The Ugly Quilt Contest
Presented below are the participants for the "What was I thinking?" – The Ugly Quilt Contest.
- Total submissions: 20
- Total countries: 5
- Total provinces: 3
- Total states: 11
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|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.
|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.
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.
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.
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?
|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.
|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.
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.
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.
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|
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.
|Mystery night quilt - ugly fabric combination|
By: Celine, United Kingdom
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.
|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
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|
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..
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|
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.
|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.
|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|
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.