About this quilt:
This quilt had its humble beginnings in the scrap bag, and most of these scraps had previously been cut down from fabric that came from the remnant bin at my local fabric store. I used the odd bits of fabric left from other sewing projects and I assembled them in no particular manner with no particular plan in mind. It was exciting to create this “crazy” quilt, as I thought of it as I was sewing it. I used fabric of many different origins, from cotton to polyester and rayon, to chiffon and some weird woven stuff. I tried a few techniques and blocks I had not tried before, like applique, and generally tried to avoid anything that looked like one-patch (I have made a ton of one-patch quilts, and I was a bit burned out on that). Part of my strategy for the composition of this quilt was to pay no regard to color or pattern of the fabric, and the final product reflects this design decision.
I call this quilt “I Musta Done Something Wrong” for a couple reasons. One, if a child received this quilt as a gift, he or she might think it was in retaliation for some misdeed or general flaw in his or her character. Two, upon reading the criteria for the “Worst Quilt in the WORLD,” I learned of several techniques used in MY quilt that indicated it might have a place among these prize-winners; I previously knew there was something wrong with this quilt, I just didn’t know how many things.
About me as a quilter:
I’m not a quilter in the classical sense (the classical, perfect, everything hand-sewn, designer fabrics sense), but I do enjoy sewing pieces of fabric together to make a larger whole. I have made about 50 baby quilts. Most of them cute (ish, in some cases) and enjoyed by their recipients, who most likely didn’t know any of the common quilting “rules” that exist. I barely know those rules now, but apparently these things are out:
And, if you are a quilter, I’m sure there are many more no-nos that I’m forgetting. Please, weigh in here.
CraftFail epilogue (because I always seem to have one): I actually like this quilt, despite all its flaws. While I couldn’t justify giving it to a little kid whose eyes would bleed when they gazed upon it, I just kept it for a couple years until my own kids came along, and now they use it and they don’t know it’s not perfect! Also, I had a TON of fun making it. It took forever to sew all those little scraps together, but it was very entertaining to do. In fact, I would do it again.
SERIAL CRAFT FAILER
p.s. If you enjoy reading about our CraftFails, imagine how cathartic it must be to air your own special dirty craft laundry for the world to see. You can join us (instructions here) and post your own, or if you’re too embarrassed, email me and I’ll post for you (with credit to you–free links to your site!! or anonymous, if you’re too traumatized!)