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Thread: Speaking of uglies..rescue

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    Senior Member lisalisa's Avatar
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    I FOUND this unfinished top at my local thrift store for a dollar. It's about as bad as they come. All sorts of blended fabrics, seams don't line up, doesn't lay flat, puckers to no end. It is truly the worst thing I've ever seen.

    And I bought it anyway!

    Any ideas on how I might jazz it up if and when I dare try and finish it?

    Looks to be made around the 70's. Pictures attached.
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    maybe re-cut it into new squares and add a light color?

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    I think I would quilt it or tie it and use it for a car throw or for animal shelter, etc. Some one did their best and good for you for rescuing it to a new life as a quilt:)

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    You are braver than I am.

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    She just needs to be loved, and I'm sure she's very happy in her new home ;) All I'm thinking is that if this quilt top could talk - oh, the stories it could tell...

    I don't have any advice, but I can't wait to see what you do with it.

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    Wow, you aren't kidding that one is pretty, er, um, uh, well someone gave it their best shot. I dunno if you will be able to quilt it flat or not. But you can always accentuate the eccentricity of it and just go at it warts and all and not worry if you get tucks, puckers etc in the quilting. I will give the piecer credit on the turquoise border. Looks like they tried mitering the corners!

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    I will bet if you give it a good press, it would look some better!! And with some "creative quilting" it would make a good picnic quilt or a donation quilt.

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    Picnic quilt, or animal shelter after being batted and backed and tied. Looks like it will last a long time.

    Like others said. someone gave this their best, it needs to be loved.

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    UGLY IS only in the eye of the beholder just as Beauty is also in the eye of the beholder!!!! It's NOT THAT ugly. And whomever made it...I am sure had good intentions. But then again, they may have realized how "UGLY" it was and decided to give it up.

    Could you possibly....cut it up into 9 patch blocks even though....technically they arent 9 blocks you can just square them off and then turn it into a D9P?

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    You might put some sort of turquoise or pink in a border that would pull those colors out from the center....if you don't decide to do what some of the others have suggested.

    Also, I think if you wash it and it shrinks somewhat maybe you can starch and iron it and it will behave better. Let us see what you do.

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    You overpaid! :roll:

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    What about doing something along the lines of a stack and whack?

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    I would wash and dry and iron it, then either practice FMQ or longarming with it and donate it to the homeless. It is cheery!

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    Thanks for all the ideas. I've made my fair share of uglies, so I know that even the worst of them are made with the best intentions.

    Case in point:
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-107721-1.htm

    I shall see it to it's finish and then find it a good home in an animal shelter. How it looks won't make it any more or less warm and that's all that really matters.

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    I think I would do some fussy cutting. Maybe make it the twister quilt from the cuts. I've seen several quilts here on the board. Good luck on the challenge, cant wait to see what you come up with.

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    Surely you just felt sorry for it..Do you take in all strays:-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by isnthatodd
    I would wash and dry and iron it, then either practice FMQ or longarming with it and donate it to the homeless. It is cheery!
    Yup!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dee G
    Surely you just felt sorry for it..Do you take in all strays:-)
    ummm.. :roll: I'm gonna go play with my six cats now

    :)

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    I just got a rummage sale reject (was a leftover the church was going to throw out) - badly cut pieces all pinned to a hunk of batting. I sewed 'em together (didn't even try to even them up) and it turned out kind of cute. It was like bringing home a puppy from the pound!
    Have fun with this..I kind of like the D9P or twister idea.

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    I am so glad you rescued the quilt

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    Quote Originally Posted by cdobbert40
    What about doing something along the lines of a stack and whack?
    This is what I was thinking also :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by lisalisa
    .....about as bad as they come. All sorts of blended fabrics, seams don't line up, doesn't lay flat, puckers to no end. It is truly the worst thing I've ever seen.
    Yep, you got that right, LOL! You have more vision then I seem to. Best of luck; show us pics, okay?

    Jan in VA

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    It's crying out "finish me". Just give it a press, a back made up of stray bits and go nuts with the quilting. Guarantee it will turn out beautifully....and we would love to see it when you are done.:)

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    it had some pretty colors in it.do something with it.and good luck with ut.

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    It's always nice to have a back of the car throw, I would tie it as that's the easiest. Good for you trying to save it.

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