Thursday, February 9, 2012

Ain't no party like a Fugly party...

Fugly Fabric Party

    Wow, have you been over to the Fugly Party being thrown by Lucy from Charm About You ??  A whole bunch of people are giving their fugly stash pieces away.  Fugly can mean ugly, or it can just mean something that you know you'll never use for one reason or another.  And beauty is in the eye of the beholder, right?  Their fugly might be your favorite new quilt fabric!

    I'm giving away a little bit of both...some I think is ugly, some I'll just never use.  I have 3 packages of fabric all together, which I'll ship to anyone in the US for free, or internationally if you are willing to pay the postage with Paypal (sorry!).

   Package #1 is the ugly.  A set of two FQ's of Dancing Bugs 3, by Juan David Cordona.  Even the name is weird, since there isn't a bug in sight, hahaha...just lots of fun music-y stuff:  I was going to use if in a quilt for my daughter, but now I just don't know what I was thinking.  I get too excited in quilt shops, I think.  It's unsafe.  For my wallet.


     Packages #2 and #3 will be identical.  Each is a set of 2 FQ's from the popular (and out of print) Mendocino line by Heather Ross.  The one on the top is Giant Octopi in Orange, and the one on the bottom is Kelp Forest in Blush.  I bought this back when I thought I needed a yard of each fabric to make anything.  I've since grown to realize that the pillows I wanted to make for my niece's birthday (last March, oops!) will be even better with a little of both and some pretty linen to pull it all together ;)  Anyways, these are out of print, and still pretty popular I think so I hope someone wants them, lol


     There are two ways to become the new owner of this fabric:
                    1.  Leave me a comment telling me what site or blog you think has the best tutorials for a complete beginner to quilting.  I have a 2 dear friends who are going to take the plunge and they've asked me where they should go to learn.  I don't know offhand, so maybe one of you can tell me!  If you don't know of one, that's okay, just say hi, or tell me about your favorite super easy tutorial, or just leave an emoticon ;)

                    2. You can get a second chance by becoming a follower of my blog (or if you already follow, just mention that in a comment).  My blog is new, and I'd love to have more followers.  I might stop feeling like I'm just talking to myself!

    Oh, and don't forget to stop by Charm About You and see all the other great stuff people are giving away.

Fugly Fabric Party

      My giveaway will close at 12:00 noon (EST) on Tuesday, Feb. 14th  (which also happens to be the 30th anniversary of my first date with my husband...awwwww).  Good luck!!!
               
    **UPDATED - This giveaway is closed.  For the post listing the names of the winners click here.  Thanks again to all who visited and entered!!!

68 comments:

  1. Well you are mad - I would do anything for the Mendocino - IF I got picked for the other, please re-draw!!
    Check out my friends http://fairyfacedesigns.blogspot.com/ or http://ellisonlane.blogspot.com/ and the oldies but goodies http://www.ohfransson.com/
    x

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  2. I would love to win the Mendocino fabric... but I'm with Flying Blind on the uglies. Please re-draw if you pull my name for that one. ;)

    I was actually going to suggest the same sites as Flying Blind, as well. Both are great choices!

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  3. I am a new follower. (Lucky #13!) Thanks for the chance to win your fuglies!

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  4. There are some good tutorials for projects at Pink Penguin (I love the bag one!)
    http://ayumills.blogspot.com/

    Cluck cluck sew also has some nice tutes!
    http://www.cluckclucksew.com/

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  5. Wow, what awesome awesome fabric! (packages 2 & 3 that is!)
    My first quilt block (I've only done 2 different ones so far) came from this website http://mummastimetocreate.blogspot.com/ She has lots of cool stuff and explains it clearly. I set my heart on sewing my second block before anyone told me that it was a difficult one- I managed it though! It came from here: http://www.connectingthreads.com/Patterns/Free_Quilting_Patterns__L601021.html

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  6. I would love that music fabric! My kids play instruments, so it would be nice to have.

    I like looking at Pinterest for ideas and tutorials. You can find that lots of other people have already done the work.

    Thank you!

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  7. I'll follow your blog...but I don't always read every blog I follow due to limited time. I hope you have lots of pictures, I love seeing what everyone is working on! =)

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  8. Mendocino cannot be in any way connected to fugly!! I would give my right arm for some of that :-)

    The modabakeshop is a really great resource for new quilters. They have all kinds of patterns of varying abilities.

