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Someone just posted the name of a store & I thought I saved it, but it's
gone & I don't remember the subject name.  Would you mind posting it again -
I'm on the hunt for an older fabric.

This is about the only time I buy fabrics on-line.

Thanks!

Pauline



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I think it was Sandy's reply to the post:  Fabric Buying - Window Too Short!

Kate in MI

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Howdy!
  There are some shops we learn about which are good for searching
the archives, shelves that still hold some of our favorite fabrics.
For instance,
Old Times Quilters' Heaven and The Lacery
954-56 N Main St
Princeton, IL 61356-1376
(815) 872-9841
  a rambling shop on the north end of town (across from the train station)
which holds more fabric than any other shop I've seen (and I've seen
many, many quilt shops).   They carry fabric going back several years,
and receive many requests from quilters who need "more!" of a particular
fabric to finish a project.  Send a swatch, they'll try to find it
in the back rooms.  <g>  I love this!
  Meanwhile, when you see a fabric you REALLY like, get it.
Get plenty of it.  And if you're in love w/ that fabric, get a bunch NOW!!!
Because most shops are operating on such a tight budget they can't afford
to invest the dollars and the shelf space to store excess bolts,
and w/ new fabric available so often, there isn't time to re-order before
the next batch of goodies comes to the market.

Btw, I don't have any affiliation w/ any of the quilt shops I mention
or recommend; no kick-backs or freebies.  Just a happy customer who likes
to share the joy. ;-D

Cheers!
Ragmop/Sandy--hoping for rain in n.Tx (after the mowers are finished <g>)
     ---just said good-bye to family going back to Princeton, IL
> Someone just posted the name of a store & I thought I saved it, but it's
> gone & I don't remember the subject name.  Would you mind posting it again -
> I'm on the hunt for an older fabric.
>
> This is about the only time I buy fabrics on-line.
>
> Thanks!
>
> Pauline
>
>  



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I subscribed to the "if you see something you like buy lots" theory
for many years. Now I have thousands of yards of fabric. Please do not
be taken in by the "buy it now" mentality. Trust the industry to
continue to print pretty fabric. If you aren't going to use it for ten
years your tastes will have changed anyway. Currently I limit my
purchases to things I hope to get to within the year (OK maybe two
years).  

Last week I started the red and black scrap quilt on the cover of the
current issue of "American Patchwork and Quilting". The Designer,
Carrie Nelson, said she used 60 reds. Going through my stash I only
found 45 reds but I didn't let that bother me. My quilt is made with
only 45 reds and I think there is plenty of variety.  

Be reasonable gals. If the average quilt takes 10 yards of fabric we
should not purchase more than 100 yards a year. Completing 10 quilts a
year would be good for the average quilter. Backing would take another
5 yards so you can purchase 150 yards a year. After that much any
fabric purchase just becomes decoration for the shelves in your
studio.  

Susan    

On Thu, 1 Jun 2006 16:51:06 -0400, "Kate G."

>I think it was Sandy's reply to the post:  Fabric Buying - Window Too Short!
>
>Kate in MI
>
>*****************************************************
>
>Howdy!
>  There are some shops we learn about which are good for searching
>the archives, shelves that still hold some of our favorite fabrics.
>For instance,
>Old Times Quilters' Heaven and The Lacery
>954-56 N Main St
>Princeton, IL 61356-1376
>(815) 872-9841
>  a rambling shop on the north end of town (across from the train station)
>which holds more fabric than any other shop I've seen (and I've seen
>many, many quilt shops).   They carry fabric going back several years,
>and receive many requests from quilters who need "more!" of a particular
>fabric to finish a project.  Send a swatch, they'll try to find it
>in the back rooms.  <g>  I love this!
>  Meanwhile, when you see a fabric you REALLY like, get it.
>Get plenty of it.  And if you're in love w/ that fabric, get a bunch NOW!!!
>Because most shops are operating on such a tight budget they can't afford
>to invest the dollars and the shelf space to store excess bolts,
>and w/ new fabric available so often, there isn't time to re-order before
>the next batch of goodies comes to the market.
>
>Btw, I don't have any affiliation w/ any of the quilt shops I mention
>or recommend; no kick-backs or freebies.  Just a happy customer who likes
>to share the joy. ;-D
>
>Cheers!
>Ragmop/Sandy--hoping for rain in n.Tx (after the mowers are finished <g>)
>     ---just said good-bye to family going back to Princeton, IL
>> Someone just posted the name of a store & I thought I saved it, but it's
>> gone & I don't remember the subject name.  Would you mind posting it again -
>> I'm on the hunt for an older fabric.
>>
>> This is about the only time I buy fabrics on-line.
>>
>> Thanks!
>>
>> Pauline
>>
>>  
>

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Oh dear, I am so below average.

TEN a year!?!

marcella

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Remember I don't quilt anything larger than 45 by 60. Any quilt larger
goes to the long arm quilters. At this stage in my life I spend the
majority of my time quilting. Some projects are samples for classes I
teach and many are for charity. Occassionally I make something for
myself and usually a few wedding gifts a year.

