Sunday Stash #156 – Just For Me

Please tell me that you’re not letting the holiday season get the best of you! If you’re stressing out right now about finishing all those mug rugs for every member of your office: stop it! Buy them a coffee mug, fill with M&Ms, call them crazy pills, and you’re done. You’ll get a laugh, and they’ll probably share them in return. Hello! Free chocolate from the whole office! That’s how you work it, Molli Sparkles style. You can think me later. Meanwhile, I’ll be playing stress-free with my new fabric additions just for me!


When I showed up at Otsukaya in Nagoya, Japan at 10am sharp, I thought I was well ahead of the game. I had done my online research to find out when they opened, except I got it so wrong. Apparently on this day they opened at 9am. Now, why is this important? Because they have a giant early bird clearance bin that gets stocked every day, and well, when you’re an hour late, there’s not much left in it! The only worthy thing I was able to find was that cream and goldenrod cotton / linen blend fabric. It’s about half a yard for the bargain price of $0.50. Yes, the decimal is in the right spot, fifty cents! I have no idea what it is, but if anyone can tell me, I’d love to know. (Guesses welcome! haha) That one metre of scooter fabric came from Tomato in Tokyo, which honestly has the best selection of cotton / linen blends the world has ever seen. I’ve now got quite a collection of scooter fabrics, but how in the hell am I going to use them all in one quilt!?


Tomato also offered up this half yard scrap of lord only knows what. It’s like a black potato sack, screen printed with a thick metallic silver paint. Again, waiting for inspiration to strike, but I couldn’t pass up this unusual bit of fabric-y goodness. The black and white diamond fabric below it, well, I’m sort of obsessed. On my first trip to Tokyo this year, I bought two yards of it in the navy colour way but this black one was no where to be found. Like the fabric whisperer that I am, on this trip, I tracked that sucker down! Looking at that photo just now makes me thing maybe those two fabrics belong together!


Also belonging together could be these two! (Goodness, I swear I’m not doing this on purpose!) That half-yard of Echino was also a fabric scrap from Tomato which I got slightly discounted. If you haven’t felt the new Echino sateen fabrics, do yourself a favour and bury your face right into the next bolt you see. This one has metallic silver birds dotted throughout which is why I refused to let it go. Now finally, I wasn’t really sure about this last piece. I picked it up, put it back, picked it up, put it back as I roamed about Otsukaya. Any time I have to buy something off the bolt, it’s a much larger commitment. I can’t just throw it into the shopping cart and run, if you know what I mean. At the end of it all, you’ll see I caved and had a metre of it cut. There’s always room for good purples in the stash, right? At least that’s what I’m telling myself! Now, promise me Glitterati, that you’re gonna have a stress free holiday season, and make time to play with some fabric just for you!

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7 Responses

  1. mary says:

    Mostly the holiday stuff is not featuring on my stress list – I have far greater stuff to stress about! Never seen that first print before but when there’s a bargain to be had who cares what it is! That geometric is gorgeous well done for not leaving it behind!

  2. Jayne says:

    A bargain at .50 is an understatement! Now that’s what I call Christmas! The black stack has possibilities!! Stress and the holidays generally go hand in hand. My family is small and they are so hard to buy for! I wonder if a coffee mug full of M&M’s will work for them?

  3. Erin D. says:

    Gorgeous. Selfish shopping is the best kind of shopping!
    (love the new look of the blog, classy! FYI: not sure if it’s on my end, but for some reason your stash share button is not inserting, last 2 weeks in a row when I attempt to copy and paste the script – maybe with the change? maybe my end, not yours?)

  4. Oh Molli, if you don’t do something with that last geometric print after thinking it over for a while, I’ll be gobsmacked. I am a sucker for a geometric print, and those tiny crosshatch triangles give me shivers (in a great way)!

    I am definitely not letting holiday making get me down. I made a few items to give, but as I make handmade all year, I don’t put extra pressure for “special” holiday season making. So much more relaxing that way. I am having lots of “squirrel” moments lately, though, and am off to go scratch another itch. Ah well, as long as we are all sewing and enjoying ourselves, that’s all that matters, right?!?!?

  5. Loving the black prints – the screen printed one looks fabulous! No stress holiday is my aim and sewing is for relaxing only 🙂

  6. Janine says:

    Dropping in to shed light on that top mystery fabric. It is styrofoam packages of Japanese natto, or fermented soybeans. To the right of each package is a small packet of soy sauce and a smaller packet of spicy mustard. Give it a try the next time you’re in Japan. It’s a love it or hate it taste. I love it! Oh, and you’ve got it upside down, just so you know when you go to make something. 😉

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