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  9. I have found good tutorials on sewmamasew.com and sewcanshe.com.
    I also second the list Flying Blind posted. Ack! LOVE THE MENDOCINO. Thanks for the chance to win my favorite line!!!

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  10. I would love love love the mendocino fabric!! I like the dancing bugs too (even if there are none :)
    My fav sites for learning to quilt: http://incolororder.blogspot.com/ and http://www.ohfransson.com/

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  11. Funny - I just saw that music-y fabric at Fabricland on Tuesday. :) I really like Moda Bakeshop for tutorials. I'm using a pattern from there right now. (well, now right NOW, but you know what I mean...)

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  12. I'm a new follower. Thanks for the giveaway. :)

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  13. I'm with Robin. I love Moda Bakeshop. If I win, anything is fine with me. The Dancing Bugs would be great in a kids quilt, and the Mendocino is priceless.

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  14. I love number 1 but 2 is great too. As for tutorials I love red pepper quilts love her style and her binding tutorial made the differences.

    http://richardquilts.blogspot.com
    Stop by for my quilt givaway to guess my babys b-day and weight.

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  15. New follower thanks for chance to win

    http://richardquilts.blogspot.com
    Stop by for my quilt givaway to guess my babys b-day and weight.

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  16. Great fabric - I adore anything Heather Ross! thanks for the chance to win. Chasing Cottons blog has tutorials for new quilts and I think Jaybird quilts has one too! thanks!
    butler83ataoldotcom

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  17. I am happy to be a new follower of your blog! thanks for the second chance!

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  18. I would love love the Heather Ross. Such beautiful fabrics. I'm not so much into the fugly one. Happy Anniversary BTW!

    Becky

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  19. Oh my, Heather Ross! I would love me some Mendocino!

    I agree with Fairy Face designs for piecing, etc. But if they want to learn FMQ, nobody is better than Leah Day at free motion quilting project.

    My fingers are crossed!

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  20. I am a new follower. Any body that gives away Heather Ross must be very, very cool! ;)

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  21. For quilting and sewing tutorials that end up with useful items at the end (because you can only use so many mug rugs and the like!), I definitely recommend the following sites:
    www.stitchedincolor.com
    www.danamadeit.com
    and
    www.ohfransson.com/oh_fransson/
    Lots of great pictures and clear explanations, and definitely some of the sites that helped me out when I started sewing about 18 months ago! :) Thanks for the chance to win!

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  22. I'm a brand new follower, too! Thanks again for the chance to win :)

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  23. I would love to have any of the fabrics. i think the best tutorial for your friends would be YOU. I'm sure it would mean a lot to them. i had a brain anurysm and my 36 year old daughter moved in with me to help out and i was going to teach her to quilt. tragically, she died in my arms when a blood clot went to her lung. she had moved in just four days before she died. i just got out of the hospital because i had a blood clot go to my lung. it should have been me that died, not my daughter. corbitt56@gmail.com

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    1. Oh Barbara...I wish you'd had more time to spend with your daughter...that's a very cruel set of circumstances that robbed you of her. You are brave to share. Bless! Fiona from Australia

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  24. I think crazymomquilts.blogspot.com has some good, simple, beginner type stuff. Another one I just found is freemotionquilting.blogspot.com. I like this one because I can only stitch in the ditch and this is helping me break out of my straight lines and get over my fear of free motion quilting. So fun! Thanks :)

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  25. Hehe, it's so funny that you're giving away Mendocino in a fugly fabric party! :D

    Other people have mentioned sites I learned from; another that's useful for beginners is Made by Rae's cheater binding -- in case they want to get their feet wet slowly. :)

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  26. I'm in for some Mendocino! Its one of my favorite fabric lines ever and I'm all out but tiny scraps! Amanda Jean @ www.crazymomquilts.blogspot.com was very helpful to me when I was getting started.

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  27. I owuld love the Mendocino fabrics! I'm a big fan of Oh. Fransson and Cluck, Cluck Sew. They have great projects and provide wonderful inspiration!

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  28. I would absolutely love some Mendocino! Lucky you to have gotten some while it was in stores.

    I've noticed this beginner's series that might be helpful for your friends: http://fairyfacedesigns.blogspot.com/p/sew-get-started-tutorials.html

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  29. Oh Heather Ross..yes pick me pick me!
    I'm joing up with Sarah at FairyFace Design. Haveing great fun trying out tutorials.

