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Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day/Sunday Sunrise (de)Stash

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The Sew Mama Sew Giveaway is now closed – the winner will be notified today and the winner will be revealed Sunday, May 18.

If you’re here for the SMS Giveaway Day, just scroll down a bit till you see the SMS logo – there’s a bit of bloggy housekeeping up top here! Feel free to stick around though or just to come back when the craziness of Giveaway Day is over – I’d love to have you back!

So last week I did a bit of a giveaway with my Sunday Stash and in the end I wound up with three winners — I had chosen two people who both wanted Strawberry zip-up pouches and then I thought and thought and thought and decided that I’ve got more than enough fabric to make pouches for both of them, so I decided to do that, and then found a third winner for the gift card. So my winners are Jo at Riddle and Whimsy, Mara at Secretly Stitching, and Katy at Lethargic Lass. So congrats to all three of you!

Just for a change, I haven’t got any new fabri…. okay, I lied! I just remembered that I went to my local fabric shop for some sewing machine oil and came home with these beauties I’d shared on Instagram:

Fabric fast schmabric fast...

I didn’t, incidentally, come home with sewing machine oil because I got so distracted by the mirror ball fabric and Lizzy House’s jewels prints that I completely forgot the oil. When I did go back the next day, I did walk out with oil and without fabric! Success! (Of sorts. The oil was my last attempt at getting that Juki sewing machine working. It didn’t help, so I think it just needs to be serviced to see if there’s something wrong with the machine or with the way I’m trying to use it.)

Anyway, in light of the fact that I thought I had nothing to share, I decided to do a Just One Day Early post of my Sew Mama Sew giveaway prize, which is a little bit of a destash, since the two fat quarters are fabrics I’ve had in my stash of “uglies” for a while and since the charm pack was something I’d bought with the intention of eventually using it in a giveaway. (I’ve had it for some months, these are neither of them recent purchases.)

Sew Mama Sew giveaway day prize

The two fat quarters are both from a Dear Stella line, which I think was called Mimosa, which I haven’t been able to confirm. (Dear Stella doesn’t list the line on their site any longer, but Google suggests I might be right.)

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The charm pack is the very lovely Sunrise collection from Kona. I just love that photo of it – makes me want to buy a bit of all the colours and just stack it up somewhere to ooh and ahh over. Lovely!

So my giveaway is open internationally and will be awarded to someone who leaves a comment… oh, I don’t know… telling a story about a favourite sunrise you once saw or maybe a link to a photo you took of a beautiful sunrise. Or maybe you can tell me what you like to do with charm packs or with layer cakes (since I’m working on a Layer Cake Sampler Quiltalong, I’ve got layer cakes on the mind… I’ve got at least three or four more stashed away in the closet!). Or tell me about your fabric stash: do you have an uglies pile for things that come into your possession that you don’t like (or things you’ve changed your mind about and then wonder what the heck you were thinking when you bought them)? What do you do with those fabrics? (I’ve heard and even believe that adage that if you still don’t like it, you haven’t cut it small enough. It’s true, you can do a lot of good with a lot of ugly when it comes to fabric, if you figure out the right thing to do with it, but sometimes I just don’t have the patience.) In any case, leave a comment! And leave a comment that’s more than just “thanks for the chance” because if that’s all you say, then you’ll be disqualified immediately. Also, please don’t leave your email address in the body of your comment – WordPress gives me (but NOT my readers) access to your email address so as long as you type it correctly, I’ll be able to contact you.

Best of luck and remember to hit up Sew Mama Sew from Monday through Friday this week (May 12-16) to enter as many giveaways as your little heart desires.

ETA: I always do my best to respond to all the comments people leave on my blog – and will even be doing so this week! – but I WON’T be forwarding them to your email like I usually do. If you’re interested to see my response, feel free to pop back in another time, but I’m not expecting it, so no worries! (Mostly I’m just using my comments to number label all the entrants so that Random.org can do an easier job of drawing a winner.)

Also, linking up to Molli Sparkle‘s Sunday Stash, hosted this week by Emily at Sewing by Moonlight.

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Author: clumsykristel

I'm a 30-ish quilter, and occasional sewist and embroiderer. I mostly talk about crafty things I'm working on, or wish I were working on.

657 thoughts on “Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day/Sunday Sunrise (de)Stash

  1. I don’t think they are ugly at all. I actually really like the colors. Yellow and orange and white, a great color combination. Ive made some quick quilts with layer cakes – just using them as they are. There are some really beautiful collections out there.

    • 1. I should have said in my post that I figured they’d work great for someone else for all the reasons they don’t work for me – I don’t love florals, but lots of people do, I don’t love peachy tones, but lots of people do, etc. πŸ˜€ I’m hoping whoever wins loves them as much as I don’t!

      Best of luck!

  2. I love your ‘uglies’. One person’s ugly is another’s treasure. So I keep mine separate from my main stash and use them for fat quarter swaps or practice sewing.

    • 2. Haha.. yeah, I thought they’d probably work for people even though they don’t work for me, giveaways are a great time to pull out things like that. Practise sewing is another good idea – I’ve done a lot of practise FMQ on fabrics I don’t love.

      Best of luck!

  3. I actually think they’re really cool. Different strokes, I guess. πŸ™‚

    • 3. Yeah, I did figure they’d work for other people for all the reasons they don’t work for me (I don’t tend to like florals, I don’t tend to like peach tones, etc.), so I figured I’d save them for a giveaway where just the right recipient might come along πŸ˜€

      Best of luck!

  4. Hi! I remember a beautiful sunrise. I was camping (tenting) just off the beach on Vancouver Island (in a proper campground of course). The birds had me up at literally the crack of dawn so I was able to see the sunrise on the ocean. Truly beautiful. πŸ™‚

  5. Your fuglies are cute. The most gorgeous sunrise I ever see, is the one that comes after a sleepless night due to pain or other illness. I’m always so happy to see the sun come up. Your Kona charm pack is a pretty beautiful sunrise too.

  6. I think the most beautiful sunrise I ever saw was on the island of Guam as the plane landed. I’d heard nothing but complaints about Guam from the man I had come to visit, and I thought, “You must be crazy not to realize this is paradise.”

    • 7. Some people just can’t appreciate the awesome things they’ve got. I know very little about Guam, but what I do know is labelled under Island Paradise in my brain πŸ˜€

      Best of luck!

  7. I am really glad that the sun is up before I am these days and I don’t get to see it. We have an ugly industrial building across the road (so in front of the sunrise) but the beauty of the sunrise is the way it lights up the backyard. I have been using fugly fabric for the inside of quilted pillows.

    • 8. Ohh… that’s a good idea for ugly fabric too! I hadn’t thought of that, but I do always get annoyed about using anything good on the inside of pillow covers — I tend to use old solid fabric I’d bought at Fabricland or Walmart back in the day, but once that’s gone, I’ll need another plan.

  8. I would love to use the charm pack to make a mini rainbow quilt. I’ve never had a layer cake so I would have to have one infront of me to play with and get ideas of what it wants to become.

  9. I want to win again!! πŸ˜€ /greedy

    Sometimes i find sunrises depressing. In my old job I’d already be on the way to work when the sun rose and that’s just cruel. When I still lived on the east coast of the country at home with my mum, our bathroom window overlooked the Pacific Ocean (or Tasman sea… I don’t know where one ended and started lol geography fail) so you could see sunrises over water which is pretty πŸ˜€

    I wonder if people leaving their emails in comments is just habit because of blogger. (Everyone should convert to WP ;))

    • 10. My current job I’m pretty well always up before sunrise — I leave for work at 5:30 AM (which, as a night person? WAY too early).

      I’m sure it is a blogger thing. I find on Giveaway Day/Week too a lot of people get in the habit of just cut and pasting their email address into their comment and I don’t know… I don’t know if it opens them up to spam more or not, but I figure it’s best to avoid it if you can, right? (And I kind of agree! Convert to WP! It’s a great platform and there’s no no-reply issue!)

      Best of luck! (Greedy girl ;-))

  10. I’m a new quilter so I’m building up a stash. My mom found some kind of funky green polyester fabric from a thrift store to help me out, so I used some of it to make her a pillow! Ha, ha, payback on the funky fabric right! I’m loving quilting so far, even with the ugly fabric. I figure I can use it as practice fabric so I don’t screw up the good stuff. Thanks for the giveaway! πŸ™‚ Love your blog, it has helped me so much!

    • 11. Haha… too funny about the funky fabric πŸ˜€ My mom used to buy me a lot of FQs of dainty (horrible) floral prints, so I made that up into a quilt top for her, but it was too awful and I’ve never finished it, so she hasn’t had the full benefit of that particular payback.

      Best of luck!

  11. I am SO excited to be 1 of the winners of a handmade pouch made by you and that you decided to pick 2 winners for a pouch! and I can’t resist giveaways so I am entering again, the most beautiful sunrises I have ever seen where when I lived in New Mexico, they have some really really beautiful ones. My new Flowers and Butterflies Quilt is Layer Cake friendly! I need to write a tutorial soon!

    • 12. I was looking at your pictures of Greece again yesterday and it’s hard to imagine something more beautiful than that! I mean, seriously, what an incredible looking place to live! (But maybe the sunrises are a bit weak in comparison to the rest of what’s going on around you there :D)

      Best of luck!

  12. I am not a sunrise person; usually I have to be dragged out of bed in the morning, but I leave the blinds open on the window that faces my bed and every once in awhile I will “see” the beautiful soft golden light of a sunrise through that window. I always roll over and shut my eyes, hoping for another 30 minutes of sleep before the real day begins! I do love sunsets and I think that the Kona Charm pack would work just as well for sunsets. I love yellow and orange, so your fuglies will play well with my scraps and be blended into a Scrappy Trips quilt that I have just started cutting for in yellow, orange and blue.

    • 13. I’m not a morning person either, but someone stumbled into a job that requires me to be one — I’m often up before the sun and already working by the time the sunrise is happening.

      Best of luck!

  13. It just goes to show how tastes differ because I love your “uglies”. My favourite sunrises are always when I’m flying east to west. I just love watching the sun appear over the horizon and light up the whoel sky. There’s something magical abou that for me. Thanks for a great giveaway.

  14. Nothing nicer than going camping, waking early and creeping off from civilisation to watch a sunrise!

  15. I’ve got a FQ of uglies have no idea who the designer is they were one of my first online purchases, I constantly look at them in depair , what am I going to do with them. But I think I might just make a pillow cover or incoporate a few into a denim quilt that I’m making.

    • 16. One of my previous commenters suggested using the uglies on the inside of the pillow cover – if you quilt the top, for example, you can use it to hide the back layer, or to finish it so it’ll be washable, and then nobody will ever see it.

      Best of luck!

  16. I have some very 80s twee fabric which I don’t like at all, but in (very) small doses it works alongside nicer fabrics as a bit of a filler… Your uglies are so much nicer than mine!

  17. Last year on our way to the Isle of Skye in Scotland we saw the most fabulous sunset behind the mountains. I would definitely recommend the Isle of Uist if you want an off the grid retreat, just gorgeous. Hope i’m not disqualified for not being an early bird. I love the fabrics πŸ™‚

    • 18. Already sounds lovely! I’ve never been outside of North America, but Isle of Skye has been on my “list” for a long time… I’ll have to look up the other Isle though and see what think… maybe it’ll get bumped up a little higher!

      Not to worry about being disqualified – I posted early, so people were free to enter early! I promise you’ll be included!

      Best of luck!

  18. I’m a real night owl so I don’t see many sunrises but I do love a good sunset. I live in a beach suburb & love to go walking just as the sun is going down, it’s one of my favourite things to do. I don’t have any ugly fabrics – I did have some questionable purchases from when I started quilting but I gave them to someone who makes charity quilts. Thanks for the lovely giveaway.

