Not long ago I put out a call for ugly fabrics. But I didn’t want just ugly fabrics, I wanted yoogly fabrics: the ones that are so bad you can’t stand to look at them. I said that once the yooglies came in, we’d have a giveaway of yoogly fabrics.
Funny thing happened. I got some yoogly fabrics but in most of the packages, a note was included that said something like, “Please don’t put my name in the drawing for yoogly fabric.” Well I never!
Of course someone would take exception to my declaration that the corn fabric above was yoogly. Not only did my friend Anita Grossman Solomon beg to differ, she sent a photo of her quilt containing this fabric! Not an ugly quilt, not by a long shot.
And the “I Spy” theme was perfect for the corn fabric. Goes to show that sometimes you just need the perfect project for a yoogly to feel right at home.
It’s been great fun to have the fabrics arrive in my mailbox. The accompanying notes have entertained me, too.
Debbie Gibbs from Greenwood, Arkansas sent this rust fabric with a Southwest-type theme. She said, “I know—beauty is in the eye of the beholder—but I just find this massively yoogly!” The gold squares are about 2″ wide.
My friend Kaye Mattson from Chapman, Nebraska was the first to respond to the yoogly call. “Here’s my yoogliest fabric,” said Kay, “I’m happy to send it to a good home!”
Pat Vetterlein from Snohomish, Washington sent two small floral fabrics. “Seems I don’t have any fabrics as yoogly as your strange, yet somehow appealing, ears of corn,” she mused. She doesn’t think these prints will ever make it into one of her quilts, unless she wins them back. (Brave woman to enter the giveaway, don’t you think?)
Terri Costa was a member of QM’s 2011 Back to School sewing team. She sent two fabrics. I actually like the green one below.
The second fabric, below, made me realize something: there are fabrics that don’t look great once you pull them out of their collection. They need friends surrounding them to make it all work.
I think this fabric is one of those.
The fabric below traveled the greatest distance to be counted among the yooglies.
This beauty from Inge Christensen was sent from Denmark. Inge gets a big thumbs up for her determination to participate! She points out that her yoogly was a gift from a family member (!) and continues, “I have tried using it up in narrow strips in string blocks, as crumbs in crazy blocks and as backing and binding fabric. This last piece is all that is left. And now that it is with you, I am finally rid of it!” She sounds like a determined lady, doesn’t she?!
Notice that it’s cheater cloth. So maybe we should cut it some slack, because at least it’s trying.
Barb Johnson from Verona, Pennsylvania sent a generous fat quarter of this fabric, saying, “I just can’t imagine what I could make from this. Even if I apply Bonnie Hunter’s rule about cutting it small enough, it is STILL ugly!”
This fabric is like art. I would have trouble cutting into it, but not because I think it’s ugly. I think it’s got so much going for it that I would hate to disrupt the party. To each his own, right?
Lynda Parker from Maple Valley, Washington sent this rusty red fabric with tiny rectangles. I’ve actually met Lynda in person! She came to Quiltmaker’s Block Party last spring in Portland so it was really nice to hear from her again.
I don’t think this one’s too bad, but Lynda said, “I must have thought this was nice at some point, but it has proved itself unusable in my studio. I think I did bind something with it once…”. I think binding would be a good place for this fabric, Lynda!
Anita Grossman Solomon (same designer who used the corn fabric effectively) sent me these cats on Millenium fabric, saying she thinks they are creepy. And seeing the cats in the zeroes makes me think “2000 cats,” the kind of thing you’d see on Hoarders.
Claudia Rollins went digging in her stash in Colfax, Washington and found “a lot of history of the last 25 years, as well as these three ‘winners’.” She hopes that whoever wins these fabrics will use them for donation quilts to animal shelters.
Each of Claudia’s fabrics had a note attached. On the fabric above, the note said, “This was used in a 4th of July shirt…Never worn.”
On the food fabric above, the note said, “This was used to make a 4th of July dress and I wore it to a parade. Long story about the parade.” This made me laugh out loud. Claudia must have had an extensive 4th of July wardrobe over the years!
I think the challenge of this fabric is its enormous scale. Look at my hand and you can see the boldness of it all.
But I saved the best for last. Have you ever seen golfing cows—large golfing cows?
Claudia’s note on this one was classic. “I made my ex…some boxers out of this.” Gotta wonder if the guy still has them.
While I waited for other people’s yooglies to arrive, I checked my own stash. The fabric below definitely caught my eye. The brown spots are supposed to be chocolates, because the fabric is about I Love Lucy and her famous scene in a chocolate factory. Do you see how a fabric taken out of context can be less effective and less attractive?
And one last fabric for the yoogly giveaway. These animals seem a little disturbed. Not something I’d ask my grandbaby to cuddle up with!
What’s interesting is why each of these quilters, me included, kept these fabrics for years, when by our own admission, they don’t appeal to us. Who knows? Maybe it’s because we just love our fabric. And if I had to choose between yoogly fabric and no fabric at all, it’s clear that I’d take the yooglies any day.
Giveaway! Please leave a comment below by midnight Friday, Sept. 27 for your chance to win the yooglies. And because we want you to love your loot, of course we’ll put some lovelies in the box as well.
The winner of the Yoogly Fabric Giveaway is Maree. Thanks so much for sending me your yooglies, everyone!