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Ugly Quilt, Ugly Quilt…

January 19, 2012

…why is she sewing you?  (Sung to the tune of “Smelly Cat.”)

Ok, so it’s late, and I’m getting punchy.  What can I say, it happens sometimes.  And I’ve been feeling a bit off all day.  The kind of “off” that’s subtle and hard to put your finger on.  Headache?  Not really…  Stomach ache?  Kinda…  Congested?  No…  Hopefully a good night’s sleep will cure me.

I was hoping to have the next tutorial for the QAL posted today, but it took me a while to figure out the most efficient way to cut and sew the block so that it would work for everyone.  Lots of head-scratching and self-doubt.  And so I ended up spending the day working on my ugly quilt.

Let me explain.  I’m a bit paranoid about cutting into fabrics I love until I’m sure that I know what I’m doing.  So I have a pile of fabric that I don’t care about that I use for test-runs.  They are mostly polyester or polyester-blends, or things that have stains and marks like an old pair of curtains that lived with my brother for a while in university and returned a slightly different colour…  Actually, none of them are all that bad on their own, but nor did I intentionally pull them from my stash to make a lovely quilt.  The prints land where they land as I’m trying things out, and then I throw all the sewn parts into a box.  I rarely complete a block (although I did today), since I’m usually just working out the dimensions for a particular component.

Ugly Quilt
Ugly Quilt

One day I’ll sew them all together for a really scrappy, kinda ugly but probably kinda cool, throw quilt or something.  And I’ll probably test out some free motion quilting patterns on it. ;)

So…would you like a sneak peak at the next block?  Here it is, in all it’s Ugly Quilt glory:

Ugly Quilt

I’ll be back tomorrow to show you how to put it together.  In different fabrics!

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. January 20, 2012 2:35 AM

    that is really really ugly!! ha!

  2. January 20, 2012 6:37 AM

    LOL!! I love the pattern, but I do agree … those fabrics REALLY don’t go together!!! Though, now that I think about it, if you just swapped out the green print and the red fabrics with something else it would probably look alright!! … I really do love that star though … looking forward to seeing your ‘real’ one … and the pattern that comes with it! It would make a really nice quilt … with the right fabrics, lol!!

  3. January 20, 2012 6:42 AM

    I really like your ugly block…I’ve seen much worse. An entire quilt with these fabrics would be a prize winner! Honorable mention? Best in show? Well, lets not get carried away! LOL

  4. January 20, 2012 7:29 AM

    I love the pattern. I love stars.

  5. January 20, 2012 8:29 AM

    wonderful block – the yellow is a bit disturbing!

  6. January 20, 2012 8:56 AM

    Love that block and funny about the stack- I have a stack of ugly fabric too! Can’t waste good designer fabric on a test run!

  7. January 20, 2012 3:12 PM

    that is a fantastic pattern, can’t wait until you release the turorial.
    as far as the fabrics go…hey, there’s a place in the world for everything pretty or ugly!

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