    • 19. I gave away most of my worst fabrics a while ago to a new quilter who didn’t have much of a stash, but also did a lot of charity quilting. It’s funny though, I did a second pass a while ago and found even more stuff that I didn’t hate, but didn’t love enough to use, either! The pile just keeps getting replenished.

      Best of luck!

  19. I love the charm pack — I would love to use it in making my Accuquilt entry http://www.accuquilt.com/block-contest#!/entry/6648676 most of my LQS don’t have those charm packs and I have been delaying doing an online order due to the fabriholics anonymous

  20. I lived in Alaska as a kid and worked on the 8th floor of one of the tallest buildings in town (9 floors). Since sunrise in the winter doesn’t occur until about 9 a.m. I would often look out the window and see incredible sunrises. The view looked down a channel of water which only added to the view. Almost every sunrise (when we could see the sun–it rains a lot in SE Alaska) took my breath away. I love the mirror dot print! I got some yellow recently.

    • 21. I know all about those late winter sunrises — it’s a bit depressing after a while to know that the sunrise will happen half-way through your work shift (I start at 5:30 AM) and the sun will be setting by the time you get home from work! Sounds like a great view though!

      Best of luck!

  21. I think I posted it on my blog once about how my brother and I were having an argument about who got the better sunsets – me on a hilltop in the West Country of the UK or him in the Tropic of Capricorn in Australia. THe discussion went back oand forth over email for a while and then my mother down in the South-East corner of Australia sent a sunset picture that blew both of us out of the water!

  22. I never owned a layer cake as they are hard (and expensive) to come by in Germany. Thanks!

    • 23. I think they’re expensive to come by everywhere! I rarely buy them, but had a few from sales. It’s an interesting cut (and I do like having a bit of a whole line, but more than you get in a charm pack), but I hate to waste the fabric if I wind up cutting it in weird ways – I’d love to find a pattern that makes use of basically the whole thing.

      Best of luck!

  23. Hey those colors are jolly! For a baby quilt they would be great!

    • 24. I think they’d work for a lot of things – they’re bright and sunny and lovely, but somehow peaches and pinks just aren’t in my wheelhouse πŸ˜€

      Best of luck!

  24. I once got up super early to climb a mountain to watch the sunrise over a bed of clouds in Taiwan. It was beautiful, but I think my favorite sunrises are when I’m coming home from working overnight in the lab and the sky is just starting to change color as I bike. Somehow the sunrise makes working all night worth it ^_^

    • 25. I work a mix of nights and days and think I have a bit of the opposite reaction – the sunrise in the mornings reminds me how much harder it is to sleep in the day than at night! (At least in winter sunrise is very late, so that makes the sleeping a tiny bit easier!)

      Best of luck!

  25. These are really pretty fabrics.

    So last night I actually got to bed (and to sleep!) early, and then at 11 PM or so, the tornado whistle went off, and I had to take my little dog and stay in the downstairs closet (I don’t have a basement). We survived, and so did our town, but I’m exhausted.

  26. When I have fabrics that no longer appeal to me or maybe I have used in several projects, I donate them to my local prayer and squares quilting group here in town. I don’t like storing very small scraps (though I love mini quilts) so those I send to the art teacher and my kiddo’s school and she uses them in some very funny ways.

    • 27. I like to donate my fabrics too, but don’t know anyone in town who’d take them off my hands! (Or rather I do, but I don’t drive, and the drop off place is an hour away by transit, so I pretty much never get over there.)

      Funny about the art teacher at school, but I guess if there’s anyone who’s going to find a creative way to make use of little bits, that’s the right direction to go in πŸ˜€

      Best of luck!

  27. Oooh what lovely fabrics! They look adorable! I think I’d put the fabrics to use in a quilt although I’ve never completed a quilt before and have two on the go right now! May motivate me to get a wiggle on! I don’t know about sunrises but we get some amazing sunsets here that I can see right from my bedroom window. I remember an absolutely gorgeous one that was lovely and colourful on Christmas day a few years ago πŸ™‚

  28. I don’t have a collection of uglies but I do have fabrics I’m no longer in love with – does that count? πŸ™‚ I’m away from home right now on a 5 week mission trip but I’ve vowed that when I get home I’m giving my sewing room a makeover. If I’m not totally in love with a fabric I’m going to give it away – my guild has a committee for charity quilts and they are going to that committee. And not only that but I’m refolding everything that’s left so I can get a handle on what I do have! I’ve been quilting for about 20 years and I, with a red face, admit I still have a few fabrics left from that first year. I’ve been looking at sewing rooms on Pinterest and blogs and I see so many bright, cheerful, ORGANIZED ones that I am in a serious state of envy. πŸ™‚ blessings, marlene

    • 29. I periodically try to go through my stash and pull out things I don’t love any more (or things where the quality seems suspect — when I first started quilting, all I could afford came from Walmart, so I’ve got some pretty thin and loosely woven cottons floating around that seem to get missed when I do filter through my stash).

      Best of luck!

  29. I recently made a disappearing four-patch baby quilt combining bright charm squares with white squares and it was very nice. It’s such an easy pattern for a newbie like me. I do love scrappy quilts and have been collecting patterns on Pinterest to do more in the future. Now that I’m retired after working all my life I like to sleep in through most sunrises, but do love to get out in the sun and work in my little garden.

  30. I have gifted fabric that can sometimes sit around for a while… I feel too guilty to get rid of it. And surprisingly they are usually good for accent pieces.

    • 31. Yeah, it’s surprising how good the ugly bits can look when you find little places to tuck them in – sometimes they make other things pop or add just the right counter-note. But it can be hard to see how useful they’ll be when they’re sitting in a pile somewhere radiating ugly out at you πŸ˜€

      Best of luck!

  31. Ooh great fabrics! My best friend got married at Sunrise! On a beach just north of Sydney! It was so lovely (and early) but who doesn’t love a breakfast wedding reception?? And I give away my ugly fabric! Better to make room for something I like! Cheers for the chance πŸ™‚

  32. With charm packs, I like to try some of the techniques shown on the Missouri Star tutorials. Recently I tried a big star using hst’s.

  33. I used my last layer cake to make a star quilt. Came out really nice (the blocks, anyway, still working on the hand quilting).

  34. i bought 2 scrap bag bundles from Keepsake Quilting. one pink and one purple.. OMG.. i did not like them at all. so I stored them. I was browsing and came upon Bonnie Hunter’s site. SHE is the Queen of Scraps. I got those two scrap bag bundles out and made the most beautiful Jack in the Box quilt for my niece. So, what you said was true.. hold on to those uglies and you never know when you will be inspired..

  35. I sort my fabrics by color – – – and I hide the “uglies” in between ones I LOVE…. where they stay for a while until I FORCE myself to sew with them (and yes….. the smaller the cut the less ugly they become….. most of the time!) – – – these days, I “see” most sunrises from behind the sewing machine – as the sun peeks in my window!

    • 36. I keep a separate pile for mine – it’s sitting on the windowsill right now probably fading down one side in the sunshine πŸ˜€ But I should probably make more of an effort to use some of those awkward and unattractive fabrics!

      Best of luck!

  36. Our family went to the coast to watch the sunrise for New Year’s Day a couple of years ago. It was stunning. We took along champagne but all agreed later that we would have been much better off with a flask of hot soup πŸ™‚

  37. I admit that I’m not much of a morning person, so I don’t see sunrise that often. However, living in the northern climes, have seen some really lovely sunrises in December with crisp snow on the ground and the air so cold and clear it almost hurts to breathe!

    • 38 . Nice Dalek icon! That’s awesome πŸ˜€

      I’m not much of a morning person either, but I kind of stumbled into a morning job and can’t escape it, so I’m often up before the sun. (Ugh.)

      Best of luck!

  38. My fave charm pack pattern is a simple but effective split nine patch. That or the charm baby blankets that I can’t remember the name of…. coins or something…basically stripes of the charms,with somecut in half with some sashing in between…. can you tell that I like quick projects?!

    • 39. Haha… nothing wrong with quick projects πŸ˜€ I’ve never made a coin quilt OR a split nine patch, though I always intended to try them out one day. I kind of got sucked into complicated things that I never finish instead πŸ˜€

      Best of luck!

  39. I am a sunset person. In the summer, I like to sit on my deck as the sun goes down. Thanks for the chance!

    • 40. Sunsets are really lovely too! Have you seen the sunset charm pack from Kona? I wanted to get both and do them as a giveaway together (since this one has no blues and that one has), but I never did manage to get my hands on it. Also ridiculously pretty!

      Best of luck!

  40. I do have some uglies, but I use them to practice new techniques or blocks or fmq. That way, if I screw up, at least I didn’t ruin fabric that I looove, which would make me doubly sad. Messing up uglies makes trying new things much less stressful!

  41. Ugly fabric – They always work in a log cabin block. Always!

    • 42. Haha… good thought there! My favourite quilt ever was a log cabin my mom made in the 70s before I was born using every string of every scrap of fabric she could find and it was wonderful. I LOVED that quilt until it fell to pieces and eventually we had to throw it away (a lot of the clothing fabrics had kind of washed out so there were huge areas with a clear view of the batting) but I still miss that quilt and all its ugly bits and pieces.

      Best of luck!

  42. I love the rainbow charm pack and I am trying to work in more orange into both my stash and quilts (I am also working on purple)

    • 43. Orange is surprisingly difficult… I love orange, but I nearly never use it! I think maybe it’s because it’s such a strong colour… like yellow it kind of takes over if you use too much of it, and then I kind of invariably wind up just avoiding it entirely.

      Best of luck!

  43. I love sunrices, gives me renewed hope for new challenges. I would love to use the charm pack in making a lap quilt for my nieces. The colors are great and would work with my prints I want to use.

  44. I love that Dear Stella fabric! I actually have some from the same line {I think Mimosa, too} that I JUST pulled for a quilt top. Would LOVE to add this to it!

  45. Hmmm! I don’t have a sunrise/set story. I suck! lol!
    (I know 2 of the 3 winners you mentioned – too funny! anywho. I digress.)
    Um. Okay – with charms, I love making HSTs. With layer cakes, I love making set-in circles. Love that.
    Is it wrong that I don’t think those fabrics are ugly? LOL!!! πŸ˜€

  46. I love the colors of that sunrise charm pack! They remind me of watching the sunrise at Hanalei Bay on Kauai with my grandparents. I’ve been thinking about making them a quilt, and those colors are the perfect inspiration πŸ™‚ thanks

  47. I also like your ‘uglies’. As for sunrises – those things actually happen? I was under the impression that they were mythical. πŸ˜‰

  48. My MIL gave me some fabrics that a friend didn’t want anymore. I did give some to the thrift store that I just knew that I wouldn’t use. I kept some that I wasn’t sure about and they ended up being perfect backing for bookmarks I made for Mother’s day. πŸ™‚

  49. Hawaii sunrises are gorgeous especially on the beach.

  50. I like to use charm packs to make seasonal table runners!

  51. These fabrics would be beautiful for a little girl’s summer dress. Add a dirt and voila! childhood. I don’t have a lot of fabrics that I don’t like. The ones I do have I tend to try to incorporate into gifts for people that I think they will suit (but I won’t have to look at). Given that I buy the majority of my fabric, and I don’t have a lot of extra money to spend on fabric, my stash is pretty small. I hope to change that someday. πŸ™‚

    • 52. Haha! FQs must be a bit small even for a little girl? I suppose they could work for accents or something (along with the dirt).

      Best of luck!

      • Yep. πŸ™‚ I’m a big fan of the scrappy sundresses, where the ruffles are each in a different (complementary) fabric. And I have already some solids that would match nicely.

