Tuesday, June 28, 2011

the ugly duckling quilt

This quilt top was made by my sister. She didn't like it, but I did. When she asked me if I wanted it, I said "sure." So you see, I rescue not only fabric, and quilt blocks, but you can add quilt tops to the list, too. Are you noticing that this issue runs deep? Really deep.

The quilt top came home with me and it sat in the "to be quilted" stack for awhile. When I finally got around to finishing it, it went quick. Love baby quilts for that reason. I did a simple stipple all over in neutral thread.
I backed it with a brown dot from JoAnn's from their nursery collection, which has GREAT dots, by the way.
The binding is David Walker robots. I LOVE that fabric! I love how the binding completes this quilt so nicely.

My husband was going to give it to a co-worker, but I love it so much that I might stash it and keep it for someone that I actually know. It never hurts to have an extra baby boy quilt on hand. It seems like a lot of my friends are pregnant and someone is bound to have a boy.

The quilt measures 40" x 50". I'm so happy to see this finished! So, Clair, what do you think?

62 comments:

Catherine said...

I can see why you would want to rescue this one. I love that colour combo of Aqua and brown, nice for a baby boy.

Maja said...

I love those colours.
Would look great on my livingroom wall!!!

Paula said...

me encantan tus trabajos .
besos desde Argentina

Annie said...

You are a marvel, and I love your "quilt heart"

Ricki said...

I love those tiny brown polka dots!

Live a Colorful Life said...

Will I learn how to stipple next week?

Katrina said...

This is no ugly duckling! I love this quilt :)

Char said...

Great rescue!

Sarah Craig said...

It's a beautiful quilt!! Love how you finished it....

Libby said...

I love it! Perfect for a sweet baby boy!
and you are right...I always check Joanns 'baby' section for backings! Lot's of cute (and good) dots and stripes too!
Libby

Leslie said...

what a perfect little quilt...good thing you rescued it

Collette said...

Methinks Clair might say she wants it back! ;-)

It's really great! Sisterly teamwork.

Sharon Pernes said...

This is a wonderful quilt.
I plan on making one with the same block pattern, it's a fun one to make.

tink's mom said...

The brown is terrific. I love the whole thing, the colors really make the simple blocks pop. I know what you mean by keeping it for someone you know. I have a drawer full.

Suzanne said...

You definitely saw the potential in the quilt top. Do you think Clair regrets passing it along?

Happy early birthday!!

Tara said...

Wow, I expected it to be an ugly quilt since she didn't like it but it's lovely! Awesome talking to you today as always!

Mama Urchin said...

Hw did she not like it? I have baby gifts stashed too, you never know when you'll need one.

Theresa said...

I bet she wants it back!! I would!! It's beautiful and again, thanks for the inspiration. I think one of these 1/2 square triangle designs just crept into my subliminal quilt storage department in the back of my mind! Well done!

Terri said...

Great rescue!!

PunkiePie (Jen) said...

Wonderful finish and rescue!

a.niza said...

this colour combo suits my home - i have 4 boys in their teens and a DH ;-)

Cindy Lou said...

I'm sure your sister is sorry she gave it to you. It looks awesome. I would love to make this quilt.

Beth said...

I think your sister's ugly duckling is your swan. It looks great.
(I have that brown dot fabric too!)

Rhonda said...

I like this quilt! Very nice! The backing and the binding go great. :)

Stevens Family said...

I love the colors and the concept. I think if the blocks had been rotated and placed differently it would have made a huge difference. Rotate all the browns so you can see the star pattern better or something. But, what's done is done. Glad you rescued it.

Quilting Yai Yai said...

Wonderful job! Some little boy is going to be very lucky.
Deborah

beth said...

Looks to me like you turned an ugly duckling into a SWAN! Good job!

I am Just One Mom said...

you gave that top LIFE! lovely. the simplicity of the pieces lets the colors play together. hey, that would be a great blog name: Colors Playing Together.

twin fibers said...

It's great! I think Clair's going to want it back! ;)

Wendy said...

It's not ugly at all, love the colours.

Rene' said...

This definitely can't stay "the ugly duckling" quilt...your sister did a good job with the piecing and your addition of the backing and binding fabric and quilting contribution makes this a "beautiful swan" quilt! Love how all the fabrics play nicely together;-)

carol said...

You better be careful, she'll probably want it back now that you "prettied" it up!

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Timi said...

I love this quilt!!! It's great!
You are very lucky to have a sister like her...:o)))

Tiffany said...

I wish I had a sister who quilted, let alone one who made beautiful quilt tops and then gave them away to me! This is lovely!

Audrey Aggie and Me said...

The quilt is gorgeous and love the colours especially the binding.

Jessica Christensen said...

It's a great boy quilt. Definitely nice to have a stash of baby quilts. I'm always behind on mine. Way to be ahead.

Lynn said...

It is a beautiful quilt - too bad your sister didn't like it but good luck to you that you did. It finished beautifully.

Cheryl Arkison said...

If I was Clair I would be upset now because that quilt is awesome!

bethanndodd said...

Adorable...how could she not like that quilt top?! And now that it is completed it is even more adorable!! Great job!

Terriaw said...

It's a great quilt with a funny name! I love the quilting you did - perfect for this one. And those dots on the back - definitely rock! Hope your sis likes it now!

traceyfitz said...

Do you actually stipple with a regular machine? I would love to learn. I have done it on a long arm quilter, but have to rent time, which can become quite costly. What kind of machine do you have?

Cecilia e Helena said...

wow, how come she doesn't like it? I'm in love with it!

Doris said...

Clair is probably going to want it back now... very sweet boy quilt!

hart44 said...

This is no ugly duckling quilt :0 it is beautiful:)

Momma Yen said...

Very cute! And I LOVE the binding...it does work very well!

Annessa said...

Really love it! You are a great quilter! I like the colors.

Katherine said...

Um, I think your "ugly duckling" is actually a gorgeous swan. Those little robots make the sweetest binding.

Contented Caroline said...

And what is ugly duckling about that? It's cool, classic and contemporary, all-in-one. It's lovely.

Clair said...

You did a good job! Clever name for it, too. Give it away...there are always more quilts to make.

Sheila said...

Love the quilt. I agree with Contented Caroline ... cool, classic and contemporary.

ulla said...

Wauw, I like a lot!!

Linda said...

that's really cute!

The Mayo Family said...

I adore the 'Ugly Duckling'...:)
The colors are wonderful & I love how you finished it!
Your sis has good taste & your a great sis to help her out with things such as this...Ha!
Blessings~
~Lori

Sarah said...

I hope my future quilts look so 'ugly'. I love that one!

Rachel Hauser said...

Um, Claire, it's not a bit ugly.

Jantine said...

Love it! I can see why you rescued it!

Lori said...

Ah the ugly duckling turns into a swan! I actually love it. And I would have rescued it too!

Pen Pen said...

it's gorgeous.... i'll bet your sister wants it back, now. LOL

Clair said...

I like how it turned out, I forgot to say in my first comment. Better not show it to Emili and Nate or they will want it over the one I gave to them for their baby.

quirky granola girl said...

so NOT an ugly duckling. that quilt turned out really well.

Aizome said...

I love this quilt!