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.
I think it was Sandy's reply to the post: Fabric Buying - Window Too Short!
Kate in MI *****************************************************
There are some shops we learn about which are good for searching
the archives, shelves that still hold some of our favorite fabrics.
Old Times Quilters' Heaven and The Lacery
954-56 N Main St
Princeton, IL 61356-1376
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. 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
Ragmop/Sandy--hoping for rain in n.Tx (after the mowers are finished )
---just said good-bye to family going back to Princeton, IL
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
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
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.
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
Ragmop/Sandy--still pondering the term "reasonable" ...
I don't drink, smoke or gamble; stashing fabric seems pretty
reasonable to me
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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*
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 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 ;-)
"Kathy Applebaum" wrote in
ROTFL... well..... be forewarned... they are Christmas/Santa fabrics
But not usually what you think of.... and I think I'd have a hard time
cutting it into smaller peices...
but it's such a cool looking fabric that I am thinking on it What would you all do with it???
"Kathy Applebaum" wrote in
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
I'm limiting myself to what I need now, plus some lime. I don't have
thousands of yards yet. I don't think I even have hundreds of yards
yet. Small stashes make it easy to see what you have at a glance so
I'm going to try to keep it that way.
I bet it looks good too. I'm not willing to be limited by what a
pattern says I should use either. I don't know the quilt pattern you
used, but I'm willing to bet it could be made using less than ten
different fabrics. Using fewer different fabrics in a quilt usually
makes a quilt less busy so you feel calmness when looking at it. I
like a calm looking quilt.
Ten! I could only dream of getting ten done. I'm doing good if I get
one made per year.
Debra in VA
See my quilts at
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
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
Debra wrote in
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 So I need quilting ideas......
What fabric did you see yesterday, Jan?
We can help you w/ "how to use it", seriously &/or with fun. ;-D
Someone pointed out the Denyse Schmidt collection,
thought about it for a while, which colors? how much?isn't some of it just too bizarre even for me?And then I contacted the D.S. folks, got the price ofshipping, and ordered the fat quarter collection. It arrived this morningand it's just so tasty! So many pieces, so many colors, funky prints,and --oh, my, this is FUN! Included is a small matchbook-typesewing kit, just a needle, bits of thread, etc.--too cute!and a nice "Thank you" card in a velum envelope which would be perfectfor mailing a delicate quilted postcard...hmmm..more ideas coming thru'. It's these surprises, delightful fabric and packaging, that keep meacquiring more stash. Jennifer Chiaverini's latest fabric group,Elm Creek Quilts: The Christmas Quilt Collectionis also available in fat quarter packs (3 of the shops I contactedimmediately offered the fq which had not yet been featured online),and one shop owner has become a new friend. ;-)I'll be looking for that collection next week.
Looking at these collections side-by-side, they have almost nothing in
common. But they will go with other fabric in the stash,
some going back almost 20 yrs.. When I do my semi-annual inventory
where I re-organize the fabric that I've rootled thru, I find
treasures I still love, still have plans for, and am not at all surprised
by the way the newer fabric blends in so well with the older.
Like my friends. ;-)
Btw, the latest Quilt Sampler magazine is another delightful issue.
On the cover is a quilt designed by Susan Allen (former RCTQer)
of The Quilt Asylum in McKinney, Texas.
shops sell out early but Barnes & Noble stocks it.
Ragmop/Sandy--always surprised by the Baseball Swap squares
that have so few repeats & fabric I hadn't yet seen ;->
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