  52. My favorite sunsets are the ones you can see from the deck at my parents’ house on the Chesapeake bay.

  53. My favorite sunset was one I took 8mm movie film of for a high school project

  54. OOO I love the oranges….I can think of lots to do wtih them!!! Good thing you got your oil!!! Love sun in the mornign….do the most quilting then!!

  55. Phuket, Thailand has the most amazing sunrises/sunsets I’ve ever seen! I got a photo I took of one turned into a painting so I could hang it in my house!

  56. I love the bright, citrus-y fabrics you’ve chosen for your giveaway!
    As far as sunsets go, we get beautiful ones here in the Phoenix, AZ area. I see palm trees in the foreground and mountains close to the sun. Reds, oranges, gold and sometimes shades of purple. Watching the sun set is calming and good for the soul.

  57. I think everyday has a beautiful sunrise and makes me appreciate the fact that I woke up again to another day!

  58. My favorite sunsets are at the beach… Just about any beach.

  59. I went to Hawaii when I was 12 with my family and grandparents and everyday my grandmother would wake me up at 6:00 to go watch the sunrise! Of course, at the time I was not too happy about it but now it is a great memory!

  60. I’m not sure I’ve been up ealy enough to ever see a sunrise! Ugly fabric is perfect for linings… on pillow cases!

  61. Well — at the end of every rainbow is a large kettle of gold fabric. I like the solids and would probably use them in a simple patchwork – maybe containing a hst or two. And then, maybe cut it all up again to make a skirt.
    Just saw an amazing sunset the other night. My daughter is forever taking photos of them.
    Thanks for the giveaway and I have my own two SMS giveaways.

  62. I pull fabrics all the time to play with, I just don’t always get to actually play with them.

  63. I use charm packs for zig zag quilts and often cut a layer cake diagonally 2x to make four triangles and then make a pinwheel pattern. I usual use white or pale gray as a background or use a light and a dark saturation for the pinwheels. This lets the prints really show off their beauty.

  64. I donate my “uglies” or just out of my style fabrics to my guild, or I sometimes give them away. It depends. I definitely have plenty of fabric where I now think, what the heck was I thinking, anyway?

  65. I try to cut all my scraps into 2.5″ squares and strings so, in theory, I’m ready to go with scrappy or stringy quilts……. only I never quite get there!
    Thanks for a great giveaway – love the colours you chosen!

  66. ‘uglies’ are exactly why I started my Fugly fabric party! Maybe I should do another one??!

  67. I watched the sunrise in Arches National Park once and it was beautiful. Sunrise is one of my favorite times of day. Thanks for the giveaway!

  68. Most beautiful sunset is west bound on I-10 in Arizona or New Mexico. No words to describe!
    Found you on the Sew Mama Sew blog giveaway!

    Cheri

  69. I love using charm packs to make Schnibbles quilts. They are fast and turn out really great! Thanks for the giveaway!

  70. People give me a lot of hand-me-down fabrics, a lot of which are ugly, not my style, terrible quality, or of some weird material…I dunno what to do with them! Some I give to others, some I donate to a thrift store…and a lot just sit in my sewing room.

    • 71. I’ve had a lot of former quilters at work try to off-load their fabric on me when they find out that I sew. It’s pretty much always a firm No to the offer… too many coworkers with pets, cigarette smoke, and fabric from before I was born!

      Best of luck!

  71. Thanks for the sweet giveaway!

  72. I eventually find a use for all fabrics, some just take a little longer. πŸ™‚

  73. I don’t have an ‘uglies’ pile as you so appropriately name it…BUT I do have a non-quilt-shop-quality-fabric pile that I purchased before I got heavy into sewing and quilting. I don’t mind most of it, but I pass over it when I’m making anything bc I don’t want it to fall apart on someone else (after I’ve made something for them), you know? So that’d be called a ‘crappies’ pile? πŸ™‚
    In any event, thank you for the generous giveaway!
    Jamie

  74. ughlies are great for a pieced back of a quilt, feels great when they are gone!!!

  75. I’ve managed to go to Target twice the past few days and still haven’t come home with everything I’ve meant to buy. It’s so easy to get distracted there. Such an evil temptress Target is. That’s a mighty nice bundle. I’m drawn to those citrus-type colors lately. Have fun with your giveaway!

    • 75. I’m really curious about American targets… the Canadian ones are pretty crappy. Or anyway, the only one I’ve been in was pretty crappy. The prices are the same as pretty much everywhere and they don’t really have anything all that special. I don’t know, they really didn’t take off here like anyone expected.

  76. We have beautiful sunsets in Southern Utah. I drive to Salt Lake (250 mi) about one a week and coming home I watch the sky change from blue to pinks and oranges to gold and then into dusky . Gorgeous, helps gets me through some pretty desolate freeway driving. Thanks.

  77. I love your uglies! I can’t find a sunrise, so how about a sunset? http://instagram.com/p/n249YgPt2H/. πŸ™‚

  78. Hahaha! I do have an uglies – I save them for the lining of zip pouches – no point wasting the pretty ones, right? Some have been acquired via mystery bundles and some I have just had a momentary brain freeze when buying

    • 78. Mine are about the same – unfortunate bits of otherwise good bundles, unfortunate lapses of good judgement, fortunate photos that made them look better than they turned out to be…

      Best of luck!

  79. I do have an uglies pile — or at least a not-what-I-expected pile. Sometimes I give it away and sometimes I turn it into something I wasn’t necessarily planning on making. And sometimes it just sits in that pile for a long, long time!

  80. I have uglies that I save for linings. Sometimes, they become “cute” when they’re used to line the perfect fabric. Ha! My current fave saved fabric is Red Riding Hood by Tasha Noel for Riley Blake. I made my daughter a dress that I made too big, but basted it to fit her on purpose. I have about a yard left over that I’ll be using for a quilt. Sorry, no sunrise stories or photos.

  81. I don’t have an “uglies” stash, and if I did, I certainly wouldn’t put those fabrics in it. Orange is my favorite color, and I love abstract florals. I don’t do sunrises, but I’ve taken some gorgeous sunset pictures.

  82. Well, I don’t have an uglies pile, but I definitely change my mind about fabric I’ve bought. I usually hang on to them until I find a coordinating fabric that makes it come alive!

  83. I have bought so many fabrics that I now dislike. But who knows, tomorrow I might just like them again. That Sunrise charm pack needs to come live with me.

  84. We’ve been having beautiful sunrises here all week in Wellington New Zealand.

  85. I love to use layer cakes when appliquΓ©ing.

  86. I just keep cutting up charm packs and FQT of quilts I want to make, but whats happening is my Sons and DIL’s have give me 8 grandkids all under 6, so what fabric I sew with has changed, there are baby things to sew and with the uglies, I keep them stashed and usually I find someone to teach to sew or make small craft items with them like in applique. I love EPP and I use alot there. So all these quilts I cut up, I will have tons of UFO’s when I have time, because guess who is the babysitter too.

  87. I love using charm packs to make baby bean bags! I made some for my nephews for their birthdays and they were a huge hit. The problem with using charm packs like this is that I usually end up with an “ugly stash” of my left overs that I just don’t know what I’ll do with.

  88. Ha! I LOVE your comment about how if you don’t like your fabric over time, you just haven’t cut it small enough. I put the uglies in whatever color category they belong – they need love, too! No specific favorite sunrises, but I remember loving the sunrises that I saw as a rower in college and as a wildland firefighter working out west – both those activities meant I got to witness plenty of sunrises. πŸ™‚

    • 88. I always filter mine out after a while, if I think I’m never going to find a way to use them. Most of my ugly pile right now is actually just lower quality fabric that I bought before I had money to afford nice stuff. (This Dear Stella though? Very nice stuff. It was actually part of a fat quarter bundle put together by a blogger for FatQuarterShop.com… I kept the other prints, but those ones were filtered out.)

      Best of luck!

  89. If you have a Lil Twister tool, that’s a super fun one to use with charm packs. quick and easy and looks complicated!

    • 89. I think I do – I think my mom might have bought me one for Christmas one year – but I’ve never figured out how to use it. One of these days…

      Best of luck!

  90. I like your fabric colors and think they pop!!! I am building a fabric stash at the moment and the challenge for me is to figure out how to keep it organized!!! Thanks for your great ideas…
    Christine

    • 90. I’ve got mine mostly stacked up by colour, but I also have a couple shelves devoted to lines I didn’t want to break up, and then a shelf for all my various pre-cuts. And scraps are kept in a drawer. But it’s a bit awkward sometimes — I never seem to get around to putting things back on the shelf, so I always have a pile of stuff that needs to be sorted back into the storage closet.

      Best of luck!

  91. I love using layer cakes because you can cut charms out of them if you need them and it is so easy. My best sunrise was when my husband and I went to Daytona beach and watched the sun come up as we sat on the beach,.

  92. Crazy quilts are a great way to use up uglies – it’s kinda like a Monet painting: ugly up close, but lovely when you step back and see the whole thing!

  93. My favorite sunrises are at the beach!

  94. I’m currently using a layer cake to make Anita’s Arrowhead blocks. Love them.

  95. My most recent project with a charm pack was to make a sewing machine cover using this pattern: http://www.sewdelicious.com.au/2013/01/quilted-sewing-machine-cover-tutorial.html

  96. I need to figure out some charm pack quilts! Save time, and use those fabulous collections. Maybe pinwheels? Or, I have no clue, but would be up to the challenge!

    • 96. A lot of people seem to do simple patchwork with them, but I find that a bit boring, so something like a pinwheel is a nice idea. You can do a lot with HSTs.

      Best of luck!

  97. Well I am not really a sunrise kind of girl (well I am but they usually happen when I am asleep!!!)
    Our daughter took a photo of the most stunning sunrise one morning, maybe I should start getting up earlier LOL

    • 97. I’m often off to work before the sun rises, so I usually see them from the train or through the window at work. I’m not a morning person, but I’m getting a little used to it.

      Best of luck!

  98. Those solids are to die for! Pick me!

  99. I’m a new sewer so my fabric stash is just scraps from the two projects I’ve done/ am working on. I need some stash variety to dream up future projects!

  100. I totally have fabric that is labelled ugly in my mind πŸ™‚ I use it to do testers, like last year my daughter wanted a birthday dress and she had very specific ideas about it. So I drew up a pattern and sewed a trial dress and of course it was all wrong. In fact I got to make a second trial dress (which she ended up loving but the fabric wa one of those wtf was I thinking purchases). In the end she got her design and I didn’t have to waste any of the real fabric that had happened to cost a ton.
    And I am grateful for the tip of cutting it small, I had never heard it!

    • 100. Cutting it up small does a lot to disguise things – you get down to colours rather than prints, and most colours can be made into something good if you’ve got something to complement it!

      Best of luck!

  101. I like to use precuts for quick baby quilts for shower gifts!

  102. Thanks! I’m planning on using my ugly fabric for a little triangle quilt…if it’s cut up and mixed with other great patterns, no one will notice, right?

  103. Best sunset ever was on Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii. We saw the sunset on one side and the moon rise on the other– at the same time. Very awe inspiring. Maybe one day we will get to go back.

  104. My favourite way of using up a layer cake so far was when I made a slightly modified version of the Garden Fence quilt by Hyacinth Designs. It was with Posy by Aneela Hoey…and honestly it came out so pretty, I just wanted to cry :-p

    I do have my fair share of ugly fabric in my stash. It has it’s own special pile (so it doesn’t rub off onto the nicer fabrics! Hehe!).

    • 104. I’ll have to look it up and see! I had to laugh at the reasoning for the special pile! It’s true – like a rotten apple, it might spoil the lot… ;D

      Best of luck!

