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Thread: Ugly Fabric Challenge

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    Nativetexan - that is beautiful! It definitely reminds me of a time when quilts were made with whatever fabric was to be had,rather than all the matching we do now! I love it!

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    Remember if fabric is still ugly it just isn't cut small enough.
    I'm a fan of scrappy strip quilts. My only criteria is that the same fabric can't be next to each other.
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    We did something similar in our guild. See my previous post at Mish Mash Table Topper
    Last edited by Gail B; 03-18-2017 at 02:30 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by osewme View Post
    Does it have to be a quilt that is made? I had what I thought was an ugly piece of fabric & I made a rope bowl from it. The bowl didn't look anything like the unfinished piece of fabric. I was very pleased with it. The bowl is made from cotton clothes line rope.
    osewme, that's exactly what I was referring to! It's a perfect example - I agree that the original fabric is less than beautiful. But the bowl - gorgeous!

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    Sorry, I can't remember who did it, but one of the ladies on here makes log cabins by piecing squares instead of strips for half of the block and white for the other half. Really pretty and the squares are small enough that you don't see a lot of the fabric, just the contrast.
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    I had a couple of ideas you could try... Use Texture Magic with one or more of the fabrics - you could even piece them first. Then use it as part of a bag. Also, you could try layering all of the fabric pieces and doing the fabric chenille technique. I think those would both look nice with just about any fabric.

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    If you have enough of a piece, you could make a kaleidascope quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnLady1 View Post
    Sorry, I can't remember who did it, but one of the ladies on here makes log cabins by piecing squares instead of strips for half of the block and white for the other half. Really pretty and the squares are small enough that you don't see a lot of the fabric, just the contrast.
    That sounds like this tutorial: Turning 2.5 Scraps into a Log Cabin Block

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    One persons ugly is often something others like. Make a scrappy quilt. The mystery quilts on here are great for scrappy projects. Also remember you can use the back of the fabric also. We were given ugly fabric a few years ago to use. I won the challenge. The back was a weird green color. I made a wall hanging and it made great colors in my garden. At first a couple of people (joking) accused me of cheating and not using enough of the ugly fabric. I used the whole piece, some of both sides.

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    Sorry I don't have a suggestion but I am enjoying seeing the ones others are giving.

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