Friday, August 30, 2013

NEW Fabric -- Gotta Buy it!

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Hi everyone,

Do you ever go by a fabric or quilt store and the car just seems to know how to find the closest spot to the front door? Well, I'm one of those who has a car that knows how to get to just about any fabric or quilt store! Or anything related to sewing or quilting! (Let's not get started...beads, jewels, buttons, anything!)

This greeted me as I entered the store! Isn't it beautiful!? Are you feeling tempted, yet?

So, last night, I decided to check out the Modern Quilt Guild, where I live, and there were quite a few women in attendance. I decided, beforehand, that I would go just in time for it to start... Because it was being held inside of one of my favorite quilt stores! And I didn't want to get distracted! (you know what I mean, right?)

The  meeting went well, with show and tells, yummy food, interesting stories, etc. I had a lot of fun getting to know women and 1 man, with like minds!!

Here is one of the show and tells, Love the idea of embroidery to create your own fabric!

Another view of the quilt.

I saw a lot of cute ideas and techniques that I want to try. There was a man in attendance who makes "art" quilts out of photos he takes, He prints his photos onto inkjet fabric sheets and then sews them together and makes a quilt out of them. One of the "members" mentioned that you can have your photos blown up and printed onto larger "whole cloths" any size you want! The company that does this is called Spoonflower. They will also create any art or fabric idea you have...What about your children's art?

Here is a beautiful quilt I saw at the International Quilt Market in 2007, It is a photograph and then made into a quilt, with very intricate quilt machine work! I fell in love!

Isn't this STUNNING?


Close up view.


Well, now that I'm distracted showing you beautiful pictures...on with the story....

We got out of the meeting early! So, what does that mean? I had to look around, of course! because I told hubby I would be gone for 2 hours and I didn't want to disappoint! So, Here is a photo of what came home with me: (disclaimer..."it was on sale at 50% off!")  How many of you say that?

Wasn't this a GREAT find? I had so much fun putting these all together.

I got lucky...finding so many pieces that went so well together. I had over 200 bolts to choose from, too. The first piece that caught my eye was the stripe! Then I found the floral, then the dots, and then the plaid. I realized I needed something that read like a "solid" (of course, doesn't your mind think like that, too?) So, I found the message fabric....THEN, I saw the black/white print on sale, too! (needed a dark fabric to balance out the black in the floral print) I was so happy with myself!

So, I was leery (a little) about coming home, thinking..."I could leave this in my car until morning." "I could stuff it in my purse," But, then realized, wait a minute.... his car was not there........ What would you do, now?

I would LOVE to hear one of your shopping adventures! 
Come on, you have one!

Happy Quilting, Please follow me! See links in the sidebar!

Denise

40 comments :

  1. I noticed that quilt at the shop, too and fell in love with it. The bird quilt is gorgeous too. And you fabric bundle looks awesome together :-)

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    1. Thanks Christa! One of my favorite things to do is put fabric together!

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  2. PS - Hey email me so we can chat about Sewing Summit! I just saw on facebook that you are going - so am I!! I just blogged about my schedule today. Let's chat :-)
    christa@christaquilts.com

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  3. Quite agree with ChristaQuilts, and envy your ability to put fabric together. As for getting more fabric in the door, well we just have to be creative!

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    1. Thanks so much! I love putting prints together!

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  4. The quilt in the shop is gorgeous, I'm thinking of my Kaffe Fassett collection which is waiting, waiting (probably wrong about that!) and I love the seagulls, just amazing - a real surprise, I thought the first picture was a photo. As for your ability to put fabric together, impressive. Getting more fabric in the door is easy, just be creative!

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    1. , I'm pretty creative with storing it, too!

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  5. Pass by a Fabric shop?! I better be on the way to something pretty important LOL! It is pretty hard but it is just as hard when I find a new one on the internet. WE may have to get a bigger apartment so I have room for my stash....;-)
    By Kathy Larzelere

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    1. I'm thinking a whole basement for me! I've taken over two rooms, now!

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  6. Can you avoid the fabric store drive by?

    Only when my husband is with me
    By Christine Lee

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  7. I'm afraid that I am so spoiled from working for a designer fabric store that I can now easily bypass fabrics stores! Once - or should I say if - I ever use up all the fabric I have at home I plan to go to New York City and shop fabric row! I never thought I'd become a fabric snob!
    By Cathy Champion

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    1. I never had a stash, until I worked at a fabric store!

