QUILTS & FABRIC: PAST & PRESENT

QUILTS & FABRIC: PAST & PRESENT By Quilt Historian Barbara Brackman Above: Moda's Baltimore Blues

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Quilt Wrecks

Sometimes one little error can create pattern havoc.


But in other cases there's a lot more going on than just one mistake.



You get the feeling that quilters' ambitions
go way beyond their perceptual skills.

Or maybe a design wall would have helped.

Other examples... An unsupervised child?

And this one???
Notice on the left side center:
a maple leaf.

Done correctly once.
Just once.

As I mentioned in a post a few weeks ago, 
some patterns just invite
chaos. The Snail's Trail is one.
See that recent post here:
http://barbarabrackman.blogspot.com/2015/10/ouch-one-tiny-mistake.html
This Snail's Trail is from the Michigan project,
picture from the Quilt Index. The other quilt wreck pictures
are from online auctions.

19 comments:

Quilting Babcia said...

Spatial dyslexia may be the culprit, at least in some of these examples. There's no way I could make some of these blocks without a seam ripper by my side. A terrible malady for a quilter.

Barb said...

what a great examples of mishaps in piecing or assembly.
I really like the more subtle quirky things but when they are this blatant you can't help wonder and chuckle.

Lady Locust said...

Love it! I guess it's nice knowing that others are human too on those occasions when I flub. I actually kinda like that broken snail trail.

Gypsy Quilter said...

Too funny. But then I remembered when I made 40 log cabin blocks all wrong. Something about every dark strip different and it should have been every other dark strip different. It's a good thing we can laugh at ourselves and share the moment.

Lori said...

Makes me actually feel like a decent quilter. :)

Anonymous said...

These are good for a giggle, because I know I'd make most of the same mistakes myself. And yet - that I find that last snail's trail quilt much more interesting and fun to look at than one that is perfectly done.

Valli said...

What's impressive to me is that these quilts all got finished. These quilters persevered.

Denniele said...

I love these type of posts. It reminds me that those ladies were human, too. Thanks for the smile!

Becky in VA said...

Oh my, a couple of these made me burst out laughing - like the fan quilt, with borders gone very wild (wrong) and the ONE maple leaf. Great post!

The Civil War Quilter said...

Very funny! What a great reminder we're only human and subject to mistakes, but REALLy,she could only master one lousy Maple leaf?!

Suzanne A said...

Experimentation? Or she finished all the blocks and when it was time to sew them together, she'd just had enough -- wanted to get it done instead of fix a whole bunch of things. Or someone had to sew the quilt together who didn't make the blocks and had to make do with what they had. Love these too, especially the really complicated ones.

Suzanne A said...

Experimentation? Or she finished all the blocks and when it was time to sew them together, she'd just had enough -- wanted to get it done instead of fix a whole bunch of things. Or someone had to sew the quilt together who didn't make the blocks and had to make do with what they had. Love these too, especially the really complicated ones.

WoolenSails said...

This made me laugh, looks like something I would do, lol.
Maybe the poor lighting in those days;)

Debbie

Anonymous said...

Suzanne A - I think you may have hit the right answer. Sometimes, you just Want. It. Done!

janie krig said...

One person's 'mistake' is another person's adventure.
One person's 'perfection' is another person's boring.

Sally said...

I saw one in "Red and white Quilts Infinite Variety" (and suspect there are more!)
Thanks, these are so much fun! A friend made a scotty dog quilt and didn't notice one was upside down until she was adding the binding--it's now call "Bad Dog"

Patricia Z. said...

i love the last quilt. It reminds me of a Barrel of Monkeys!

www.10bestessayservices.blogspot.com said...

Oh my gosh! You just made me laughing so much! I know it can happen with everyone, it's just depends on your attentiveness, but really, that's to funny)

Julie Vernon said...

I like that they DID finish these as a usable quilt. I too have had a terrible mess. Used 2 different sewing machines. Yes, a Featherweight and a Viking 855. Set the Viking seam to the machine setting for 1/4". Used my 1.4 foot on the FW -- sewing merrily along... When I put the blocks into the setting I found...all 14" seams are not created equal. Lesson learned, and I did continue on and finish the quilt. :)

Smiles, JulieinTN