Sunday Stash #77 – FiFi’s Fabricology
Make sure you head over to Quirky Hannah for today’s link up and giveaway! She’ll be going live a bit later today when it is actually Sunday in her neighbourhood. For now, you can drool over my fabric, just as long as you bring your own wet nap…
I’ve got an “I fell off the wagon”-sized stash to share with you today! Now, technically, I don’t own a wagon, nor did I make any promises to stay on it for that matter. What I do know is that my wagon holds a whole lotta fabric, and I’ll gladly take it with me anywhere.
The latest place I filled it up was at Fifi’s Fabricology on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. It was my first time to Fifi’s, but whoa, am I glad I tracked this place down. Honestly, it’s not easy to find: go through the city, past suburbia, around the hill, down the lane, and follow the gravel road all the way to paradise. But once you’re there, you can see why people never leave.
This is the view from the front steps of Fifi’s Fabricology. Can you believe it? Could you imagine working in a more serene environment? I swear Bambi must be hiding in that grove of trees over there! Oh, but you know I didn’t let this view distract me for long; I was banging on their doors at exactly 9am to let. me. in. (I think I even beat Ms. Fifi herself into her own shop!)
Now, if you haven’t been to Fifi’s you best be planning your trip right now. There is a sale room. Not a sale section, you heard me right, a sale room. It’s not filled with dusty fabric from 1997 either. It’s chocker-block full of the best of recent designer lines that you’re now unlikely to find on your fave American fabric sites. I saw plenty of Vintage Modern in there for those of you still chasing after Bonnie & Camille!
I was on a mission to gather some Kate Spain yardage to join in on Ms. Midge’s Kate Spain charm square swap. Oh, and that sale room delivered! I picked up pieces from Central Park, Terrain, and Cuzco. Previously, I wasn’t a huge Kate Spain fan, the florals and over-saturated pinks put me off. However, after I started playing with her fabrics from all the ranges, I realised how well they coordinated together. I love getting outside my own comfort zone (that’s how we grow!) and this seems like a colourful place to do so.
There must have been some sort of time-space continuum happening in that sale room because when I finally made it out, my head was spinning, and I was sporting one of those trendy Jesus beards. (Seriously, what’s up with those!?) Anyway, I staggered into the main site of Fifi’s Fabricology and nearly fell on the floor. Fabric everywhere. Everywhere. My eyes didn’t know where to look first.
I avoided the huge selection of Kaffe (for my own self-preservation), and found the grey ombre from V. & Co. that I need to finish up my Colour Drain quilt top. I also found some additional sale fabrics in the remnant bin, including the last of this Oh My! by Sanae for Moda, Poppy Fields yardage and fat quarter. Ever since I made this block out of the black colour way, I’ve wanted more of it to use as a quilt backing. At this stage, the front of the quilt doesn’t even matter!
Oh, and then I of course sniffed out some Parson Gray. Don’t think for a hot pink second that Mr. Butler would elude me in a place like this. I was pleasantly surprised to see bolt after bolt of his fabrics at Fifi’s. She must have a hot day-um type o’ thing for him too!
Then, I kind of went into a daze, and just started adding stuff to the cutting table. All I needed was this cookies n’ cream style Oval Elements from Art Gallery, but for some reason I bought the silver and black as well. I already had them at home! Sigh. Knowing I could no longer see straight, it was time to high tail it out of there! I was drunk on fabric!
I made it back to the car clingy all this goodness tightly to my chest, only to find my work colleague passed out in the front seat. Note to self, don’t leave the windows rolled up while shopping for fabric. After a quick, sharp slap to the face, I had him driving us back up that country lane back to reality! Now that I know how to get there though, frequent trips to the Gold Coast may be in order!
What you need to know:
The sale room is 30% off.
The sale room end of bolt is 40% off.
I may have bought nearly all of the Kate Spain.
Fifi and team are delightful, knowledgeable, and professional.
There’s a full range of notions, books, designer, basic blender, Kaffe, batik, and solid fabrics.