  105. I love those fabrics! I want to link you to a photo of midnight on June 21st in my home town. But I’m not sure how to do that. I know. You can look at it on my Flickr site here… https://www.flickr.com/photos/50519858@N08/13988317009/

  106. Love that charm pack! I live on the West Coast of California, so seeing sunsets over the ocean are a bigger deal here. However, I have many fond memories of staying up all night with friends, and seeing the sunrise as we head out to breakfast.

  107. I do have some fabric in my stash that falls into the “what was I thinking?” category. I keep it to use in charity quilts. Recently I got rid of the fabric I bought when I was a new quilter and didn’t know better: low quality fabric that should not be used in quilts. Never, ever going to use that, so why was I keeping it? It has gone to a better place.

    • 107. I’ve given away a lot of my What Was I Thinking fabric to groups that do a lot of charity work… I always hope that someone will find a way to make something better out of the thing I don’t love.

      I have some cheapie fabric too that I need to get rid of, but I haven’t quite figured out what to do with it. I’ve thrown away the worst of it (as dreadful as that is), but the stuff that’s kind of in-between quality… I don’t know! Someone probably would like to have it, even if I don’t think they should want it!

      Anyway, best of luck!

  108. The best sunsets aren’t about how beautiful they look in the sky but who you are with to share them with.

  109. So first of all, thanks for linking up to Sunday Stash again. I know I can always count on you! That teal, grey, and dark purple look amazing and luxurious together. Secondly, thanks for the giveaway … I can talk about fabric forever. The colours, the patterns, the feel, it just gets me excited! I guess I know we are all in this together then! I’m sure I’ll see you next Sunday! haha πŸ˜‰ (Weren’t you on a fabric fast???!!)

    • 109. Haha… oh man. I’m such a failure, but what a way to fail, right? (I totally got a package in the mail yesterday with even more fabric. I bet people wonder if I actually sew anything or just collect fabric for fun.)

  110. I have so much reproduction fabric in my stash and still keep buying more. The same goes for Xmas fabric too

  111. It just seems like sunrise and sunset at the beach are the best!

  112. Any sunrise at the beach is beautiful.

  113. My fabric stash grows and grows and they are all beautiful in there own right and I tell them so every chance I get ….

  114. My stash is still pretty small but it’s recently been augmented with my mum’s old patchwork fabric stash, so that’s cool! It does mean that there are quite a few uglies in there, so I guess my approach to them is to just not use them, haha. The ones I like get stolen and snuck into my basket of fat quarters!

  115. One of the most beautiful sunrises was as we were approaching Adelaide airport. It was just a few weeks after my husband had died and I was visiting Australia for the first time to see my sister who had just been diagnosed with cancer. The sunrise was a wonderful bonus.

  116. In the last couple years I have cleaned up my fabric stash and have everything folded nicely and grouped in colors so it is easier to pull from. The stuff that I just did not love I gave some away to my friends and the rest went to goodwill and local churches. I try not to buy things that I am not just in love with anymore.

  117. I love a good sunrise! I live in the WNC mountains and am lucky enough in the fall and winter to have a sunrise view out my kitchen window. When leaves fill in for the spring I lose my view for a view months! Great giveaway!

  118. I really want to make a disappearing 9-patch quilt with charm packs some time, I just haven’t gotten around to it yet.

  119. How often do you oil your machine when you remember to buy the oil?

    • 119. I’ve never actually oiled my machine! (In ten years!) This was for a machine I got from a friend whose mother-in-law died, and it’s a machine that you’re meant to oil every day if you use it every day.

      Best of luck!

  120. Charm packs are great for half square triangles, which can be put together in so many different ways.

  121. How about this sunset on my Instagram feed? http://instagram.com/p/hqqgffHUDm/

  122. I was in a yoga class the other morning (I go at 6am-yawn!) and was having a “what the hell was I thinking getting up to do this?” moment when I looked out the window and saw the most incredible lavender and hot pink sky. It was like a little reward for sticking it out. I love a good sunrise!

  123. I have never owned a charm pack, but if I win this beautiful Sunrise I think I will make something rainbowish of it, maybe a piece of a blanket or a bag or a tablerunner/tablecloth. The colours are beautiful! My best sunset/sunrise moment must be when I first experienced the midnight sun living far north in Norway.

  124. I have been collecting charm packs and layer cakes in solids to make a fun fanciful quilted map of our area. The 2 florals would go in my baby quilt pile πŸ™‚

  125. One fun way to use charm packs, and the “uglies”, is pockets for kid clothes, the uglies can be in the inside so you get a flash of the pattern/color.

  126. Favorite sunset – Midsummer Night in AK. I just finished a self-imposed ungly fabric challenge and made a baby quilt. My friends liked it and couldn’t guess which fabric I thought was ugly!

  127. One of my favorite sunrises would be the morning I walked out of the hospital after my sister had her 2nd baby. I was home from college for the summer and had been spending the day with her and her family. Somehow when she went into labor I got swept up into things and ended up in the delivery room with her and her hubby. I’d never experienced anything like that and when all was done and I stepped out into the morning everything was a bit brighter and more beautiful than before.

  128. Love, love, love the sunset over the Pacific ocean

  129. I had a nice long comment and it disappeared 😦 I love precuts! Charms, layer cakes, jelly rolls. . . I don’t have much space (about 1/5 of the bedroom) or time (about 4hrs each week) for sewing, so precuts allow me to focus the fun parts like designing and sewing! One day I’ll have space and time and can buy fabric cuts bigger than a fat quarter. . .

  130. A favorite sunrise was with my husband, on a beach in Kauai while on our honeymoon. I do cut ugly fabrics smaller and smaller…if I really don’t like them I bring them to my quilting buddies to see if the fabrics are more their style. Thanks for the chance at your giveaway.

  131. I probably should have a separate spot for my uglies… But for now they are just nestled in with everything else hoping to at least be part of a bee block someday. As for charm packs, I love making puff quilts out of mine. And layer cakes are awesome because it’s basically like having 4 charm packs. Because we all know that one charm pack isn’t always enough, right? Or maybe that’s just me…

    • 131. One charm pack is never enough! I usually buy two, but that doesn’t even stretch THAT far. I actually bought a layer cake of Botanics that I’m planning to cut up into 4 “charm” packs – it was cheaper that way!

      Best of luck!

  132. I love your ugly fabric, I keep my ugly fabric and let my kids play with it. If they want to sew with me or cut with me, I give them my ugly fabric to play with or I give it to someone that loves it.

    • 132. I like to find people who love the things I don’t – it’s always great to be able to match something up with someone who’ll appreciate it more than I do!

      Best of luck!

  133. Hi and Thanks for the giveaway. Many years ago when I lived in California, my family used to rent a houseboat on a lake once in a while. The best part was sleeping up on the top deck in the open air. The sunrise always woke me up and one night I remembered to bring a camera to bed with me. I woke up just in time to take a beautiful picture of the sunrise. I no longer have the photo, but have the memory.

  134. On the subject of uglies, I also believe that cutting them small enough can make them turn into lovely quilts. And, if you combine them with enough other fabrics (ugly or not) also cut into small pieces they can make something beautiful. So, while I try not to accumulate ugly fabrics, I think they can be used successfully. A while back Quiltmaker magazine (I think) had something on their blog where they asked people to send in ugly fabrics. They showed some photos of what they received and some of the fabrics were ugly beyond anything I had seen before. The whole thing made me laugh hysterically.

  135. Trying again as I clicked to follow and lost my message . I dint think your fabrics are ugly , I quite like them . As for my favorite sunrise , my hubby took an award winning photo a number if years ago through the sea grasses at a local beach here in Nova Scotia and win a contest , it was truly spectacular . Thanks for the chance .

  136. Hi there! πŸ™‚ I just sorted through all my fabrics and took out all the things that I’ve not used in 3 years, those went into the clothing drive. A lot, I admit, were old clothes that I had changed or cut into, though. But now my boxes are all sorted by colours and looking neat and tidy again. Also, it gave a wee bit room for more new fabric additions. I will need a new box just for my US designer fabrics soon, though…please don’t tell anyone πŸ˜‰ Other than that I usually do not throw anything out, I believe there’s always some time you will be able to use them.
    Thanks so much for your giveaway!

    • 136. I’ve never really made use of fabric other than quilting cotton, but my favourite quilt ever was one my mom made from all sort of scrap bits and pieces.. it fell apart eventually (some of those clothing fabrics really, really didn’t stand up to use in a quilt), but I still miss it!

      Best of luck!

  137. I love the bright, happy and sunny colors of your fuglies. They make me feel good, especially with all the rain we’re having here in Illinois, with much more in store for us. Thanks for the giveaway.

  138. I should be finishing the cushions I promissed my mother in law instead I am browsing the giveaways to find more blogs and fabric and keep making my list of projects to do longer… isn’t that kind of funny? Anyway would looooovvvveeeee to win your fabrics.

  139. Thank you for the giveaway!
    My favorite use for charm packs right now is the Market Tote pattern (I found it at Craftsy). It’s the perfect tote for my needs and I love to make them with different fabrics!
    Krista

  140. Charm packs make great totes. Sunrise when I first visited Montana amazing.

  141. My best sunrise was when I was at the TT motorcycle races on the Isle of Man, camping. I’d woken early to get out of the tent to see a beautiful orange and pink sky with the sun just coming up over the mountain on the Island… it was stunning and I can picture it perfectly. I hadn’t thought of it for ages, so thank you for stirring up such a lovely memory.

  142. Oklahoma has beautiful sunrises and sunsets. I get to enjoy on my way to work and b back home

  143. Thanks for the giveaway! My favorite sunrise is the one I saw last August. I was in Akumal, Mexico and watched the sun rise over the ocean after a night full of thunder, lightning, and rain. It was glorious. I live on the west coast of the US, and it was my first sunrise over water.

    • 143. I bet it was spectacular! I’ve lived on both coasts of Canada, so I’ve seen the sun coming and going over the water and it’s always really lovely, isn’t it?

      Best of luck!

  144. Layer cakes are good for a Phoenix Quilt – check out the bored zombie blog. Sunrise and sunsets are very pretty, need just the right type of clouds.

  145. So far I like to collect charm packs. Someday I will need to use them I am reading the Schnibbles book for some help. Thanks for the chance to win.

  146. hmm I have to say I get to see a lot more sun-downs then sun-rises so that’s a tough question there. I never took a Picture of a sun-rise. But I loved my Facts book about stars when I was Little, and sun-rises were among the explanations … I haven’t thought about that book in a Long time

  147. The most beautifull sunrise i saw was during a canoe trip we made in sweden. it was a 2 week trip through the middle of nowhere. on the second day we were on a little island in the middle of the lake. nobody around, clear blue sky, …. sigh….

  148. I have a couple of layer cakes too that im not sure what to do with and dont want to waste them.

    • 148. Well, I definitely recommend the Layer Cake Sampler Quiltalong at Material Girls – just search it and you’ll find it! I don’t think it’d work for all prints, but it sure works with a lot of them!

      Best of luck!

  149. I haven’t used a layer cake before, do you find it more useful than simply a charm pack as far as pattern go?

    I do have some ugly fabrics, and am doing my best to chop it up. Why do I always seem to have purchased YARDS of ugly fabric and only fat 1/4’s of the pretty stuff? One of life’s little mysteries I suppose.

  150. Recent beautiful sunrise was on Balloon Stampede weekend… love sitting on our porch watching the sun come up and then hot air balloons with a hot cup of coffee!

  151. Every time i buy something orange I regret it. It’s not my favourite colour so it just doesn’t get used! I’ve started doing some rainbow quilts just to use it up! That charm pack would be handy to add missing colours!

  152. For the most part I don’t have too many “uglies” in my stash…I usually try to find a friend who might like them and give them away when I do. Hate to see ANY fabric go to waste!

    • 152. I always like it best if I can find someone to give my un-favourites to too, though I don’t know many sewists except online (and shipping gets expensive after a while) so that sometimes stops me a bit.