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  8. Can you avoid the fabric store drive by?

    I cannot. I pass by Keepsake Quilting in Center Harbor, NH twice a week. I usually pop in at least once just to see what's new. :) It's my favorite "fun" as an adult. :)
    By Jo Connolly

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    1. Must be a nice and up to current trends to visit so often! That is awesome!

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  9. Like Jo, I have to pop in at least once a week to see what's new. The visits also fuel my never-ending repertoire of what project to work on next. So far, my actual "working on" has never caught up with my list of new ideas in my head.
    By diane allen

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    1. I can totally relate! But, I'm never bored, always something to work on!

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  10. Believe it or not, I went to Houston in 2011 and came home with NO fabric! I'm at a point in my stash life where something has to "hit" me. You know how it goes-you see it across the room, and it just pulls you in. Nothing has done that for quite a while for me.
    By Eileen Keane

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  11. I live outside the U.S.A so that means I can go mad when I do visit! Otherwise I am under compulsory control!
    By Juliet Wood

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    1. I bet you have a great time when you come to the USA to shop! I know I'd be forced to use my stash more if I had to wait between fabric store trips.

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  12. I had t stop going anywhere they sold quilting fabric because I have a closet full of fat quarters. and I don't quilt .I was going to but I just don't have the patience that quilting takes . so now I'm trying to get them sold but have not had many people interested.
    By Christie Baranowski

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    1. Oh, that's too bad, you have to sell the fabrics! The little fat quarters are so tempting, like buying candy and the register!

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  13. Oh my, I love the colours in this quilt. They are usually done in neutrals and dare I say drab colours. This one is terrific. (Note to self: DO NOT go to that quilt store. Stay away from the fabric)
    By Joanne Vaillancourt

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    1. They are pretty! I like the solids, too. I don't work with them too much, but because they are smaller pieces, it breaks them up nicely.

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  14. I usually can here at home, but when I traveled for my last job, I always tried to carve out some free time to visit local fabric stores in other cities.
    By Deborah Zeman

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    1. I bet you have some nice fabric pieces to work with, especially from different cities the fabrics change from city to city and store to store.

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  15. Just once in a while I do actually leave a fabric shop without buying anything but generally something catches my eye. I am unpacking a huge number of boxes of fabric and books and all the other accessories, after moving countries and need more fabric like a hole in the head and yet at a Guild Stash Sale yesterday i bought some exquisite Velvet, felted wool wadding and 3 large pieces of scrummy fabric !!!!! Don't have to get it past anyone but do have to find somewhere to squeeze it in my new smaller house.
    By Catherine Lawes

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    1. I thnk I'd be worse off and over loaded with fabric, if I didn't have to account for some of it.

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  16. I have boxes and boxes of fabric stored for the hazy future when I have time/space to do more sewing. When they were young, my kids got to the point of complaining, "Not another fabric store!" Now it's just craft stores and craft supplies stored everywhere.
    By Debbie Keith

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    1. You'll never want for anything, especially when you do get busy again. I like not having to go out for something once I'm in the zone!

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  17. I love quilt shops. They are inspiring and you meet the nicest people. We are having a shop hop in my area this coming weekend and we will be visiting several shops.
    By Michelle Lewis

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    1. Sounds like a lot of fun, Michelle! Hope you win some of the fun prizes!

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  18. Thank you Denise,
    This is great. I love pincushions and have made several over the years. Love yours...
    By Lee Sampson

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  19. Not when I'm with my Mother! Unfortunately, here in New York City we don't do the "drive by" because there is only really one real quilt shop, but many fabric shops in the fashion district. Those are hard to walk by.
    By Linda Cretella

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    1. I would go crazy if I lived near the fashion district!

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  20. I can not seem to avoid any fabric stores. Especially if my stash seems low to me I love checking out any new fabric designs.
    By Delores Wood

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    1. I know how you feel! the "only" time I can avoid the shops is when my husband is driving...the car gets confused and doesn't know how to turn into the parking lot!

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  21. I only allow myself to go into quilt shops while on vacation or the one that is 25 miles from my house. I am afraid of letting myself go into the ones that are closer. It could become a very bad, expensive habit.
    By Sandra Schwerin Montoya

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    1. Yes, I know exactly what you are talking about, Sandra! I wrote a quilt book a few years ago, and I challenged myself to use what I had in my stash! And I did it...!

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