Friday, February 20, 2015

My mom, Friday finish, and Feb. Goals

February is my least favorite month, because I have so much trouble spelling it!
Today I finished up the Ugly Quilt! I have been told that it is not ugly, just busy.

Quilt in the snow!

Today I finished this quilt and I took it off to the nursing home. This was the same nursing home that my mother lived in for the last 8 months of her life. They took such good care of her and most of the residents are on Welfare and very poor. I visited my mom almost everyday--I knew she was dying, she had a brain tumor, so I knew every moment would be precious. It was incredibly difficult watching her die especially because her memory and grasp on reality got really bad (she always remembered who I was though) but it would have been so much worse if I had to take care of her on my own without the nursing home. She died 4/28/2010 at the age of 60.
While she was there I noticed a lot of the residents never had anyone visit, they might not have had any family or their family just lived too far. The nurses always made such a big deal about how I was there almost everyday because no one else was visited as much.
So when I decided to learn to quilt, I had no idea what I was going to do with the finished products and donating them to the residents of Trinity Mission was the solution. Also my mom loved giving to charity, it made her happy. So I know that my mom would love me doing this.
SO! Enough I took the finished Ugly Quilt down there and met with the activities director Pam. She and the lady that works in Administration, Debbie, knew exactly who they wanted to have the quilt. And we went off to the lady's room to give it to her. I was told she was an elderly woman who had had brain surgery and had been in there for a long time. She was mentally disabled and has trouble communicating, but they said that she loves to make her bed and decorate her part of her room.
We walked in and she was laying in bed and was happy to see she had visitors. She sat up and Pam said, "Irene, this is Melissa and she has something for you." I help up the ugly quilt and said, "Hello Irene, I was wondering if you'd like to have this," and she looked at me, then the quilt and shook her head and said, "Noooooooooooo!"
I laughed out loud! Pam asked again if she was sure, and each time she was emphatic, she did NOT want the Ugly Quilt. HA! Pam looked embarrassed but I said maybe there was another resident who would want it? And she said there was one woman named Sherri who is younger than the other residents. She was in a wheelchair (it IS a wheelchair quilt and Irene was ambulatory anyway) and she never has any visitors. She took my name and address, and said she and Sherri would make me a thank you card. I didn't get to meet Sherri though because she was sleeping so I don't know if she also took one look at the Ugly Quilt and said, "Noooooooo!" too :)
As I was leaving, there was a lady who was in a wheelchair and I met her at the entrance. She mentioned that she liked the Ugly Quilt and would love to have it. I asked what was her favorite color and she said red.
I asked if she likes cows and she said she does. So tomorrow I will be bringing Tanya the Hearts and Holsteins quilt that I made for last weeks Project Quilting. That made her smile and I really didn't have any plans for that quilt anyway. I know I can list them on Etsy or Ebay but I put a lot of work into it so I wouldn't want to sell it for cheap, yet it is far from perfect so I would feel bad selling it for the price I felt went into it. This way the quilt has a home, I did a good deed and if it is bad craftsmanship, the price was right!
I did tell Pam that it was possible that Irene thought we were asking if she wanted to cover up with the quilt right then, because it was really hot in there and she was lying in bed in a sweatsuit and no covers. So maybe that was what happened, but I got a good laugh out of her emphatically turning it down.
So for more info on the quilt and how it got it's name!
The blocks were originally for other projects. I decided I didn't like them so they went into the "Ugly Quilt" because they were too ugly for their originals.
And since I love improv sewing, I made the 3 inch sashing and posts from improvised bits. This quilt was the most fun thing I have made, which proves that aesthetics and happiness don't always mesh. I also put a HST row on top and bottom so it would be more rectangular than square.
Whenever I see a tutorial, or finished quilt post, the quilter has taken amazing pictures that showcase the best features of the quilt. Sometimes the setting is a little odd though (for me) and I always notice backgrounds. So here is my attempt at being artsy and failing.
Ugly Quilt artfully draped across a broken lawnmower covered in dead honeysuckle!

Ugly Quilt artistically draped across my daughter's old plastic slide! (Notice the broken hammock in the background)

Oh well, I will get better at taking pictures with practice.
I did this as a no binding quilt and I LOVED it! I didn't take a picture of the back, because of negligence, but it is solid and the same as the blue flower border. If you are wondering what I mean by no binding, I basted my batting to the quilt top and sewed the back RSF then turned it inside out. I finished with top stitching and just horizontal and vertical straight line quilting--nothing special.
Today I am linking up with--
Confessions of a Fabric Addict
The Carpenters Daughter Who Quilts
Richard and Tanya Quilts
Quilting Readers Garden
Crazy Mom Quilts
Quilt Shop Gal
Pink Doxies
This is also one of my proposed finishes for the 2015 Finish Along!

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side
A lovely year of finishes


  1. That is a busy quilt! Looks like you have a lot of good scraps in there. Your story makes me smile, I think it's really sweet that you are sharing your quilts with the nursing home. :) I bet the residents love that!

    1. Thank you so much, I really hope they do enjoy the quilts. I would like them to feel like someone is thinking about them

  2. Your quilt is wacky and fun, and perfect for the sterility of a nursing home.

    1. I didn't think of that! My mother-in-law pointed out that when you age your eyesight fades so they might need bright colors

  3. I love your quilt, and I love how you shared it.

  4. Your description of your picture taking abilities made me laugh. I seem to have the same issues. Your quilt is bright and fun. Your story was inspirational and heart-warming.

    1. Ha! It's so true though! Thank you so much

  5. This quilt is NOT ugly, just bright and happy. I love scrap quilts.

    1. Me too! They are the best and the most fun to make.

  6. OMG, that quilt is NOT ugly!!! It is like love - passionate, messy and sometimes hard to look at but rich and vibrant and full of inspiration.
    I love taking pictures with snow as the backdrop - it really lights up the quilt.
    And thank you for your sweet comment on my Squirrel Kisses quilt.

    1. That is the sweetest! Thank you so much for your encouragement, and your quilts are rockin'!

  7. Preeti said it best - a wonderful, colorful hug. Don't feel bad about that first patient who didn't want your quilt. Color brings out different feelings in people, and it could have been just a misunderstanding, just as you said. God bless you for thinking of those patients.

  8. Hehe :) I just love this post. The Nooooooo cracked me up, but it's nice for you to know that at least one person asked for it if Sherri woke up and didn't want it. ;D This is so very nice of you!

  9. What a great story! Her emphatic refusal was hilarious (though it's a good thing you weren't offended!). So great that you can find loving homes for your quilts and honour your mom's memory at the same time.

  10. I think your quilt tells the story of its making. I'd never call it ugly. If given the choice of a mismatched quilt or one neatly laid out in straight rows, I'd pick your style any day!
    Lucky are the residents who receive these--Luckier are you to have them! May your kindness spread like the honeysuckle!

    Thank you so much for linking up at Pink Doxies. I'm thrilled to have found your blog!


  11. I made an ugly quilt too - I named it The Queasy Quilt :-)

  12. Thank you for sharing your quilt and it's story. I think a quilt tells us who it's intended owner should be. And it sounds like your latest finishes will find wonderful homes with the nursing home residents. I really like your line " This is where I dump out the things rattling around in my head." That is how I feel about my blog as well. I did a blog post over 1600 words long on what quilter's brain is. lol Thanks so much for sharing with us all and linking up with TGIFF.

  13. What a fun quilt! And a great way to use up blocks that didn't quite make it into their original quilts. I have quite a number of orphaned or rejected blocks. Maybe I should make my own Ugly Quilt!

  14. I like ugly quilts! and the story is amazing!