Fabric Hunting at I’ve Got A Notion in Upper Montclair, NJ

by Landis Carey on April 20, 2011

Tuesday came in blurry and went out in a hurry. Haha, I just blogged a really terrible rhyme. Sorry, I’m in an odd mood.

Much of Tuesday morning was spent calibrating my kiln for its first fire when I realized I had to make a trip to the ceramic supply store. So, just to make the boring trip down Route 46 into an adventure, I headed to Upper Montclair on my way home to visit the fabric store I’ve Got A Notion. I hadn’t been before and I was thrilled with their selection!

Oh, did I mention I drove through the town of Nutley on my way to I’ve Got A Notion? I’ve always been curious, especially since it’s Martha Stewart’s hometown. What I saw was charming, in a Maplewood kind of way, so of course I loved it.

All of these fabrics caught my eye, but for different reasons. I’m loving the polka dots in the top image and the plums above. The batik prints below were so lovely, but I restrained. I was on a mission for fabrics suitable for summertime table linens.

As I walked around the shop admiring the wonderful prints and colors I was entirely disappointed I didn’t have my camera in tow, so I opted for what my iPhone could offer. Sorry for the blurriness; let’s say it captures my excitement at the moment.

I  toted home a few yards of the pink and the green prints and a few more of the blue duck cloth. Think light-weight summer napkins for the prints paired with navy place mats.

These color choices where definitely inspired by the day. Everything is in bloom here in the Garden State: yellow hedges, pink trees, jonquils and tulips as well as those little yellow weeds that are making our lawn look so pretty but driving dear hubby quite nutty.

Oh goodness, I did it again, I blogged a terrible rhyme!

(Images: Landis Carey)

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Sally Sherman April 20, 2011 at 9:37 am

Nice fabric selections — where I live in North Central Florida, we have to go some distance to any kind of decent fabric store, outlet or full-blown retail, even though there is a national outlet nearby, but selection isn’t great or extensive or much to my liking. How nice that you are near such a wonderful store!


Gina April 20, 2011 at 10:32 pm

Hi Landis,

As ever, I love visiting your blog! I happen to stop by for further inspiration for the napkins I’m making/about to make for Spring, and what do you know, I found it!–I was even thinking of making a trip to my local fabric store tomorrow–I LOVE LOVE LOVE fabric–great minds think alike. I’m thinking of making some for myself, as a hostess gift to my mother-in-law on Easter, and I want to look for some really fun fabric to make cocktail napkins, post-Lent party favors. I need to go out looking for drink umbrellas, too. Spring Fever has definitely arrived in California, too!

Question: do you find that regular-weight, quilt-type fabric works as well as heavier fabric when you make linens? I have some of both, just wondering what you prefer to work with.

Can’t wait to see what more you’re up to in your preparations for June 5!

Take care,



Landis Carey April 20, 2011 at 11:03 pm

Gina, you’re so kind! Thanks for checking in! How is your Aruba Blue? You did such an excellent job with the paint! I’m glad you didn’t go lighter and more green, you definitely made the right decision.

About fabric weight, I find regular-weight fabrics are great for napkins and can be good for place mats, as well. Though I do usually end up using mid-weight for napkins and a little heavier for place mats. You can use lighter for place mats but might just have to back it. I also construct my place mats with two pieces of fabric so that usually helps either way.

Go with your gut, the pinks, light greens and pale yellows are all around right now. Have a look at the blog Color Zen. She’s a color expert for Benjamin Moore and she recently posted about this year’s popular spring colors. They’re very retro! I love the picture of the different ice cream flavors. Really cute!

Keep me posted on what you make! Can’t wait!


Montclair Condos May 16, 2011 at 5:13 am

Nice collection..The colors of combination is Amazing…


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