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    Senior Member antylu's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Janquiltz View Post
    I attached a picture of my most favorite quilt - a Lori Smith Sampler quilt called "Patchwork Sampler" (about 63" x 76"). Every block was different - different colors, different patterns, and assorted sizes. Unless you choose a uniform background fabric, you don't have to worry about having to buy yardages - except for your backing. My blocks were made with bits and pieces of civil war era reproduction fabrics. Lori also designs samplers that combine applique and piecing - and almost all of her patterns would look wonderful as "scrappy". Larger quilt patterns cost vary between $9 and $14 - shipping to USA is free - but only $4 to ship overseas. She also does patterns for small quilts. Her website is: Frommyhearttoyourhands.com

    Her pattern directions are simple and accurate. Regardless of where you get the patterns - a scrappy sampler quilt would probably be the most cost effective. Good luck and keep us posted on your project. Happy quilting. Jan
    The above "Patchwork Sampler" is just gorgeous; there is another site; fairfieldworld.com that offers free block of the month patterns, this year I am downloading The American Spirit one but haven't gotten started on it yet; (remember if you download to check and see if you are printing in 100% for the template pages!) They also have a couple still there from 2011 and 2010. Good Luck, am sure you will be successful. (remember quilting came about from people saving parts of garments that were not too worn yet and from scraps etc, don't feel you have to always buy expensive fabrics, my Mom made most of her quilts from recycled things; even the linings from coats! Have fun.

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    Hi Tina........As there are quite a few of us on the board from the UK i wondered wether we couldn't perhaps help each other out, and perhaps even buddy up, swop fabric etc. I think that we would all agree that the price of fabric is becoming a real issue here with a lot of fabrics costing around 13 ($18) a meter.
    I live just over the bridge so am quite close and would be really happy to send you bits of fabric etc, i have a reasonable stash, swop patterns etc....postage would only take a day or so.......anyway PM if you think I could help you out..........

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    I enjoy the patterns I have seen from Rose Smith. The only thing is you would be on your own for the shopping for materials. Here is a link: rose@ludlowquiltandsew.co.uk or www.LUDLOWQUILTANDSEW.co.uk she has cute free patterns and goes step by step and there are lots of half square triangles.
    So much to do so I'm just needling around!
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    Hi Tina,
    I have found The Fabric Guild to be great for fillers and background fabrics. All are 100% good quality cotton. Ring them up if you can't see what you want online. They're really helpful. I now get most of my fabrics from there or from the two shows a year that I attend. It takes some planning but it works for me. I use Modabakeshop patterns a lot too.
    Hope you haven't had a bad time with the floods in your region.
    Annie

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArtsyOne View Post
    We are so lucky here in the US to be able to get fabrics at great prices and have a vast variety to choose from. Are there fabric warehouses in the UK like we have here? I almost feel like packing a suitcase full of fabric and playing Lady Bountiful
    I wish! None in Scotland
    Lang may yer lum reek.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnnieH View Post
    Hi Tina,
    I have found The Fabric Guild to be great for fillers and background fabrics. All are 100% good quality cotton. Ring them up if you can't see what you want online. They're really helpful. I now get most of my fabrics from there or from the two shows a year that I attend. It takes some planning but it works for me. I use Modabakeshop patterns a lot too.
    Hope you haven't had a bad time with the floods in your region.
    Annie
    Thankfully we are okay, we live on top of a hill and 1/2 mile from the coast, most of Pembrokeshire is okay; I think further inland was worst hit as the hills build up and the rain is more of a problem.

    AnnieH thanks for the recommendation, will take a peek.

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    Little RoO, if you're that close are you (or anyone else) planning to go to the Malvern Quilt Show in the Spring? I went to the 'other ' craft show there last year and was really taken with the Quilters Guild display and stand, unfortunately I had a rather 'interesting' friend with me at the time and couldn't stop to talk to them for long. I'm hoping to get to Malvern for the Quilt show this time.

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    Well I'm very excited; I just had an e:mail from a lady on Freecycle, offering me a bag of old duvet covers and sheets! Off to pick them up in a bit, and if they're any good I now have the basis/ background fabric for my Craftsy BOM quilt!

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    or maybe not! Did you know there was such a thing as 'Butt ugly martians', and that they have character duvet sets! On the plus side, my girls think they are kind of cute, and have said that they want them on their beds. Waste not, want not and all that!

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