Thursday, 21 May 2020

the "ugly" quilt and other stuff

I think I mentioned last time I did a round-up of my makes, that I'd started an "ugly" quilt which is supposed to be made with fabrics you're not particularly fond of. Needless to say, I didn't like the blocks so I've assigned them into the "use later for something else" box and there they'll stay until I decide what to do with them. I re-started the quilt with fabrics I did like and was more than pleased with the result.

I used more of my massive collection of 4½" squares for the back.

Douglas told me he prefers the back to the front and I can see his point. There's more logic to the back as I deliberately placed the squares in a dark/light/dark or light/dark/light setting which is very pleasing to us mathematically-minded people. The front is, just in the way it's done, almost a random placement of fabrics which can feel messy somehow. Either way up, I'm happy with this quilt. 😊

I then made some napkins for Debbie - 2 Christmas ones and 4 bright summery ones.

In amongst the fabrics I have to make things for Debbie was a small plastic bag of cut pieces meant to be made into a tablerunner. Well, all I can say is, it's a good job I am that previously mentioned mathematically-minded person because this took a LOT of sums to try and get this to be remotely tablerunner sized. I managed, though, and this is how it looks. I had literally 12" x 2¼" of fabric left when I'd finished sewing the binding on. Talk about cutting it fine!

I still have lots of fabrics in Debbie's crate but I decided to give myself a break from patchwork and made another couple of tops using New Look 6344.

This photo is not a good representation of the fabric - good job I'd taken a close-up to show the stars. This is a better match to the real thing!

The other top (same pattern) -

That's quite a good match to the fabric but I took this photo to show the teeny tiny spots on the fabric.

I don't know what's next on my lockdown making list but, no doubt, I'll think of something.

Stay safe! 😷😊


  1. You must be sewing 24/7 to produce so much impressive work. The quilt is lovely, I can't decide which side I prefer.

    1. Thanks, Pam. I do sew a lot ... but I also sleep so not totally 24/7! LOL

  2. You did make me laugh with the Ugly Quilt, it's supposed to be a way of using up fabrics you're not keen on and now you've made another quilt and still got the fabrics you're not keen on. I have to say, it's not an Ugly Quilt at all though, it's very lovely and I really like both sides. You're so productive with your sewing, you always have lots to show in your posts. I haven't been doing very much crafting at all just lately but that's okay, I know there's plenty for me to do when the mood takes me.

    1. Oh heavens, Jo, you're right! I do still have those "ugly" fabrics. I've just relocated them from my piles into a crate. Aaaaargh! LOL I haven't done much crafting other than sewing but, as you say, that's okay. I know I'll never have nothing to do!! :o)

  3. You would totally sew 24/7 if you were able to! LOL!
    I love all your fabrics, but I am always especially partial to a strawberry print. Put those napkins aside for me - Debbie won't notice as she's getting a whole crate full of stuff, apparently! 🤣

    1. I would! And I still would never run out of fabric! LOL

      There is still a crateful of Debbie's stuff but those are the only napkins I'm making so I think she might well notice if they went missing. Sorry about that!😁


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