QUILTS & FABRIC: PAST & PRESENT


Saturday, December 17, 2016

What Can Go Wrong?

Iceberg!

More things that can go wrong....
Nice save here though.


Collection of the Shelburne Museum 
Some of these quilt wrecks were made in the days when
quilts stayed on the bed.

So let's hope whoever made this complicated pineapple
about 1880 never noticed how one corner....
well, goes somewhere in a handbasket.

Same time period---different problem.

Don't forget to step back and look before you quilt it.

I think she got only one row correct.
But then again---who am I to judge correctness?

20 comments:

Donna said...

This post was wonderful and gave me several good laughs. It makes me feel better to know I'm in good company when I make those mistakes. I doubt my errors will ever make it into a museum, though. Thanks for the fun.

Barb said...

I love these!

Jeanne said...

These "special" quilts always make me smile!

Lori said...

Remind me a little of some of my quilts!

WoolenSails said...

This was a fun post, those look like ones I would make, lol.
I love the naive look of the old quilts, the mistakes give them charm.

Debbie

regan said...

"Iceberg!"....so funny!

Gypsy Quilter said...

I have to wonder if you've discovered in all of your extensive research, what was going on in the lives of these and similar quilt makers. Did they have one or two children hanging on their skirts as they tried to make soap, stoke the wood stove, clean the fireplace, chase the cattle, butcher the chicken and sit down to stitch. We can only imagine how very exhausting their lives were. Thanks for sharing.

acornreads said...

Mistakes maybe...and yet I seem to find these quilts more interesting than the more perfect ones. What is wrong with me? Am I just tired of perfection? I just love these.

Barbara Brackman said...

Gypsy---it's got nothing to do with two children hanging on your skirts. Just things like bad measurement, bad directional orientation (I used to work in special ed), no design wall and a stubborn unwillingness to rip. All of which afflict me.

Cynthia Woodham said...

Sometime stepping back and checking before quilting doesn't save me. lol

Sally BC said...

I think that last one was when she was hurrying to finish her Christmas presents!

Scrap and quilts said...

I am guilty of bloopers like that too. Especially the tiny weeny little pieces pineapple (which is totally awesome by the way) with its flipped blocks. Yep, that's me! ;^)

Susie Hoover said...

Could have named this post Quilt Bloopers! Thanks for making us all feel so much better with our own quilts! I kind of like these "human" projects!

Bonnie K Hunter said...

This is so hysterical! And I love the term "Quilt Wrecks" LOL!! Beauty and sense of humor in imperfection. Love it!

Q said...

Thank you for the laugh!

Nann said...

"Once is a mistake. Twice is a design element."
Thanks for the humorous post!

Karen in Breezy Point said...

This must be why we love out design walls! If these is a block in the wrong place, it seems to never show itself until the quilting is finished.

Wendy Caton Reed said...

I've never made a mistake in my quilting so these images are very foreign to me. Wink! I especially love the iceberg!

foffmom said...

I love these! And Nann's comment is brilliant. But here is my take home. These quilters were all less than perfect, but they left behind a legacy none the less. (and it makes us smile)

Jeanne said...

Still laughing about ICEBERG :)