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!

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6 Responses

  1. Debbie says:

    Not a big fan of novelty fabrics either but do. Love the ladies on the black background in the last pic. Any info please on that one?

  2. Mary Ann says:

    Well done ! I love a curated bundle of happy!

  3. Oh, I really like the cranes. I agree with you that novelty fabric can be hard to find that really speaks to a person. And that unicorn fabric? It’s amazing!

  4. Maggie Gardiner says:

    Love those fluffy clouds! Molli can you point me towards some shops in Singapore? You always come back with lovely fabrics from there. The only place I know is Little India. I’ll be kicking my heels there for 5 days next month, with plenty of room in my suitcase.

  5. Helen says:

    Oddly enough I am on the hunt for novelties for a scrap quilt that friends and I are going to make at a retreat. We will be pooling fabrics so I’m hoping to find some fun stuff. One of these friends did have “dick” fabric that went into every scrap quilt she made for years. Sadly I don’t think there is any left (nor do I know where it came from).

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