Ugly Fabric Challenge

My local quilt guild had an ugly fat quarter exchange last month. The challenge is to make a project or quilt using at least 1/2 of the fat quarter.

Here is what I came home with:

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Here it is surrounded by fabrics in my stash that I pulled to use with it.

1-DSCN7145 2-DSCN7146Here are more fabrics that I pulled to bring in other colors. 4-DSCN71523-DSCN7150I’m overwhelmed by the number of fabrics in the second picture but I want more color.

I think I need to decide what pattern I want to use and go from there.

The plus side to this, I will get to use up fabrics in my stash that I am no longer drawn to. I don’t want to end up with an ugly quilt though.

What would you do?

Trying to make something beautiful on the journey, Jacki3

  • SandyH

    You made it work! I like your second combination a lot. That blue is unexpected but really picks up the blue-gray in the original fat quarter. How long do you have to work on it? Maybe a quick disappearing 9-patch for a wheelchair donation quilt…? The colors are even ever-so-slightly-more-masculine and I suspect donation quilts tend to be heavy on the kids/women’s side.

    • Jackie

      As the discussion on Twitter went, I am on the fence with the blue. I’m living with the colors now and hoping a pattern emerges. I have until September for a pieced showing (doesn’t have to be completed). I can also go small, but I intend to use this project to weed out my less desirable fabrics. At this point unless a need comes up otherwise, it will be a donation quilt and I agree the colors make it suitable for a masculine quilt.

      Jackie Berdych
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  • Gretchen Firestone

    I agree with Sandy – and I’m pretty sure I have some of that teal on the left in the second picture!

    I’d do something with stars so the pieces are littler. Then all that matters is color.

    • Jackie

      Thanks Gretchen for stopping by and weighing in. What was surprising in this process was seeing just how many fabrics I have that I really don’t like. Not sure where they came from, can’t believe I bought them. 🙂

      Jackie Berdych
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  • Jaye

    There is so much great fabric out there, I just don’t understand why you would want to use ugly fabric??? Challenge? JMO!

    Here is what I learned about picking fabrics: http://www.artquiltmaker.com/blog/2013/08/bill-kerr-fabric-smackdown/ What I see in your photos is many fabrics with motifs that are the same size.

    Jaye

    • Jackie

      When the challenge was first mentioned I thought they were kidding. I guess this is common in guilds??? This is my first guild but the impressive was such that it’s been done before in other guilds.

      Thanks for the link reminder, I remember reading the first time (actually more than once) trying to gain perspective.

      I have a lot to learn when it comes to putting fabrics together and while these may not excite me, I am sure I will gain a lot from the process.
      In the meantime, I have a gift certificate from my daughter to an online fabric shop and I think I am going to go to the other extreme and buy some brights as your quilt inspire me.

      Jackie Berdych
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