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    not sure if the question should be here or not but here goes it. have anybody found a really really ulgy fabric that they would not sure is something. just asking. to see how many ulgy fabrics every one has seen.

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    There are a lot of people who have 'ugly' fabric. I love it when members do the 'ugly fabric challenge'.

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    Yes, I have seen several ugly ones. My friend has purchased them.

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    I have gotten a couple in a box from a garage sale. It is amazing that the "winner" of the ugly fabric challenge manages to make a pretty quilt out of all the uglies.

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    You've heard the story about "The Ugly Duckling", right. Same thing goes for fabric!

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    Our guild did a challenge with every one purchasing the ugliest fabric they could find. My sister and I picked out the same fabric not knowing each other did it. Strange!!! However I won the fat qtrs and made a quilt. It turns out that it is my grandsons favorite quilt. LOL

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    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder ....... and ugly has proven to be the same, when posted here on the boards.

    What one disdains ........ another quilter will see beauty.

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    Oh yes there is some very ugly fabric out there!! And I own some of it!

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    ugly is relative-
    what one person finds to be horribly ugly someone else will love- and make something spectacular out of.
    next ugly swap that comes along- look through the pictures- i bet you really like a couple that others just think is the most horrible piece of fabric they've ever seen!
    happens all the time-
    and i'm sure most of us have at least one fabric that they just think is so ugly---and can not think of a thing to do with it- and hate it so much they don't even think they could pass it on---but someone out there---likes it! :) and knows what to do with it.

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    I LOVE uglies !!!!!

    Feel free to send them my way- I will use them.. They are probably my favorite fabrics.....

    Hahahaaa I even tried to do an ugly swap- was a flop.... Go figure .. :?

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    I remember when I was a younger teen and my gram came home from work with a huge bag of notions, patterns and fabric that some wonderful woman gave her to give to me. It contained yards and yards of this coarse-woven white/light blue/ugly brown plaid that I honestly tried to like (way worse than it sounds). Even then I wanted to make a blanket/quilt out of it, but just couldn't bring myself to. I can still picture it - and it still makes me cringe.

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    My daughter made a Stack N Whack from a really ugly fabric. It was very pretty when finished.

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    I did a pineapple from ugly fabrics. I had my doubts at first, but it turned out gorgeous.

    http://www.seamstobeyouandme.com/wor...pineapple1.jpg

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    You are absolutely right-it's gorgeous!!!

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    The ugly fabric challange is HILARIOUS!! I was in this years... didn't win.. Not sure if that is a good thing or not!!
    I say if you find an ugly HOLD ON TO IT!!! save it for the ugly challange.

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    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder ! I have seen some fabric that someone posted as ugly and I loved it. On the other hand, sometime one will show a fabric that they just couldn't resist and I wouldn't have it in my house! Good thing we're all different !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gramajo
    My daughter made a Stack N Whack from a really ugly fabric. It was very pretty when finished.
    I've heard it often said, an ugly fabric makese the best OBW/SAW/kaleidos!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peckish
    I did a pineapple from ugly fabrics. I had my doubts at first, but it turned out gorgeous.

    http://www.seamstobeyouandme.com/wor...pineapple1.jpg
    It is indeed beautiful ... and I'd love to see what that "ugly" was in its virgin state! Would you post a pic of it? Please? and Thanks!

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    Yes! I have made a few quilts with lots of ugly fabrics.

    I was in an ugly fabric swap once and I thought a lot of what I got was really pretty. I made a quilt from that swap that I called "Who Let the Dogs Out?" I found when working with ugly fabrics that if I put a real lousy fabric next to a bright red fabric, you barely notice the ugly one!

    I made this table toppe for my daughter with lots of old fabrics from her childhood. The 70s are known for ugly fabric. This little quilt is full of them. But they play well with newer prettier fabrics.
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-118430-1.htm

    I agree that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE
    Quote Originally Posted by Peckish
    I did a pineapple from ugly fabrics. I had my doubts at first, but it turned out gorgeous.

    http://www.seamstobeyouandme.com/wor...pineapple1.jpg
    It is indeed beautiful ... and I'd love to see what that "ugly" was in its virgin state! Would you post a pic of it? Please? and Thanks!
    Well, I don't have any of the original fabrics left, I ended up giving the scraps to a friend who wanted to replicate the quilt as best as she could. But here are some close-ups of the fabrics I used. I HATED the pinkish/green geometric fabric in the bottom triangle of the first picture.

    Somebody told me once that if you think a fabric is ugly, you haven't cut it small enough yet. :)
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    I have personally seen some very ugly fabrics used to make quilts and the quilts turned out to be some very ugly quilts!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peckish
    Well, I don't have any of the original fabrics left, I ended up giving the scraps to a friend who wanted to replicate the quilt as best as she could. But here are some close-ups of the fabrics I used. I HATED the pinkish/green geometric fabric in the bottom triangle of the first picture.

    Somebody told me once that if you think a fabric is ugly, you haven't cut it small enough yet. :)
    Shows how a lot of different fabrics come together for a beautiful finish. Your work looks very precise ... was this a PP Pineapple?

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    After looking at the different fabrics in the ugly fabric challenge, I decided that I really don't have any uglies. Does anyone remember the tiger-snake-lace fiasco? lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE
    Shows how a lot of different fabrics come together for a beautiful finish. Your work looks very precise ... was this a PP Pineapple?
    Thank you! Yes, it was paper pieced. I used the fold-and-stitch method, no ripping afterwards. I love paper piecing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peckish
    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE
    Shows how a lot of different fabrics come together for a beautiful finish. Your work looks very precise ... was this a PP Pineapple?
    Thank you! Yes, it was paper pieced. I used the fold-and-stitch method, no ripping afterwards. I love paper piecing!
    Your work was incredible .... I just started PPing this spring and discovered the precision that it creates. It is fiddly, but well worth it for the results.

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