      Best of luck!

  153. i love sunsets from anywhere! and find i have some charm packs laying around that i need to find patterns to use them!

  154. My mom gives me a bunch of fabric all the time that she doesn’t want so I have quite a bit. But I do have some ugliness I just don’t know how to use but I like the idea of cutting it smaller. I hardly throw out scraps because I figure I could use them the problem is I never use them!! So I have quite a few wip that are scrap projects πŸ™‚

  155. I have a drawer with my uglies that I use to practice free motion quilting on, this way I dont waste any solids or worse ruin a quilt (which I have done a couple times now ) lol

  156. I love orange floral print! I think the fabric would make a darling little tunic for my toddler!

  157. I love the Sunrise group of colors! I always get layer cakes and charm packs if there are a lot of fabrics I like in a collection because I know they’ll work for a future project, but I have yet to use them. hahaha I’ve only used on on my very first quilt ever (a dissapearing 9 patch). Now you’ve got me wanting to go use them all!

  158. In summer we love being on the edge of the beach to watch the sunset and I love the brown and orange tones.My favorite color is green but the sunset is a fabulous

  159. I found a wonderful tutorial to make 3 tote bags from a charm pack. It’s on the Missouri Star Quilt Blog. (I am from MO.) You have to add the liner and strap material. They turn out great and I have made 5 of them for an upcoming local charity fundraiser.

  160. Best sunrise was definitely on a stunning beach in Corsica, until somebody’s bulldog decided they wanted to play with us! There was even a beautiful starfish in the sea.

  161. I think your fat quarters are gorgeous. I love florals and the colors are wonderful. One of the most beautiful sunrises I have seen was in the boundary waters, a national wildlife area as we were canoeing. Just gorgeous.

  162. great fabric. favorite sun rises are at the beach.

  163. I am never up early enough for a sunrise, however, sunsets are a different matter and we get lovely ones where I live. But the most memorable sunset for me was from the top of the Eiffel Tower. It is a fond memory I will have forever so I hope that counts.
    Cath @ Bits ‘n Bobs

  164. about 2 years ago I saw the most beautiful sunrise I’ve ever seen, rising up over the mountains, with rays, and colors changing from deep to translucent in all the colors of the rainbow. Beautiful!

  165. I have plenty of fabric that I’ve “outgrown”. Most of it gets moved into bins and I find that I frequently use this for accents, bindings, backings. I am doing some toddler sewing now as well and these fabrics are useful for facings and linings – anytime you don’t want to use the “good” stuff.

  166. I also have a stash of ugly fabrics, maybe not really ugly but fabric that doesn’t really go with anything else.
    I have to share not a sunrise but a rainbow story. While I was sitting in my car enjoying a rainbow a sea gull landed on the car and started to grab my wiper blades. I think he was looking for hand outs, but sure surprised me.
    Thanks for the great give away, your uglies would be well used.

  167. We were at Daytona Beach for a beautiful sunrise many years ago, but here in Kansas we have some awesome sunsets.

  168. I have some uglies that I have been slowly using up on quilt backs.

  169. Unfortunately, I have some ugly fabric in my collection, most of which was purchased online. Which proves that maxim you mentioned. The picture I see of the fabric online is small enough that it doesn’t look ugly, but then I take it out of the package in all its ugly glory. I sort my fabrics by color into plastic bins & most of these bad boys get sifted down to the bottom of the bin. But I’ve successfully used some of these fabrics as binding, also proving the small enough maxim. Thanks.

    • 169. Yeah, quite a few of my uglies came from online too… sometimes the colour is just off enough that it won’t ever work or it’ll have a competely different scale than you were expecting or whatever.

      Best of luck!

  170. I love your “uglies” fabric. I just used this tutorial to make a Hallowe’en quilt from a layer cake.
    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=jxC-0T5lXw4

  171. I have a black and white layer cake and I just came across a quilt pattern for a layer cake. I just printed it off and it is called Layer Cake Lemonade Quilt Pattern. I like it and will probably make this one for myself. Thank you forbeing a part of the Sew Mama Sew giveaway and the chance to win your generous giveaway.

    Sandi Timmons
    sandit1@sbcglobal.net

  172. I don’t really use layer cakes or charm squares as they are… I use them as any other piece of fabric for my paper piecing blocks! I know, I am a strange person πŸ˜‰

  173. Gorgeous fabrics. Great giveaway. Thanks so much for sharing

  174. I have numerous charm packs but no layer cakes. I really like your uglies; they look like modern watercolor flowers. I was in Chicago last week and took a beautiful picture of the sunrise over Lake Michigan.

  175. I have quite a bit of ugly fabric, sadly. I’m trying to use it up and yes, cutting it up small enough in a super scrappy project can work! However, in my sewing room organization lately I have thrown some out (small amounts). It felt liberating! I have another small pile of stuff I’ll never use, for donation. Mostly, though, my goal is to use it. annesimonot@sasktel.net

    • 175. It gets hard to use some of those uglies, sometimes! I throw away my small scraps too .. I used to keep them for applique and paper peicing, but I always hated looking through the piles to find them, so I just got rid of them. So much better!

      Best of luck!

  176. I keep a seperate bin of my ‘uglies’. I am piecing an entire ugly quilt by sewing strings on a square foundation fabric. the foundation squares are cut from my ugliest of the ugly fabrics. I sew my strings to the ‘wrong’ side, so the prints and colors don’t show through.

  177. I love precuts! I think it’s because I feel very time poor right now when it comes to quilting. Cutting seems to take such a lot of time. I recently passed on a lot of ugly fabric to my child’s kindergarten. It was given to me by someone else and I felt obligated to keep it. So I kept it for quite a while and now feel like it’s okay for it to move on and actually be used! I love postage stamp quilts for ‘ugly’ fabric.

    • 176. Postage stamp quilts are a great way to use them… there’s enough to look at that a scattering of random ugly bits will never stand out!

      Best of luck!

  178. I got to watch the sunrise in the Sahara desert once. It was worth waking up at 4 am!

  179. I’ve been hung up on making quilts using the Bordered Squares pattern from Missouri Star Quilt Company, they use layer cakes for this—so far I’ve made 6 quilts from this pattern! It is fun, fast & easy.

  180. I have some ugly fabrics too. I got a huge bundle of fabrics from someone that was clearing out their mom’s sewing room and they were offering the bits and bobs on freecycle. I picked through what I liked, and then let my MIL pick through what she liked. And the rest, I have in a bag and whenever I need to test out my sewing machine or serger before sticking my project under the needle, I use the uglies!

  181. My charm packs usually become baby quilts… 6×8 simple patchwork with a 4″ border… perfect size, perfectly simple!

  182. I love watching sun rise in the mountains while camping.

  183. I have so much fabric! I may be addicted, but I can’t stop!! πŸ™‚

  184. I have three fabrics that are a peachy color, and don’t match anything I have. They’ve been sitting untouched for a long time. Just last week however, I got inspired to use them in a few paper pieced blocks. Now I love them!! πŸ˜€

  185. Looove your “uglie’s”….. I DO have a pile of Uglie’s too….then my daughter’s go thru & love this or that…and they disappear! Yay!

  186. I hadn’t heard “if you still don’t like it, you haven’t cut it small enough” but that makes so much sense! I have managed to put fabrics I didn’t love into projects, but never really though about it in this context before, I think I will try to incorporate more of the ones that are not so pretty!

    • 184. I sometimes say that all the fabrics can’t be the princess of the party … something has to sit back so that the really great ones can shine, so sometimes the uglies or the awkwards can be useful in that way!

      Best of luck!

  187. I like using charm packs to make pinwheel blocks by putting two together, stitching right around the outside and then slice them diagonal and voila, instant HST’s which you can then make into pinwheels or a different design of course!

  188. I do have an “uglies” pile. I have decided that i am going to use those fabrics to make some Green Bag lady bags and give them away to friends and neighbors.

  189. I live on Vancouver Island by the sea and the sunrises most mornings are amazing – I am very lucky to live here and see them. I do get ugly fabric come my way and I try to use a bit at a time in the charity quilts I make, or by making doll clothes out of it that my granddaughters love.
    I sometimes use the fabric with the wrong side up – sometimes the pattern or the offensive colour is diluted enough to make it useable.
    Cutting it up small enough is a good tip too – I will try that.
    Thanks for the chance to win some gorgeous fabric.

  190. I was going to ask if that was Dearl Stella πŸ™‚ there was a sort of water colored tile print in the same colors that I really liked as well. I put the fabrics I don’t like in a separate cupboard to think about what they’ve done. It’s sort of a community cupboard so my mother and sisters could use it if they like. I test children’s clothes patterns with them sometimes. Or wait until someone has a birthday or event and their taste is not my taste πŸ™‚

    One of my most memorable sunrises was camping in the Uintah mountains. I went to bed after photographing the Milky way and I got up just naturally as soon as the sky lightened. I picked up my camera and walked out to the lake. It was perfectly calm like glass and reflected the changing sky. From dark blue to light blue and in the process you could see more and more of the bottom of the lake. The sun streamed through the pines and the birds were in the background with lovely quiet chatter. The rock in front of me and trees and lake rim were all mirrored perfectly in the lake so there was a double world of beauty. It was calm and breathtaking and wondrous.

  191. Just snooped around your blog a bit and am very curious about your Juki. I have one and love it. Really it IS worth the effort to get it going. They are half industrial half domestic or so it was explained to me. And the manuals are lacking in a big way. My favorite thing is that you don’t half to “walk” with the walking foot. You can RUN! Once you get it going you will really love how fast these babies can go! Personally I would have chosen the Juki over the singer πŸ™‚ Email me if you would like the number of the people that I got my Juki from. I’ve had them on the phone working thru a check list trying to figure out what I was doing wrong. It was always operator error for me. One time the machine just would not go. Put my foot down and nothing. Not even a hum. Frantic I called and he ran me thru the list… ended up I left the bobbin in the bobbin winder engaged. What a relief.

  192. It is true that every now and again I have fabric that I am not keen on anymore, or more often I have ordered it online and it just isn’t what I was expecting colour wise. I have to order online though because we don’t have a fabric shop anywhere nearby. I tend to use these for cutting up small for EPP hexagons, a tiny bit surrounded by others never looks so bad. Also iI pass them on to a friend that also sews as we have different tastes in fabric.

  193. I love the colors! so they are pretties to me! I keep my uglies in a bin to use for practice or for my nieces to go through and use! I have never heard the adage – if they are still ugly you have not cut them small enough! that made me smile! thanks! The Moda Bake shop has some great free patterns for layer cakes and charms! I love looking through their ideas there. Have a great day!

    • 191. Yeah, I’ve been going through and bookmarking a few different ones from Moda BakeShop – hopefully I’ll find something I really want to use!

      Best of luck!

  194. I live in Florida so I have the opportunity to see a lot of pretty sunrises and sunsets but my favorite are at Siesta Key Beach. I especially like the tranquility of seeing a sunrise there before any of the crowd shows up.

  195. My husband and I were out on the GUlf of Mexico it was the most beautiful sunrise I have ever seen

  196. What I’ve found about ugly fabrics is that a little of them is often just what a quilt needs to raise it to the next level. I found this to be true with my very first sampler quilt. I ended up using a rust colored star fabric that I hated in it. It was just what the quilt needed to enhance the other fabrics. So, I hated that fabric and loved the quilt. I’ve had similar experiences since with other ugly fabrics.

  197. Yes, I have a fugly pile. While they mightn’t appeal to me personally, there is always someone else who thinks they are the neatest thing. Fabric swaps with sewy friends are a great way to give people what they want and pick up something you like at the same time. Or, you can make something out of it for a giveaway day, which is what I did this time. Shhh, don’t tell anyone!

