Yoo-gly Fabric Roundup

I have rarely met a fabric I didn’t like. But last week as I was going through some Quilter Piles* at my house, I came across this.

 Yoo gly Fabric Roundup

My yoogliest fabric ever–and I’m even from Cornhusker country, where we put up with all kinds of ugly corn stuff. But even we have our limits.

I hope I won’t offend anyone if I say I think it’s the most hideous fabric I have ever seen.

But it gave me an idea. Why don’t we have a round up of Hideous Quilting Fabric? If you have some, you can send a sample to me and it will be included in the Roundup. And I’m not just talking ugly. I want yoogly! Let me explain. Yoogly is more than just ugly. It’s YOO-gly.

turkeys Yoo gly Fabric Roundup

I’m not passing judgment on this turkey fabric but I found it on Pig Tales and Quilts, where the author called it ugly.

I’ll write a blog post (which may or may not be humorous, we’ll see) and show you the most hideous ones I get. And then we’ll have a giveaway and one lucky (?) reader will get all the yoogly fabrics to play with.

questionmark Yoo gly Fabric Roundup

Spotted on Craftster, made by Lucinda879. Featured because it’s a question mark—I’m not saying it’s in any way ugly!

Should she manage to make a quilt from them, we’ll feature it here. Does this sound like fun or what?! I’m very excited about it. I hope you’ll jump right in!

yoogly2 Yoo gly Fabric Roundup

Yoogly fabric samples may be from 10″ square up to a fat quarter. Please don’t send more than a fat quarter. Mail your yoogly fabric to me to arrive by Saturday, August 31:

Quiltmaker, c/o Diane Harris, Interactive Editor, 771 Road V, Bladen NE 68928
I can’t tell you how excited this makes me. We are going to have so much fun with it! Just remember: your fabric will not be returned. It will go into the yoogly fabric roundup and it will go to one lucky (?) reader in a random drawing.

Of course I’m well aware that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” that “one man’s junk is another man’s treasure” and all of that. It will be fun to see how much water those adages really hold, don’t you think? I’ll see you on the other side of yoogly!

*Quilter Piles: The piles of stuff that accumulate in a quilter’s space. They can be piles of fabric, magazines, books, ideas, ephemera, embellishments, mending, ironing, bills—you get the idea. Most of us have them. Oh wow, I think Quilter Piles might be another whole blog post.

About Diane Harris

I'm an editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I wrote pattern instructions, product reviews and how-to articles. Then I spent four years as QM's Interactive Editor, working to generate much of our online content. Now I'm back to patterns and how-tos, which is a great fit for me. I still love writing about quilt-related topics for Quilty Pleasures, and I always have my finger on the pulse of the quilting world. I teach a variety of quilt classes and give guild programs, too. Reach me by email: editor@quiltmaker.com.
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31 Responses to Yoo-gly Fabric Roundup

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  2. Carolyn says:

    I did not send any yoogly but some of these I could certainly make something interesting and not ordinary.

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  4. Claudia says:

    I’ve spent the last hour at “Pigtales”. Love the doggies. Just looking at her “ugly” fabric, I have to think it is just a version of the “WalMartians” that used to arrive in my email periodically. I finally asked everyone that sent them to me to please desist–I couldn’t take anymore. AND, they are showing up at my local WM. I shudder to think I will see myself in one of those photos.

  5. Beverly L. says:

    This could be really fun! I have some hideously yoogly fabric. I will definitely be sending in a couple of pieces. Good luck to whomever the “lucky” winner is.

  6. Claudia says:

    Were you perhaps planning to make a tablecloth out of the checked corn fabric? I looks like a picnic cloth to me.

  7. I see you found my blog and that hideous turkey fabric. lol

    I host a Dare To Be Ugly Challenge on the HGTV Quilting and Needlework Forum every year and this was one of the fabrics that we used one year.

    If you would leave a live link to the blog post where the quilts and items are shown using the ugly turkey fabric, I think your readers might enjoy the post. I would appreciate the live link. :)



    This next link goes to a post where one of the challengers writes a review on the challenge ugly fabric. lol’


  8. Claudia says:

    Oh, I’m rolling on the floor. You should see what I made a dress out of —- and wore —once.

  9. Gloria P. says:

    I know I have some ugly fabric hanging around… Will find it and send a piece… winning some would be out of the comfort zone ,but also a fun challenge to use.

  10. Debra Gibbs says:

    Okay, I have some really ugly fabric…I’m in and will be mailing it out to you!! But the thought of winning ugly fabric scares me!!

