Sunday Stash #214 – Always Airplanes

For those of you that don’t know, Mr. Sparkles has spent nearly his entire career in the airline industry. He still loves airplanes, and can easily identify one from another purely from hearing them fly overhead! Our running joke is that when we first met, I thought all airplanes were the same. I mean, I knew there were big ones and small ones, but ignorant me thought other than that they were pretty much identical. Oh the ridicule I have faced from him and friends over the years for my silly little comment, “Aren’t all airplanes the same?” If by chance you thought like me, well, I’ll tell you, they’re certainly not. It’s sort of like saying to one us, “Isn’t all fabric the same?”

So now every time I find a bit of airplane fabric, I snatch it up! One day I’ll put them all together and make a scrap quilt lampooning the joke. This particular one is by Sevenberry, but that’s all I can tell you from the selvage. I grabbed it, along with the rest of the fabrics here, during one of my many trips to Singapore. In fact, these are the last of the fabrics that have been in sorting chair since my first trip there! Seriously, we’re still talking about that. (I promise next week, I’ll show you some new stuff!) The other fabric pictured here is by Katarina Roccella from her Lavish range. If you’re not familiar with her work, you should be, as she keeps going from strength to strength. This one reminds me of marbles, which hold special meaning to me, so I grabbed a half yard of it as well.

Francis Newcombe and Jennifer Sampou also make appearances in this week’s Sunday Stash, from their Cherie and Black & White collections. I always buy things independently, and then when I get them home, I’m like, “Oh my god, you look so good with dark roots and blonde hair, it’s like not even funny!” Case in point. I generally don’t gravitate towards the creams, but I like to have a little bit of everything in my collection. Because you know as soon as you don’t, you’ll be needing it!

Finally, these are my subtle pickups of novelty-esque fabrics. Y’all know I don’t generally jive in that lane, but again, I don’t want to be completely empty-handed! You’ll notice that map fabric clearly identifies Australia (also, Sydney, Ayers Rock, and other local places), while also showing another airplane. It’s pulling double duty, and even triple duty if you want to add it to the low volume fabric pile. The one on the right, I’m blaming my shopping partner Kate. And that’s all I’ll say about that! 😉

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5 Responses

  1. Jayne says:

    The airplane fabric is really fun! It seems you have been set straight on the airplane differences! We all do and say similar things like that. At least you both made it into a running joke instead of a feuding point!

  2. Try being an aerospace engineer who is in it for the “space” and not knowing the difference between small aircraft; it was not pretty! So I can relate to your situation with Mr. Sparkles a bit. I’m not huge into novelty prints, either, but I really like the map LV you picked up. 😉

  3. CEE says:

    I was wondering. Why are your fabrics so perfectly folded? Do you press them and put cardboard in the middle. They always look manicured. This impresses me. I assumed they were all large cuts, but when I saw 1/2 yard…eels…that is not so easy to make perfect looking. Hmmmm, I will have to try harder.

  4. Ha! i think a quilt named “Aren’t All Airplanes the Same?” would be so fun. And you’re the perfect quilter to create it. Love the map fabric and as you say, it does triple duty! Can’t ask more than that.

  5. Molly, I love that Australian novelty print – screams “embroider me!” And the “aren’t they all the same?” reminds me of how living on a military post, I quickly learned that one should be able to identify all helicopters and winged aircraft (and cannon, and tracked vehicle lol) solely by engine noise or number of blades/wheels… I’m still working on it ; ) I’m pretty good visually, but not by ear!

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