Do you have fabrics in your stash that make you wonder "WHAT WAS I THINKING?!?" They could be fabrics in colours or prints which you don't really like, but were on sale, or given to you by a well meaning friend. They could be poor quality fabrics which have never been 'quite right' for a project. Or you just had a brain spasm and had to have them, but ended up with buyers remorse.
However they arrived in my stash, they're not to my taste, so I'm calling these my 'ugly' fabrics. I went to a class one time and the tutor showed us a quilt she'd made, all with her 'ugly' fabrics. It was a series of NY Beauty blocks and though the fabrics weren't pretty on their own, the quilt was altogether stunning.
In the hope of getting my sew-jo back, I grabbed a few pieces from my stash to make something. It was never going to be a stunning work, just something to get back into the rhythm of sewing and pressing and trimming etc...
I decided to make a large hot pad for my dining table. I cut 4" squares and sewed them together randomly. I pieced the back with more 'ugly' fabric. I then sandwiched it with 2 layers of cotton batting for extra heat resistance.
Its been raining (again), so I enjoyed sitting at my machine in front of the window and slowly quilting this hot pad with a wavy stitch. It's got a lovely texture and will be extra crinkly when I wash it every time someone spills food on it.
Do you have 'ugly' fabrics in your stash?
Want to join me in using them up?
Would an little "ugly" swap be something you'd want to participate in?
Possibly make something small for a swap partner with your ugly fabrics.
Leave a comment or send me an email. If we have the numbers, let's share the Ugly!