Yoogly Fabric Giveaway

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.

  Yoogly Fabric Giveaway

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!

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Anita Grossman Solomon made this “I Spy” quilt for a young friend in 2001. It has my yoogly corn fabric in it.

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.

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Detail of Anita’s I Spy quilt with the corn fabric—looks pretty good!

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.

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Yoogly from Debbie Gibbs; Greenwood, Arkansas

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.

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Yoogly from Kaye Mattson; Chapman, Nebraska

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!”

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Yoogly #1 from Pat Vetterlein; Snohomish, Washington

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?)

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Yoogly #2 from Pat Vetterlein

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.

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Yoogly #1 from Terri Costa; Los Gatos, California

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.

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Yoogly #2 from Terri Costa

I think this fabric is one of those.

The fabric below traveled the greatest distance to be counted among the yooglies.

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Inge Christensen’s yoogly traveled all the way from Denmark to me in Bladen, Nebraska.

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!”

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Yoogly from Barb Johnson; Verona, Pennsylvania

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.

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Yoogly from Lynda Parker; Maple Valley, Washington

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!

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Yoogly from Anita Grossman Solomon; New York, New York

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.

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Yoogly #1 from Claudia Rollins; Colfax, Washington

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.”

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Yoogly #2 from Claudia Rollins

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!

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My hand gives you an idea of the large scale of this fabric.

I think the challenge of this fabric is its enormous scale. Look at my hand and you can see the boldness of it all.

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Yoogly #3 from Claudia Rollins

But I saved the best for last. Have you ever seen golfing cows—large golfing cows?

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The scale of the cows adds to their yoogliness.

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?

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Lucy fabric taken out of context doesn’t work as well.

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!

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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!



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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252 Responses to Yoogly Fabric Giveaway

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  2. Sharon Judkins says:

    I actually have some of that fabric with the cows playing golf!! How funny! It was given to me in a bag of stuff from someone’s grandmother’s storage building. I washed it up with the rest of the fabric. I have never seen anything like it until now.

  3. Maree says:

    Woohoo! I’m thrilled to be the winner! Can’t wait to see the yooglies I receive! Thank you so very much! ☺

  4. Leanne says:

    What a fun giveaway! Some of those floral fabrics aren’t bad at all, and the July 4th ones would at least work for an I Spy quilt!

  5. Alma says:

    The red & green floral & the green leaves look very 30′ish but I may be wrong.

  6. Alma says:

    Some of the larger prints might be good for Stack & Whack!!! That way the only thing that really shows is the color.

  7. Louise Cheever says:

    I do think if you cut it small enough…………well maybe.

  8. Cher says:

    I’m taking a rug weaving class and these would be great because all you can see is the color. But I really have to wonder who would design golfing cows!!!!!!

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  10. Karen T. says:

    The green is not so bad.

  11. Denise says:

    I actually made a pillow out of the cows and it came out really nice. I love the odd and strange prints, they make great projects. I would love the one with the bulls on it. I could make a great project with it.

  12. Teresa Freeman says:

    I actually like the disturbed animal print, and sadly had some of that golfing cow print. :-(

  13. Judy Hotmer says:

    What a hoot! I agree some are really bad, but not all. I would love the challenge of doing something with these. Thanks for a fun contest and being able to see that’s all of us purchase ugly fabric at times.

  14. LeeAnn says:

    I actually think the animal one is kinda cute! but some of the others………….! enter me anyway!

  15. Ginger says:

    Ha! The weird eyed animals make me laugh! Some of these would make fun, silly gifts for friends. Ha!

  16. Thunder says:

    I missed the call for yooglies :( darn. Could have sent you a few. I do like a few of these. And could probably manage to come up with some use for the others. A fun giveaway . Thanks.

  17. Rita McCart says:

    Ireally like the two small floral prints, especially the pink and grey.

  18. Jean McMurry says:

    These are so bad I really hope I don’t win this one. But I could make some pillows for the local Humane Society shelter’s cages.

  19. Andrea Harles says:

    Wow I love those weird zombie animals. What fun you could have with them!

  20. Nik says:

    got to love yoogly fabric!

  21. Joan Lee says:

    Not all of these fabrics are ugly.

  22. Ellie says:

    What fun! I know I have some real yooglies in my stash, different from these but notable nonetheless ! I’d like to add these to the stash as I think they could be used in some kids quilts because they are so strange.

  23. Peg says:

    I think I’ve seen some of these!

  24. I love all of the yooglies! With the right neighbors, they would be welcome additions in a quilt, “Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood.”

  25. Jane Lanham says:

    I’m actually looking for fabric to crochet into rag rugs. What better way to use yoogly fabric!

