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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Remember:  Miniature Quilt Show: May 9,  at 2 p.m. at the library.  Entries due:May 8 by 3p.m.

I will post pictures from the Show-n-Tell in another post later this week since this one is so long.

This is what we talked about last night:

Online Shopping Tips:
Look for “natural light” pictures.
Use fabric color grids that some shops (like Hawthorne Threads) have
Compare color card solids
Try to find projects people have made with fabric on blogs, Facebook, Flickr or Instagram
Pay close attention to written descriptions
Be aware of signatures of different manufacturer’s specialties For example:  Art Gallery is a drapey light weight fabric.  
If you have a question, ask.  Most shops will respond pretty quickly.



SHOPS

Hawthorne Threads:  http://www.hawthornethreads.com/  Giveaway regularly with an e-mail filled with pictures of new lines they’re carrying along with links to free projects and for purchase patterns.  Lot’s of natural light pictures.  Color grid to match colors with. Often have pictures of projects made from fabric.  Have their own in house lines as well as other manufacturers.    3+ yard cuts 25 cent discount.  Total yardage (of order) 3 + 25 cent discount and up from there. Always pay shipping.

Fabric.com:  https://www.fabric.com/    Wide range of fabrics.  Sometimes detailed information.  I like them best for apparel fabric.  Free Shipping on orders over $35.  Good sales sometimes

Fort Worth Fabric:  http://www.fortworthfabricstudio.com/  GREAT Sales.  Sale section divided by price.  Search isn’t always the greatest.  They do have a color grid to search with.  Usually use manufacture pictures so I go by what I know and sometimes look other places to check.  Always pay for shipping.  I think the shipping’s a little high.  Through today (Thursday, April 23) use code 15MORE for an additional 15% off their sale fabric (only).

Wawak.com http://www.wawak.com/Sewing notions.  (OLFA 5 pack $16.85)  Free shipping over $100.  Good sales.

Connecting Threads:  http://www.connectingthreads.com/  Great prices.  Great sales.  Free Shipping over $50  Fabric quality varies—I don’t know how to discern here.  They’ve just started carrying some designer fabric and seem to have frequent sales on that.

Stash Modern Fabrics:  https://www.stashfabrics.com  Free Shipping over $50.  Mostly Modern Fabric, but some really fun ones.  Kind of spendy.

Hancock’s of Paducah:  http://www.hancocks-paducah.com  I haven’t used them a lot, but I love their catalog.  Lots of batiks.
Keepsake Quilting:  http://www.keepsakequilting.com/  I love looking at their catalog.  They have great kits.  Their customer service is terrible and shipping is slow.  Always pay for shipping—occasional free shipping sales.

Fat Quarter Shop:  http://www.fatquartershop.com/ Pretty wide range of fabric with heavy focus on Moda.  Have a great sale section and the grab bags I’ve purchased have been incredible.  They have some free patterns and some “how to” videos.

Missouri Star Quilt Company:  https://www.missouriquiltco.com/ $5 flat rate shipping.  Daily Deal.  Wide range of precuts and yardage.  They also sell kits.  Also lots of “How to” videos on Youtube for different quilt patterns.

ETSY:
You have to create an account, but one account allows you to buy from a lot of shops.  You can search for whatever you're looking for and if you narrow the category to "Craft supplies and tools" and then "fabric: you can find lots of fabric.  
 Some charge a lot for shipping.  Many will refund overages—watch for that.  There are a few that charge a flat rate.  People often de-stash here and you can find some great deals.  You have to watch though.  Always look at shipping info—some folks ship every 1-2 weeks.  Also watch fabric amount in description a lot of shops sell fatquarters or by the 1/2 yard.  Here are some shops I like:

LuckyKaeru:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/luckykaerufabric  Lots of fun novelties—always great quality.  Sell by the ½ and full yard   Usually priced about $1 below everyone else.   
LlamaFabrics: https://www.etsy.com/shop/LlamaFabrics  Very Modern fair price
Sewmeasong:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/sewmeasong  Great sale prices and fun quirky prints
PatternCrush: https://www.etsy.com/shop/PatternCrush  Focus on Modern and organic
IndeedFabric:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/IndeedFabric  Focus on Modern and organic
SpunSugarQuilts:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/SpunSugarQuilts  fun 30’s fabric and texty stuff
Lucyintheskyquilts:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/lucyintheskyquilts  Wide variety, mostly by the yard.  Best selection of flower fairy fabric I've found.
Bywaterfabric:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/BywaterFabric  This is a new one for me, but I got some great quality novelty fabric from them.
Believemagic:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/believemagic This is the shop that made my fun girl art quilt.  She sells patterns, art quilts and some spoonflower fabric.


Red Rock Threads:  http://www.redrockthreads.com/  Wide range of threads.  Once in a while a free shipping sale.  Best price on Aurifil thread.

Spoonflower:  http://www.spoonflower.com/welcome This company is very expensive, but you can upload your own graphics, pictures etc to be printed on the fabric.  You can also buy designs from others.  Prices range from $17.50 a yard to $38 a yard depending on your fabric choice:  everything from cotton to silk (including minky)

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