The Super Ugly Polyester Quilt

Here it is, at Schmenky’s request. It’s huge, it is bigger than our foyer rug.


Eleven ugly squares by nine ugly squares of 1970 era, scary colored, polyester. A rather bold statement.


The back and edges are fine. I would ONLY use this quilt side down. I bet it’s warm.


My Grandma Georgia must have collected fabric from elsewhere, because while she was known to sport the poly, this is just too much for one woman to acquire from her own wardrobe.


This is my pick for scariest square ever. I KNOW my Grandma did not have an outfit made of this sparkling beauty! There are only two of them but they SCREAM. Vaguely Flintstone-ian. Only a very brave person could rock that print. The word BOLD comes to mind.


Row after row of virtually indestructible, hot, wrinkle free squares of truly heinous fabric, all perfectly and lovingly quilted. She had no idea when she and her girlfriends made this in her basement, some 35-40 years ago, that she was making something for the great granddaughter who was born nearly two years after she passed away. I kind of like that thought. She would have loved little Mousey Ann.


There you have it, in all its glory.



  1. caprilis said,

    June 25, 2013 at 8:23 AM

    Bless her heart!

  2. Nan C said,

    June 25, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    I’m tellin ya, Kel. It sounds like you have a ton of stuff that Cari Cucksey (of HGTV’s Cash & Cari) would love to see. She has a warehouse in Westland, ya know.

  3. Rachel Koekstat said,

    June 25, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    Love it Where is your Dad going to move to?

  4. Tam said,

    June 26, 2013 at 7:19 AM

    I have two quilts just like that. If I remember correctly, my grandma would get those “poly scraps” from any of her friends or family members that had an abundance of extra clothes that they couldn’t bear to get rid of due to their depression era fears. When these women would hear it was going to toward quilts, they freely gave their old polyester away. We have about twenty three of these quilts at various family members homes. I don’t think any of us use them, but I know sometimes we get them out and make up stories of what kind of outfit these patches could have been originally and where you would wear them to. It can get hilarious at times, especially if someone remembers actually owing something resembling a particular color or pattern.

    • Capri K said,

      June 26, 2013 at 7:50 AM

      That hideous Flintstone square would make a mighty fine story!!!! Sheesh!
      I guess the most important thing about these quilts is the connection we have with the quilters, probably why we can’t get rid of them!

  5. Tam said,

    June 26, 2013 at 7:21 AM


  6. deb said,

    July 1, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    These fabrics bring back so many memories. I remember when my grandmothers started wearing “pant suits”. They (the pantsuits) were radical, banned in church for a while. And they were always made out of polyester.

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