Ugly Fabric

Don’t anyone go out and buy fabrics yet.  Those measurements I shared over the weekend were “about” what it will be.  I have to finish the top I’m working on now before I can cut out the QFAH and test it.  I’m hoping to get started today and have some firm numbers and maybe a picture by Tuesday or Wednesday.

Some days I really wonder about myself.  I’ve come to the conclusion that I don’t like pretty fabric.  I seem to like the stuff that no one else wants.  Maybe that explains that boyfriend I had through high school and college but . . let’s not go there!  Good thing I don’t have any great aspirations to be a fabric designer, huh?

I’ve had this fabric for a while.

It’s really uglier in real life than in this picture.  But, I really, really like it but I can’t come up with anything to go with it.  I drag it out and try to put it in every quilt I make.  I have a bit over 3-1/2 yards, which makes it perfect for the dark background for the next QFAH.  I must’ve ordered it online because had I bought this one in person, I’d probably have 7 yards of it.  Maybe I like it so much that I just can’t use it.

That’s not the only ugly fabric I have.  Look what I came up with trying to find fabrics for the QFAH.

Maybe I just need to accept that not every quilt I make has to be green!

This next QFAH is going to be another quilt to go to the orphanage in Houma, LA so I doubt the quilt police will be doing any heavy duty inspection of my color choices but this might work for my light and dark backgrounds.

I still have time to change my mind! 🙂


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    My first thought was it was ugly. LOL. But when you pulled it into the line-up, it looks great. Just goes to show there is no such thing as ugly fabric!

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    pdudgeon says

    yep i like your uglies too! the tan in the last pic looks a little bit like leather. bet that would be great in a Western quilt!

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    I have to say that I like both these fabrics. They have texture and character. I read somewhere that every quilt should have one “ugly” fabric in it. Somehow they kind of dissapear and just make the quilt more interesting.

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    Eve says

    Ummmm, I’m not seeing ‘ugly’ here. I like all of those fabrics, and have to say that that first one is really one of my favorites. It’s definitely one I’d LOVE to have yardage of. LOL!!

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    QM Judy says

    Judy – those mottled browns would be great in a rag fur jacket – Ami Simms has a good pattern.
    I made one twenty years ago (a different pattern!) and still wear it often. Looks kind of leather-y.

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    I don’t know if your pattern has room for one more farbric or not but to me that group is screaming for a dark burgendy or Navy even…? maybe as an accent?

    I’m sure if anyone can pull it off with making all of these look fabulous together, it’s you! 🙂

    and that last pic, I made it bigger to look and i think that one on the right is one I used in a baby quilt a long time ago and to this day, I regret it b/c that yellow sashing makes my quilt so ugly… but it was leftover from a backing and so I used what I had… *sigh*

    ~~~~and by the way your post today about your adoption really touched me. I think every mom, or woman who wants to be mom, has their very own unique story to tell… and I am so happy you shared yours. 🙂

    Love from Texas! ~bonnie

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    I don’t know how you get so much done. I’m looking forward to seeing the new project although the last one is still on my to do list and at the rate I’m traveling I won’t get to it this year!