MIL Cushion Giveaway

A little over a week ago I shared with you what I considered to be some fugly* cushions I made for my mother-in-law. Granted, I made these from scraps of a left over quilt that she loves, and using my own strip-piecing without a foundation tutorial, so what could go wrong? And yet, they still didn’t quite hit the mark. Now, I know some of you out there luurrrved them (we’ll get to that), but on my mother-in-law’s bed, it was just all way too much. It was like a bad 80s perm, that was then straightened and then permed again. No, no, no, some things they just don’t work. (By the way, if you still have your 80s perm, girl, it’s time to let it go!) However …


… just because they didn’t look crash hot on my mother-in-law’s bed, doesn’t mean they wouldn’t make yours look fiiiiine! Or any other room for that matter! So to that end, let’s give these beauties (?) away to someone who will truly love them. If you’re a fan of pink, mint, and all things floral just leave a comment on this post thanking my mother-in-law, Beverley (aka Bev) for her honesty in giving them back to me, so I can give them to you. I would SO much rather have an honest relationship with someone than one in which we had to pretend to like all the things we gifted each other (hand made or not). That’s not being ungrateful: Bev appreciated the hard work and effort, she just didn’t like them (rightfully so) for her bedroom. Was I offended? Pft. Maybe if she stabbed me with a butter knife, but over some pillows; I ain’t got time for that!

So to reiterate, leave a comment below with a hello or thank you message to Bev, and I’ll pick a random winner in about a week. This is open internationally, but I’m keeping the cushion inserts, thank you very much! Oh, and here’s a picture of the original quilt that inspired these cushions. This was my eighth quilt, how far we’ve all come!


*What is it with this word? Seems like every time I use it I get the most severe reactions. I do realise it is a contraction (of sorts) of “fucking ugly,” but I never use it with intended malice. It’s more of a, “Oh, dear, that’s not the best look, but it kinda works, maybe if I squint a little bit, let me turn my head, oooougghh I don’t know, gawwwd I wish I liked it, I mean you can see there’s effort, maybe it’s just bad lighting, it could still be saved, umm, but I just don’t have the energy right now to deal with this.” — type of ugly. See the difference?

EDIT: Brenda was selected as the winner by my mother-in-law! Thanks everyone for your kind comments, Bev really appreciated them!

39 Responses

  1. C says:

    I really don’t want these cushions, but I do want to give you both a high-five for awesomeness. Sounds like you have a wonderful, open and honest relationship.

  2. Beverley says:

    Thank you Molli for clearing my name as the MIL from hell.
    You know I love you and that’s all that is important
    I know there is someone out there who will give the cushions a good home and love them for the beautiful creation they are

    • Brenda says:

      I don’t think you ever sounded like the mother-in=law from hell. You sounded like the kind of MIL I’d like — honest and appreciative. And . . . tastes change, we all shuffle things around now and again. And again. But you did keep the quilt, didn’t you? Smiles and a hug to you from Nebraska.

    • Marta S. says:

      I agree with Brenda, Beverley. You were right to return the pillows and your sincerity is refreshing! Plus the quilt you got is so feminine and truly lovely–best not to let pillows create an unnecessary distraction from it. 🙂

  3. Beverley says:

    I certainly did keep the quilt Brenda
    I still think it is the Most beautiful quilt Molli has ever made. He however would not agree with that statement

  4. Maria Porter says:

    I liked them the first time round and did not consider them fugly at all. Thumbs up to Beverley for saying how she feels about them. Much better than putting them in a cupboard so that they never brighten a bed or lounge.

  5. Nurdan says:

    I really appreciated your MIL’s honesty. Also, want to thank her; I would happily give them a loving home because I think they are beautiful. Thanks! 🙂

  6. Beth Strand says:

    Thanks, Bev, you sound like a terrific mom in law! I’d love to give your cushions a new home! Beth @ Words & Stitches

  7. Aileen says:

    Hahahaha Molli you always brighten my feed and my day. Not putting up my hand for the cushions, but just to,say I love the word fugly and always enjoy your spicy writing. Like your quilting, it sizzles and stands out xxxxx

  8. Lisa says:

    Love yours and Bev’s honesty. Molli you do make me giggle! I think you explained fugly perfectly!

  9. Sam Morris says:

    Bev, I commend your honesty. Molli, your MIL didn’t take the cushions, but I will. They will be perfect in my bedroom. Is that a bad thing?

  10. Jason says:

    Thanks, Bev, for your honesty. But I hope my mother-in-law never returns a gift. 🙂

    Actually, my mother-in-law would LOVE these (she’s a quilter, too); so I’d love to win them for her!

  11. cynthia says:

    I think they’re adorable, but maybe my taste level just isn’t there as Nina Garcia would say!

