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Thread: UGLY QUILT

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    Junior Member stephaniequeen's Avatar
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    I decided to make a scrap quilt and put a variety of fabrics: calico, juvenile, solids, etc. and found that too much of everything made an ugly quilt. I thought of putting colorful sashing and matching border to solidify the quilt. What do you think....how do I save an ugly quilt?
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    Quote Originally Posted by stephaniequeen
    I decided to make a scrap quilt and put a variety of fabrics: calico, juvenile, solids, etc. and found that too much of everything made an ugly quilt. I thought of putting colorful sashing and matching border to solidify the quilt. What do you think....how do I save an ugly quilt?
    Please show us a picture ... and ideas will flow!!!

    You'll be surprised how that ugly duckling can turn into a fine specimen!!!

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    I think colorful sashing and matching border would work. A picture would be helpful. It can't be THAT ugly.

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    Someone is sure to think it is not ugly

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    I've included a picture at the top of my post.

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    I think sashing in a color you like will make all the difference.

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    sashing will help...it looks like an I spy quilt..its cute

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    that is NOT ugly, but sashingand borders will make it outstandng

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    If that's ugly, then all my quilts are ugly. That's what I do all the time. Am doing a D9P with mixed fabrics. Have to sew the blocks into rows, but laid out the blocks and I like it.

    I think yours looks great. Just frame it with a border of a strong color and your blocks will blend.

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    I think it looks great. i would use a narrow navy sashing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dina
    I think colorful sashing and matching border would work. A picture would be helpful. It can't be THAT ugly.
    I see the picture now....guess I didn't wait for it to appear. I don't think this is ugly at all. I think it will look great when you are all done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess
    I think it looks great. i would use a narrow navy sashing.
    I like the idea of navy too....and it is not ugly...

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    That's far form ugly .... eclectic scrappy it is!!

    Sash and border it up and yoiu will be surprised how it takes on a new life!! :)

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    If it is making you very unhappy, then you may not be motivated to finish your quilt. I am getting the feeling that you would like the stars to stand out more from the background. You could take a narrow navy (or dark blue-- it's hard to tell which shade you already have since computer monitors differ) ribbon or the narrowest bias tape and topstitch it at the outside edge of your stars (butting up to, but not on, your stars).
    That would make the stars "pop". Then, a narrow navy (dark blue) border, a slightly wider border that co-ordinates with your prints, and a navy binding would pull everything together.

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    Truthfully, there is no such thing as an ugly quilt. Quilts are like flowers, some are more colorful than others, some are larger than others but they all bring warmth and joy to our lives.

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    Just keep going! It will look great once you do the sashings, borders and binding! It will come alive for you!!
    Looking forward to seeing it again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jammin' Jane
    Just keep going! It will look great once you do the sashings, borders and binding! It will come alive for you!!
    Looking forward to seeing it again!
    I agree....and it's not ugly either.

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    Those ideas given to add sashing, ect, will be a big help. If after doing that you still don't like it, give it to Community quilts. There are many women and children who end up at the police station, fire stations, ect who have been abused, loose their home, ect. A quilt is a wonderful way to keep them warm until some arrangement can be made for them.
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    Those ideas given to add sashing, ect, will be a big help. If after doing that you still don't like it, give it to Community quilts. There are many women and children who end up at the police station, fire stations, ect who have been abused, loose their home, ect. A quilt is a wonderful way to keep them warm until some arrangement can be made for them.
    Mariah

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    I think sashing and borders would enhance your quilt.

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    I vote for navy sashing and borders as well. I think the navy will pull the blocks together and anchor them.

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    Quilts are not ugly. Some are just different. Yes, adding a border and/or sashing will definitely help.

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    I love the blocks. I think most blocks need sashing to pull them together into a cohesive whole and these are no exception. Find a color that you like, sash those blocks, put a border on it and you will wind up thinking it is the prettiest quilt you ever made.

    There is no such thing as an ugly quilt! froggyintexas

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    I don't think it is ugly... how about picking a color from the blocks and making a solid color square with your squares?

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    If you are going to make more units - maybe be consistent in the placement of your lights and darks - then you may see a secondary pattern emerge when you put the units together.

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