This is the "ugly fabric" that arrived in the mail this week from Karen Musgrave, kicking off her internet challenge.
The mission, for us fearless (foolish?) quilters who signed up, is to turn Karen's hideous, vintage fabric into fabulous art quilts using the techniques in Rayna Gillman's new book, "Create Your Own Free-form Quilts." (Click here for Rayna's comments on the ugly fabric.)
Rayna slices and dices ugly blocks and hideous fabric and combines them with other fabric until she has sizzling, fantastic art quilts. I just got her book this week and started practicing her techniques with my own fabric while I waited for Karen's to arrive.
Here are some of the scraps I started with, and below are my first few baby steps using Rayna's free-form, no-stress techniques.
Thankfully, Karen is allowing us to paint, dye or use other means of surface design to help in the transformation.