Sunday Stash #227 – A Novel Idea
Now y’all know I don’t do novelty prints very well. I tend to look at most of them, flick a wrist, and implore: “Take it away.” I have a feeling it has something to do with seeing all of those photo-realistic fabric prints of broccoli, French fries, and popcorn in every tacky, country-kitchen I bore witness to as a quilt-diva-in-training growing up in Oklahoma. My novelty fabric perception has been ruined since then. That being said, I always say, “You don’t have to like all the things to like some of the things.” So I have recently been trying to broaden my novelty horizons! (Sans French fries of course.)
This leads me to this week’s fabric Highlights (Hidden Pictures: do you feel me?) As I have been living most of my time in Singapore lately–more on that another time–I’ve taken to shopping at a few locals. They don’t quite know my name, but I know I’m always gonna find something new to me, and boy did I ever on this round! I challenged myself to pick out some novelty fabrics that I could stand, which also might prove useful in my brand of sewing. Sadly, I didn’t see any dicks anywhere, but I did find a few of my other favourite things. I adore hot air ballons! (irony? ahem)
Animals on fabric usually get the flick from me. But all of these above and below are met with approval. Origami cranes? Gimme one thousand. A photo collage of hedgehogs, bunnies, fawns, squirrels, and cockatiels? Just make the squirrels hot-pink and… oh, okay, I see you did that. Count me in then! (Snow White called and wants her friends back.) Seriously, well-played fabric company, well played.
I had to post this unicorn fabric on Instagram, because: Holy Gay Trinity. It’s like a Mariah Carey album on acid. Oh and look, they used last year’s Pantone COTY, so on trend! There’s just so much, I don’t even know what to do about this fabric. This is novelty fabric taken to the next level. Do I just stare and pet it during those lonely nights alone while drinking limoncello martinis, or do I make a bag that goes with me everywhere including that nudist retreat I’ve got scheduled for the Queen’s Birthday long weekend? Dilemmas.
Anywhoo, there are some surprisingly fun and novel pieces of novelty fabric to be found when on the hunt. I learned from this fabric mission to keep one eye on the prize, and one eye on the prize you didn’t even know you wanted!