Worse Quilts Than Yours? You Betcha!
Whenever you make a quilt that you are not happy with, stop and think about:
- whether your expectations are too high
- whether it looks good when it’s where it lives
- whether others think it’s great
Sometimes we need to be kind to ourselves
As you make more and more quilts, your skill will improve and you will become less critical of yourself.
Today you are as good as you are now. Tomorrow you will improve, but you will still only be as good as you are that day. Look back at some of your earlier samples, or quilts, and then see the latest quilt as better than you first thought.
I have a box in my studio labelled ‘Experiments’. In it lie some really hideous attempts at patchwork blocks or techniques.
I also have some early quilts like this one, which have been admired much by others, but that I know inside myself are not too well done.
How Not To Be Critical Of Your Quilts
Ami Simms writes quilting books and I have a couple.
When she wrote “How Not To Make A Prize-Winning Quilt” it was the best fun ever to read. Born out of that, The Worst Quilt In The World Contest ran for a few years and was responsible for uplifting some quilt makers who didn’t make the winners’ circle because there were worse quilts than theirs.
Some Of The Chapter Titles:
- Don’t Worry, It’ll Quilt Out
- If Nothing Falls Off You’re Doing OK
- If It Doesn’t Fit, Pull On It Or Cut It Off
- When Bad Binding Happens To Good People
- People With Big Chests Shouldn’t Quilt In Small Cars
- If You Want Warmth, Buy An Electric Blanket
Soon after the book was released, Ami began to lecture about ‘bad, worse and worst’ quilts
I tell ALL in my tongue-in-cheek guide to quilting disaster. You won’t feel intimidated by “perfect” quilts any more — not after you see how I started out. I confess to having made every mistake you can think of and then some, proving there’s hope for everyone. This book is anti-intimidation for quilters, guaranteed to lift your spirits. If you loved the lecture, you’ll love the book! (48 pages/plenty of disgusting photos, some in color, (c)1994)
— Ami Simms
Some of the quilts from the contest
CREDITS: Quilt entries and the descriptions are from Ami’s website: Worst Quilt In The World Contest™ and remain the property of Ami Simms.
My favourites from the entries shown on the website are below:
Mariner's Compass in 3D!
Mariner's Compass Quilt - Front View - Pretty But...
Mariner's Compass Quilt - Fantastic 3D Effect - Side view
Judge Had Same Sheet Set As Backing
One judge particularly enjoyed the bed sheet #944-543 used for backing as the judge had the same sheet set. This led to a discussion of what the entrant and her spouse were now sleeping on what with the mattress pad AND top sheet missing.
Judges Were Truly Impressed
It Smelled Sheepish
“I used batting that my sister had made from her own sheep’s wool. I washed it because it smelled “sheepish.” It was medim suze when I made it and small after I washed it! Talk about bearding! I have no idea how all that batting got from the inside to the outside. (This is NOT a biscuit quilt, by the way!)”
If only sheep’s wool was made out of polyester this would never have become such a problem.
Paint Or Magic Marker!
How Not To Take This Too Seriously
Your quilts are nowhere near as unfortunate as these, I’m sure. But I’m equally sure that after the twenty years since the contest was held, that the makers of the worst quilts now make much better ones.
Be kind to yourself and remember that you are not trying to make The Best Quilt In The World!
The last word is from Ami:
The moral? Everybody who quilts is a winner!
Hope you had fun!
See you next time