Sunday Stash #218 – Hobby Lobby Dilemma
Okay, don’t judge me, but I went to Hobby Lobby, and I’m sorry. I grew up in Oklahoma where Hobby Lobby was one of two craft stores in my town, so I’ve always been familiar with its big box aisles. While visiting Grandma Sparkles in Alabama, I saw its bright orange font from a mile away, and I was like moth to a flame. Even upon walking in the front doors I had to put my political convictions in a polka dot bag and tie it with a sparkly bow, because corporations are not people. That’s as political as I’ll get, but I’ll just once again say I’m sorry. To make up for it, let’s look at some pretty fabric!
I meandered through the many bolts of fabric, and while there was plenty of pretty, I maintained my composure. I finally broke down in front of the wall of Kona! My solids collection has been running pretty thin as I’ve been working on my #JustListenQuilt, so I thought this would be an apt time to restock. This particular Hobby Lobby had about fifty shades of colour, so I grabbed those that screamed, “I wanna be a star!”
I’ll have to get out my colour chart to figure out what they all are, but by buying half yard cuts, I figure I’ll have enough to play around with different ideas. Kona fabrics are about $15 AUD per metre in Australia, (about $11 USD per yard) and I bought these for about $6 USD per yard. All you Yanks, never complain about the price of fabric!
I also found a couple of random choice selections in the discount bin! This yellow brick is from the Wizard of Oz collection for less than $5 per yard. But these cameras! This fabric shows a whole range of vintage cameras sketched on a white broadcloth. This wouldn’t be great for typical piecing, but could win some kind of fussy cutting championship!
But wait, there’s more! Since when does Hobby Lobby sell Alexander Henry fabrics? I’ve been loving AH more and more lately, and I’m itching to use some of their pin-ups in something modernly original. While I didn’t find those in the racks, I did find these moustaches, AKA “where’s my ‘stache” buried in the low volume section. I never would have expected to find such a surprise. If I ever go back, (dilemma!) I’ll definitely be on the look out for sneaky AH fabrics!
In the meantime, I’ll keep my eyes out for vintage pin-ups, and anxiously await all the new AH fabrics hitting later this year. So to sum it up, I probably could have avoided Hobby Lobby, and saved some political skin. However, I wouldn’t have vintage cameras and moustaches, and this definitely wouldn’t have happened: