Tuesday, January 13, 2015

One Ugly Quilt

Hello Friends!

I am just moving right along! No sooner did I finish the basket (and by accident, an apron), than I picked the next project to tackle and it is a doozy!

Number 12!

It's actually pretty appropriate that my next project is to make our "wedding quilt" into a picnic blanket. My husband and I will be celebrating our 8th year of marriage next month, so it would be nice to have this done by then.

I only started quilting about nine years ago. After not finishing the first quilt I attempted (the procrastination runs strong with me), I decided I could totally handle making a queen size quilt. I saw the pattern for this quilt in American Patchwork and Quilting from August 2005 and immediately loved the 1930's reproduction fabric and-what looked like-the simplicity of the whole thing.

What's amazing is that after at least three moves, I still have the magazine!

I was so excited to make this quilt for us, I even convinced my darling soon-to-be-husband to come to JoAnn's and help me pick out fabric. Frankly, I'm not sure what I was thinking when I picked out the fabric-it's so dark not happy bright colors like in the original quilt and I'm pretty sure that one of the fabrics in upholstery fabric.

I'm pretty sure you belong on a chair, buddy!

Even though I had taken a quilting class by this point, I hadn't been taught how to properly cut fabric nor the importance of 1/4" seam allowances. Also, when I started piecing the quilt, I didn't even have a sewing machine and I was hand piecing it. Looking at it now, I do see a train wreck but I also can see how far I've grown as a quilter.

I'll be honest: I'm giving you tiny little pictures and writing a whole bunch because I am trying to save you from the ugliness that is this quilt.

It's just so ugly.

But, I never threw it away and last summer when we were spending so much time outside without a big enough blanket for all of us to laze about on, it dawned on me: why not make that ugly quilt into an awesome picnic blanket! I've got some great ideas that I will share with you as the project progresses on how to make this quilt a family picnic blanket.

Ok. The moment of truth. Here it is.
These are the borders that I added this afternoon. 

Pretty much how I've stored it for the last eight years. 

Someone wanted his picture taken!

From far away, it doesn't look so bad. 

It actually looks much better in the pictures than it does when it's hitting you in the face. What's amazing is all the 9-patch blocks are 3" x 3" and the instructions had me cut out each block 1.5" x 1.5"! That sounds so ludicrous to me now.

Today's plan was to iron and add on the borders. Now the quilt top is complete. Now to get to the backing which I think is going to be pretty interesting!

What do you do when a project doesn't turn out the way you wanted? Toss it out or try and redeem it in a brand new way? 

Happy Sewing!


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