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Thread: Friends don't let friends buy ugly fabric.

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    Super Member Eddie's Avatar
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    Or do they? When my wife and I were shop hopping the last couple of days she asked my opinion about several of the fabrics she was contemplating, and I told her honestly what I thought about them. Some we're just ugly for specific reasons, and others would be difficult to work with, etc. Of course, all just my opinion. She went ahead and bought some, put back others.

    So, when you're shopping with friends, do you give an honest opinion when they ask you what you think about it? Or do you just say "Oh, that's lovely." and move on with pawing through the bolts?

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    I tell them straight out, isn't that what friends are supposed to do? just like clothes, if it doesn't look good, I tell them...

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    Be honest.

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    I sure do

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    I tell them they way it is.

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    I try to be honest and tell them what I think, but then again that's my opinion. What they do next is up to them. Usually, my facial expression says it all :) It's like your situation, when my daughter says something is ugly or she doesn't like it, I either buy it anyway or move on. At least she's honest!

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    be honest.
    Once something is made and the picture is posted we usually say nice things about some awful things... but if you can prevent someone from making that awful thing in the first place, it is the thing to do!!

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    I tell em. But, more than once I see that ugly fabric in a quilt that is breathtaking-beautiful. So what do I know?

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    If I am shopping with friends I tell them what I think, but if the quilt is already done I shut up. I guess is beautiful for someone besides the designer.

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    I give my honest opinion and ask them what they're going to use the fabric for and leave the decision up to them to buy or not to buy?? I would also want them to do the same for me!

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    Yes, if they ask for my opinion.

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    I would be honest, but I have bought what I consider "ugly" because I know it will be perfect for something I am making for someone else. For instance, my mother loves anything smothered in roses in pinks and mauves...not my thing at all but I have recently purchased yards of the stuff. Guessing it's going straight to Mum when it's done.

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    I'm honest, but if they love it they will buy it anyway.

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    A true friend will always give an honest answer, whether it be positive or negative. I always say if I don't like something; and agree to disagree.

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    I tell them it isn't my taste, I want to be honest with the,just in case they were thinking of making me something.

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    I would tell a friend if they were thinking about an article of clothing that it didn't look good on them, but all of us have different opinions about what's ugly and what's not, so I would say you gave her your honest opinion but she obviously didn't think it was so ugly. My personal opinion here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie
    Or do they? When my wife and I were shop hopping the last couple of days she asked my opinion about several of the fabrics she was contemplating, and I told her honestly what I thought about them. Some we're just ugly for specific reasons, and others would be difficult to work with, etc. Of course, all just my opinion. She went ahead and bought some, put back others.

    So, when you're shopping with friends, do you give an honest opinion when they ask you what you think about it? Or do you just say "Oh, that's lovely." and move on with pawing through the bolts?
    My SIL (my closest quilting buddy) and I have completely different tastes in fabrics and blocks. I just try to look at fabric from her point of view and she does the same for me. If I really don't like it at all I tell her and I hope she does the same for me!!

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    I love ugly fabrics, but I bet you already knew that.

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    My belief is...if they didnt want my opinion, they wouldnt ask so I tell them...IF they dont ask, I keep opinion to myself lol.

    Margie

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    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

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    My friends and I are always honest about fabric. The three of us have completely different tastes in fabric, so usually we just say, "Yep, that looks like you!" But what we have discovered is that something we thought was ugly (usually) turns out really nice when it's put with other fabrics in a quilt. And even if I don't like the fabric in a quilt, there's always something nice I can say about the quilt! I can admire the pattern, the quilting, the way the fabrics match so well, etc.

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    I guess I'm the only one here that doesn't tell my honest opinion. :) I have the worst time with speaking my mind or giving opinions. I worry so much about hurting another's feelings. I live by "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all." :)

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    I do when I am with my friends and they tell me their opinions as well. However, we all have our different likes and dislikes and different tastes. I have seen them buy some fabrics I though questionable and they have turned them into gorgeous quilts!!!

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    I would tell them the truth if they ask me , but it's really up to them,after all it's there world and they see it how they want to.

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    Now that I think about it again, I went to my quilt show the other day and asked for some ugly fabric. I called it a "what were they thinking" fabric. I was teaching my trapunto class and wanted to show them a sample of Shadow Trapunto. My idea was to show them how to soften up a little bit a loud or ugly fabric. They loved it.

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