it work!!!

Deep breath. I'm starting all over again.




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anaximander
« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2011 03:42:23 PM »

The thing about work for hire is that it's not always to our own taste, and that can be tough. I'm not a hearts-and-flowers quilter (I'm more funky rainbows, batiks, and large, graphic designs.) My mom, conversely, can be *very* hearts and flowers, and it took a super long time for me to be able to say "It's just perfect for you." Usually what I try to do is find one aspect that I really do like, and focus my energy on that. If you want to avoid the cutesy but still focus on the fabric, check out a pattern by Emily Cier called "Modern Rose Garden." I've used it a few times for designs that I'm just not really "feeling" as far as fabric is concerned, and I've always loved the results.
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« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2011 01:11:05 AM »

Anaximander, I LOVE that design. It's on the list for the next one.

Well, I made it work. I cut up the FQ into small squares and incorporated some other neutrals into my signature "scrappy" style. Here's a small bit:



It's taken about ten years off my life but I think it will look fantastic. Will post in completed projects when I'm done!!
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anaximander
« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2011 02:48:12 PM »

I think that's a perfect design, it looks great!
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« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2011 01:50:52 AM »

Patchwork is finished. Now I just need to quilt and bind and it's off my hands!



(My Miss Nearly-Five just said, "nice quilt, mummy!")
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« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2011 04:26:39 AM »

The little miss has good taste! looks great. How are you going to quilt it?
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« Reply #6 on: June 30, 2011 07:50:00 PM »

IT'S FINISHED!!!

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=384178.0
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