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Thread: Ugly Fabric Challenge

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    I was in a regular FQ swap once and thought I had the ugliest fabric in the group. I was so disappointed. But once I cut the FQs up I was surprised at what I could do with them. I made a patch-work tote with HSQ in the mix. It wasn't for me, but the lady I gave it to just loved it.

    So even if you your finished throw to your liking, you can always gift it. Good luck and have fun!

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    I put this challenge to myself a while back and used my ugliest fabrics (mostly from garage sale grab bags, so I never would have bought them myself) to make a strip quilt. It turned out gorgeous! Everyone who sees it says that the individual strips are indeed ugly, but seen as a whole it's a lovely quilt. Can't wait to see what you come up with!

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    ArtsyOne, was your strip quilt like the Jelly Roll Race?

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    I just b ought the 6 1/2" and the 4 1/2" Tumbler dies for my Accuquilt GO. I think I am going to use the 4 1/2" Tumbler die to make the quilt and put a bunch of other fabrics with it. It seems that I like every scrappy tumbler quilt that I see on Pinterest. And I will be able to cut the fabrics quickly.

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    if you do a small pineapple with a Creative grid template they are charming with scrappy fabric and look like you did a lot of work. I'm making one today with a friend that didn't want to take the class alone- when I looked at a utube video I was
    pleasantly surprised!

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    Our quilt club did an ugly fabric game. Each brought 1 1/4 yds of ugly fabric. We first tore our piece of fabric in half, either lengthwise or crosswise; held on to one half and put the other half at our side; and then to music, passed the one piece of fabric until music stopped, continuing to tear in half, pass one half and put the other half in the pile beside us. We then again tore it in half and continued this until we had as small a piece of fabric as around 5x7. We each took one pile of fabric home and made a lap quilt to bring back to the next meeting and we took them to the local nursing homes. We did this again with fabric suitable for babies in NNICU and gave the quilts (no larger than 36" square) to the hospital for those babies. In either case, we used only the fabric we brought home and used a quilt pattern of our own choice. Amazing how they turned out. I used Trip Around the World for one and Disappearing 9 Patch for the other.

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    I have found that that piece of ugly (in your eyes)fabric in its whole but once it's cut up & added with others, it doesn't look so bad....
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    Google "ugly quilt challenge" and you'll find some really nice results.

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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.

    Wonderful use of That fabric. No such thing as ugly fabric, just misused. Find the right place for it and Wow!
    no act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. Aesop

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    Quote Originally Posted by nativetexan View Post
    this was done from a swap with fabric sent to everyone participating. I won all the blocks. My granddtr now has it.
    This is another great use for mis matched fabrics. Bring them all together with a unifying color.
    no act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. Aesop

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    I thought of Bonnie Hunter too! She uses lots of 'ugly' fabric in her quilts, but it's small pieces rather than big pieces. I love the idea of log cabins! I think I would lean towards blocks that are typically used in scrappy quilts like log cabins, split 9 -patches etc... where you can play with color and value rather than 'print'!
    Kristi

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    Quote Originally Posted by thrums View Post
    Google "ugly quilt challenge" and you'll find some really nice results.
    I've never thought of doing this. Thanks for the idea!

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    I have participated in these challenges many times and have really enjoyed and have been amazed by people's creativity to follow the rules. We have always been allowed to add which is certainly helpful. That really ugly fabric can be used for the backing, binding, small piece fussy cut and I have even used people used the back of the fabric to tone it down. Good Luck and enjoy!

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    There is no such thing as ugly fabric. I swap with a lot of people, and I have never kicked any fabric to the curb yet. This is my latest posted on the Board as: A Shout Out about my Pixilated Quilt

    Every time I walk buy it, I have to stop and stare at a new square, and smile. The Grands check it out like it is an I Spy. Please post what you get and what you make....it is fun for all of us.

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    I haVe my four Fat quarters form the Ugly fabric challenge. I wouldn't say nay of the 4 fabrics are ugly--its' just a challenge because they are not coordinating fabrics. I am using the 4 1/2" Tumbler dies for my Accuquilt GO and adding lots of fabrics to make a scrappy quilt. I liek scrappy quilts and I am sure it will turn out wonderful.


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    As Mommiepainter said you can use the back of the fabric. Also consider tea dying the whole thing or individual pieces for consistency.

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