Sunday Stash #153 – Fabric Destiny

Shhhh… don’t tell anyone (Mr. Sparkles look away now) but my fabric purchases on this latest trip to Japan consisted of slightly more than twenty metres of fabric. Um, Houston… in my weak defence, I won’t be travelling back to Japan for quite a while, and everything I bought was quite a bit cheaper than it would have been in Australia. Spend eighty to make twenty, right? Today I’m gonna show ya three pieces of yardage I picked up which already have project destinies.


This Echino fabric is from the same range I showed you in Sunday Stash #149 – Tokyo Textiles 02, except it wasn’t anywhere to be found during my last trip! I actually rescued this 2 ½ metres from Otsukaya Craft Store in Nagoya, Japan which is about 1 ½ hours south of Tokyo on the Shinkansen (bullet train). Yes, those are metallic silver dots, indeed! The plan is to add enough solid white to the edge and have it quilted as a whole cloth quilt for our queen-sized bed. I’m loving the sharp colours which will surely add some colourful zest to our room!


Unicorns! I have noticed in the past few years that unicorns are more readily available on fabric more than ever before. Usually though they look like a three-year-olds room, set amongst pastels, or eerily with heads chopped off. (Don’t even get me started on the fallacy that is a unicorn with wings!) So on my last trip Alyce (Blossom Heart Quilts) discovered this double-gauze fabric and urged me to buy it. Stupidly, I said, “Mmmm… I don’t think so.” Then it haunted me for the rest of the trip, and even when I got home! Fabric-buyers regret, have you ever!? Don’t let this happen to you, it’s the worst! Well, when I saw it on this trip, you bet your fat quarter that I snatched it up faster than a quilter at a Cotton & Steel sample spree sale. Mmmhmm! Four metres please, all for the back of my NGAQB2 quilt!


This last piece is probably the most unique piece of fabric I purchased while in Japan. I found it in Nippori Textile Town in Tokyo. I had stepped off the main street into a side alley (for a breather!) only to see quite an older gentleman with a storefront of fabric oddities. This metre was from a bolt, and I’m not quite sure if it is cotton or what, but that bleach-style stain runs along the entire length about central to the fold. It is dark on one side of the fold, and that bleached, peachy colour on the other side. It’s so dramatic, I can’t imagine cutting it up for piecing. Again, it needs the whole cloth treatment for some deliciously modern cushions. I’m not sure they’d work in my house, but with Christmas coming up, I’m sure I’ll find the perfect recipient.

So that’s 7 ½ metres already right there! My cupboards are getting full!

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5 Responses

  1. I really like the shiny Echino fabric and look forward to seeing a chic make for your room evolve.

  2. Lori says:

    That unicorn fabric will be perfect for your #NGAQB quilt. Love it!

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