QUILTS & FABRIC: PAST & PRESENT

QUILTS & FABRIC: PAST & PRESENT By Quilt Historian Barbara Brackman Above: Moda's Morris Earthly Paradise

Sunday, December 18, 2011

More Out-of-Control Quilts

I went through my collection of photos from online quilt auctions and found some sad situations.

Mostly planning problems

Although some quilt wrecks look like things were better a few decades ago before the fabric faded.

Here we have a planning problem. It's probably better to chop those hexagons into a rectangle rather than to try to follow them out to the edge.


To be fair here: I think some of the design problem is a blue fading completely to white.


And this old quilt was never meant to be shown on a line. It probably looked fine on a bed, when there weren't a lot of ducks in a row to contrast it to.

Sometimes you don't see the problem till you step back.




And in other situations it's hard to analyze just where things started to go wrong.

19 comments:

beaquilter said...

these are hilarious!! I kept saying oh I don't see it, then it would hit me and OOPS!! ha ha- I know they MEANT to do that right?

Bertie said...

Oh I am glad not to be the only one doing this, it gives me hope:))

Me and My Stitches said...

These are so funny. Makes me feel really good about my quilts!!

Katie said...

Oh my gosh! That last one is a disaster! What happened??!! She needed a friend to help with that one. :)

sewprimitive karen said...

I don't know how you can find these hilarious quilts. The last one is unbelievable; she was just going to follow that through to the bitter end. I love your funny posts.

Nifty Quilts said...

I love the quirkiness in your "quilt wrecks." But the last one made me laugh out loud. Thanks!

Lori said...

What a hoot!

Becky in VA said...

I can't look at these without laughing.

Quilt Gone Wrong - but with determination to the very end!

WoolenSails said...

Now that is my type of quilting, lol.
I like the hexagons though, the wonky look is really fun.

Debbie

Denniele said...

These have to be my favorite type of posts....I love looking. Thanks for making my morning!

Sujata said...

Barbara,

I just attended our guild meeting last week. I am now curious if the last one was something done with a purpose. A guild member brought a very similar quilt that had gone out of control.
It made me think as if it was made to hang on the back side of a canopy bed. This is two in a row for me.
I am really curious!

EWM said...

Makes my daily/hourly glitches and misspellings livable a little. Great lift. Thank you so much !!!

Rosemary Youngs said...

I'm sure we all can think back to our first quilts, they would even be funnier than some of the ones you posted, at least mine would be.

Robin said...

Thoroughly enjoyed this post. It made me laugh out loud. You have to give the makers some credit for being brave enough to actually finish the quilts.......

Donna K from N.TX aka Quilting Bear Gal said...

Yep, you made me giggle and think back to the disasters I've made in my life. Funny post. Thanks for sharing.

ragamuffin yogini said...

I soooooo want to fix that last one....it has potential. Reminds me of my second quilt ever....mine was about the same shape, but not as pretty!!

woolywoman said...

They look like my quilts! I like them!

Anymart said...

I am so happy! When I see quilts from yesteryears in museums I look in awe and think how they did it. Well, you showed us how. The same as we do. Sometimes something goes wrong. But that's why they are not in museums.. Love your post!

JustGail said...

Thanks for showing some that have gone wrong. Although with the last one, I wonder if it might have been on purpose? I mean in the blanket wars, the feet usually aren't the problem, it's always the blankets are too narrow at the top.