The ugly fabric is the brown fabric, although the light gold is giving it a run for its money. I used some of the colours in the gold fabric to choose additional fabrics for the piece. I also thought it would be fun to practise some gentle improv curves. I was really just playing around at this point seeing how the colours were working together. Although I wasn't thrilled with how this piece was coming together, as I worked I began to figure out a way to use the fabric with a result I might like.
I decided I needed to tone the fabric down a bit and I decided to add some grey grunge fabric with blue undertones. I sewed 2 1/2" by 3 1/2" rectangles of the grunge to 3 1/2" squares of the "ugly" fabric and some other co ordinating fabrics I had in my scrap bins. Things worked together quite nicely and I finished with this table runner.
I think the brighter orange squares really lift the tone of the runner and I knew I had a winner when I added them to the mix.
And winner it was! It won the most votes (by one or two) at our December Guild meeting/Holiday Party/Sew In. I used my walking foot to quilt more or less straight lines across the quilt using a light blue aurifil thread. If you go back to the first photo in the post you can see the 2/12" by 12 1/2" creative grids ruler I received as a prize. You can also see the EZ angle ruler and the template holder I received as a gift. Instead of purchasing things we wrapped up tools or material we had on hand, or made something as gifts for one another.
These two small quilts make up my first finish for the fourth quarter of the 2018 Finish Along (you can see my original list here. There is also a really good photo of the "ugly" fabric there. I will be linking up to the finish along later in the month but for now I am linking this finish up to the Brag about your Beauties link up with Michelle of From Bolt to Beauty.
And I'm also linking up with TGIFF which is hosted this week by Kathy at Kathy's Kwilts and More.