Last week I came across a Youtube video that was about using your ugly fabrics. There were several ideas of what you could do with your ugly fabric, like using it for a backing, or using it for the hidden layer in a pillow, but the idea that I was most interested in was making AN UGLY QUILT. Now that doesn’t really sounds all that appealing, does it? Except that the quilt this lady had hanging behind her was so very interesting and exciting-looking to me! So I decided to make my own Ugly Quilt.
The idea is that you find 12 ugly fabrics and cut them into same sized squares. You layer your fabrics light, dark, light, dark. And then you slice the whole stack on one side ( on the diagonal), move the top fabric from one stack to the bottom, and sew the two stacks back together. You repeat this process 3 more times and then you end up with 12 wonky, ugly blocks that you arrange however you please. Just watch the video, it sounds more complicated than it is!
Let me just say that this type of quilt is definitely not for those that like their seams to match up….because they won’t! And I don’t know if I did something wrong, but I had an issue with my fabrics not being in the correct order either, even though I think I followed the directions….but if those things won’t bother you, and you are happy to fudge things a little here and there, by all means give this is a try! It was FUN! And I really like my UGLY QUILT. As a matter of fact, I am planning on making another one!
I suggest that you follow the instructions in the video, but I’m going to add in my 2 cents worth:
- Start with 15 inch blocks….this gives you a little more wiggle room to get all your blocks a nice common size of 12 inches.
- Don’t overthink your fabric choices! I looked at mine and thought ” those are awful together”, but when you look at the overall result they all work!
- Use the biggest rotary cutter you have ( and put in a fresh blade!). It gets really difficult to cut through all those layers and seams! Cutting the first set of squares is not too bad, but once you have seams you have to cut through, I found it easier to slice just up to the seams and then take a fresh run at the seam. Cutting all in one fluid motion was just not doable ( and I use a giant rotary blade!)
- If you end up with the same fabric next to each other ( like happened to me) you are allowed to cheat and move it somewhere else in the stack….yep, I won’t tell anyone ;).
- Relax and have fun with it….your blocks won’t be perfect but the quilt ends up being super fun…..and fast!
Do you know what the hardest part was? Finding 12 ugly fabrics! I would pull out some “ugly” fabric and think “why do I think this is ugly? This is actually quite nice and I should use it!” Hahahaha. You might surprise yourself at how much nice fabric you have in your stash!
Now, want a peek at mine? Here it is!
Pretty fun, don’t you agree? So go ahead, and give it a try, and if you do please share your quilt with me! I would love to see your ugly quilt!
Until next time~happy creating!
P.S. I have been organizing my quilt books and have found some to pass along to a new owner. Go check out my shoppe for the details! https://farmhousequilts.blog/shoppe/