  12. Lesley Gilbert says:

    Thanks for the chance to win your fugly cushion covers – I have just the right chair to put them on and rest my weary back. Tastes change for everybody and when I think what I have made over the years, well, these are back in fashion once again :p

  13. barbara says:

    I think they are cute

  14. Katie says:

    I’ve made my share of “fugly” things too, but I really like these cushions. Hubby likes pink and I like floral. They would look perfect on my new denim couch. Thank you Bev, for sharing with the rest of us! I’m volunteering Molli to make you something more to your taste. 😉

  15. Norma says:

    Beautiful or fugly? It’s all in the eye of the beholder. I really like these cushions and they’d look great on my bedroom chair. Bev, I appreciate your honesty and thanks for giving someone else a chance to enjoy them.

  16. Cleta says:

    Bev Thanks for a chance to win the pillows. I love everything colorful. Blessings to you Molli

  17. Michele T says:

    I love your honesty Bev and I could see how the cushions would be just a tad bit too much with the quilt. Fortunately they would fit perfectly in our family room, so I hope I am the lucky winner in this draw!!

  18. Christine says:

    Dear Bev and Molly, Would love to win these cushion covers. My (extremely) pink/pastel/floral loving 9 and 11 year olds would be delighted to add them to the bunk beds. I would be more delighted to not be nagged to make more “decor” for their room!!

  19. helen says:

    i would be happy to win your quilts. Until I read your post I thought fugly meant fabric ugly. My daughter can’t believe I didn’t know the true meaning! I must have slept through that bit of Mean Girls.

  20. Irene Grimes says:

    I like the cushions, but even if I didn’t, there is A LOT I would do to own a Molli Sparkles original!!!!

  21. Rachal says:

    Oh Beverly, could you be my MIL? I think the pillows are great and would love to have them. How refreshing that you guys have such honest communication and nobody gets stabby.

  22. Gill says:

    Well I like them so thanks Bev!!!

  23. Brenda says:

    You know, I just realized I only commented to Bev and don’t know if it puts me in the running. I so enjoy your commentary that I would love to have even the scraps from your quilts.

  24. Marilyn says:

    That Bev felt comfortable returning the pillows demonstrates the loving, respectful relationship you share. It would be great to win these pillows because I would have something made by YOU!

  25. Lori Morton says:

    Oh Beverly.. thank you for being honest enough to pass them back to Mr. Molli!!! they are most Awesome..and I would Treasure them! Thank you for chance to offer them a loving Home with me…I would be delighted to win! 🙂
    Ohio Hugs to you both too!

  26. Kathleen says:

    Thank you for your honesty Bev! If I win them I’m giving them to my sweet grandbaby who will be turning one tomorrow (the 23rd)! I know she will love them. She already loves it when I put pillows on the floor for her to cuddle and play with and crash land on while she learns to walk 🙂

  27. Paula says:

    I love your honesty Bev, I only wish more people could be like you. The pillows are wonderful but they definitely won’t work with everything. I do however have a lovely plain coloured couch (sofa) that I think they’d look fab on! Molli, I do hope you are going to treat Bev to a set of new pillows that better match her quilt.

  28. Linda Pawlak says:

    Thank you for being honest and allowing them to be gifted to one of us! I love them! Thanks for the chance to win!

  29. Claire Ross says:

    I love them! I like most things pink and floral though!!

  30. Jamie B says:

    Thanks Bev! Way to have some truth tea. Love florals and would be tickled to have a Molli original.

  31. Joyce Hennessey says:

    Bev, to have a MIL like you would be heaven. I didn’t have one from hell but she certainly didn’t like me. Oh well. The pillows are beautiful in my eyes and would love to win them. Thanks for the chance and Mollie give Bev a hug.

  32. Jenna O says:

    What a lovely cushion!

  33. Brianna says:

    Bev, I have a MIL like you and I appreciate the heck out of her for her forthright manner! Also for raising my husband :D. Those pillows would be perfect in my niece’s bedroom!

  34. Jacqueline says:

    Hi there sweet man!
    i would love to be the winner of your cushion covers, as I know a senior, English-born lady here who would just LOVE them! They would be perfect in her front sitting room(such a thing no longer exists here).
    I continue to be inspired by your quilt-progress and the way you see the world, on your blog!
    Quilty Huggs,
    Jacqueline in Canada

  35. Mara says:

    LOL, I love your honesty and your MIL’s, Bev these would look very nice on my bed, I just happen to have a light green bedspread, it is all one color and these would add a touch of feminine to a very boring room, Thank you.

  36. Oh wow, thanks to you and your Mother-In-Law, now I have a chance to win these really lovely pillows! And we need some new ones. I think they’d actually go with our floral couch and chair.

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