There are no ugly quilts. They are all made with some purpose in mind and I see that in all quilts. I have been known to rescue tops and finish them. Many times the quilting gets done solely to keep it sturdy enough to have years to enjoy it.
Many of my own quilts are made because I was inspired by a block or a pattern. I don’t necessarily need a pattern to follow. I like my quilts to be used, loved, dragged around and cuddled. I have never slept without a quilt on my bed.
I bought a line of cheerful fabric and cut 2 1/2" strips from the yardage and made my own jelly roll for this simple pattern. I used a neutral batik for the background fabric. Such a simple quilt, I laid it out on the dining room table to get the fabrics in an order that pleased my eye.
I should probably number these as there have been many over the years. Most did not get photographed. My sister made somewhere in the neighborhood of 220 little quilt tops for me to quilt and donate to various causes. She has started sewing them again for me from more 5" squares. I will try to capture them in digital format before they make it back out of the house!
I quilted a similar quilt for a friend and liked it so much I drafted the pattern and made one for myself. It was the first on point quilt I ever put together and if my niece hadn't helped me by handing me the blocks in the order they needed to be sewn it would have become a UFO.
I submitted this quilt to my long arm group for the challenge we gave ourselves to make a simple quilt pattern and showcase our quilting on it. We had four different patterns to choose from. The groups quilts are a traveling trunk show which is available through our long arm quilt guild at www.longarmohio.com.
This quilt was the 2004 raffle quilt for Cascade Quilt Guild of Akron. I made kits and passed them out to the guild members and they returned the 50 blocks to me to assemble and quilt. The quilt was stunning. Each member who made blocks was entered into a drawing for a second quilt which was also an anvil but the borders were a different color. I assembled and quilted that one, too.
I'm not sure if this is actually Puss in Corner, I've done one similar which had another row of framing around it. This was a quilt top I bought off e-bay. I liked the red chambray fabric that sashed it as well as all the plaid. Using plaid in quantity interests me, but I don't have any plaid in my "fabric collection". I'll let that go for awhile. It isn't like I don't have enough fabric already!
My nephew asked for a quilt because he got a new bed. He requested it be gray and he liked a backing that a customer had on a quilt on the frame. I got the backing he wanted, but the color choices were all mine. I could not find grays in hues that pleased me. Probably because gray is not a hue, it's a lack of color! I actually think this is very manly looking.