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Thread: Ontario and/or Canada fabric sources?

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    Ontario and/or Canada fabric sources?

    Hi All,

    I've noticed quite a few Canadian and Ontario quilters since I have been a member here and I am just wondering where everyone shops on-line for fabric - I have been around to a few LQS but not seeing a lot of fabric that I really want....and I haven't found a good on-line source either, at least compared to some of the USA on-line fabric shops.

    Where does everyone shop on-line? - I love Civil war reproductions the most - my family is originally american and I have some quilts that came with them when they moved north after the war, so I am naturally drawn to those patterns and colours. I also love the modern/retro prints and they seem especially hard to find here in Ontario - or maybe they just sell out really fast!

    Would love if you would share your fav on-line sources with me!

    TIA

    Joann

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    If you find some good online places to shop, please let me know. Almost all of the notions in my room were bought on trips to the US. Most of these were bought at 75% less than the price here. The exact same material can be just as cheap and there are more choices shopping south of the border. My favorite store to shop at here is in Saskatoon, great staff and quality fabrics. One fabric I used was $22 at our national fabric store in Saskatoon, $10 at my favorite store, and I saw it for $5 when I was in the States in November.

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    (((sigh))) I am thinking this is probably the case Joy-lynn, I have searched and searched for a good on-line store that has even a few of the nice fabrics, notions, pre-cuts etc available in the States but none of the CN on-line stores seem to carry what I like. I have bought from e-bay and Connecting Threads and both parcels came through customs without problems (DD works for customs and she says they would have to find an off-shore label before they could charge duty) so fabric is mostly duty free and shipping was probably cheaper than within Canada. Connecting threads shipping charges are amazing actually!

    ...glad I only live an hour from 2 different border crossings!

    Joann

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    I have no suggestions for you ..... I'm kind of old fashioned and like to purchase things IRL, where I can touchy-feely it and know for sure what I have.

    I'm just a tad east of you, and find I have an abundance of quilt stores to visit, if I'm on a mission to find something specific. And a lot of them will be just as close to you or closer, as they are to me. Unfortunately, I don't know who has what types of fabrics, as I haven't been a big follower of fabric lines in the past and am starting to be more tuned in, in that regard now.

    When I was on the summer "Yours to Discover" shop hop, the shops in Mt. Brydges and Sarnia were/had done the Civil War Quilt and FWS. They had respected each other and not duplicated, but I forget which shop for which quilt. So I'm thinking one/both might have the CW fabrics you have mentioned.
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    You could try Sew Sisters Quilt Shop. I am close enough to visit their store........nice fabric........great staff......and good prices.
    They have a website and I follow them on FB.
    www.sewsisters.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nana2Sew View Post
    You could try Sew Sisters Quilt Shop. I am close enough to visit their store........nice fabric........great staff......and good prices.
    They have a website and I follow them on FB.
    www.sewsisters.com

    Clarification? .... I was curious about your link and checked it out, to find it is in Kansas!
    I'm thinking that you are meaning one of the following .....

    http://www.creativesisters.ca/index.asp ... this one is in Kitchener and where I did my OBW course. Great store, fabric and staff!! I'm not close enough to visit ir regularly, but when I get the chance, it's a favourite.

    http://www.sew-sisters.com/ ... this one is in Toronto. Other than what I have seen on the website, I know nothing about them.
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    I am from Alberta and I shop mostly from Fabric.com...they are amazing 1 day shipping to me from Georgia through UPS. I also shop at Flare Fabrics out of Toronto, Ontario...mostly batiks but they have awesome prices and free shipping in Canada

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    http://www.sew-sisters.com/
    Yes......this is the one I visit.

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    Thanks for the sites. I checked a couple of them out and I really like them. Also it's good to see that most fabric from the U.S. will be duty free. The person from Favorite fabrics that is on QB said that they can post 6-7 yds. in an envelope quite inexpensively, if I remember correctly too.

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    USA postage costs are so low in comparison to ours!
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