Edited to add: I hope this post doesn't come off in the wrong way. I made much more traditional looking quilts for my son's teachers and, since this is a small school, they will likely see the quilts I made for each other and I am worried she is going to wonder why I made this crazy quilt for her. I do like the quilt, it is just much louder than I expected so I wasn't sure what to do. Thank you for all of your words of support!
Have you ever finished a quilt top and thought, "Wow, that is kind of ugly!"? I posted this question on Instagram the other day when I finished the quilt top. I had some very sympathetic, helpful responses, and while it does usually help to quilt and bind the project, I felt a little like I was putting lipstick on a pig. This one is a little crazy.
Normally when I make a scrap quilt I spend some time evaluating how the scraps will work together. This time my only criteria was that the scrap was large enough to cut a 3.5" square from it. The hard thing about this quilt for me is that I love of the fabrics that I used. A lot! I just don't love them together.
I do think that adding a pretty backing and binding helped to temper the crazy. And quilting always makes everything better. My original plan was to give this quilt to my daughter's 2nd grade teacher as an end of year gift.
So now the question is, do I give her this ugly scrap quilt or give her an unused quilt from my stash? (actually the better question is why did I make a new quilt when I have unused quilts in my stash, ha ha)
I don't totally hate it, I'm just not sure if I want to gift it to someone. What would you do?
Finished size: 60" x 66"
Backing: Palm Springs in Navy from Hatbox
Binding: Dime Store Dot Navy
Batting: Quilter's Dream Cotton Select