Tuesday, January 15, 2008

No such thing as ugly fabric

But pretty darn close. I'm sorry if some of you think this fabric is
beautiful. While I do think it would make a beautiful sarong
or Hawaiian shirt or moo-moo, I am finding it challenging to
make a quilt block.

Each year at our guild retreat (in 30 more days!), we are
instructed to make a block from a given fabric. Yes, it
is usually bordering on ugly. We get to put our name in a
hat for each block we make.
I will admit that even with the bordering-on-ugly fabric, our
retreaters come up with some very creative ways to make
them look beautiful.

This is a 12" square so you can see the pattern is quite large.
The rules for this block exchange are to make a 12" or 6" square
or a 6 x 12" rectangle. Since I am somewhat of a rebel I was
thinking about making the rectangle. I pulled some bright
fabrics (orange, turquoise, pink) last night and I think they
might actually help. So I'm off to browse the internet to
choose a block pattern. Hmmm, now that I look at it, could
I get some sort of stack & whack out of this? Maybe I'll
make the rectangle and a 12" square.

Watch me win these blocks!!!

Until next time...


Katie said...

Yep, there are some kaleidoscope possibilities there!

Linda said...

Kep that's bordering on ugly, but you'll be amazed how it'll look once cut up and stitched back together again.

Floss said...

I think if the fabric still looks ugly in the block, you haven't cut it small enough.

Patchwork Penguin said...

What guild are you in and where is the retreat? I'm in south central PA... just north of Hagerstown. Don't you just love retreating? Great time to let your hair down.

Quilty Hugs!!
Patchwork PEnguin