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What was I thinking? – The Ugly Quilt Contest

Presented below are the participants for the "What was I thinking?" – The Ugly Quilt Contest.

Quick stats:

  • Total submissions: 20
  • Total countries: 5
  • Total provinces: 3
  • Total states: 11

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ADD vegetable quilt ADD vegetable quilt
By: TC, Texas, USA
Blog: Thimble Chick

I call this my "ADD quilt," because looking at it causes me to feel like my brain is going in six directions at once.

Apparently, I missed the quilting lesson that teaches one not to use too many busy prints in one quilt. I chose only 3 fabrics for this quilt top - a print of scattered peas, a print of scattered carrots, and a print of assorted vegetables - but the end result looks like a bomb went off in a backyard garden.

So this is the quilt that I let the dogs sleep on. This is the quilt that I allow - no, URGE - my kids to take outside for picnics. And this is the quilt that I will someday give to someone to wrap around a piano when they move, and I will pray with every fiber of my being that it (the quilt, not the piano) will blow off the back of the truck and never been seen again.

Animal lovers, please do not fret about the pug on the quilt in the photo. He is already blind, so no worries about the quilt affecting his vision.

Another Scrap quilt Another Scrap quilt
By: Lee Dueck, Alberta, Canada
Blog: Lala's Lovelys

Oh this one is taking forever to get done. Started originally in 2004. Started again in 2009 and only needs the stippling finished. I used scraps from previous projects from the 1990's.

Somehow this quilt got really long and narrow. I had to add really wide side borders just so it would hang over the edge of a single bed. My daughters call it the "Ugly Quilt".

I keep telling myself to get this done before I start something else, but since I don't like it I am not sure when it will ever get done!

Beach Quilt Beach Quilt
By: Pat in Sarasota, Florida, USA

This quilt is for my son's girlfriend who lives in Ind. I was going to make a beach theme quilt for her to wrap in during her cold winter. It was to be a lap quilt. Then they announced they were getting married so the quilt needed to be larger. Ordered more fabric and ended up with way too many different patterns. I thoiught a "water" fabric would be good for the borders. I went online and found what I thought were crazy quilt blocks. Unfortunately the blocks were for paper piecing (who knew what that was) and had no seam allowance. Needless to say my blocks weren't very square. So, I started adding fabric to the sides. the borders look as crazy as the blocks. It looked so wild when I laid it out that I made it reversible so the back is more of the same wacky blocks. This is my 3rd quilt, first 2 were baby quilts, so I can only plead ignorance and the truth is I wasn't thinking! It will be a looong timebefore I try another crazy quilt! It will make a great pet bed if they get a dog.

Cardio Cardio
By: Penny Globe, Ontario, Canada
Blog: Harmony Hopes Studio

"What was I thinking"? I can't caption this any better. I made this quilt when I was recuperating from a heart attack 20 years ago and because my job was very stressful had to take extra time to regain my strength.

I had always wanted to make a pattern for a variegated attic window. That was pretty easy to do, then, I went very Amish, like many quilters, a phase in my journey in fiber art.

I never finished it before I went back to work. Over the years I would psyche myself to put it back on the frame to finish it and perhaps give it to a charity to auction.

I am sure it is 80% quilted. But...like the main colour, it is from the black period of my life. I am still plagued with cardiomyopathy, that will never go away and chances are the quilt will never be finished.

So now you have the story about my ugly 3 dimensional quilt.

Crazy Daisy Crazy Daisy
By: Lori Draeger, Texas, USA
Blog: Lori's Weblog

This pattern is from The Buggy Barn's Certifiably Crazy book. Which is what I must have been when I put these fabrics together! I made it for a contest at a quilt store. Guess who didn't win a prize?

It might be ugly, but it is a good warm lap quilt!

Feedsacks gone bad Feedsacks gone bad
By: Quilty Conscience, Arkansas, USA
Blog: My Quilty Conscience

My Mother had given me a stack of old feedsacks . I sKetched out a design on graph paper, and I very carefully measured and cut triangles.

It was all down hill after that.

First, I used a very cheap white fabric, it was see through and flimsy.

Then I paid no mind to seam allowance. I had seams that were ranging from a 1/8 inch all the way to 3/4 inch.

And as if that weren't quite enough, one of the the two pinwheel borders I made for the ends was at least 6 inches longer than the other, and neither border matched up to the middle.

The more I pieced, the wonkier it grew. I finally stopped piecing it and stashed it in a box where it stayed, haunting me, for more than 10 years.

I did not finish this quilt, but I desperately wanted to salvage the precious feedsack fabric, so I spent several hours taking the horrid thing apart, and I am currently working on remaking it.

I am happy to report that the remake is going smoothly.

