I hope you’ve all had a good weekend. Ours has been lots of fun — we’ve been busy cleaning and catching up on a lot of little tasks that have been left undone for too long. There has been a little sewing, but unfortunately, I got sidetracked and didn’t get the bliss quilt top finished yet. ;-(. So, as a consolation prize, I thought I’d show you an older quilt that I don’t think I’ve had here on the blog yet. (And if I have, just pretend, ok?)
A few years ago, MeMum gave me this antique store quilt top for Christmas. At the time, I thought it was the ugliest quilt I’ve ever seen, but I tried to be really excited when I opened it. (This isn’t a great shot, but I decided it was time for that retaining wall to earn it’s keep.)
The original quiltmaker had given up on this quilt. Four of the big pink blocks running down one edge of the quilt were really wonky. In the close-up shot below (sorry for the blur), you can see that the pink part was pieced in long strips. She had somehow mis-calculated and the pink strips were too long, causing the pink part of the block to balloon out. The quilt wouldn’t lie flat, so it couldn’t be quilted.
I took those four blocks apart, cut them down and re-pieced them. Then, I added the green border to make the quilt big enough for a double bed. (The greens don’t look as poorly matched in real life as they do in the picture.) After the repairs, I sent the quilt off to a hand quilter. And, boy oh boy, was I surprised when the quilt came back! The quilting made all the difference and brought this quilt to life. I LOVE the way she quilted it — very simple, but very effective.
Just look at all those tiny little blocks. Can you believe — they’re all hand-pieced! Each little block is about 1 1/4″ x 1 1/4″. So scrappy and SO pretty — I could sit for hours and look at all the different fabrics. Sometimes I wonder if the quilter planned where each block would be, but I’m guessing she just grabbed them as she pieced them.
I had the quilt on the floor trying to fold it up nicely, and that obnoxious Scruff had to butt in. He’s a cat in serious need of some manners. I tried and tried to get a pretty fold for one of those famous folded quilt shots. I should have a bloopers post — some of them are awful. Sadly, this is as good as it gets.
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed the story of the Ugly Duckling quilt. I think the quilting turned this quilt into a beautiful swan and I’m so thankful that MeMum could see the potential in this quilt when she found it.
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