Sunday Stash #56 – Magic Suitcase V2.0 Part 09 – Case Closed

Well, I just got the most exciting news, y’all! A founding member of the Glitterati, Amoreena, just sent me an email that went exactly like this:
“Hi. We are celebrating Christmas with my family tonight, and I made a few quilty gifts. My aunt, who lives in Santa Cruz, [California] started talking to me about quilting, and the value of it. Then she told me about this article she read in the local newspaper (Santa Cruz Sentinel) by this Australian quilter who’d written about the true cost of quilts, and gotten flack for it. Lol. Did you know you had made the papers here?”
AND I DIE. I mean, I’ve made the assumption that the “Australian quilter” is moi, but if I am stepping on someone else’s Louboutin-clad toes, please forgive me! If not, I am beyond flabbergasted. Well, at least now we can all confirm that the Santa Cruz Sentinel has impeccable taste. If anyone out there is still using this newspaper article as kitty box liner, I’d love to see it! Oh, and whoever leaked it to the press, hats off to you.
But now, it’s time to look at the last and final pieces pulled out of the Magic Suitcase V2.0. Like the first Magic Suitcase, version 2.0 also delivered nine parts, and a mega-stash building haul. 
When I first saw Saltwater in person, I must say, I was completely disappointed. It didn’t have the saturation level I had expected, the seashells were predictable, and those octopi just gave me the creeps. But then I slapped myself and said, “Girl, you don’t have to like everything to like some things.” I looked again. 
The Sea Debris print I thought was extremely clever, the Floaties and Sinkies a fresh take on a dot pattern, and the Tortoise Shell an interesting blender.

Plus, the Submarines and Seaweed has such a graphical nature, that I thought it diversified itself outside the nautical theme. Oddly enough, I found I already had it in the blue colour way in my stash and didn’t even realise it! So moral of the story: You don’t have to like everything.

That being said, I love everything about Notting Hill. Seriously. I now own nearly every piece in the collection except the tartans (love them, just didn’t want them). I’ve been collecting bits and pieces, here and there, since its release.

What have I made with them? Oh, dear. This may be my Hoarders Anonymous moment. :::bows head in shame:::

But regardless, aren’t they lovely?! I want to mix all the colour ways together and do something cray-cray (idea stewing in my head), but until then, I’ve got them safely under lock and key.
Okay, lovelies, this is the last Sunday Stash of 2013, and the final chapter of the Magic Suitcase V2.0. When I see you next week, the Sunday Stash link up will be at its new permanent home here at MolliSparkles.com. Look forward to full link up requirements, some hosting opportunities, and my own stash next week!

Linking up with Fiona at Finding Fifth Alyce at Blossom Heart Quilts for this week’s Sunday Stash-a-thon!

You should do the same.  
A special sparkly thank you to Fiona at Finding Fifth for letting me take over her baby.

25 Responses

  1. Katy Cameron says:

    Another fabulous haul! And we always knew you were a headliner ;o)

  2. Vera says:

    Cool! Happy New Year!

  3. Wow! The news!! I'd love to see the article.

  4. Auntie Pami says:

    I've been sharking Comma because of you

  5. The Sea Debris print in blue is my favorite Tula print – ever. Nice stashing!

  6. Rita Ferber says:

    Molli, we all knew you would take the world by glitter-storm! Kudos to the one who leaked your fabulousness!
    It's taken me a while to like Saltwater, don't love it, but it's growing on me. Looking forward to seeing what you have cooked up for us in 2014!
    ritaferber_5@hotmail.com

  7. Sheryl says:

    There's nothing wrong with holding onto a few precious fabrics for a little while until you find the perfect project – just as long as they don't show up unused and forlorn in twenty years. Notting Hill is a gorgeous line, and I love the coral print you picked up from Salt Water.

  8. ~Diana says:

    You know Sunday Stash is going to explode under your tutelage, right? We all want to play in Molli's Sparkl-y sandbox! 🙂 I love Notting Hill too…need to get off my keister and order some… 🙂 Happy, Sparkly New Year! I think 2014 is going to be FAB!
    http://www.sewcraftychick.blogspot.com

  9. Mara says:

    It's interesting to see each person's loves of fabric and congrats on being in a paper all the way in California, how cool!

  10. Jane S. says:

    You're famous! Or should that be infamous…can never keep those two straight. 😉

  11. memmens says:

    Wow I look forward to the conversation on the true costs continuing. I have some Notting Hill in my stash from a win somewhere, I shall have to get it out again and see if it inspires me, I was never that taken with it…

  12. Although I love other Joel Dewberry lines, I think Notting Hill is rather Scandinavian and not to my taste. The aqua / chartreuse colour scheme is rather nice though.

  13. Kara says:

    Never, ever hang your head in shame for fabric hoarding! It's just waiting for its moment to shine. It will come. Until then, just take it out and pet it occasionally.

  14. sharpie says:

    Totally you. Have you seems Mary Fons' quiltcon lecture on craftsy? At one point she mentions how the average non-quilter can't really afford a quilt (it's prohibitively expensive), unless someone who loves them quilts, in which case it'd be free. Interesting how come people can so nonchalantly accept the worth and value of the art, while others expect those costs to be externalized by the makers.

  15. Am L says:

    I'm with you on Saltwater. There are some pieces I like, but it's not my thing overall. It was funny when my aunt started talking to me about the value of my quilting, and about this article she'd read…. Too bad she's not a hoarder, or I'd be able to scan and send it to you.

    Regarding fabric hoarding, I've learned that I really need to make things out of the fabric I buy relatively soon after I make my purchase. Otherwise, I look at fabric purchased a few years earlier, and find myself wondering what I was thinking. I can't wait to see what you come up with!

  16. Anne says:

    Oh wow! Did you know I live in Santa Cruz [California]??? I don't get the paper, though, but I can ask my friends if they have it. 😀

  17. Rebecca Bird says:

    You're pretty Sparkly it's no surprise really you made it all the way to Santa Cruz ;)….Octopus won't hurt you be brave but a pin will stab the bejesus outta ya!

  18. Sooli says:

    You know I love Notting Hill. The right project will come along, after all fabric doesn't have a use by date. Who knows, if you leave it alone in the dark for long enough it might just breed and make more fabric!

  19. Jan Barnett says:

    Press coverage! You love it, I love it, we all love it! Now find that newspaper quick while the glitters still wet!

  20. Well la-di-da Ms Sparkles, look at you all pressed and ready to take over the world one glitter bomb at a time.

  21. Kelly says:

    Pretty Sunday stash and you so need to hunt down that article 🙂

  22. Congrats on being in print. These are all fantabulous! Sparkle on!!

  23. pandchintz says:

    I fell into hyperventilation when I first saw notting hill and have been "collecting" too! 'Cept I have NO idea what to do with it…….can't wait to,see what you have in mind

  24. jeifner says:

    I love all the blue color way of Saltwater. Lerv it. And those chevron-y stripes and the tortoise shell. Looking forwards to more Sunday Stash and Sparkle. I've been keeping some things back to help my fabric fast for the next 6 months. I'm hoping that as I blog about them it'll feel like they are new purchases. hurumph 🙂

  25. kelly o! says:

    I am fashionably late to this party…just want to pop over and say: the Saltwater tortoise shell print isn't just for blending…it also makes a fan-freaking-tastic binding.

    Your idea that you don't have to love everything to love some things is spot on!

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