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Butt Ugly!


It’s been pointed out to me by The Genius that I haven’t done a blog post in almost a week.  So what do I blog about?  My first quilt, which really is butt ugly.  Here’s your first hint of the badness.

Camille and Carrie came up with the idea of showing your very first quilt and your most recent quilt.  So, here’s my very first masterpiece.  Hey Carrie, it’s an icky.  This should make you feel a lot better!!!

The year was 1986.  I was a senior in college in Oklahoma.  My fiance (now My Hero) was in Minnesota and I was bored and lovesick and lonely.  So I took a quilt class.  I found out part way through the first class that I was supposed to do every bit of it by hand.  No offense to those of you who do all of your quilting by hand, but if quilters had owned sewing machines 200 years ago, they would have used them.  If you look at the goose on the first photo, I appliqued the body and did a sloppy satin stitch around the rest of his parts!  My star was pieced really well.  But those calico fabrics!  Now lets look at that lovely binding.

I’m sure it was purchased bias, sewn on by machine.  Nasty!  I took the photo along with the flowers in my crack.

Now, according to the rules, I’m supposed to show you my latest finished project.  You’re just going to have to wait.  I have 12 ladies at my house for three days for a quilt retreat.  I’ll have lots of stuff to show you soon. (If you want to see some finished quilts, just click on the finished projects tabs at the top of the page.)

Oh, and there’s also a famous designer here.  If you want to guess, leave a comment.  She’s working on new stuff for her next book!

So, to offset the butt ugly, I have some gorgeous flowers to show you.  One of my guests brought me the most gorgeous bouquet of flowers I’ve ever received.  And they’re out of her garden.  Amazing!

I must go.  I hear lots of sewing machines humming and mine isn’t one of them!

Author: mariajhmom

I'm a wife, mom, quilter, knitter, and spinner. I blog at

23 thoughts on “Butt Ugly!

  1. So is it heather? Your quilt made me smile!

  2. reminds me of some of my earlier projects all calico and my bindings were long strips of muslin or the backing pullover and tacked under. Hope you have a wonderful time with your guests.

  3. Hi Maria ~ I think we may have a tie! 🙂

    It isn’t that mine is so bad, it’s just that it is so GREEN. As for your quilt, I think we know why it is what it is… it’s the fabric. If it makes you feel better, I think I used some of those same fabrics at one time or another! It was 1986 and the choices were a little more… how shall I say this? LIMITED? I still remember when the Jeffrey Gutcheon fabrics first came out and they were almost “revolutionary”! They didn’t look like quilt fabric at all! And Jinny Beyer had just started doing all those blender pieces. We’ve come a long way, haven’t we?

    Have a blast with your buds, thank The Genius for reminding you to post, and I’ll look forward to your pictures next week. 🙂

    I’ll guess Heather. Or Gudrun. Or Celine. Or Sherri. Or Terry Atkinson… oh wait, she’s in Wisconsin. One of the others. 🙂

  4. I’m guessing Heather too…and well…your first quilt is not ugly…just definitely from the 80’s! Thanks for sharing!

  5. As a retired teacher, I have to ask first, before passing judgment; “Did you put forth your best effort?” If so, then it is beautiful. So, with what you knew (the infancy of your expertise), and with what you had available to you, it was probably a heroic effort, hence, IT IS BEAUTIFUL!!

    Enjoy your retreat. wish I could be there.

  6. So THAT’s what quilts looked like when I was three… 😉 Oh, come on. That is a FANTASTIC first quilt! Exactly what we were hoping for. Made my night, for sure! Thanks Maria!

  7. How fun to have a quilting retreat at your house! I can’t wait to see what you come up with. 🙂

  8. I think it’s an adorable quilt!

  9. The retreat at your house sounds like a blast!

    And you’re far too hard on yourself about your first quilt!

  10. I think the flowers in your crack in the picture of your butt ugly quilt are very pretty, sorry couldn’t resist. you’ve come a long way baby, that from a non quilter!!

  11. I wouldn’t normally call someone’s work butt ugly, but in this case….I agree with how you feel about it. 😉

    Not sure why I haven’t posted my first quilt yet, I was just looking at it a few days ago and I’ve been seeing these posts all week. Guess I’ll have to remedy the situation tonight! And then you can come call mine ugly if you like.

  12. That quilt is unique and it’s neat that you hung on to it. I often wish that I hung onto some of my first projects. Love the bouquet. Its nice to see that she included a lovely dill spring into the mix.

  13. you are famous… who could be better than you 😉 and i love that you did the body by hand.. and then gave up and did satin stitch!

  14. I’m smiling because I remember that star fabric! I thought it was so cool! That’s a very nice first quilt.

  15. I bet you were a pioneer in that quilt class…I’m sure of it. Calico fabrics.. I remember those!! It’s fun to see all the 1st quilts — at least you still have yours and are able to show some close ups. Thanks for sharing…

    Love the flowers too — especially the ones in the crack…

  16. Wow, that is some quilt. I laughed when I saw the purchased binding we used to use for placemats. Thanks for showing it.

    I think the famous designer is Heather from Anka’s Treasures.

  17. You do such beautiful work…okay, I’m not talking about your first quilt!…I love the black and gray quilt from your previous post. To be honest, I saw so many things I liked I can’t name them all!

  18. Your first quilt is awesome and countrified! Totally appropriate for 1986.

  19. We have some hand made geese done in 1986 our of those same colors, a gift from my aunt. Your finished progects page is amazing!

  20. It’s cute! It’s a treasure, especially with all of that hand quilting. Good job!

  21. You have a house that can hold 12 quilters for 3 days!!? You were featured at Moda’s Bake Shop?! I love that you called your first quilt butt ugly, I totally laughed. The binding on my first quilt(s) is pretty bad also … thankfully we’ve moved on. Can’t wait to see what you will post next. I checked out some of your other quilts, jaw dropping beautiful!

  22. Maria, You are certainly showing your age and I resemble the same era of fabric. Way to go girl!!


  23. I love it! I didn’t start quilting until about ’89 or ’90, so there were a few more choices in fabrics by then. Good thing! It’s great that you were such a rebel and used the machine. Thanks for sharing this. 🙂

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