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  30. I'd definitely pay postage for the heather Ross! ( but not the ugly!) sewnamasew is a great place to learn new stuff!

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  31. Oh, I like those fabrics! My two favorite blogs are Cluck Cluck Sew and Crazy Mom Quilts.

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  32. There is a great new to sewing series on Fairy Face Designs. that would be a good place to start. Thanks for the giveaway I'd love bundle #2 or 3!

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  33. I don't think there is anything I wouldn't do to get my hands on some Mendicino! Stitch In Color has a Color Brick quilt along that's pretty good. Also, Ellison Lane Quilts and Oh, Fransson! has some good ones. I have a Pinterest board for QALs. You can go see what I've pinned there: http://pinterest.com/danny_heyen/qals/

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  34. I don't really know any good tutorial that explains how to make a complete quilt. But I know they can try to find quilt-a-long, that's be a good start !!

    I'd do just about anything for those mendocino prints !!!

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  35. I love the giveaway, i am a need it to do a under the sea i love seahorses and jellyfish. Please.:

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  36. Awwwww! You are too cute!! Have you checked out Chasing Cotton?
    http://chasingcottons.blogspot.com/p/quilt-class-101.html
    Awesome for newbie quilters!

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  37. Of course I am a follower. Although this is supposed to be a fugly fabric comp, I want to enter for #2 or #3. :-) ha!

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    1. The funny thing is, I stood over my stash forever, trying to pick which ones I didn't like. But honestly I don't have all that much, and I love just about everything I have, lol. So there sat those 2 yards of Mednocino, right where they sat over a year ago when I bought them to make some pillows. And I thought, well, I could get rid of half of those, and keep my FQ's, hahaha.

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  38. Your link was just after mine...be joyous to win some Heather Ross as I was not quilting when it was in circulation. I pretty much learned to quilt watching Jenny from Missouri Star Quilt Company tutorials on Youtube. Great for the visual learners amongst us.

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  39. Ooh, I love Heather Ross!
    I became a follower

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  40. I have a list of tutorials on a page on my blog quokkaquilts.blogspot.com - they could be helpful. i'd also suggest Elizabeth Hartman's Practical Guide to Patchwork as a book which is very very useful and beginner friendly

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  41. I'm a new follower!

    I'd happily pay the international postage to get that Heather Ross over to the UK...

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  42. Great fabrics! Love the colours in the heather Ross fabrics!
    http://www.ohfransson.com/ has great quilt inspiration and tutorials.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  43. i think don't call me betsy has good tutorials, and so does the long thread http://thelongthread.com/?p=9267, a list of 100 tutes.
    love the oranges on that heather ross fabric!

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  44. I love the octupus fabric and sea horses fabric they are very cute. Www.craftsy.com has some tutorial some free some cost. There is a free block of the month going on and thats a good way to learn sewing, the instructer has a blog with some good tutorials too. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  45. Crazy Mom Quilts (http://crazymomquilts.blogspot.com/) has a great quilt-making basics list of posts as well as tutorials and even a few quilt-alongs that your friends can follow.

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  46. New follower - would love that mendocino!

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  47. I think this QAL would be great for your friend to learn new piecing: http://sewnbyleila.blogspot.com/2011/05/we-can-do-it-skill-builder-sampler.html

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  48. I would love the mendocino! I think the QAL we can do it would be great too.

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  49. So probally bias . . but I think I make all of my tutorials very beginner friendly. You can find them at happyquiltingmelissa.blogspot.com and just click on the Quilt Tutorial and Other Tutorial tabs at the top :)

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  50. ooooh medocino. Yes, please enter me in that drawer :)
    A good one that I know of is chasingcottons.blogspot.com She ran a beginners series a while back. Sew Mama Sew, Moda Bakeshop, Oh Fransonn, lots and lots to choose from :)

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  51. I recommend Oh Fransonn too and Fat Quarterly Ezine for some good projects. I would murder for some HR!

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  52. I would love the medicino! My favorite quilting site is Gen X Quilters (www.genxquilters.com). She's a modern quilter and has a great picture index of blocks. I love being able to scroll through the ideas. She also has great tutorials from time to time.

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  53. I am a new followed and LURVE the quirkiness of the Heather Ross fabric--

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  54. I quite like the Moda Bakeshop for inspiration and some easy pdf patters... http://www.modabakeshop.com/

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