  11. Ronnni Goodan says:

    Um, I’m not feeling the corn fabric, although I see where others might like it. My rule of thumb is, if I wouldn’t make a dress out of it, then I certainly wouldn’t quilt with it. I DEFINITELY would NEVER make a dress out of said corn fabric!

    In my local quilt guild we used to have an “ugly” fabric quilt competition where some “lucky” person would get UGLY fabric and make a quilt out of it. I took this on TWICE! I loved it. I could totally rock the corn fabric…


  12. Marlene says:

    As an Iowa farmgirl and after years in 4-H, I ADORE this fabric. Forget the drawing, just divvy it up among all us ear corn lovers and call it a day !!

  13. Lynda Parker says:

    I hate to tell you, but I kinda like the corn fabric too!
    I’ll search out my worst ‘what was I thinking’ and send it right to you.
    Might be fun to win the round up. It will certainly be fun to see the pictures of it!

  14. Pat Dull says:

    How big of a piece do we need to send??? Fat Quarter??

  15. Sara says:

    I totally love the corn fabric! I’ll be happy to take it off your hands!

  16. MARY A FINK says:

    Retro is back in style. Cafe curtains. Red kitchen. Make an apron out of it. Oven mitts are also good.

  17. Anne Wiens says:

    For several years, my guild had an Ugly Fabric Challenge at our annual party. Each of our guest guilds was asked to bring a yard of the ugliest fabric they could find. We exchanged them, and each guild then went home and made a quilt with another guild’s “ugly”, and brought it back to the following year’s party, returning the ugly fabric to its original guild as a beautiful quilt.

  18. carolyn white says:

    I love that corn fabric–it’s so HAPPY!!!

  19. Inge Christensen says:

    My stash certainly contains yoo-gly fabrics! Such a fun idea! Must go dig it out. And what a great way to get rid of it! ;)
    Greetings from Denmark from a new reader

  20. GLORIA S. says:


  21. melva nolan says:

    Sounds fun… of course, I immediately thought the corn fabric would be perfect for place mats, table runner or hot pads.

  22. Terri Costa says:

    You are always coming up with great ideas, Diane! And, let me be the first to say that the turkey fabric is adorable (to me!) I’ve recently “inherited” some fabrics that I’ve put aside for charity quilts because they are beyond yoogly! I’ll have to go through and find something for you (and the “lucky” winner).

  23. Mary Gilbert says:

    As a general rule I try not to purchase ugly or Yoo-gly fabric. When there is so much pretty farbic why take the time to pick out the ugly stuff? But, this challenge sounds so fun, I think I may have to look around and see if I can find something to send in.
    LOL! I hope I don’t win!

  24. Diane Harris says:

    Several people have asked if they can opt out of the drawing for the Yoogly fabric giveaway and the answer is yes. The drawing/giveaway will be held separately on a new blog post after the fabric comes in. I’ll be talking about it everywhere so you’ll be sure to hear about it—or avoid it, if that’s what you prefer. :)

  25. Sharon L. says:

    When we buy these yoogly fabric, we have such plans for it and then it will sit there maybe waiting for another fabric to go with it. While we look for that other piece of fabric, we then come across it again and say to ourself, “What was I drinking when I bought that”. LOL

  26. Terri Jones says:

    I did an ugly fabric exchange, once. I made a beautiful quilt that was shown in Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show! Boy was I surprised how that quilt came out!

  27. Diane Durrant says:

    As Bonnie Hunter says, if it’s still ugly, you haven’t cut it small enough. I can think of a myriad things to do with it – table runners, placemats, pot holders, give-away quilts, even use those uglies in scrap quilts (if pieces are small enough). I’ll have to dig through my stash. I have several fabrics that fit the Yoogly category.

  28. Barb Johnson says:

    Can we donate a yoo-gly, but opt out of the drawing? ;->

  29. Pat V. says:

    Oh, Diane, this sounds like fun. Must hunt through the stash…

  30. Dana says:

    So, we can get rid of a fat quarter of ugly fabric but there’s a chance it will come back with others of it’s kind? I have to think about this LOL.

  31. bjmonitas says:

    even so there is no argue about taste it happens that some tastes are absolutely special. Certainly that’s the case of the shown fabrics. I would like to know what can be done with therelike fabrics to turn their look from yoogly into at least normal look in a quilt? Is it possible or not and how it could be done? Kind regards bjmonitas

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