U-L-G-Y! You Ain't Got No Alibi-You Ugly (Fabric Challenge!)

My local quilt guild, the Northwoods Quilters, has been having quilt challenges. The first one was a crayon (color) challenge and this one is call the "Ugly Fabric Challenge." Anyone who wanted to participate brought to a meeting an "ugly" fat quarter. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and some of the fats were nasty ugly and some were pretty to me! We put all the fat quarters in a container and without looking we selected a fat quarter to make a small quilt, purse, hat etc. We had three months to complete this project and the reveal is at tomorrow's guild meeting! I chose 2 ugly fat quarters and in the first photo the large paisley fabric is kind of ugly! The color is a bit dull to me and the scale of the fabric is large and somewhat hard to work with especially if you are cutting it into small triangles etc. I used it as the dress fabric and then tried to downplay it with an interesting background fabric and the great hand-dyed orange velvet for the woman's hair. I "blinged" it up with some rhinestones, a leather button with some glitter nail polish and some other glitter nail polish for the woman's "make-up." I think the orange hair is now the focal point and the paisley dress is not prominent at all.

This is the second piece I did and I blogged about it in my last post. I sometimes will use a quilt twice for challenges if at all possible. The ugly fabric (the binding fabric) was not ugly to me at all. I love dotted fabric and black and lime green. I was then just making a quilt. I used this fat quarter piece in my Dresden Plate quilt for demonstrating value but it was too big for this challenge. I did this quilt for a online art quilt recycling challenge and it was really about the lames and special occasion fabrics. I love this little quilt that is 11.5" x 16.5" because it is a pop art princess and has a 1960s vibe which I love!
All of the Ugly Challenge Fabric Quilts will be in an exhibit August 26-Sept. 29 in Menominee, MI at Spies Public Library Gallery. This exhibit is free to the public during normal library hours.
I can't wait for the reveal to see how all the guild members interpreted their ugly fat quarter(s!)
 
 

The Woman With The Belted Dress x Two

This is a pattern I drew up and used for a several quilts a few years ago. I like the asymmetrical placement of the woman, the long hair and the halter dress. When I first designed it the woman was very thin. I thought "who looks like that?" and I added curves to the poor thing so she looked like a real woman! I added the belt because it was fun to accessorize and I can use more fabric!! That is the back story of this design.
Today I used this pattern to make these two wall hangings for two separate reasons. The quilt in the first photo is for a fundraiser in my community for the local free clinic. I want to contribute a donation to this worthy cause. The dress fabric is a hippy psychedelic fat quarter I picked up on my journeys and simply could not put it in another quilt where it seemed appropriate. But my lady could wear it as her dress! I have fallen in love with chevrons and this background fabric was a great contrast to the red hair and the dress. I added red glitter to the hair, glitter nail polish to the eyes and lips (makeup!) and rhinestones for jewelry. I did not add a flower to her hair because I felt there was enough activity with the patterns of the various fabrics and it would have looked too busy. I have to part with this quilt next week. :(
 
Quilt number two is for my local quilt guild's next challenge on using someone else's "ugly" fabric! I randomly picked the large paisley print. Not the worst fabric in the world but large! I liked the blue/orange combination and ran with that. I chose the paisley as the dress and had this great hand dyed orange velvet for the hair. I tried to downplay the paisley using value. I purposely selected a background that had low contrast to the paisley while boldly using orange for the hair, lips and belt. I embellished with an orange marker in the hair, rhinestones for jewelry and a felt flower button painted with blue nail polish with a bead in the center in the hair. The challenge isn't due until August but I was in the mood to work on it now. If any of my guild members see it before the reveal oh well!!
 
The two quilts look quite different to me based on fabric chose. I like the red haired woman quilt better because I prefer bright colors with lots of contrast  but I love the velvet hair too! Which one do yu prefer?