    • 195. I’ve hardly looked at any of the giveaways yet, so I hadn’t stumbled across yours, but that’s hilarious πŸ˜€ Those Alexander Henry prints are something else, aren’t they?

      Best of luck!

  198. I love seeing the sun rise from an aeroplane. I’m from Britain so we usually have pretty heavy cloud cover. When the aeroplane goes above the clouds the sun is beautiful and so powerful!

  199. Charm packs are my go to for baby quilts since I usually only get one of the same line and that’s about as big as they’ll get when put together.

  200. I’ve seen many amazing sunrises and sunsets. Each one is unique in some way, perhaps it’s just the mood we’re in! My favorite are one beach, although I saw one at the Grand Canyon that was spectacular!

  201. I love the colorway of orange, yellow and fuchsia. It is bright and happy. Yes if it still looks ugly you haven’t cut it small enough. I am cutting them in 1 inch strips for a string quilt.

  202. I have plans for a charm pack with borders and stars at the intersection. We will see how it goes. Thank you for the give away. Love that orange fabric!

  203. I love youruglies! I think that I need to USE the fabulous fabric I purchase and not save it for something special. After a while, it’s just not fabulous anymore! After all, there’s always something new and better out there. So just enjoy the moment!

  204. I actually have a layer cake I still don’t know what to do with. I wanted to do something sweet with it, I just don’t know what. As for charm packs, I think this pattern looks cute http://www.fatquartershop.com/free-quilt-pattern-charm-pack-cherry-free-quilt-pattern

    • 202. You could use the layer cake for that cherry free quilt pattern — just cut the layer cake into charms and double up the size of the quilt!

      Best of luck!

  205. Favorite sunset: going camping right after college (?) in Montana near Glacier Park. Actual campground was called Lake Five I think. There is a huge lake with a dock that goes out into the water. I was sitting on the dock one evening and there was a really cool sunset. I learned that I don’t know how to make my point-and-click camera take good sunset picture. I got a few okay ones.

  206. Bright rainbow colors are my favorites! Funny thing, I’ve never made a quilt with those colors. Time to put that one on the (long) list.

  207. My favorite sunset was my wedding ! That was our color palette – sunset colors. We had gladiolas in vases that were all in different sunset colors, the bridesmaids were in sunset shades, the chair bows were all colors of the sunset. It was beautiful.

    (And I’m really hoping to win this one ! That ranunculus print is just gorgeous !)

  208. I like the layer cake sampler that you are working on. I want to do that too someday. I don’t take great pictures. I don’t really have a big stash, so I try not to buy uglies if I can help it πŸ˜‰

  209. My fabric stas is really tiny, but, yes, I have some ugly fabrics, but even those, I can cut some tiny pieces and use it for epp or something like that. Thanks for this chance

  210. There are two wonderful joys of having to start work at 0600. One is that I get off early and have a chunk of the afternoon and the other is that I see a plethora of sun rises which I never tire of experiencing!

    • 208. I work a really similar schedule (5:30 start for me, usually)… I tend to be pre-sunset and I catch them through the windows at work. (Except in winter when the sun never seems to rise at all :D)

      Best of luck!

  211. well I see a lot of sun rises and the best was probably in AZ where I worked on summer. I like to do tumbler quilts with charm packs. My fabric stash is in desperate need of a sorting right now. DESPERATE!

  212. I have a couple of bins of older “ugly” fabric that i keep in a storage room, just in case they come back into style someday.

  213. i have so much fabric that it’s overwhelming at times. much of it i’ve bought when doing projects, or had it gifted to me by other sewists. there are a few pieces that i’m holding on to for the perfect project whenever i find out what it’ll be! i have my fabric sorted by color into bins so i can fairly easily find what i’m looking for when i’m looking for something in particular.

    • 211. I often laugh about my largeish stash because it seems like I must have some of everything, but then every time I do a swap, someone will manage to request something I haven’t got at all! No matter how much there is, it’s never exactly enough.

      Best of luck!

  214. I have a stash of uglies – once a year all the ladies in my sewing group bring their uglies and we swap!!
    Thanks for a great giveaway – I love the orange!!

  215. my fabric stash is almost entirely blues, greens, and reds πŸ™‚

  216. I go out every morning to meet a friend to walk and we watch the sunrise as we walk, every morning is different and beautiful, the colors and light are so perfect. Thanks.

  217. Very pretty colors…it reminds me of maybe a tropical sunset the oranges and pinks and then you have the green for the coconut or palm trees.

  218. I spent a summer up in Maine on Mount Desert Island and one night a grup of us were up all night and decided to drive up to Caillac Mountain to watch the sunrise. there was a couple there saying their wedding vows as the sun rose. It was lovely. dragonfly9716 at yahoo dot com

  219. Hiho! Greetings from Germany πŸ™‚ I love exploring new blogs on those giveaway days, so great that you participate!

    I have a big fabric stash, but most of the fabric is already planned for certain projects – i just have way too less time to do all those. Next big thing will be a laptop bag for my sister. After she saw my last bag she wanted one, too πŸ˜‰ So all my other projects again have to wait! And additionally i also have of course those “oh my god lovely fabric i have to have it oh my god i doN#t know what to do with it but i HAVE TO HAVE IT”- stashes. *sigh* you might know this.

    As I am taking sewing classes also I have at least once a week a 3 hour block of sewing, but there I want to learn how to sew clothes (my first dress is just finished – yay!). So i really hope i get to finish some of my projects in a reasonable amount of future πŸ˜‰

  220. I watch the sunrise every morning when having breakfast, and nearly every one is my favourite. It has become a morning ritual to enjoy quietly while hubby and kids are still asleep. I take photos of sunsets more often, one of my favourite ones is on my FB title.

  221. A recent quilting class teacher had us do great exercises with our “uglies” and it was very freeing to just cut and piece and experiment with fabric we weren’t hoarding! I learned a lot and dontcha know that some of those uglies looked great together! Now I use my stash uglies to practice a new block, or experiment with a construction challenge, or make one of something new just to see if I like the process. Liberating!

  222. I am just beginning to build my fabric stash. I can’t figure out how to organize it. Right now all my fabric is in a bin. Not the most efficient.

    • 220. You’ll figure it out as you go along! I kept mine all mixed up in bins for a long time before moving them to shelves and sorting them by colour.

      Best of luck!

  223. I recently pulled out all of my fabric to sort and wash (I’ve collected fabric over the years but just recently started to quilt – and good g-d does the stash grow in leaps and bounds). I found some lovely Prints Charming fat quarters (yay!) and many other neat finds. Of them all only one really puzzles me – it is a large (several yards) piece that is not something I can see myself buying. Ever! I don’t remember picking it up. I find the pattern and the colors ugly. Someone somewhere is probably desperately seeking yardage of this oop pattern. I may release it into the wilds so it can find a more appreciative home. : )

  224. the prettiest sunset i ever saw was when i was picking up my daughter from girl scouts. the sky was every shade of pink and blue. i heard later, it is because of pollution that i was seeing that sight but it was beautiful anyway.

  225. I like Oregon coast sunsets but they are only really lovely on a rare occasion. I like making layer cake quilts but I really like big pieces. I followed a pattern called secret garden and plan on using it again

  226. I lived in Hawaii for 18 years, so had 18 years of wonderful sunsets!
    emmevon(at)gmail(dot)com

  227. Lovely giveaway,love the colors.It would be perfect for my daughter’s quilt.Best sunsets are the one on the sea when sun disappear in blue water.Hope to see it this summer.Have a lovely week.

  228. I went to high school on Kauai in Hawai’i so beautiful sunrises and sunsets wer common. But oh so beautiful!

  229. I’m such a huge fan of sunrises, sunsets, you name it. As a birdwatcher, I’ve seen a bunch and can’t pick a favorite really. I’m just finishing up my quilt top in a layer cake sampler quilt along. Decided to use a couple layer cakes with varied backgrounds and it was kind of tricky, but the sashing and cornerstones pulled it all together!

  230. Call me crazy but this giveaway is perfect for someone who loves orange, yellow and green! BTW, when I get enough “Uglies” I make potholders…my son is a chef and my husband also likes to cook but they RUIN every dishtowel and potholder I own! Enter the “uglies” and everyone’s happy!

  231. I am a marine microbiologist and have gone on a several research cruises. The best sunrises I’ve ever seen were on research vesseles in the middle of the ocean. There are no other distractions…just you, the water, and the sun. It is pretty amazing. Of course I don’t have any pictures…cause that would make too much sense. I was always too mesmerized (or over tired) to think about getting the camera.

  232. At university I stayed up one summer night, chatting with a friend. We watched the mist lighten and lift, glowing with the diffuse, low sunlight. Rabbits were quietly eating the grass. A lovely memory that I hadn’t thought of in years — thanks for the prompt!

  233. My favourite sunrise was when I was camping with extended family at the sand dunes and got up early and drove the 4-wheelers out to the top of the ridge and watched the sunrise. I still remember it. It was beautiful. I’m loving the bright colours of this fabric and know exactly what I’d do with it. Great giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win.

  234. Sunrise is not my time of day usually, I love being asleep…more of a sunsetperson…

  235. You crack me up! Loved reading, “tell me about…or…or….or” I have ugly fabric but I haven’t tried cutting it in pieces. I am trying to educate myself on all this new fangdangled online selling, and may try and find someone who would love it like I used to. I do like your choices in fabric, and quilts. Keep up the good work and I’ll be a new follower, stalker.

  236. I have a serious addiction to going to the thrift store. And at my favourite thrift store, they sometimes pack up these huge bags full of fabric and charge $3.00 for the whole shot. Sometimes I hit the jackpot and get a whole bunch of vintage Christmas fabric in the bag (right in the middle where you can’t inspect it ahead of time). But sometimes I get some really nice fabric on the outside and “uglies” on the inside part that I can’t see. So I now have a pile of that stuff. I tend to use it for linings or it makes great backing when you’re required to sew something directly onto a “muslin” for a quilt project, or something else that you won’t see when done. πŸ™‚

  237. I used to live in Eastern Oregon when I was 10 and the sunrises and sunsets were gorgeous. I would grab my watercolor paints and paint what I saw. They weren’t great, but I felt like an artist and enjoyed it so much! Thanks for the chance!

  238. I definitely USED to have ugly fabric. That changed when my local quilt store offered a discount if you brought in donation fabrics. I got rid of a lot of my uglies that way and was able to purchase new fabric at the same time. Win-win!

  239. We used to live in the arctic, so in the winter there was a period of time when sunrise happened close to noon. We saw more sunrises in those couple of years than ever before, or since! Thanks for the chance to win. I’m sure I could figure out some way to use those ‘uglies’ of yours, and those charms are perfectly charming!

    • 237. I imagine you saw many a sunrise and sunset in those days – in winter here, the sun rises after I get to work and sets by the time I’m getting home. Makes me miss the sun for sure!

      Best of luck!

  240. Last summer on our biking/canoeing trip across the state, we spent a night camped along the CT river. In the morning there was the most beautiful sunrise over the water–what a great way to start a very busy day!

  241. I love the orange and yellows! I recently did a jumbo coins baby quilt, pattern on Moda Bake Shop, with a layer cake. So easy, but looks so good! Lots of bright, springy colors, with crisp white sashing. Still haven’t quilted it yet, but the top is done. I love it so far!! Thanks!!

  242. I love to make placemats, coasters, and table runners with charm squares! I have a layer cake that I have no clue what to make with it… But I know that one day I will get “the” idea and it will be perfect πŸ˜‰

  243. I’m working with kona solids now making a barello wave quilt! havning lots of fun with it!

  244. I have some uglies in my collection. They are mostly either inherited fabrics, or things I bought when I first started sewing in highschool but never got around to using. I have this hideous frog print on flannel that I am thinking might end up becoming baby burp cloths or wipes at some point!

