My nickname for this quilt is the “Ugly Quilt”. It’s not so ugly in its finished state, hence why it became a good lesson in perseverance. However, I do think it’s a miracle that it ever got finished given my immediate reaction to the finished quilt top.
A couple of years ago I decided to make a scrappy quilt using scrappy 2.5″ squares. I sewed those squares into 4 patches and 16 patches and surrounded the four patches with a 2.5″ blue border. It looked like this:
Once together it quickly got called the Ugly Quilt. Just look at that scrappy block one in from the left and three down .. YUCK. It just looked like a dogs breakfast to me. I like scrappy but this just didn’t work for me. I quickly put it aside.
However, I posted the ugly quilt in a group on facebook as something I didn’t like that I created and a fellow blogger said she liked it and would finish it for me. I seriously thought about that offer but how could I send her something so ugly in my eyes? I just couldn’t. But her words were very powerful and got me thinking. Ugly to me doesn’t mean ugly to everyone.
I fixed the offending block and made it less striped. I then let it simmer in the UFO pile for a while longer. Finally I found a backing that coordinated and decided I’d sew it up and see what became of it. Surely people have different tastes than mine and maybe someone will find it to their liking. That was my hope and I wanted it out of the of the UFO pile.
Here is the finished top:
And here is a picture with the backing showing:
So what started out as the ugly quilt actually became a decent scrappy quilt. I’m glad I didn’t give up and give the top away. I’m even happier that I didn’t leave this as a permanent UFO and actually finished it. At 40″ square it will make a great charity wheelchair quilt.