Just that my ugly quilt test Just that my ugly quilt test
By: Betweens, Ontario, Canada
Blog: Patchwork Sanity

Fons and Porter was doing a tutorial on this pattern I used what I thought were good contrasting fabics...so contrasting that they glare at me.. I am not a purple fan not sure why I used purple. it is more the colors I used more than anything. It is quilted just waiting to finish the prairie points on it.

Katydid's binky Katydid's binky
By: Patti Medal, Minnesota, USA

My step-daughter likes bright colours, so a bright log cabin should be quick, right? Wrong. I wanted 1 1/2" bars. What WAS I thinking to start CUTTING the strips that size?!? So..start small, finish small. However, with about 200 different fabric bits, there was no rhyme or reason to the blocks. I couldn't just assembly line them..every block is different.

It took me 4 years to finish, but finish I did..cursing at self for at least the last 3 years!! Oh yes..my daughter knew nothing of this quilt. I hung it on the wall at church to present it to her. She was wonderfully surprised, & pleased.

Leap Frog Leap Frog
By: Ann Champion, Ohio, USA
Blog: Ann Champion's blog

I had just had a major surgery and was recuperating. I needed to walk a bit so my Husband took me to some garage sales..a favorite past time of mine. I found a maternity dress made from a batik fabric that had frogs on it, which had been gifted to the woman having the sale by her Mother in Law. She thought it was hideous..but at that time (2000) I had never seen batik fabric and I thought it was wonderful.

I bought that dress and came home and took it apart so I could reuse that fabulous fabric. I pulled fabrics from my stash that matched colors in the batik and cut and pieced my blocks OK...BUT..I was on strong pain killers at the time and what looked beautiful to me then..is quite awful when viewed without opiates in my system. ;) LOL

Mark's Quilt Mark's Quilt
By: Meredith, South Carolina, USA

I made this quilt when I was 18 or 19. I let my brother, Mark, pick out all the fabrics - I think he was 5 at the time. We picked out a bunch of 5-inch squares from the fabric store, and we grabbed some remnants of his choice. I didn't even bother doing much measuring or pressing. I just sort of winged it!

My First Quilt, a quilting disaster My First Quilt, a quilting disaster
By: Jean Kritenbrink, Iowa, USA
Blog: Jean's Page

When my oldest daughter was about 7 or 8, I got some fabric strips that were discarded from a furniture mfg plant. They were sheet ends, so pretty nice quality. I decided to make my daughter a quilt using squares of these fabrics. I had sewn forever, but never made a quilt so had no problem sewing the squares together.

I sewed the layers together and turned right side out and tied it. I was pretty proud of it until after I had washed it a couple times and all the batting slid to one end. I knew nothing about battings so didn't know to be sure and get bonded batting.

So I opened it up, pulled all the batting out and she had a "light" quilt. I was disappointed, but she loved it and still has it. She took pix of it so I could show you.

Mystery night quilt - ugly fabric combination Mystery night quilt - ugly fabric combination
By: Celine, United Kingdom
Blog: Espritpatch

I made the quilt top during a mystery night at my LQS in 2007. I choose my Auntie's favorite colours (purple/pink) as this was going to be for her 60th birthday. I selected 2 fabrics from my stash and bought some more to compliment the ones I had. I didn't know how fabrics were going to be organised in the top. I was quite pleased at 7am, after sewing all night to have completed the quilt top that I stashed away for later.

What was I thinking or was I too tired to see clearly? When I got it out again a couple of months ago to finish it I thought it looked horrible. Something just didn't work. I finally worked out that the 2 prints next to each other were awful. I just didn't like it. So I have taken the top apart to get back to the 25 blocks and have even taken some of the blocks apart to change the color arrangement. I have bought some pale lilac background fabric to eventually set the blocks on point and have a new top. You can follow the saga of this quilt on my blog!

PARA  LA TIA SARA PARA LA TIA SARA
By: Claudia, Argentina
Blog: ISIS'S En el mundo del Patchwork

SON DISTINTOS BLOQUES QUE FUI PRACTICANDO CUANDO ME INICIE EN ESTO DEL PATCHWORK

ERA PARA SARA QUE ERA UNA TIA DE MI MARIDO A QUIEN NOSOTROS LE TENIAMOS MUCHO CARIÑO ELLA FALLECIO DE CANCER.

