Sunday Stash #71 – Kimono

I have been hiding these stash additions away from myself for weeks now. Does anyone else play hide and seek with their fabrics? I have been very afraid if they were in plain view, I would want to start using them immediately! Which, now that I’m finally doing it, I gots to tells you, is true! Other projects? What other projects? 

It’s taking every inch of will power not to start cutting them into triangles and jump on the Sassy Quilter’s Triangle Quilt Along. Excuse me while I go grab my rotary cutter–wait, hold, steady…focus! Focus? Yeah, focus on my triangle ruler!

But where did all this floral-masculine-geometric-madness come from? Well, a good friend of mine was visiting Byron Bay and somehow stumbled into a kimono shop. As you do. I’m not sure what he was actually looking for, but he left with a scrap bag full of kimono fabrics for me! I had never thought about using them as source material before, but now I think it’s kind of genius.

They look pretty wild together, all those patterned blues, whites and greys, with highlights of khaki. Throw in a few solid triangles and I think we’ve got a winner! So now you know, if you find yourself outside a kimono shop, there might just be some fabric finds inside! Inspiration is everywhere.

22 Responses

  1. Salley says:

    Blue and white kimonos? Yes. Yes. Yes.
    But my mind sees them Accessorised with White socks and Thongs. No sirrrrree.
    Cut them into quilty pieces……. Immediately.

  2. L E Antwis says:

    yep…definitely go for the Triangle QAL with those yummy blue & whites !!! (only just joined up myself, a bit belatedly! ) Linda

  3. One Wee Bird says:

    Great friend! I also have a lovely gal pal who doesn't sew but has exquisite taste and regularly makes purchases for me of designer offcuts and anything else that she thinks will tickle my fancy…have just sent 2 triangle quilts off to be longarmed too early for the QAL!!…join in you know you don't need sleep

  4. Genius! Good to see you will be sewing along :)

  5. Once you do the triangle, there's no going back! That IS a sweet stack. Love the pops of orange!

  6. MsMidge says:

    Fabulous fabric! And yes – triangles – YES!

  7. charlotte says:

    So….Triangles it is! Now you make me want to make triangles too. I love the bits of orange in that first one. I have a small stack of black and whites. Hmmm….triangles here too? We'll see.

  8. Sarah says:

    All that blue & white? With little pops of orange? Hell to the yes. Cannot wait to see what you do with it!

  9. Katy Cameron says:

    The obvious thing to do on your holidays, go and visit a kimono shop in Australia… ;o)

  10. audrey says:

    Ooh, this is fun. Can't wait to see! Love the triangle idea!

  11. Your triangle quilt will look awesome with those prints and some solids thrown in. Can't wait to see. What a great friend to bring you such awesome scraps :)

  12. Salley's comment is hilarious!! Better do as you're told!

  13. Those will be fabulous as triangles!

  14. Leigh Anne says:

    This is going to be pretty freaking amazing!

  15. Jeri Niksich says:

    Beautiful fabrics and what a great friend!

  16. Mara says:

    Those DO look amazing, I have been holding myself back from the Triangles mania also, hold it, hold it, Can you share your secrets on how you make such awesome photos of your fabric? Purty Please.

  17. Jane S. says:

    My stash hide-and-seek happens because I tuck stuff away for safe keeping, then I can't remember where I put it. It's like getting a gift when I finally find it again!

    The kimono fabrics are yummy. I'd be tempted to use them to actually make myself a kimono for hot summer nights. :)

  18. I haven't done a stash post in two months. I need to get on it!

  19. Jean(ie) says:

    Those are yummy and scrumptious. Your friend loves you very very much! What a wonderful gift!

  20. sko_G knits says:

    those fabrics are absolutely stunning! can't wait to see what you do with them.

  21. Check out this lady:

    she imports yukata cottons to Wash. State, and has an amazing knack for finding cool prints.

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