by spendlove Moderator 12 Jun 2018

Ugly quilt made from scraps. I've seen some amazing "scrap" quilts posted here made with beautifully colour coordinated fabrics. This isn't one of them!

The blocks are pieced onto 21 cm squares of scrap paper. The size was decided as it is the biggest square which can be cut from a sheet of A4.
For each piece of fabric I picked up, I asked 3 questions. Is it big enough? Does it "go"? Is it any good for anything else? If the answers were "yes", "no" and "no", I used the fabric.
The picture shows it all stitched together with the paper still in.
I have now ripped out most of the paper and the whole thing is soaking in the bath to wash out the rest. (I hope.)


by pennifold 15 Jul 2018

It's turned out beautiful Sue, well done. Love Chris

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by sebsews edited 15 Jul 2018

I commented before and I still think it is beautiful!

by hightechgrammy 15 Jul 2018

I like it!

by brendalea 15 Jul 2018

Very nice job on the quilt. It is kind of like a I spy in the middle of the centers. How are you going to quilt it????
Happy Stitching :~)

spendlove by spendlove 16 Jul 2018

It is quilted now - I posted a picture in projects because I did it on my embroidery machine

brendalea by brendalea 20 Jul 2018

Found it. Your ugly quilt is very lovely. I need to purchase a magnet hoop.
Thank you for sharing Happy stitching :~)

by sebsews 16 Jun 2018

I do not understand any of this but I sure do think it is beautiful! Hugs, Suzanna

by sewtired 14 Jun 2018

It is not an ugly quilt, it is a retro quilt. It may not be an "Art" quilt, but it has it's own beauty and serves the original purpose of the quilt. It saves resources by using materials on hand. Well done!

by kustomkuddle 14 Jun 2018

I like the quirkiness of it. It is unique. Anything that has as much time in it as this quilt, is beautiful.

by bielie 13 Jun 2018

Love your crazy quilt! Instead of sewing on paper, I cut squares of batting and sew on that, gives it a quilted look. You can decorate the seams at the same time and have a completed block at the end.

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spendlove by spendlove 13 Jun 2018

That is how I would have done them ITH.

by sandralochran 12 Jun 2018

Love it

by Smokey12 12 Jun 2018

I love it and such a great use of scraps. I usually make rugs with mine but I have finished a top that is ready to long arm all made of scraps.

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by sewdeb edited 14 Jun 2018

Not ugly at all- there's enough of the purple-ish blue, navy and that hot pink to tie it all together. And I bet you're thrilled to have made a dent in your scrap bag.

spendlove by spendlove 13 Jun 2018

Not a very big dent!

sewdeb by sewdeb 14 Jun 2018

LOL! I think the only way to deal with my stash is to set fire to it! :-/

by clintonmiss22 12 Jun 2018

Not ugly! Useful. Reminds of the quilts my grandmother made. Nothing was wasted and they kept you warm at night. I could usually pick out some of my clothes in the squares.

by queenofhearts 12 Jun 2018

I don't think it is at all ugly. It makes me think of one I had when I was a child when nothing was ever wasted.

by graceandham 12 Jun 2018

I very much like the result and your questions are very helpful to those of us out here sorting scraps. My quilting buddy gives me her scraps that are too small and I use them in applique. It's all in the perspective.

by crafter2243 Moderator 12 Jun 2018

Actually I love it and do not find it ugly at all. I think it is very cheerful

by mops Moderator 12 Jun 2018

Ugly scraps or not, it looks well harmonised now that everything is stitched together.
I once was at a 3-week weaving retreat (back in 1961, actually) where we were asked to pick , from a huge grab box) a piece of fabric in a colour we hated and make a collage using it and come up with something we liked. Never forgot that lesson, although I have not got many scraps in a colour I don't like :)

I often use 21 cm blocks a lot for the same reason.

spendlove by spendlove 12 Jun 2018

Great minds think alike! I have to say that many of these fabrics don't really float my boat, but I do know where they all came from.

Smokey12 by Smokey12 12 Jun 2018

Looks great, I make a lot of rugs from scraps and have a quilt from them that is ready for the long arm. Great use of scraps :)

maymason1 by maymason1 13 Jun 2018

love it