I liked the idea for this quilt, a Buckeye Beauty, when I saw it in Lynn Roddy Brown's book, Patchwork Play Quilts. Her version was fun and inviting, but when I made blocks and began playing they just didn't work. My blocks were multi-colored like hers but together they looked like a jumble. I separated them into blues/greens/browns and reds/oranges/golds/warm colors for two separate quilts. That didn't help much but I wasn't ready to throw out the blocks. All that work! The only thing to do (in my mind) was persist and finish. (If you're interested you can see progress posts of this quilt at It's About Value, Busy Buckeye Beauty, and Buckeye Beauty Block Play.)
I quilted with three strands of embroidery. I found it hard to pull the threads through and they occasionally tangled, but using larger stitches meant the quilt finished more quickly than if I'd used regular quilting thread and smaller stitches. A bonus for a quilt I didn't like.
I dislike this quilt so much that I hardly kept records for it. I'm not sure what batting I used (probably Soft n Crafty 80 cotton/20 poly) and I didn't record sizes from beginning to end or dates when I began/ended steps as I usually do. The only measurements are after quilting (56 3/8 " x 68 7/16") and after washing and drying (54 3/4" x 66 1/4").
I try to identify why I don't like this quilt. I love to see diagonals and secondary patterns in quilts, both of which appear in this quilt but that's not enough for me to love it. Perhaps it's the angularity of the blocks. They don't look welcoming to me, almost like flashes of lightening. And even though there's a rhythm, the quilt itself seems jumbly. I think of this as a masculine quilt, perhaps because of the strong, sharp angles. Maybe some boy will love it.
I learned three lessons from this quilt:
- If you (speaking to myself) don't love it while making it, either learn to love it or pass on the blocks, because if you can't love it, you won't take as much care with it as a quilt you love.
- When the middle of a quilt measures longer/wider than the edges, bind with the edge measurements.
- Come up with my own ideas and make my own quilts. Don't attempt to make a version of someone else's quilt unless I truly love-love-love it and can repeat every aspect of it, including fabric choices or unless I can "see" it some other way.
The best thing I can say for this quilt is it's done. Now I just have to find a new home for it. One of my grandsons?
Have you ever made a quilt you didn't like or that you would describe as ugly? If so, what did you do with it?
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