Sunday, April 6, 2008

Ugly Fabric - Cut it up

Bonnie says. If its still ugly you haven't cut it small enough. Well To you this may look cute even pretty, not sewn well or cut square but cute anyway. To me its was a OMG what did I buy!
On a trip I wandered into a quilting store. Nothing strange about that. 10 feet from the door was a SALE sign, on it was bundles of Fat Quarters. 10 for $25. The one on top looked pretty enough, the bottom one too, so I bought it. I didn't look closely at it I just when cool sale. When I finally got it home and opened it up I was shocked, horrified. Inside it was the most ugly Fat Quarters I had ever had the displeasure of buying.EEEEEEEEEEEWWWWWWWWWW!

The fabric it self was not the best quality the colors were muddy in places and the patterns , well I certainly didn't care for them at all so they went into the pile of fabric that I had bought, that ended up in the WHAT WAS THINKING pile. Truth be known I hoard , everything, I am a complete pack rat. I save everything. I am trying to get rid of stuff but for some reason, (shopping, thrift stores, yard sales) things seem to stay around and multiply.

Friday I had the day off and since I finally picked up the black that I was so intent on buying the week before (twice as much as I was going to) I had some extra so I wanted to do something that wasn't in the WIP pile and UFO pile I wanted something new. By the way I always want something new to do. So I picked up the pattern that I ended up buying at the evil new store. And to myself said hey I have enough black to make a lap quilt. I can do that in a weekend. But I really didn't want to cut into some of my other fabric because of the Orange Crush mystery I didn't know for sure what colorway I was going to go with. I just wanted something that could be carted around in the car or use on the couch and eat on and not worry about so I went to the PILE. I had no problem with the FQs the black made made it look not so bad and the ugly parts I could cut them smaller , just like Bonnie said. If It ended up really ugly I would send it off to the thrift store. Somebody might like it.
I cut everything on Friday night and set them up so I could just keep on sewing . I didn't square anything up. Its ugly so who cares. I am busting stash and ugly stash at that so I gave myself a pat on the back for that part.

Saturday I pieced all the blocks and put them together and since I am busting i asked around to see if anyone uses Artic Fleece on their backs. Yup. was the majority answer so I now have the top less borders , Fleece that takes up half a tub and husband that is asking me when did I buy all that. So I explained I was making an ugly quilt with ugly FQs and using ugly fleece. DH asked why I was making an ugly quilt and my reply was so I could have a quilt fix. Whats it for he asks. So i can have a quilt to hang around on the couch with and watch movies or for what ever. So his reply to my answers was your making an ugly quilt to hang around with and be in OUR living room for everyone to see. No I don't want people to see it in our living room. So why are you making it again. So I can bust stash. Since he didn't get it I am now showing you all. Not in my living room but on my kitchen floor, before quilting . That what I am doing to day. Wish I squared up those blocks though. It doesn't look so bad.


Alycia said...

I think you cut them up small enough - I think it is a very pretty quilt. sort of stained glass looking, and Yep! Polar fleece is wonderful.

Anne said...

I love the quilt -- I agree with Alycia -- it looks like a stained glass pattern. If I could get all my uglies to come out that pretty, I'd be tempted to copy your idea!

Quilting Diva said...

I've been using polar fleece on the back of my bed sized quilts for several years and it works well for me, comments that I've received is that they feel warmer and that they prefer those to a quilt with a cotton on the bottom.

Helen in the UK said...

The quilt top looks great!! Either the pattern has worked magic or they weren't as ugly as you thought :)

Mitzi said...

Hey, What was the pattern you used? I think it is beautiful and If you don't want it.....(big grin)
Please email me the pattern tho.

Brigitte said...

Oh, this quilt top looks really great, I like it. And I love your other works and your blog!