COMENCE A HACERLO PARA LLEBARSELO DE REGALO Y LE SIRVIERA DE ABRIGO EN SUS DIAS DE DOLOR INSOPORTABLE PERO NO ALCANCE A TERMINARLO PORQUE ELLA FALLECIO ANTES DESDE ENTONCES ESTAN GUARDADOS EN UN CAJON Y ESTABA ACOMODANDO UN DIA MIS QUILT Y LOS ENCONTRE Y SE ME OCURRIO CONTINUARLO PORQUE HACE SEIS MESES NACIO MI NIETA DELFINA Y CREO QUE ES UN NUEVO INSENTIVO PARA CONTINUARLO
Y ESTE CONCURSO ES LA ESCUSA PERFECTA PARA TERMINARLO
Y ALGUN DIA CUBRA SU CAMA Y ELLA PUEDA DECIR ESTO LO HIZO MI ABUELA PORQUE
CREO QUE ESTE ES EL FIN DEL PATCHWORK TRANSMITIRLO A NUESRAS GENERACIONES PARA QUE ELLAS CONTINUEN CON ESTA PACION DE DAR AMOR CON NUESTRAS MANOS QUE YO HEREDE DE MI ABUELA Y QUEDAR EN EL RECUERDO DE NUESTROS SERES QUERIDOS POR ESTO ES QUE ME DECIDI A INGRESAR EN EL CONCURSO

Piano Concerto Piano Concerto
By: Arnevik Joann, Minnesota, USA

I made this for my niece who loves music. It was so ugly, I just couldn't give it to her. I will not tell you who I got the idea from because it would embarrass them.

R's graduation quilt R's graduation quilt
By: Joonybug, Pennsylvania, USA

I make quilts for family members that graduate from school and I ask what they would like. My son decided he wanted a 2 color quilt..
1. I had never made a quilt with just 2 colors.
2. I wasn't overly fond of the colors he choose.

I found an 8inch block pattern that seemed rather simple with lots of placement options.

It eneded up having too many options and I tried several and ended up with this hodge podge of a quilt. The big blocks did give me great options for hand quilting... but that can't change the way a quilt looks.

I didn't like the pattern when I had the top together and could have changed it.. but didn't..What was I thinking??

Stompin Grapes Stompin Grapes
By: Lorna Wainwright, Wisconsin, USA
Blog: Photo Musings

I started making this quilt for my daughter for Christmas. I finished the queen size top and hated it...so I had to make her another quick so it would be done in time. This top sits in my cupboard, my ugly duckling. Every once and a while I take it out to see if it looks any better to me. Nope, this material just does not work together.

The SEA turned RED with blood The SEA turned RED with blood
By: A. Carole Grant, British Columbia, Canada

I was reading about the Red Sea crossing of the Isrealites with Pharaoh of Egypt in hot pursuit. I thought I would use a play on words and make this piece as the second in my EXAGGERATION series.

It is pretty bad... everyone thought it was a portrait piece, I wanted the ugly, mad Pharaoh to be in the shape of the RED SEA, or vice versa.. well, you get it, I am sure... I used symbols in the 'rock work' to imitate perhaps a castle, whatever.

It just didn't work like I thought it would. I will cut it up eventually.

The Turd Runner The Turd Runner
By: Jocelynne Broderick, Utah, USA

Yes, disgusting, I know. But here's the dealio: I promised my mother-in-law I'd make her a table runner for her birthday. They were adding on to their house and were doing kind of a rustic theme, so I chose the browns and golds (which matched beautifully, by the way). I'm making the thing and I'm starting to doubt it. Well, I think, maybe it will look ok when it's done. So I go ahead and finish it.

I laid it out on the table to show my husband and instantly we both thought of a piece of poo. You'll see why. I was mortified, we told her that we couldn't in good conscience give her a piece of poo. And we couldn't imagine her actually putting this on her table, and having people over to eat, with a piece of poo ON THE TABLE. I know *I'd* never be able to look at it. I posted a photo of the offending runner and it was dubbed "The Turd Runner".

TJ's Wild & Wacky TJ's Wild & Wacky
By: Tonya, North Carolina, USA
Blog: Tonya's Sewing Room

This quilt for my hubby (TJ) has been in the making for years. He and his mother picked out fabrics for this quilt. I had no say so whatsoever....I kept saying "there's no way these will go together" "how will I coordinate these colors and patterns"? So, I just starting cutting triangles and sewing them together best I thought they looked. I had hopes for this quilt, I really thought I could turn it around and make it look like a decent quilt. haha.....little did I know, it was too late. I just couldn't! So, I sewed all the blocks together. Layed them out to the design I sewed them in and this is what I came up with. Then I thought a black border couldn't make it look any worse. And some where along the lines, I thought rick rack would look good. WHAT WAS I THINKING?? Next, I got my free motion sewing foot and thought I would practice on this quilt. oh my! Now, the quilt is in such a state I'm not sure I can even fix it. It's packed away in a tote. The hubs likes it!

Work of 'eart Work of 'eart
By: Sue Mobilia, Australia
Blog: Charlotte's Cottage

This was a club challenge to use 3 colours from a specific paint chart. I couldn't find fabric in the colours so I bought the paint and stamped (badly) some cheap unbleached calico. Then cut random strips and wove them into a heart shape with raw edges showing.

The whole quilt is about 20" square and is as stiff and scratchy as sandpaper. Too small for anyone but a new baby and too uncomfortable to ever use. Too ugly to hang and too rigid to even fold and put away.

The creative process was fun though.