I haven’t bought any new fabric in months and months, but that changed on Saturday when I went to quilt guild (another thing I haven’t done for months and months). Instead of there being a shop as a vendor as is usual, fabric donated by guild members was being sold by the pound to raise money for our charity project. It was interesting to see what had been cast out from other people’s stashes, and the “one person’s trash is another’s treasure” effect was in full force, as I found some things I was delighted to add to my collection (though I’m sure other people were wondering what I saw in some of the pieces I picked up). Here are a few of my favorites from the stuff I ended up getting—
This first one is probably supposed to be a Christmas fabric, what with the holly sprigs and berries, but I got it for the animals. Until I brought this one home, I didn’t have any prints with ermine or beavers. The scale of the critters is somewhat disconcerting—a squirrel as big as a deer would be a sight indeed. I’m still trying to figure out what a couple of the animals are; what I’m currently calling a fox has a not quite pointy enough face, and the brown one perched like a prairie dog might be an ermine in transition from summer to winter coat but it might be another type of weasel or some creature I’m completely forgetting about at the moment.
I bought these mod posies for the nostalgia value—this fabric reminds me of something my mom might have used when I was a kid.
This piece is actually part of a shirt—the seam and shape of the top of the sleeve are still intact. Can you imagine a whole shirt with this stripe? What did the rest of the outfit look like? It coordinated so nicely with the mod flowers that I added it to my stack—in very small doses, it might even work in a quilt.
Here they are together—what else I might put with them to make the effect less retina-searing, I’m not sure at this point. Maybe I’ll never get around to figuring it out and these fabrics will show up in a future jumble sale and someone else will take on the challenge.
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