Saturday, January 9, 2016

Ugly fabric versus special fabric

The minute I call this the ugly fabric, I know someone will say they like it/ have it/ want it/ or designed it!  But this is the ugliest fabric in my closet!  And it is not an old one, even though it reminds me of a 1950's kitchen counter.  I was gifted this along with some other finds from an estate sale by my bargain hunting daughter.  Included in her find that day was a partial bolt of white cotton....perfect for backing.
   I never refuse fabric.....but what would I do with this ugly hunk?





  It landed on the back of this month's Let's Book It project....which is almost finished.   I can't imagine this on the front of any quilt.  For sure, I will not a make circle with it...LOL.

  Anyone else got some really awful and ugly fabric in their stash?










   A special circle fabric.....I could not resist this fabric.  So I ordered enough for a special pillowcase for Remy for his birthday.  Now his dad won't have to bribe him  so he can wash the Star Wars pillowcase.   I know he will be so proud of it with his name in bold letters.
   Of course, there was enough left over to include in the Quilty 365 :)

   I have binding to finish on the string/coin quilt.....I got sidetracked on a smaller project.  Neither one got finished after I bent over and my back went into spasms.  So I am heading to the recliner and Sir Old Man is prepping soup for dinner.   A little rest and I will be back.   Happy stitching.  

11 comments:

  1. I too use ugly fabric on the back of a quilt. However, I have used some ugly stuff on the front of a quilt too. If it's cut up, no one notices and mixed with other fabrics, it just kind of blends in.

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  2. I hope your back is better soon! Bonnie always says you just have to cut ugly fabric into small pieces, but sometimes it's a challenge to make the pieces small enough!

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  3. Oh yes, those yard sale bags will always yield at least a couple of uglies! But there's always a place for them, even if it's just a quilted kitty quilt. Remy's fabric is great!

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  4. I agree that is ugly fabric and I think I had some in a different color which was ugly but not as bad as yours. At least you know where it came from, I have a theory about ugly fabric traveling from person to person until someone finally uses it.

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  5. Hahaha. I use my ugly fabrics as backing also. I hate to see them go to waste.

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  6. Ha Ha--it does look like something from the 50s, doesn't it? But, hey, it makes a great backing. : )
    I've parted with most of my really ugly stuff, but I'm sure I could still come up with something.

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  7. Uglies are good for backs of wallhangings - it faces the wall and no one sees it - or makes for very interesting bindings. And there is the theory of cut it small - skinny strings that give character.

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  8. ;-) it sure is ugly. But you are lucky if you have only 1 in your closet.
    I use those ugly one in wallhangings, backside of course and inside pillows.
    But I´m sure even this ugly fabric turns to pretty work in your hands.

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  9. To be fair. That fabric looks good as a backing!
    And a great circle - despite the gun lol

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  10. I love the color red but had what I thought was some ugly red fabric. I made it into a rope bowl & it turned out so pretty. Your ugly fabric worked perfect for the backing. Remy is going to love the pillow case.

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  11. This would fit right in with some of today's modern fabrics! Just last night I was browsing high end fabric online and saw the same colorway several times, and the same kind of shapes, too.

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