    • 242. Haha.. it’s interesting to go back and see what things caught your eye (or just were affordable, as was the case with many of my early purchases) back when you first stated sewing, isn’t it?

      Best of luck!

  245. I love using charms for HSTs, no real math involved! 14 years ago I was able to spend a week in Bermuda and made a point to get up super early and lay on the beach to watch the sunrise.

  246. These are very pretty “uglies!” and such a good idea for the Sew Mama Sew giveaway day! I should do that next year – give cute fabric away that just doesn’t speak to me anymore but someone else may love. Thanks for the good idea and for the chance to win!

    • 244. They really are – even I can admit that and I don’t really love them πŸ˜€ My “uglies” pile is kind of a mish-mash of truly ugly, things that are poor quality (largely from my early sewing days when I couldn’t afford much), some things I’ve gotten in swaps or bundles that I haven’t liked, and stuff that I just can’t see my way to using, even if it’s not truly horrible (which is the case with these fabrics).

      Best of luck!

  247. I’ve never been able to put a name to my “uglies” before. Is it weird that I have almost an entire shelf of them now? But I think you’re right – if I just cut them down and match them with larger groups of fabric that I like, maybe they’ll still be useful? I’m going to try that. After I use all the fabric I love first, of course!

    • 245. I shouldn’t call them my “uglies” because I keep having pointed out to me that they’re really not ugly… tis’ true, but it’s less unwieldy a name than Stuff-I-Wont-Use-Or-Hate-Or-Find-Ugly or pretty much any other variation πŸ˜€

      Best of luck!

  248. I hadn’t thought of calling them ‘uglies’ but I have found myself pulling out some old fabric that I no longer like or that doesn’t look as good whole as it did folded up to use as practice sewing fabric. Particularly since I want to improve my FMQ

  249. i have some uglies in my stash–fabrics that were sent by a friend. they were big enough pieces that i managed to use them to make muslins. since i don’t need all my fabrics to match when i make a muslin, it’s okay if one sleeve is from one fabric, the other sleeve is a second fabric, the waistband a third, etc.

  250. Hmmm… I saw the sun rise from an airplane flying over Iceland once and it was magnificent! πŸ™‚

  251. LOL. that Mirror Ball fabric would distract me too when shopping πŸ™‚ I admit that I am attracted to shiny things.
    — also a fellow Who and Sherlock fan πŸ™‚

  252. I spent two summers sailing on the tall ship Hawaiian Chieftain off the north west coast of the US. I once had the early morning deckwatch on a transit and got to watch the sun come up over a glass smooth ocean. It was beautiful.

  253. I have a huge stash, some I don’t know what to do with, some I just go through and pick a couple fabrics that will go together and add solid to make a quilt for a baby shower.

  254. I am more of a moon at midnight kind of girl than a sunrise person (I like to sleep in!!). The moon I saw low and on the horizon practically (about 9pm), and ORANGE. Most beautiful (and eerie) thing I’ve ever seen. A few hours later though it was high in the sky and back to being white/grey. I will never forget it.

  255. If the fabric is really ugly and I can’t find anyone who would give it house room then I use it as backing when quilted cushion fronts as it won’t be seen once the cushion is made up.

    • 252. Someone above mentioned that too – it’s such a good idea! I’d never really thought of it (and usually wind up putting in a solid instead… but why not some uglies?)

      Best of luck!

  256. I actually enjoy the sunrises come up over the hill in front of my house every morning. It is truly beautiful. And yes I do keep a pile of things that come my way that I don’t care for that will eventually find a new home. Just because it isn’t my taste doesn’t mean that someone else won’t love it.

  257. I have a small pile of ‘regret’ fabric purchases (2 collections). It’s not that I don’t like the fabrics, I just wish I had spent the money elsewhere and I really don’t have a great use for the fabric. So it sits there. And I hope that being out of print I can hopefully sell it on etsy and make most of my money back if enough time goes by and it becomes rare enough. Who knows – I may just be stuck with it. Or maybe I can somehow, some way find somebody willing to trade for it? I wouldn’t even know how to approach that.

    • 254. Haha… well, there are plenty of people who will eventually pay to get more of whatever various lines they missed or didn’t get enough of the first go around. There are lots of fabric swap groups on Flickr, so maybe you could find someone there who’d be willing to swap or to pay original price for it!

      Best of luck!

  258. I have heard that about cutting it small enough. I think that is very true. Also when it is matched with certain fabrics/colors it can often take on a whole new charm. I do giveaway some too.

    While I dont have a sunrise memory- I do have a sunset memory. WHile on our way to Nova Scotia one time, my Aunt, my cousin and I spent the night in Maine. We went to Mt. Katahdin to watch the sunset. It wasbbrilliant, colorful and amazing.

  259. My fabric stash mostly consists of inherited fabric from 3 different sources. Most of it probably not purchased this millenium, so needless to say I have quite a large “ugly” pile. I find that some of them by themselves aren’t that great, but once you put them together into a quit, all you see is the big picture, not the individual ugly fabrics (you can check a couple out at my blog – which I am terrible at updating – my gramma gets after me all the time). My super ugly fabrics that I don’t think there is any hope for I use for practice runs at things (I am still at the stage where I like to test some things before I go ahead and chop up my real fabric – I have half a skirt in an ugly yellow floral print because it was my test run, but once I got far enough along to decide that I was doing things right, I stopped working on it because I didn’t want to waste more time and effort than I had to. My friend has a matching ugly yellow floral print purse because she too likes to do a test run and doesn’t have her own pile of uglies so I share mine).

    • 256. I recently had an opportunity to inherit an older lady’s stash, but…. I didn’t take up the new owners on the offer. Just couldn’t talk myself into it! Anyway, you’re right that they’re great practise pieces!

      Best of luck!

  260. Gimme your ugly stash? πŸ˜‰ I like it. πŸ™‚ I’m not a sunrise person at all, so the prettiest might have been my only one’s: sunrise in Serengeti, Tanzania (or the Kenyan part, just as pretty). Thanks for the giveaway!

    • 257. Haha… most of what’s in my “ugly” pile is really more of the “Okay but not my taste” variety, but it doesn’t fall off the tongue quite so easily.

      Best of luck!

  261. I definitely have uglies in my stash. And my stash isn’t all that big. πŸ˜‰

  262. I am not enough of a morning person to see the sunrise, but there was a gorgeous sunset last week! There was a bad storm (like knocked down my fence windy), but it cleared up just as the day was ending. The sky was so red. I tried to capture it on film, but it never looks as amazing as it does in person. As far as uglies, I have a ton of those in my stash! I love the adage about “you haven’t cut it small enough”! I am trying to force myself to use ugly fabric right now (Craftsy mystery fabric box, never again!) and I am getting so frustrated. I think my mistake was using the Swoon pattern. The pieces are huge!

  263. I’ve been helping mum go through her ‘uglies’ and try and make them look good and surprisingly more often than not when the project is complete it looks better then either of us imagined. Maybe we cut them small enough… but I think we try harder to accommodate them πŸ™‚

    • 260. You’re right about the last bit… I think most things can be improved by finding just the right way to use them. (I’m just impatient…)

      Best of luck!

  264. I have had a lot of fabrics given to me, to which you never say no! Now I have a closet full of fabric and thats great but I have lots of scrappy pieces and not much that really goes together, so is just hideous or really really old looking (not in a good way) but you make me think “hm…maybe, just maybe I can combine all this ugliness and make something fun with it!?!” I may have to give it a go!

  265. I definitely have an “uglies” pile. Usually, I was attracted to them by the colours, and not the pattern, and when I spread it out again, I realise what a mistake it was an vow never to make such a rash purchase again. However, I usually still like the colours, and find that by using them as a binding, or in small portions, they’re not quite as ugly as I’d thought they were. πŸ™‚

  266. i dont have a fabric stash, but wish i did. my inocme is less than four hundred dollars monthly for disability. i love to pay it forward with my quilts. i have done it for over forty years all of my quilts are hand pieced hand quilted and donated. i think quilters are the most generous people in the world [except for their fabric stash] lol. so many donate their quilts to others. it is like giving a piece of your self with each quilt. this giveaway is amazing. i hope to snag some fabric.

  267. Fabric is just captivating. So many times I have bought fabric I did not need nor had a purpose for because I thought it was beautiful. My stash keeps growing and growing, and unfortunately I haven’t had the chance to use much of it recently, but my intentions are that my next 2 projects are a purse/wallet combo and a tshirt quilt from my college tshirts. I do, sort of, have an “uglies” pile, but I end up using them in small pieces or something I am giving away. Then someone else may enjoy it. Orange is actually one of my favorite colors, so I think these fabrics are very pretty! One quilter’s “uglies” are another quilter’s treasure! Thanks for being a part of the giveaway and have a wonderful week!

    • 264. You know, I do like orange, but I really do find it hard to use! Somehow it never feels quite right to add into my projects. I think I need to challenge myself to do something with orange, soon πŸ˜€

      Best of luck!

  268. I love those fabrics/colors! I don’t get to go shopping much so it’s nice to see beautiful things online!

  269. Sunrises of reds, pinks, and oranges- wow. Speaking of orange, I used to hate anything orange (could have been growing up in the 60’s when my mom decorated with all those tans, burnt oranges, and olive-y greens). Now all of a sudden I love orange! BRIGHT orange. Put it next to any other bright color, or just add a few unexpected small splashes of a bold bright orange in a quilt. Your eye gets drawn right to it, and it has an amazing effect on your mood.

  270. Love these fabrics. I think the prettiest Sunrise I saw was in Hawaii once. I was meeting my hubby after been at sea for awhile. I don’t think I’ve answered twice, I left the answer window open to think about a sunrise.

    • 267. As long as you haven’t got two names, you’re safe ;D

      Hawaiian sunrises/sunsets seem to be very popular ones! Water and sunlight are always so lovely, aren’t they?

      Best of luck!

  271. I do have a big pile of questionable fabric. I plan to cut all the half yards into fat quarters and keep one and sell one at my guilds annual garage sale. Fingers crossed it works out for me.

  272. It’s amazing how fabric/quilting stores can be distracting. I hope servicing your machine solves the problem!

  273. I do have fabrics that make me think ‘why the heck did I buy these’ and they’re still sitting comfortably on my stash. I’m usually quite bothered with them, so I constantly think on the suitable projects to quickly use them lol

  274. I do have a lot of “What was I thinking fabric” sitting in my stash. I think I bought them when they were on clearance and I was trying to build a stash. I must have liked them at the time. I have donated a lot to a local mission that gives space to homeless artists who use them in their art work.

    • 271. Oh, that sounds like a great idea for donating your unwanted stuff! It’s amazing too what people can do with ugly things, if they’ve got the right eye for it.

      Best of luck!

  275. My favorite sunrise was on my 30th birthday…we had an early morning storm and as the sun broke – there was a double rainbow!

  276. In my year of milking goats, seeing the sunrise every day was one of the things I deeply appreciated.

  277. I like using charm packs for putting together a quick quilt. they are easy and so pretty! thank you

  278. My favourite sunrise was one seen in the mountains back home while hiking… Being in the middle of nowhere certainly helps to put things in perspective, and then Mother Nature puts on a fabulous show. Made all the effort worth while… Getting back into sewing and about to start quilting, so don’t have much of a stash. But I have a heap of old clothes I couldn’t bring myself to get rid of as maybe I could upcycle some of the fabric… Thanks so much for the chance!

  279. I live near the Atlantic ocean, so I often see the sun set over the ocean. I think my favorite sunrise was the first time I was on the other side of the Atlantic and saw the sun rise over the ocean!

