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    Old stash you no longer like

    What do you do with fabric in your stash you decide you just despise? I've started using mine for paint wipe cloths and cut some of it to fit my mop instead of buying the disposable mop pads. Wiping paint on it makes me feel good and I'm probably saving money by not buying the disposable mop pads. Thank goodness 100% cotton will just soak everything right up! And very slowly my stash is looking neater.

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    You could donate to charity's. I m sure there is lots in your area.
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    Bonnie Hunter says there is no ugly fabric! You just aren't cutting it small enough. Check out her www.quiltville.com site for wonderful scrappy quilts.

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    You could always swap a little with someone (me), then you get some new AND you get rid of what you are tired of!
    Just a suggestion

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    Quote Originally Posted by owlvamp View Post
    You could donate to charity's. I m sure there is lots in your area.
    I am my own charity. If I didn't use this ugly fabric, I would have to buy cheesecloth and those disposable mop heads. And, I find something is a little wrong with saying, "I wouldn't use this at all, but it's ok for you." That's just a little too elitest for me.

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    I have 'gifted' or 'paid forward' fabric to other quilters and have reaped wonderful surprises in return. I did ask the individuals in advance on what they wanted or they stated what they were looking for and we both was very happy. I cannot imagine using fabric I paid $11.00 a yard to use as a $5.00 mop. But to each his own, is what the old maid said that kissed a cow., or so my grandmother told me. Charities always need fabric, as local ports of charities do also....hospitals need children's quilts, hospice needs quilts to give to family members in time of a death in the family. You might make some new friends and feel good by helping others who are not blessed with as much as you are with fabrics. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and we all are unique and different.

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    I used to give it our church rummage sale but someone seemed to always pull it out and save it for me to make something for our fall bazaar. So it came home again because I didn't want to hurt their feelings. Now I give it to the Salvation Army or Rescue Mission thrift stores.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltingNinaSue View Post
    I have 'gifted' or 'paid forward' fabric to other quilters and have reaped wonderful surprises in return. I did ask the individuals in advance on what they wanted or they stated what they were looking for and we both was very happy. I cannot imagine using fabric I paid $11.00 a yard to use as a $5.00 mop. But to each his own, is what the old maid said that kissed a cow., or so my grandmother told me. Charities always need fabric, as local ports of charities do also....hospitals need children's quilts, hospice needs quilts to give to family members in time of a death in the family. You might make some new friends and feel good by helping others who are not blessed with as much as you are with fabrics. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and we all are unique and different.
    Thank you for your opinion on what I should be doing with my "mistakes". As you say, we are different. I was curious as to other's solutions. I do give a lot to charity - just not my ugly fabric.

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    Chenille has several layers that virtually dont show the pattern or motif... hee hee

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    Quote Originally Posted by TanyaL View Post
    Thank you for your opinion on what I should be doing with my "mistakes". As you say, we are different. I was curious as to other's solutions. I do give a lot to charity - just not my ugly fabric.
    Tanya and I must think the same.....LOL

    We don't want to be known as the women who only give away ugly fabrics. haha

    I usually avoid buying ugly fabric. Although I have a couple of them lurking about the closet somewhere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheepshed View Post
    Chenille has several layers that virtually dont show the pattern or motif... hee hee
    Since the question was "What do you do with fabric in your stash that you despise?" Then your answer is you make chenille out of it? Clever woman!

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    I really like the saying...use what you have. My daughter just shakes her head at my collection of fabric. I am sure she is thinking she and her brothers will inherit it one day. I can imagine them taking it all to the dump.

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    The really strange thing about ugly fabric is no one agrees on the definition. I have seen fabric so ugly I thought it was a joke, yet other quilters loved it.

    I don't suppose I'd give away ugly fabric either unless someone happened to see it and said they liked it.

    There was at one time an ugly fabric contest here on the board. That was pretty funny. You had to wonder who designed some of that stuff.

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    My sewing guild has a sale every year, I rent a space, and sell all my stash that I no longer like and am scratching my head wondering why did I buy THAT!
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Size:  1.48 MBNot a great picture but this has some really ugly fabric in it. Pattern free from Bonnie hunter's website

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    I have no idea(??) where some of this fabric came from that I have..NO WAY, I purchased it! Anyway, what I use it for is to practice some blocks I never did before. Funny thing..last block I practiced, I ended up loving!! and made my Aunt a lap quilt.

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    Yep, I cut it up and use in a scrap quilt. Sometimes I will also donate to goodwill or I give to a friend who can gets creative with it. Never goes to waste.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    Bonnie Hunter says there is no ugly fabric! You just aren't cutting it small enough. Check out her www.quiltville.com site for wonderful scrappy quilts.
    Ditto - cut into small enough pieces and you won't enough notice it!

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    Your definition of ugly will not be tha same as someone else's. that has been proven on this quilting board many times. M. The group that I am in inherited some pretty ugly fabrics- we have cut them into strips and made string type quilts- they turn out beautiful. Not to tell you what to do with your stuff, but if you posted pictures of your stash that you despise, I'd be willing to bet that someone here would like it! You could always cut up old clothes for your paint rags of mops.
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    I plan to cut strips ans make rag rugs.

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    If you belong to a quilt guild take the stuff you don't like and give it to others. It really helps those who are on fixed incomes to build a decent stash and what you don't like may be just what someone else is looking for. Or if you know someone who does charity sewing you might inquire as to whether your fabrics would be useful to them. Seems like a waste to use it in a mop.

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    Some of the fabric I no longer like I donated to Ronald McDonald house the rest I make into donation quilts. I donate them to all kinds of places. Who ever I find that sounds like a good place to donate one gets it when I have one finished. Homeless shelters, pregnancy centers etc are always thrilled to get them I donated one to a pregnancy center they liked it and put it in their auction. It brought quite a bit of money. Salvation Army here has teamed up with Toys for Tots and passes out dolls at Christmas. Each little girl gets a doll with a doll quilt. I made 25 and am using them to practice FMQ for the online class I am going to take.

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    How about a stash swap. Make it a social event with all your quilting/sewing friends. Everyone has fabrics they aren't crazy about but it's very interesting to see how many people love a fabric that you don't and you might end up with something you love.

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    Pardon my surprise, quilting friends, but I am astonished at how many of you are unhappy with my personal choices of what to do with fabric I don't like. Regas and Iclang, I live far in the country and do not belong to any quilting organization, nor is there one that I know of within driving distance. For instance I drive 25 miles to a grocery store.
    None of my friends quilt. I got this particular few yards of mixed prints in a good buy when I bought a loveseat in New Orleans. The fabric, about 30 yards of mixed types was thrown in for $20. It included some cotton, some chiffon, some upholestry. Swifter mop pads cost about $5 a yard when you work out the square inch cost, so I am saving money using this ugly fabric. I am myself on a fixed income. The painting the I am doing are commission paintings and the cotton rags are much, much better than paper towels. Therefore the ugly fabric used for painting rags is contributing to earning money. Sewmom, I do not cut up old clothes because I prefer cotton for these mop cloths and painting rags and I do not wear cotton; I wear blends since I try to not iron very much. Blends will not soak up water and are useless to mop with and make terrible rags for oil paints. Until I decided to use my ugly fabric I was buying cheese cloth for painting and the Swifter Mop Pads. All in all, I think using the ugly, ugly cotton prints is a big savings for me and an excellent way to use that fabric. Please remember ugly fabric is not sacred for the use of quilts only.

    The only way I'll drop 10 pounds is to go shopping in England. - Maxine-

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