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Thread: Fabric Ideas-German Quilter

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    Super Member girlsfour's Avatar
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    Fabric Ideas-German Quilter

    Our daughter has a friend coming to visit from Germany. His mother is a quilter and I would like to send an assortment of cotton fabric back with him. Does anyone know or have any ideas what is popular there?


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    Super Member justflyingin's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by girlsfour View Post
    Our daughter has a friend coming to visit from Germany. His mother is a quilter and I would like to send an assortment of cotton fabric back with him. Does anyone know or have any ideas what is popular there?

    I am not in Germany, but am i usually in Poland. The one quilt store I was in in Germany had beautiful fabrics just like any store in the US. If you want to surprise her, that is fine, but if you really want to bless her, just ask. The fabrics were very expensive, in 2007 when we went. Before I went in the store, I decided I had 5 Euros to spend. I think I got about 8" of fabric. I doubt that they have gotten any cheaper.

    No, wait. That was Vienna, Austria. But it is similar, I'm sure ibn Germany.

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    The quilts by Germans I've seen at the large international shows seem to have the same type of fabrics as ours.
    You could Google "German quilts" or "German quilters" and look.
    The European quilters I know use American manufactured fabric; and it's very expensive over there.
    Ask her son what colours she prefers and go from there.

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    I would think that she might prefer to recieve materials more typical for American quilting..something she might not get there. Of course if the fabric is that expensive, just about any nice fabric I am sure would be appreciated. what a wonderful gift idea!

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    Senior Member Diannia's Avatar
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    Perhaps a nice pattern and the fabric for a top to make it would be in order (if it's in your budget). That way she wouldn't have to try to figure out what to do with what you send...

    I am too blessed to be stressed and too anointed to be disappointed!

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    Super Member Annaquilts's Avatar
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    Maybe an assortment of FQ from one line of quilt fabric would be nice. Fabric is very expensive and they like the US brands. Maybe find out what she likes. I know my European relatives like the Hoffman batiks and they like colors.
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    When I was in Vienna a couple of years ago, I found a fabric shop and they had the same fabric that we have here in America, but it costs about twice as much.

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    Not only are the fabrics in Germany expensive, but depending on the region the LQS are few and far between. I agree with the suggestion of FQ packets. You could find out from the son whether she is a more colorful person or a more reserved person. The gift will be greatly appreciated.
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    Senior Member QuiltingCrazie's Avatar
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    I'm in Germany, The fabric stores are expensive here for Americans but not for Germans as they are paid in the Euro. All the prices are in Euro in Europe and the dollar is down and 1.40 equals a euro fabric in Germany isn't much different from the states but the assortment is much bigger in the states. Ask her what colors she likes and go from there, coffee is huge in Germany so coffee fabric would be fun, they drink coffee like we drink water. All the bottled water on the economy is carbonated. I made our movers a pot of coffee when they were delivering our stuff. Bakeries are huge here we have three in our village. Farming is also an everyday living...trackers are everywhere. Bicycles are used even in the snow here. It is so green as well because there is so much rain. Maybe send fabric that represents the states! Also German quilters do not use cotton thread, poly is the only thing available here. Hope that helps!! Happy Quilting!!!

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    I would get a couple--or more--FQ bundles. Maybe one would be batiks. Then I would get a color that compliments the bundles for background. I would also send a few magazines for ideas. I have some magazines that you can have that are not very old. Just PM me your address and I will send a few. I am betting that American magazines are very expensive, too.

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