Thursday, 29 April 2010

We're back! And the Ugly Quilt is ugly.

Well nearly a month on (8 days later than planned due to the volcano), and we are back in England! Reunited with the kids!
Scott and the kids had to go to work and school the day after we flew back, so I got the house straight, and carried on with my Ugly Quilt...
I felt very noble cutting out all the squares, and finally using up all those bits of fabric that have been under the bed for so long. Here are some of the squares (mainly old curtains, Scott's shirts, upholstery fabric etc.). Sadly though, most of them ended up in the bin, because when I laid them all out, they looked really ugly, and the miraculous transformation I had hoped for did not occur!I narrowed down the colour palette, and started sewing squares together yesterday.
I was thinking I would back it with a fleece blanket that is lurking in the back of the airing cupboard, and add green quilting (using up some old green POLYESTER thread... how bad is that?! My quilting teacher would NOT be happy - she of the '100% cotton' variety!), and then green binding (it's the only fabric I have enough left of.) Truly a scrap quilt.
I thought it would be good to use in our new (2nd hand) playhouse that we just bought off some friends, which is in the garden, lying in about as many pieces as this quilt. (Trying to reconstruct it is a fun job for another day!) Our middle son, Tom saw the quilt after school, and wants it for himself now though.
It's not quite as bad as it could have been, but still pretty ugly!


  1. Ugly is as ugly does...I bet when you back tht with fleece and have it all finished you will all want it beacuse it is so cuddly and warm...there is no such thing as an ugly quilt.

  2. A quilt cannot be ugly in my mind!! And I love yours. I know how much work it is to make that quilt even if it's square pieces and all the love put in it so for me it's always priceless!

  3. It's not that ugly, maybe you are comparing it to all the pretty pretty flowery ones made from expensive fabric we see around which is not what it was ever intended to be. As an honest piece of patchwork I think its great, as a piece of recycling it's excellent, change it's name to the saving the planet quilt immediately.