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AdaH
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Date: 2/5/13 11:16 AM

I was wondering if other quilters have a "stash" of pieced tops that they have not quilted. I have at least 15. Different sizes. Sone of them I don't even like anymore.

I dont have the money to have them machined quilted and don't know that I am willing to do it myself. I tried hand quilting but my hands don't work well enough any more to get the even tiny stitches that I use to do.

I keep wondering what to do with them? There isn't a market for them. If you go on E-bay you see tons of them and they go for very little, which makes me feel sad.

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Date: 2/5/13 11:33 AM

Is there is a church group or sewing guild in your area that might like the ones you don't care for anymore. They might quilt and then donate them or raffle them for charity.
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Date: 2/5/13 11:38 AM

You know, that's my one fear in getting into quilting, is that I'll wind up with lots of tops unquilted, and then dislike them.
Therefore, I'm going to try my best to finish what I've started. But, sometimes that's not possible. And, sometimes you just must step away.
If any are for kids, or could possibly even be used by a teen, contact Quilts For Kids in your area, or online. They might take them in and finish them for donation.

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Date: 2/5/13 11:44 AM

I actually have only the one that I am currently working on. I made a promise to myself when I first started quilting to only work on one at a time. I have to be totally quilted before I allow myself to start another. My only exception to this rule is that I have an ongoing scrappy quilt that I keep adding to.

How did I become so disciplined with this. Well somewhere in my mid fifties, I realized that I had way too much fabric and unfinished objects. I had been saving since my teens; had stuff from my childrens' clothes from toddlerhood to their adult projects plus all the home decor projects....should I go on and on. It was an overwhelming mess! I ditched it all - in the garbage, to thrift stores until I was totally cleansed. From that point forward I have bought fabric for one project at a time and I am a much happier and contented sewer. Of course, since I do not buy extra fabric I have become kinda hooked on buying sewing machines!

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Date: 2/5/13 11:52 AM

I have a few - maybe 6 or 8.

My (former) quilt guild accepts tops for donation. They are quilted by one of the members with longarms and donated to a Women's shelter or a VA hospital. I'm sure there's a guild in your area that would find them a good home.

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Date: 2/5/13 12:14 PM

Unquilted tops seem like an asset to me. I only have a few bed-sized ones and several wallhanging/doll/baby ones. I don't like tied quilts, but a lot of people do. You could always quilt them very simply-SID, pantos, grids. Or have them by a new longarm owner more cheaply than an expert. Or donate. Or pass down for a descendant to decide.

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Date: 2/5/13 1:44 PM

I have one it's like a rainbow with the colors I used and goes with nothing I have. And it's rather big so I know will be a problem to quilt.

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Date: 2/5/13 1:52 PM

I only have one. It is all pin basted and ready to go, but I don't know what to do with it!

It's my Christmas applique quilt. I spent so much time on it, I don't want to mess it up with the quilting. I am going to get a LOT more FMQ experience before I attempt it!

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Date: 2/5/13 1:54 PM

I have... one top that's done in need of quilting. Another quilt done in need of binding... and another project with all the fabric cut out and ready to start. Must. restrain. myself.

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Date: 2/5/13 2:06 PM

Cat with something like that I would just do stitch in the ditch quilting and let the fabric and the appliques be the stars. When I start thinking about a new quilt project that I'm designing. I think do I want it to be embroidered and if so I make that the big feature and will pick a simpler pattern. Same which really interesting fabric. As some quilts you see the quilting is the star. That will never be me. So I concentrate on the stuff I'm better at fabric selection and embroidery and hope to add applique to that list soon. I don't like real intense blocks with 10 pieces either. After the wolf is done will probably try to do something with embroidery again.

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