Cinderella – Ugly to Beautiful

There’s a contest at a quilt store not far from me. You purchase a brown bag of fabric for $5 and you have to use what is in it, add two fabrics of your own and create something. It has to be completely finished and turned in by June 6th. Yesterday, I finally set out to make my quilt. I got the idea from various pictures around the internet and modified it to what I had available. I have not picked and used a second color but I will when I add borders and get it prepped to turn in.

What was in the bag? Ugly material, by my thinking. It isn’t my style so I didn’t really like it. I accepted the challenge, though. I can’t say as I’ve written up the math properly. I cut and sewed with drawings on my graph paper. I have some details and, if you’re really interested, let me know. I’ll sit down and write it all up nice and proper. I recommend cutting the center focus pieces in step 5 before starting on the rest. This quilt finishes (without additional borders) at 46″ x 46″.


  • (1) yard ugly print
  • (2) 1/2 yards ugly print
  • (1) yard Kona Snow White
  • – Fifth fabric to be determined



1. I cut strips of the ugly fabrics so I could make fast strip sets. The one yard of fabric I used as alternating between the two half yards of fabric. These are the fabrics I had to work with in the quilt top. I needed 88 total 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ squares so I did strip piecing.


2. When I had two sets of eight strips each sewn together, I took them to my cutting table and cut them into 2 1/2″ x 16 1/2″ strip pieces.


3. I counted and placed on my design board according to what I needed. This went super fast because I had strip pieced them.


4. I cut the snow whites to fill in the empty spaces to the left and on the bottom. The snow whites were cut as follows:

  • (1) 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″
  • (2) 2 1/2″ x 8 1/2″
  • (2) 2 1/2″ x 32 1/2″
  • (1) 8 1/2″ x 8 1/2″
  • (2) 8 1/2″ x 32 1/2″


5. I cut (16) 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ for the center focus pattern.


6. I assembled using the following whites to fill in around the center focus piece:

  • (2) 8 1/2″ x 16 1/2″
  • (2) 8 1/2″ x 32 1/2″

All done! Fast because of strip piecing and done. Now to figure out what to use as the final border and backing so I can get this quilted and bound before June 6th!



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