Life in General

The Ugly Quilt: Update #2

I am moving right along on my donation project aka the Ugly Quilt. I was showing the pieces to my sister the other day and explaining what I’m making it for. She asked me why I wanted to make an ugly quilt for donation. Let me explain: I found a couple of patterns in a magazine that I like so I got my husbands’ opinion. After hearing his opinion, I decided to go with the one that he liked best. It’s an easy design that reminds me of days gone by. Since that feeling of nostalgia was so strong when I saw the quilt, I decided I wanted to make it using older looking fabric colors and designs. The fabrics all separately are exactly that: old and outdated – that’s what I love about them! However, once the blocks and colors are all put together to create the quilt pattern, it is not going to be ugly. Beings that is the case with the fabrics and then the pattern itself I settled on the name the Ugly Quilt. It fits perfectly. So, to clear up the misconception, the quilt will be beautiful, but the colors of the fabrics alone are why I have deemed it the Ugly Quilt.  As a quilter, I look at every quilt with some appreciation and see the beauty in each one because it’s the creation, the work put into it, and the devotion of the person creating it that makes it so special.

Now for the update:

As I said, the design is easy: different color triangles sewn together to make a 3″ block which is then sewn together in a total of 9 3″ blocks to make a 9″ square block. In the last update, the first cutting to make the blocks was completed. Basically, each of my chosen fabrics was cut into the 3″ squares needed to build the triangles by laying two different colors of squares right sides together to sew down the middle as is shown below:


After stitching on both sides of a line penciled down the fabric, the next step is to cut on the penciled line to create two triangles that once opened up are actually the square block (size of block may vary on individual taste) starting blocks that will eventually create the pattern block.


Thus far, I have stitched together all the 3″ starting blocks that I will need, a total of 336 3″ square blocks.


My next step: cutting all the squares on the penciled line to create the 3″ square – More Updates Coming Soon!


Life in General, Quilting Projects

The Ugly Quilt: Update 1

I’m not sure how other people move along when making a quilt, but for me after I have chosen and bought my fabrics, next comes all the cutting. I had quite the mishap while cutting recently. First, I want to say that the fabrics I’ve chosen for this particular quilt came from a garage sale. Once I found the pattern I wanted, I started looking in stores for the perfect fabrics, but much to my dismay, I never found what I wanted. When I heard fabric was at a garage sale nearby I went to look it over and it was just what I was looking for so I bought a lot, about 20 yards of various patterns/colors for $42. Any quilter knows, actually anyone who sews, knows that you can’t buy 20 yards of fabric for $42! What a deal!


The mishap. Rather than iron one of the fabrics as I normally do, I decided to just cut the strips I needed from said fabric in the size that I needed and put the remainder of the fabric (it started as a 5 yard piece) back into my fabric bin. When I went to iron the pieces I’d cut, the pieces were wavy….seriously wavy such as this image: wavy-line-1024x256

Well there’s no way that was going to work! What a lesson for me, why we iron before we cut!

Anyway, I saved those pieces because at some point I will be able to use them for something, and I proceeded to iron then cut my new pieces.

And now: Cutting complete!

Next, I will start sewing the cut pieces together to form my blocks. Pictures of my progress including two smaller blocks that become part of bigger blocks found below:

Make sure to check back for more updates. In the links below you will find all updates and/or changes to this project.

Life in General, Quilting Projects

The Ugly Quilt Project

I have an upcoming event through our church, Ocktoberfest. It’s an annual gathering of patrons of the church plus any other guests that may attend (it’s open to all) that offers a smorgasboard of German foods for lunch, a raffle drawing, silent auction, etc in order to raise funds for the church.

This year I have committed myself to donating a quilt for the silent auction. I am naming it the Ugly Quilt. It’s not going to be ugly by any means. The fabrics will go together very well. I found a pattern in a quilting magazine that I like, but rather than using newer fabrics that the pattern suggests, I am using some older fabrics that remind me of the 70’s. The quilt will be beautiful when it’s complete, but the colors consists of reds and browns, blues and creams, which are not the lively colors that I normally quilt with.

I like A LOT of color!

Please join me as I walk through the Ugly Quilt project, from start to finish. It’s a long process, but one I enjoy! I will post periodic updates so stay tuned for recent changes throughout the next couple of months. My choice of machine is the Bernina Activa 135 which is the one I started with a few years ago and haven’t changed. It works perfect for the quilting that I do.

To start, here’s a few pictures to start this quilting journey.

As always, comments welcome, but please be nice 🙂