Any quilt I make for the store, including class samples, the fabric is
free. Fabric for wedding gifts is often purchased to suit the bride's
colors. Everything else I am trying to make from my stash.

For my charity project this year I need many quilts in the 55 by 70
range. I have gone through my UFO's and found many are finished to the
point where they can become 55 by 70 without too much trouble. I love
starting projects. Picking colors and trying new blocks are the fun
parts. Then something would come along and I would put the started
quilt away never to see it again. I have quilts cut and blocks half
done for quilts I can't even remember starting. I have decided that
finished and in use is more important than the original design.

Susan
  
On Fri, 02 Jun 2006 07:03:31 -0700, Marcella Peek

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Maybe that's dog years? I could do ten in seven years, easy. ;-)

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Be comforted, Marcella, I don't always make it into whole numbers >g<
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Best Regards
pat on the hill

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These days I am thinking it could become one quilt every ten
years for me    ROFL

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Yes - that's a good target!
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Best Regards
pat on the hill

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Howdy!
  That works for you, Susan.
 (And good luck w/ the Bowties.)

I'm sticking w/ my buying habits; so far they've served me well,
and I've made many quilts just from stash-on-hand. ;-D

Cheers!
Ragmop/Sandy--still pondering the term "reasonable" ...
   I don't drink, smoke or gamble; stashing fabric seems pretty
   reasonable to me  <g>


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Not much wrong with that, IM(NS)HO. ;-)

I'm with Ragmop -- I work almost exclusively from stash, and I hate having
to stop in the middle of a creative streak to run around to stores looking
for just the right piece of orange. I keep my fabric purchases within my
budget, my studio isn't a fire hazard, and the amount of fabric I have
pleases me. I'm not worrying about whether I've bought more or less than
I'll use this year. *grin*

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Kathy A. (Woodland, CA)
Queen of Fabric Tramps
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Actually.... I go in stages..... kind of like clothes... now bear with me..
I think fabrics & designers in general go thru "stages" of what's "in"...
and one year I may really just not like much of what I see in stores.... so
say in clothes... I'm short.... and not young.... so wide bell bottom hip
huggers just aren't what I'm going for.  I find the same in fabrics.....
one year they may all lean or my LQS may buy only stuff that I'm just not
that in to.  Bonus of the lovely online market, I'm not as limited now...
but... still... some days... just not that much.  So.... when I find
something I REALLY like, I'll buy it.  Now that doesn't mean in a few years
I won't look at it and say... what was I thinking?  But usually if I really
like it, that's not the case... not only do I still like it, it's not
usually still in my stash <vbg>  And I have to say... I saw some stuff
yesterday online that I'm trying to figure out just how would I use it...
because it was cool looking and I haven't seen it locally.... but that's a
whole nother posting thread altogether ;-)



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Jan
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And I have to say... I saw some stuff
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So when has THAT ever stopped us? And where's the link??? :)

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ROTFL... well..... be forewarned... they are Christmas/Santa fabrics <vbg>  
But not usually what you think of.... and I think I'd have a hard time
cutting it into smaller peices...  http://tinyurl.com/ncvyb but it's such
a cool looking fabric that I am thinking on it <vbg>  What would you all do
with it???  
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Jan
RCTQ Coffee Diva

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Yes, they are quite cool!

What would I do with it? Seeing as how I don't do Christmas quilts/fabrics,
I'd send them all to you. :)

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Hence the warning... didn't want to offend anyone or push my personal
beliefs.... but it's a cool looking antique in not the usual bright
colors.... so from an artistic and only artistic point of view is the
question coming from.  I haven't come up with anything besides placemats or
table runner..... it's too dark without cutting it up... but I can't figure
out how I'd cut it up... so.... there ya go....... what has stopped me
<vbg>  

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Jan
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Attic windows with Cream/White sills?
Center of big log cabinish blocks with cream/tan/gold logs
Center of an irish chain with the chain being yellows/golds

I'll keep thinkin on it

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On Fri, 02 Jun 2006 17:58:13 GMT, Jan wrote:

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Bbbbut they are too pretty to cut!

Still, I have some ideas. You could use very pale blue, silver, navy,
gold, and white fabrics with them.  Black might work nicely too.

Fussy cut squares out of the top 3 fabrics and add coordinating strips
around the four sides; or use as the center squares of snowball or
star blocks.  

Fussy cut circles out of the top three fabrics and applique them onto
a light colored background.

Use the other fabrics as border strips.  
Debra in VA
See my quilts at
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Hmmmmmm great ideas!!  Thanks!!  I really like it.. but I'm not a
placemat kind of gal... I have a granite outdoor table sitting in the
dining area <vbg> So I need quilting ideas......

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Jan
RCTQ Coffee Diva

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I won't be much help - but I would probably use that in a quilt that I
have seen in the book "sweet and Simple Baby Quilts" by Mary
Hickey...There are big octagons of toile in the center and then small
points sort of making a star...gosh it's hard to explain - but I LOVE
the quilt - I just have never found toile that I have liked enough to
make it...

Roberta (in VA)

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