In September, quilters who wanted to participate in our DSMMQG (Des Moines Modern Quilt Guild) "One Fourth Ugly" swap brought in a sack with a quarter yard of fabric, or equivalent pieces of a quarter yard of fabric, and took home someone else's fabric. We had two months to make something using that ugly stuff, and can keep what we made. Last night's DSMMQG meeting was our big reveal.
|"Ugly," 31-1/2" X 31-1/2"|
The single piece of fabric in my sack was the tone-on-tone dull aqua print. It appears as wedges in each circle, and as binding.
Flipping through my trusty Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns, I came across this "Snowball Wreath" and proceeded to figure out how to make it.
Piecing and machine applique were both used to make four 15" finished blocks.
I quilted with bright yellow 50-weight Aurifil thread.
The quilting designs include lots of channel quilting marked with a Hera marker, and free motion bubbles.
Because the challenge was to use ugly fabric I made that perfectly clear on the quilt back! Since winning a giveaway that included the book "Word Play Quilts," (Thank you, Madame Samm!) I'm having fun finding places to put words.
Three more of my own ugly prints were used up in this backing too. Yay! This print, that I finally used up, was bought sometime in the mid-80's. I've heard, but can't find any supporting evidence, that it's considered "a classic." It was one of Concord's (?) most popular prints and was available in several colorways. I also have it in lavender.
Though I didn't use to be, I'm now fairly diligent about making sure my quilts get a label.
For this quilt, I probably didn't need a label at all since this really says it.
Check out more of our uglies on Doris's blog. And even more pictures of uglies and our holiday swap items are on our modern guild website.
The antithesis of ugly is this - what our front yard looked like a couple days ago. It was quite literally "raining leaves"... pretty golden-colored ones from a maple tree.