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Thread: Need Pattern for Ugly Fabric

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    Need Pattern for Ugly Fabric

    I can't help it, but when I find fabric at an insane price, I have to buy it. I don't even care what it looks like, I have to bring it home. I found this fabric at an estate sale back in the fall. Over 3 yards for $1.00! Now I don't have a clue what to do with it. Any pattern ideas?

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    Pinwheel, mixed with a solid color? or use as a backing for a quilt or wallhanging?

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    They say to use ugly fabric for OBW or 4PP or SAW!

    ... you might not have enough variation in the print to have the kaleidos look good.
    Count your # of repeats on the side of the fabric .... and check it out with the mirrors.
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    it may work nicely for a one block wonder. or cut it into 5" squares, add 5" solid snowball blocks.
    or....
    hey the sky's the limit- it's a nice fabric- i can think of a hundred different projects i would use it in.
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    I think the fabric is beautiful .... but each to his/her own. Breaking it up in either small squares or strips will add color to a quilt.

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    I think a 4 patch posy would work with this one!

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    It looks like a good stack n whach fabric to me.

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    Stack N Whack
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    I think it would be a nice purse and tote bag !

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    It would work for OBW but you might not get too many variations in the blocks. Use a couple of mirrors at different places on it to see if you like it. I think I might go with Warm Wishes and use blue and yellow in the pieced blocks. I think your fabric with those two added colours may look really good.
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    I think the smaller the pieces you cut, the prettier the fabric will get.

    I also don't think it's ugly, but I'm a purple person.

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    I think it would be great for a pinwheel using the purple/blue and pink colors as the opposing blades. I wouldn't use any more yellow because yellow is such a strong color and would over power the quilt. Can't wait to see what you come up with.
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    I think it would work great as a 1-1 1/2" border for a simple pattern like a 9 patch using either color on color patterns where it would pop them a wider border on the outside of it.

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    I love the fabric, what a great find. What about a Labyrinth, paired with a solid purple or green? That would look pretty as well.

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    Stack n whack would work nice.
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    i love the fabric and don't think it is at all ugly i think you could use it for anything

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    I don't know if I'd call it ugly - busy, maybe, but not ugly.

    I like to cut my ugly fabrics into small pieces. I've had great success with using ugly fabrics in log cabins or pineapple quilts with 1" wide logs. It's time-consuming, but well worth it.

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    Well when I first saw it, I thought stack-n-wack, I like it and several patterns will do it proud.
    Show us what you come up with.
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    I think it is really pretty it would make a great purse

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    lovley fabric .

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    My daughter and I were taking a Stack N Whack class. She found some really ugly fabric on sale for the class. The quilt turned out quite pretty. I mean, this was really ugly fabric. BTW, I like your fabric.

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    I love the fabric but I, too, am a purple-person. My first thought was "stack & whack", but depending on how often it repeats, you may not have enough to do anything bigger than a wall hanging or a lap throw. You could also use it as an 'inspiration' fabric and make a sampler quilt using a piece of this fabric in every square with coordinating fabrics. Rememer the quilting rule: There are no rules! Just grab a pattern and start cutting! Have fun with it and share your results.
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    I don't think it's ugly, it's just very busy! I would cut it up in 4 1/2" squares (the size of 1 flower) and then frame it (like a square in a square)

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    I like the fabric. If you have enough, maybe make a Stack-n-Whack quilt. It would look beautiful!
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