I finally finished "My Ugly Fabric Exchange" quilt…it is hand pieced, hand appliquéd, and hand quilted. I was thinking this was going to be my first all hand work quilt, but I used my sewing machine to attach the bind. Darn! This quilt was my take along project for many year; going to swim meets, soccer games, doctor and dentist appointments, and vacations. It is the perfect example of "if you cut it up small enough, no one will ever know how ugly it is." This quilt came about from ugly fabric exchange in my bee. We all brought it a certain size rectangle of fabric of fabric, something we would never use anymore. The block pattern is from Alex Anderson. From the small rectangle of fabric, you were able to cut all the pieces needed for the entire block. I paired my fabrics together, cut the pieces out and switched out parts for the basket and the background from those two fabrics. This allowed the basket to be in one fabric and the background to be from the other. Resulting in me getting 2 blocks from two fabrics, reverse versions of each other. I appliquéd the basket handle first, then marked and stitched the blocks together. My accuracy is not very good, and there are a lot of bulky seams, but I am happy with the overall outcome. It is a pretty scrap quilt, if I do say so myself. It was a great learning experience…now I might try my hand at some English Paper Pieced Hexagons.
I love using leader/ enders when I am chain piecing. It was an idea from Bonnie Hunter. Instead of using a scrap piece of material in between chains, use two small blocks. You can work on two project projects at once! I keep a pile of 2" scrap squares next to my machine for this reason...Happy piecing!
West MI Quilt Guild
National Quilting Association
American Quilter's Society
Surface Design Association
International Machine Quilter's Association, Inc
Modern Quilt Guild
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