Monday, December 28, 2015

From Ugly Ducklings...

to beautiful swans!

Well, that may be an exaggeration, but I have 

enjoyed watching these 'ugly' fabrics....


come to life with various borders....

round one

round two

Stripes and spots certainly do the trick!

And all of a sudden they don't look so ugly after all!

Here are a few I prepared earlier!


And the blocks together yesterday, 


before I finished the last six today!


Now to decide whether I need sashing and 

cornerstones...

Suggestions gratefully accepted!

Happy days!

SUZ


23 comments:

  1. You are right- they look great together! If it was me, I'd bag the borders and call it a quilt!

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  2. Hi! First, i don't see any uglies! Certainly they all became most beautiful with stripes around! I love the look. Not sure about the sashing; looking for to see what you decide. x Teje

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  3. Super blocks. Such a variety. I wouldn't use sashing, I think they look great as they are in the photo. Just sew up those rows! Looking forward to seeing the finished quilt top....... or even the finished quilt!

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  4. I actually love a number of those fabrics. It is fun to see how some borders can make them play together so nicely.

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  5. This is such a great stash busting idea! Would make a fun Quilt-along. Just sew them together as is, they look awesome!

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  6. People might argue with you if they are really truly ugly fabrics but I agree with Debbie I would not border them. I would put them all together and call it finished

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  7. Maybe not 'uglies' but they all look good together, I like them just as they are without cornerstones and sashing, stitch it up and have another finish before the end of year :)

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  8. I was going to suggest sewing them together as they are which seems to be the general consensus so far.

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  9. I didn't see an ugly one in the bunch and a little enhancement never hurts even the prettiest! Am with the others - like them just as they are.

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  10. Thanks for the inspiration! I was looking through my mish mash of fabric, today, and wondering what I could do with it. Perfect timing!

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  11. Well look what you can do! You activate your fabric intuition and make those yuck prints look just right. I like to see "mushy" quilts like this because wherever you look, you see something really interesting. No sashing needed. Keep working your magic! This is gonna be a great finish.

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  12. I don't think Iwould worry about sashing - these look great, perfectly scrappy.

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  13. I love the way you put those fabrics together. None of them really look ugly in the end.
    How large are the finished blocks? I think I might like to try something similar.

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  14. I agree with the "no sashing" suggestions. I love how you have them placed in the photo. They play well together! Such fun!

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  15. Wow, that's amazing how those borders change the look of those fabrics - although they weren't really ugly :-) I love the vivid look of all the blocks together and go with the others: no sashing! It looks great just the way it is now!

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  16. Great idea...I am a bit down so I am going to start that right now...thank you so fun

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  17. They look great, Suz. What a fun project and a great scrap buster too.

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  18. It is amazing how beautiful those uglies are. I love the look with them all together. I wouldn't sash

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  19. These are really beautiful blocks. Actually one of the fabrics, the paint by number birds, was a very coveted fabric by me, long after the first time it was released, and way before they released it again. So for a major birthday, my parents bought fat quarters of the bird print for me--they were quite expensive--and I haven't decided yet what to do with this precious fabric. Maybe I'll have an idea in 2016. Which is tomorrow for me.

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  20. So clever to let the borders lead the fabrics away from their uselessness into a useful place. I'm with all the rest of the readers: sashing would be optional in my view, but I could also see how a fun sashing with cornerstones would bring another interesting element into play.

    As a side note: it's New Year's Day here, and it's a day for sitting in bed (do I have to get up?) reading blogs. You'll see me catching up for the last few weeks of being too busy to relax and enjoy what friends have written on their work in their life. I'm always amazed by you and what you accomplish. May you have a happy new year, Susan!

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  21. I wouldn't call all of those prints ugly, but the borders certainly did the trick of unifying a mismatched collection. Stripes and spots do certainly do the trick!

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  22. I have to say I liked the ugly fabrics before, but love what you've done with them! I prefer a mish mash of fabrics rather than a quilt made from just pretty ones.

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  23. These fabrics do indeed go very well together. It is such a cheery and joyful project!
    Esther
    esthersipatchandquilt at yahoo dot com
    ipatchandquilt dot wordpress dot com

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