I am fairly new not only here at DG but at sewing in general. My knowledge of where to buy fabrics boils down to Joann's, Country Cottage (my friends shop), Sewing Studio, and a tiny quilt shop which I can't even remember the name of. The only two that are close to me are the first two, the last two, although a beautiful selection of fabrics and awesome sales is about an hour away. So, with that said. I am trying to open up the online shopping experience to me.
My sister-n-law, Thunder has been helping me with some fabulous fabric links but I thought maybe some of you had some others that were good too.
This thread is specially for posting links to the sites you love the most for your fabric buying habit. Thanks to all who post on here.
(Yes, I do the thrift stores, estate sales, and other garage/yard sales too).
PS...Please feel free to share International Sites also. I found a really cool one in Scotland. I have a friend that lives there. She is placing an order for me and bringing it to me in October. I can't wait. There's goes by Meter's which she said is about 3.3' so a little over a yard. I will post that link too.
This is the link for the site in Scotland/UK area. It is listed per metre as they spell it. Their width of fabric is a lot larger than ours. I find most of theirs to be 58" or 60" wide. My friend lives in Scotland, she is coming to us in October.
Looking at the prices at Hancocks-Paducah. Makes me want to go shopping there.
Thanks for the links...I am not buying any fabric right now...I am not buying any fabric right now...
If I can just keep telling myself that.
Paducah is full of little 'boutique' fabric shops too...and the whole town transforms for the month of April for the Quilt Show...every vacant building or cubbyhole is rented for the month by vendors who come in just for the Quilt Show...then Eleanor Burns has a huge fabric sale (and in typical Eleanor Burns style...a monster tent party) Her tent blew away in a storm this year, the night before the Quilt Show opened, and she had another one brought in and set up by daybreak the next morning. Her shop is one of the big attractions during Quilt Week. Caryl Fallert has a studio (more like a mansion) in Paducah too...(she's my hero).
Fabric vendors from around the world come in just for this. Then,there are the vendors selling vintage fabric (NOT reproduction) flour sacks, old lace, antique quilt tops, Featherweights, fancy sewing cabinets and gazillions of notions. The Post Office sets up a special kiosk right on the grounds and will pack and ship your purchases home ahead of you. I spend a small fortune that week.
This picture is of the 'hurt book' sale...the publisher puts all of the books with bent corners and cosmetic flaws in a big room and they're all $5 each...some of these books are over $30 retail!
Seriously, if anyone is interested, I'll be happy to help with arrangements. If you stay in Paducah, there are free shuttles during the show to take folks everywhere. Lots of hotels too. If you prefer to stay out of town, there's campgrounds, bed and breakfasts and more hotels. Kentucky Lake is nice that time of year and it is about 40 minutes from Paducah.
Many years ago I used to belong to the quilting society thus received their magazines showing quilts in the show. Drooled all year long and longed to go to the show. Now I don't travel very well unless necessary...
Hmmmm...I can't post Quilt Show pictures (of the quilts) in a public forum because of copyright laws, but if you all want to have a look at the Quilt Show, I'll create a D-mail group and share them that way. Everyone will need to promise to respect the copyrights of the artists and not repost them elsewhere, but we can get personal enjoyment from them.
I'll post a batch every day for folks to drool over...what do you think?