  26. craftytammie says:

    I actually like those florals! And I have several yooglies in my stash, unfortunately. I have made cage comforters for the local shelter. I figure a shelter cat on a cute blanket is more likely to get adopted! It’s a easy way to use up that fabric you don’t want for, well, anything else.

  27. Dorris Dale says:

    I actually have the corn fabric. I think it is cute, but it is a challenge to come up with a good use for it. I made an insulated food carrier to give as a gift from it.

  28. Lori Huffman says:

    Some of these fabrics are truly yooglie but there are one or two that look ok to me. The yooglie ones would be a challenge to use but if you follow Bonnie Hunter, she says if it’s still ugly, you just haven’t cut it small enough. She does a lot of scrap quilts and uses a scrap users system to organize her stash. She uses strips and crumbs that most people would toss. I think we could all find ways to use this fabric!

  29. Wanda Flory says:

    Bring it on! I’ll make something!?!

  30. Claudia says:

    The golfing cows were sleeping shorts/boxers. They never left the house.

  31. Marie McNichols says:

    Not all of these fabrics are terrible! As one said, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I think the key is to find complimentary fabrics. Heck – they could even be used for binding. I wouldn’t turn down any of them.

  32. Rockgranny says:

    Some of them are cute, like those with little flowers.

  33. Angie says:

    I already have a pattern in mind. Oh, and my mom (Terri) gave some and I think it would be funny to get it back!! (Shhhhh…she doesn’t know I entered)

  34. Connie Cain says:

    I am so hard up for fabric, I would LOVE to win, lol. :)

  35. Myrtle Guild says:

    I just love them all. Would love to win any one of them.

  36. Karyn Ashley-Smith says:

    Some of them weren’t THAT bad (I mean, I’m entering, right? LOL!) This was fun! Thank you so much for sharing!

  37. Debra says:

    Beauty is definitely in the eye of the beholder. I really like some of those fabrics, I’m sure I’ve got worse ones hiding in my stash. Fun to see the entrants, thanks for sharing them.

  38. Claudia says:

    Your barnyard “yooglies” are staring at all those golfing cows. That’s what happens when you have too many of Lucy’s chocolates. (Oh, I’m rolling on the floor.) These “prizes” were stuffed in my SCRAP stash, not polluting my regular stash.

    As a contributor to this collection, I do think it would be most honorable of me to relinquish any possiblity of winning all these goodies to another participant.

  39. Emily C says:

    Very interesting collection. There are some that are amusing, like the golfing cows. I actually liked several of them, esp. the small roses.

  40. Robin Corzilius says:

    some of them are kind of cute

  41. Darlene Crosby says:

    wow, I am not usually a lucky person, but I may Just be Lucky enough to win this “assortment”, lol! I am sure I could find a good use for any of these, thanks for the chance to WIN!

  42. Jody says:

    I had to LAUGH at many but I choked and SPIT my coffee on the screen when I got to the cows on drugs..do you think they just had a bit of extra in their feed that day?? LOLOLOL

    I am not sure what my reaction would be if I won. I suspect many of these charmers would go into my ‘overdye’ pile, but we would have to see. If nothing else, thanks for giving me a GREAT laugh!


  43. liz says:

    Wow, just looking at these fabrics makes me think i must have some yooglies in my stash, when i get home i have a big job ahead of me! Thanks for the incentive!! ;-)

  44. Michelle Young says:

    OMG! I love these yooglie fabrics, especially the deranged farm animals! I also like th t art fabric and can think of ways to use it. I really hope I win one of these. Thanks for the giveaway!

  45. Iris Jasperson says:

    Interestingly enough…I find most of these fabrics adorable!

  46. Cathy says:

    Just my luck…this is probably one giveaway I might just win. LOL… I have some of these fabrics. What does that say about me. Hugs

  47. Love them all…take a step back to your childhood and you just might remember some of these in something you might have seen on a mothers apron….yeah…I’d make aprons !!!!

  48. Kathy h says:

    I really enjoyed seeing those crazy fabrics. When I first saw those animals, I thought they were cute. Now that I look at it more closely, those eyes are pretty creepy. I had some of the golfing cows about 25 years ago and made a shirt for my nephew. Crazy times!

  49. Denise Yanus says:

    I would LOVE to have that Golfing Cows fabric! My sister & I took a trip to Ireland. Every time she took a picture of the beautiful pasture scenes, she got cows with their backs to the camera! We all loved the pictures and have mercilessly harassed her with a cross-stitch panel, fabric with cows, MORE pictures, etc.

  50. Sue Berndt says:

    Yooglies are perfect for the ‘I Spy’ quilts my grandbabies love so much! I will have to share the ‘Yoogly’ with them :-)

  51. Maree says:

    Oh, I absolutely love seeing these yooglies! :-) What a super fun idea and giveaway! Beauty really is in the eye of the beholder. :-)

  52. Deb King says:

    Please put me in the drawing

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