The challenge for my local quilt guild this year was to use a half yard of this ugly fabric in a traditional or art quilt.  The majority of the half yard had to be on the FRONT of the quilt.
My first question was if I could over dye or paint the fabric
and of course the answer was a big fat NO!  
Marsha wasn't going to make it THAT easy!
It took me a long time but I finally decided to dye some pink and brown fabrics and make a free form quilt out of it.  I am surprised with how happy I am with the results.
I was going to call her "Straight up Ugly" in honor of the ugly fabric but decided that she has transformed the ugly fabric and so she is called "Straight up."
She has inspired me to want to make more quilts like this with other 
kind of fabrics.
Here are the quilts from the rest of the ladies. . .
. . .The art quilts:

 . . .the turtle on the right won the category. . .
Congratulations Marsha!

. . .and the traditional quilts:

 . . .the appliqué bird quilt was the winner in the traditional category. . .
Congratulations Nan!
We also had a lovely dinner, show and tell and fat quarter exchange.

 That is a LOT of rice noodles!

 Betty Jo doesn't want this quilt top and we immediately started arguing over who would get it, but she brought it to donate to the Deseret Foundation's Quilt Auction.  I was sorely disappointed.
 Carol made this using an easy reverse appliqué method.
 I love the colors in Peggy's quilt.
 Mardi's neighbor's young daughter came over to invite Mardi and her husband to her Christmas program because the little girl doesn't have any living grandparents.  The little girl and her sisters found out that Mardi was a quilter and asked their Mom to make them a quilt since she is a sewer, however she was saved because Mardi immediately volunteered for the job.  One quilt is finished and the other two are in process.  She will have all three done for Christmas.
They are some lucky little girls!
 Love this quilt of Lisa's!!!
Bold, beautiful colors!
She started it in a class at Asilomar.
She has sold it to a good home 
but brought it to show us before it left on it's new adventure.
 This is Florence's lovely challenge quilt.
 Ruth's challenge quilt is almost done.  
It is wool and cotton fabrics.
 Here are all the fat quarters just waiting to be opened, exchanged and exchanged again.  
The ladies can get a little crazy with their stealing of favorites!
The stealing makes for a fun evening.
 We had a very large group last night!
I think we all had fun. . . I know I did and
 despite this photo, Kirsten had a good time too.
She was such a sweetheart and got a good nap in during dinner.
Since she behaved so well I let people pet her after the fat-quarter exchange.
She thought she'd died and gone to heaven!


Melly Testa said…
So good to see you have a lovely guild, and are inspired to do challenges. I have just recently joined TWO guilds. I don't know that I am a challenge type of quilter, I shy away from that sort of thing, so Kudos!! I think you did a great job.
Hey Lisa.....your quilt is really great....who would think a truly ugly like that could turn out so smashing! You got talent!!
Sylvia said…
I am sad to have missed the fun! I wish I could get up there every month. I like your challenge piece.

PS Marsha spells her name Marsha not Marcia.
Gerrie said…
Well done! I don't think I would have been up to that challenge!
Paula Dalby said…
Thanks so much for the lovely pictures and narration. I think you nailed it. It was a lovely party and I feel so fortunate to be a part of this wonderfully creative group. Also, I felt honored to see my quilt hanging next to Anne's. Not that we are in the same league, mind you, but I always hope that just by being close to you guys, some of that creativity will rub off! Thanks again.
Lynda said…
Lisa, I love what you did with that fabric. Your quilt turned out beautiful! My first inclination also was to dye it! How big was your quilt?

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