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Thread: Ugly Fabric

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    Super Member Tussymussy's Avatar
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    We all have some of that don't we? I certainly do and it just sits there week in and week out whilst I ponder on how in the heck can I use it.

    Putting it in the trash is a sin and I would hesitate to dump it on another quilter (do we ever say no to fabric?) and it seems uncharitable to put it in a charity/thrift shop.

    So was I pleased when I spotted this!

    http://stashmanicure.blogspot.com/20...ly-fabric.html

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    Thank you for sharing. Great advice site.

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    Some interesting ideas.

    I can't say that I agree with using "ugly" fabric for the troops, though. If you wouldn't use it for yourself or use it for your best friend, why would you give it to our troops? They deserve more respect than that. Just my opinion.

    I love the pet beds.

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    Cute! Fun ideas for the ugly fabric we all own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oatw13
    Some interesting ideas.

    I can't say that I agree with using "ugly" fabric for the troops, though. If you wouldn't use it for yourself or use it for your best friend, why would you give it to our troops? They deserve more respect than that. Just my opinion.

    I love the pet beds.
    In the part about the troops it does say that it's not ugly but just fabric you don't like anymore. Also it says not fabric that you would throw away but I think they mean something you can't use anymore-maybe something that you don't have any other fabric that goes with it or something that doesn't go with your house colors or anyone you know's house colors. Even fabrics that *I* might not like or think are ugly are probably something that someone else thinks is gorgeous. And vice versa.

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    What I realized a long time ago is that there is very little truly ugly fabric. When we did an ugly fabric contest on the QB last year, for almost each fabric that someone posted as "ugly" there was a voice that said "I really like that." However, there were some REALLY UGLY BUGGERS out there. My favorite won - it was a lion, tiger, alligator print with lace (at least I think that's what it was.)

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    There have been a number of topics here about ugly fabrics. A bunch of us sent some to Patrice to make quilts out of, there was also a ugly fabric contest too. Some of the fabrics in these were beautiful to my eyes :D:D:D

    This gal has a lot of great ideas :D:D:D

    "Ugly" fabric cut into small enough pieces regains it's beauty 8-)

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    I think it was Bonnie Hunter who said that any fabric if cut small enough isn't ugly. :D

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    [quote=oatw13]Some interesting ideas.

    I can't say that I agree with using "ugly" fabric for the troops, though. If you wouldn't use it for yourself or use it for your best friend, why would you give it to our troops? They deserve more respect than that. Just my opinion.

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    Ditto, that. Also charity. Why give your dregs to charity, are they second class people?

    Some ugly fabrics would make great OBW blocks, esp. if they have lots of colors and are fairly busy...

    If all else fails, we always need some good absorbant rags for household chores!

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    This thread just reminded me, it's almost time for the Ugly Scrap Challenge. Guess I'd better contact Patrice for approval.

    Get ready ladies/gents!

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    show us your ugly fabric

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    [quote=sewbizgirl]
    Quote Originally Posted by oatw13
    Some interesting ideas.

    I can't say that I agree with using "ugly" fabric for the troops, though. If you wouldn't use it for yourself or use it for your best friend, why would you give it to our troops? They deserve more respect than that. Just my opinion.

    quote]

    Ditto, that. Also charity. Why give your dregs to charity, are they second class people?

    Some ugly fabrics would make great OBW blocks, esp. if they have lots of colors and are fairly busy...

    If all else fails, we always need some good absorbant rags for household chores!
    Most browns, unless they are in the chocolate family, I will probably think are pretty close to ugly. Are they, probably not--just not my personal preference for color. Would I put them in a charity quilt--definitely!

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    I read somewhere that you use ugly fabrics in a quilt. If they are still ugly you didn't cut them small enough! HA I think there is some truth to that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewbizgirl
    Quote Originally Posted by oatw13
    Some interesting ideas.

    I can't say that I agree with using "ugly" fabric for the troops, though. If you wouldn't use it for yourself or use it for your best friend, why would you give it to our troops? They deserve more respect than that. Just my opinion.
    Ditto, that. Also charity. Why give your dregs to charity, are they second class people?

    Some ugly fabrics would make great OBW blocks, esp. if they have lots of colors and are fairly busy...

    If all else fails, we always need some good absorbant rags for household chores!
    The article doesn't say to use your ugly fabrics for charity/troops, just ones that aren't your style anymore or that you can't use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tussymussy
    We all have some of that don't we? I certainly do and it just sits there week in and week out whilst I ponder on how in the heck can I use it.

    Putting it in the trash is a sin and I would hesitate to dump it on another quilter (do we ever say no to fabric?) and it seems uncharitable to put it in a charity/thrift shop.

    So was I pleased when I spotted this!

    http://stashmanicure.blogspot.com/20...ly-fabric.html
    Here's another, it's called "fungly-challenge", meaning Fun+Ugly! It's free, I certainly will try to do one, I have more scaps than fabrics!
    http://www.unrulyquilter.com/tutorials/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sadiemae
    Most browns, unless they are in the chocolate family, I will probably think are pretty close to ugly.
    And yet... I love almost all browns! :D

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    I sure could not use any fabric for planting in my garden.. I think there would always be a better use for it..even the local charity thrift shop where someone will find it and love their bargain..

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    Thanks for both links--I do have some older ones that aren't ugly, they just make me think, "what was I going to do with THAT! And I must have had a plan or a good sale, cuz I bought BIG pieces.(lol)

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    I've got the winner at my house. It is UUUUUUUUUGGGLLLLLLLLLLYYYY!!!

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    Please semd a picture of your ugly fabric. I have some "ugly" fabric my SIL gave me and I know someone would love it. I gave away 6 full bolts a few years ago, but kept some. It is western and southwestern themed and just not what I am interested in now. Now really ugly, just not interesting to me at this time. Maybe I should list it for sale. Maybe you should list yours. One man's treasure and all that.

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    Added to favorites! Thanks.

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    I like to make clothesline bowls. I have discovered that they are a good way to use up ugly fabric. A number of years ago I purchased fall tablecloth fabric. What was I thinking? lol I made a bowl that I use to decorate for fall. Then I took the OBW class from Maxine Rosenthal when she taught it for our quilt guild. I experimented with the fabric and made a few blocks.
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    Another way to use ugly fabric is to cut it into strips for knitted or crocheted rugs. I made the one in the picture from some of my old cloths. My grandmother cut and sewed the strips. My mom included a few of the scraps left over from making the cloths in two scrappy quilts she made for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tussymussy
    We all have some of that don't we? I certainly do and it just sits there week in and week out whilst I ponder on how in the heck can I use it.

    Putting it in the trash is a sin and I would hesitate to dump it on another quilter (do we ever say no to fabric?) and it seems uncharitable to put it in a charity/thrift shop.

    So was I pleased when I spotted this!

    http://stashmanicure.blogspot.com/20...ly-fabric.html

    She has storing fabric down to an art.It would be easy to find anything in her stash.

    :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :-D

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    Come on! One womans ugly is another womans beauty! You never know. Put it out there and see who bites! I've seen some gorgeous quilts on this site but I've also seen some quilts and fabric that I wouldn't like at all. It's all good!

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