  280. I thought I had a big fabric stash until I went on a tour of several local quilters studios! I like to make scrappy quilts and love bright fabrics.

    • 277. Hehe… nothing like seeing Serious Quilters’ stashes to put your own in perspective, eh? I think I have a pretty big stash, but that’s mostly just compared to how much sewing I do. If I sewed a lot more often, I’d probably get less bent out of shape about how much of it I’ve got!

      Best of luck!

  281. I’m not usually up at sunrise, but recently we had to get up early to take our granddaughter to a volleyball match in another area. We saw the sun coming up over Pensacola Bay on the way to the match. Thanks.

  282. I went to Bali once and saw the most beautiful sunrise thanks to the billion hour time difference and lots of jet lag πŸ™‚

  283. Gosh, it’s so nice to see the sunshine and colours in the photos! It’s been rainy and cloudy (and cold) for days in Toronto now, so no sunrises as of late.

  284. I’m sorry, but I like the uglies too. The look live vintage sheeting to me. The sunset question has to be a joke! I don’t think that I’ve ever seen one! When my son was young he asked why people don’t watch sunrises like they do sunsets. We had to tell him that people do — just not us! Thanks for the opportunity to win this beautiful package.

    • 281. Haha… well, I don’t love to get up for sunrises, but work pushes me in that direction. I’ve stayed up until Sunrise before, too, and somehow that feels more okay than just getting up in time to see one πŸ˜€

      Best of luck!

  285. Beautiful sunrises? I only see beautiful sunsets because I’m retired & that’s how I roll.
    You said talk about your stash, well I am a new quilter so I don’t have enough fabric in it to classify any as ugly – yet!

  286. I do see a lot of ugly fabric and pickup a lot at yard sales. Its amazing what will fit into a quilt if you just have the right color. My sisters love my stash.

  287. β€’ β€’ β€’ I use them up on the backs. That way they get a little lovin’ and out of my stash.

  288. The best sunrises in the world happen in Whitehorse Yukon at about 10am in mid-January πŸ™‚

  289. I LOVE charm packs. What do I like to do with them? Hoard them like any other quilter.

  290. Like many who have posted already, I am not an early morning person either. When I’m on vacation though, it’s a different story! I love sunrises over a body of water….. mostly the ocean, but when camping in the mountains, sunrises over a lake are beautiful as well. I guess there is just something magical about the colors in the sky reflecting on the water and signifying the start of a new day that makes one pause to reflect on the beauty of nature.

  291. Thanks so much for the giveaway! Two summers ago, my husband and I woke up at 3:30 am to hike up Quandary Peak in Colorado. We made it to the top about 15 minutes before sunrise, and got to see (our piece of) the world transformed. It was amazing. =)

  292. My favourite sunsets are the ones where I drink wine whilst enjoying the said sunset πŸ˜‰

  293. I’ve not started one YET, but I’ve plans for a layer cake using a pattern called “turning twenty.” It’s a FAST quilt, and leaves fabric in large enough “chunks” to really show off favorite prints!!! It’s on my Quilting “to do” list (which gets longer every day).

  294. I definitely collect charm packs, too! I need to be better about actually using them, though. My fav charm patterns that are quick are fractured 9 patch or a window pane. And I’ve never heard about cutting ugly fabric small enough! THAT’s AWESOME, i’ll have to try that!

  295. I’m about to try a Layer Cake Sampler myself, and am a huge fan of the Missouri Quilt Co Layer Cake Churn Dash pattern.

  296. Amazing giveaway! I love the fabrics. I have been wanting to make a quilt for my sister, and the colorful fabrics would be great. And the darker fabrics would make an adorable dress or romper for my daughter!

  297. I want to try and make a large HST quilt using a layer cake. I think it would look great and be easy to do and be the perfect quilt to practice my FMQ on. Thanks for the giveaway.

  298. My favorite sunrise was from Topsail Island in North Carolina. It was my first Atlantic Ocean sunrise and I have many many photos of it – I think I caught every color variation from the darkness to complete sunshine.

  299. My daughter would love to add those to her fabric stash. She has quite the thing for pink and orange πŸ™‚

  300. I love those fabrics! Something about orange always grabs me, even though it can be hard to use.

  301. I do have a number of ugly fabrics in my stash, and until recently would take just about any scrap anyone gave me and thought I’d find a use for it all. But some fabric is just too ugly even for me, so I’ve slowly started adding stuff I don’t like to my goodwill box. I do usually try to cut a 1.5″ square off it first though, since I have been working on a postage stamp quilt for AGES (trying to have all fabrics only used once), so for something like that, I can deal with a little bit of ugly.

  302. I love those “ugly” fabric! I’m a little shocked that I do, actually.

    My “uglies” and/or “cheap” fabric (Walmart, some Joanns, and any that just feel wrong) I’ve been tossing in the “kids bucket”. My daughter wants to learn to sew, and I know my boys will probably follow in her footsteps, so I’ve been tossing things aside for them to use, so they don’t touch my “good fabric”.

    • 299. That’s an excellent idea for using some of those less good bits and pieces! I remember playing with my mom’s bins of fabric when I was young, it was always so fun!

      Best of luck!

  303. My daughter and I often stop on our way to work/school to take pictures of the sunrise. Not too long ago we stopped to take a photo and before I could get the camera out the moment was gone but we still enjoy the chase.

  304. Watching the sun rise in Tahiti on our honeymoon will always be my favorite!

  305. I like to make table runners and small quilts using charm packs. Thanks for a chance to win! julia(dot)glotova(at)gmail(dot)com

  306. Your uglies are my beauties! And I love the charms — they look so coordinated with the fabric in your pic. One of my more memorable sunrises was many many years ago when we had gone on a 4th of July fishing/camping trip with several families of relatives and relatives of relatives. Believe it or not, it FROZE that night. My almost aunt went to bed in their camper for about two hours and got back up and made coffee and built the fire high. Soon, almost everyone was up, and most of us sat together and watched the sun rise a couple of hours later over the lake. I don’t think we were ever so glad to see that sun. Hmm. Maybe that’s one reason I’m drawn to sunrise and sunset colors if I think kinda bright at all.

    Have decided I also have to follow you on BlogLovin’.

  307. I need to make a patchwork curtain for the window by our front door – these would be great!
    Thaks.

  308. I’ve been dreaming of a springtime quilt and that charm pack would be perfect for it. I haven’t been quilting very long so I (luckily) haven’t really amassed any fabrics that I don’t like.

    I used to live in FL and the summer before college I spent a few weeks working overnights redoing the store where I worked. The last day we all finished up early and drove to the beach to watch the sunrise and enjoy some cupcakes – it was pretty magical! I’ve moved now and I don’t miss FL that much but I do miss having a beach within easy driving distance.

  309. Maui had the best sunsets I have ever seen! It could have something to do with my first time there and the fact that it was a dream vacation…or the drinks…either way I will never forget them and hope to one day revisit the island paradise!

  310. My fabric stash is very unorganised, but I would like to add to it!

  311. I saw an amazing sunrise in the Himalayas after getting up at 5am to climb for an hour before seeing a 360 view. Spectacular.

  312. I have a favorite square-in-a-square baby quilt patterns I like, that uses one charm pack and a 1/2 yard of solid. My favorite sunrises are the early morning drives with my kids, watching the pink take over the fog on the mountains πŸ™‚

  313. I love sunrises and/or sunset over mountains when we are vacation. I also have lots of ugly fabric and yes for the most part it is not as ugly mixed in cut up small! thanks for the chance!

  314. I bought 1/4 yd of some fabric to use in a baby quilt, decided it didn’t quite go and now months later I decided I don’t like it. LOL shouldn’t change my mind so much.

  315. I’m more of a sunset fan, than sunrise πŸ™‚ and have seen some amazing ones at our cabin on a small pond in New Hampshire. I am giving away coasters made with similar solid charm squares and would love to make more!

  316. I went through your Flicker feed, and your work is beautiful! I especially like the uniquely designed pouches and the beautiful embroidered mum case. Embroidery adds so much to a piece. As for a comment – I agree with you about ugly fabric – just cut it small enough. I’ve been using ugly scraps to make half square triangles and some day (a few years from now!) I plan to make Edyta Sitar’s friendship triangle quilt. Thanks for the great giveaway and for your inspiring blog!

    • 312. Oh, thank you – that’s kind of you to say! I really like that embroidered mum too .. such a cute pattern!

      I’ll have to look up the friendship triangle quilt!

      Best of luck!

  317. (I do want to thank you first!) I have been gifted a lot of fabrics, and so finally I had to get rid of the uglies. I put them all neatly in a box marked “sewing fabric” and donated it to Goodwill. Im not even sure they take fabric, but I couldnt just throw them away and I dont know any other sewers who live by me who would have wanted them.

    • 313. I’ve got friends who’ve talked about finding fabric at thrift stores, so at least some of them must sell it! Seems like a good idea for that stuff you just know you won’t use.

      Best of luck!

  318. I have my “uglies” mixed in with everything, which reminds me my fabric stash is a mess and I need to go clean it up. Oh and sunrises, I was recently in Tennessee and saw a beautiful sunrise over a lake with the mountains in the background. I am really looking forward to the sunrises I will see when I head to the beach this summer.

    • 314. I recently cleaned up my entire stash, but that was largely because it let me avoid house-cleaning when I had guests coming πŸ˜€

      The sunrise sounds lovely!

      Best of luck!

  319. I love every sunrise I get to enjoy with my husband, although the ones in the fall-ish time around here are quite lovely, the sky gets super colorful from the farmers burning their fields, and sunsets are even more spectacular! Also, I haven’t really made much with charm packs yet, but look forward to making something! Thank you!

  320. I really always enjoy your blog. The best days are when i get to miss the sunrise (i.e. sleep in). But I do enjoy going onto my deck in the mornings, after the sunrise, to drink my chai with my man and watch the birds and squirrels flee from my cat.

  321. how about a best sunset? my husband and i spent our honeymoon on the island of santorini in greece. our hotelroom was in a cave set into a cliff and people would line up on the cliff above us at night to see the magnificent sunsets. We had a private balcony where we could sip champagne and watch the sun go down.

  322. I’m just a beginner but I inherited some “uglies” – fabrics that just aren’t my style. I’m currently using them to make up different quilt blocks. I decided it would be a good way to learn and if they blocks don’t turn out, it’s no big deal. If they turn out somewhat decent (which it seems like they are) I’ll probably donate the finished quilt.

  323. I like this pattern, which uses some layer cake squares and FQs
    http://www.modabakeshop.com/2012/03/lucky-layers-tiered-dress-in-size-2t.html

  324. I do have a collection of “uglies,” and I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with them, but my guild is having a free-for-all swap of scraps and other fabric next month, based on the idea that “one person’s trash is another person’s treasure,” so hopefully someone else in the group will like them and give them a good home! Thanks for the giveaway

    • 319. A friend of mine gave me this advice about those types of swaps: leave for the evening before the swap part of the night is done, that way they can’t send anything back home with you if nobody picks it up… πŸ˜€

      Best of luck!

  325. Yep I definitely have a few uglies in my stash (mostly…shhh…random Joann’s fabrics from when I didn’t know the quality was any different) but they stay hidden underneath other things until maybe someday I’ll remember to use them for a test block or something. I don’t have the heart to throw them away!

    • 320. Yeah, it’s tough to throw them out – I have a big stack of lower-quality stuff from when I first started sewing too. I can’t decide what to do with all of it!

      Best of luck!

  326. One of my favorite sunrises was at Enchanted Rock State park while camping with my husband before we were married.

  327. We had a beautiful sunset last night. The sky was a soft red. I do have some ugly fabrics. I used some once to make a little purse. Wasn’t happy with it – it didn’t get any nicer. I should have used fabric I loved, and I would have loved the little purse. Good lesson in that.

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