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    Senior Member Diannia's Avatar
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    Fabric District in LA

    Hi,

    Has anyone gone to the fabric district in LA. I think it's part of the garment district. My DQF wants us to go next week. I'm a little hesitant...

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    I have been there. It has been years, can not say what is is like now.

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    I always go there when I visit my sister in San Diego. We leave San Diego at 8:00. There is a particular parking garage that she always uses. The people are nice and always take good care of the car. There is a restroom. We always take tp! The alley has blaring music. We usually walk through it to get to the fabric part. They really have some good deals, especially "Lucky Lady", where the fabric is 2$ per yard. I bought satin for this price for flower girl's dresses. They really turned out nice! If you are shopping for Bridal fabric they really have a great selection! Get out by 3:00 to avoid the traffic!

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    I made it my business to check out the garment district, and was very upset with the parking.. I went to one store that had two sections across the street from each other. I was a thrift store of the other.. I got decent thread for .50 huge spool. I don't think I would go again.. I don't think it was worth my time..

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    It's called the fashion district and has a web site with maps and it can be highlighted for fabric. We went last fall. Some is home dec. What I saw was a lot of glamorous fabric. The prices were great, be sure to dicker. They also had embelishments with great prices. It isn't like going to a mall. The parking is in lots that charge. If you like hunting, it's loads of fun. YES-either leave by 3:00pm or plan to stay after 7:00PM, LA downtown traffic is horrible at rush hour, even on Sunday.

    Anyone know of quilting fabric in fashion district?

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    I just googled DQF and cannot find the meaning. HELP!
    Last edited by kyquiltlover1942; 03-20-2013 at 06:09 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kyquiltlover1942 View Post
    I just googled DQF and cannot find the meaning. HELP!

    My guess: DQF = Dear Quilting Friend ?????
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    I used to go all the time when I lived in So Cal. I was not a quilter back then, so I don't remember what there was in the way of cottons. I do remember one place that was HUGE and had some of everythng. I definitely recommend Berger Beads. I could spend hours in there. Even if you are not into beads, it is worth a look. It is on 8th.
    Have fun!

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    Please don't think I am being snarkey,but,could we all go back to words instead of letters?

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    I go there at least twice a month i go early on Sat and find parking. And just shop you can find some good deals on fabric and any thing else

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    In case you haven't been, there is an amazing fabric store in Anaheim. M&L Discount Fabrics. 3430 W Ball Rd
    Anaheim, CA 92804. South on the 5, go west on Ball Rd. About 25 miles south of Los Angeles. Tons of inexpensive, nice quality, quilting fabric. The service is not that great. Last time I was there I got Alexander Henry fabrics for $3 a yard. I am not affiliated in any way.
    I promise not to buy any more fabric until I see something I really like. Or it's on sale. Or I think it might match something.

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    I don't think you're being snarky! DQF is Dear Quilt Friend.

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    Have been - it is next to garment district (and next to jewelery district) There is one fabric store that is "joanne-like" -Michael Levine on Maple Ave. You can't miss it. The cottons are better quality that the rest of the stores, and the prices are great. They also have home decor, dress making etc. If you can, try M&L fabrics on Ball Ave in Anaheim - the quilting fabric is fabulous and the prices are great ( heavy on quilting fabric) HAVE FUN

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    Quote Originally Posted by petthefabric View Post
    It's called the fashion district and has a web site with maps and it can be highlighted for fabric. We went last fall. Some is home dec. What I saw was a lot of glamorous fabric. The prices were great, be sure to dicker. They also had embelishments with great prices. It isn't like going to a mall. The parking is in lots that charge. If you like hunting, it's loads of fun. YES-either leave by 3:00pm or plan to stay after 7:00PM, LA downtown traffic is horrible at rush hour, even on Sunday.

    Anyone know of quilting fabric in fashion district?
    I have been several times and have been unsuccessful finding 100% cotton fabrics for quilting. I did find, however, a store with a large selection of African fabrics with decent prices that I used for a quilt.

    I believe the garment district is for sewing garments....anyone else have any luck finding cotton fabrics??

    I don't particularly feel safe in those neighborhoods, just FYI.

    Agree with Tesspug, Mel's and Jenny's (Magnolia and Warner) have GREAT deals. I was just there today. They have $2.79 fabrics in the back of the store. (Flatfolds). When they take fabric off the bolt, they fold it and set in in the back. I have been lucky to been there just after they sent a lot of fabric to the back....lots of Moda and other great fabrics. Much better deal than driving into Los Angeles!

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    My husband and I went down there for a day about 25 years ago. Lots of possibilities for fabric and clothes and thread, but I have no idea what it is like now.

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    I have been meaning to ask what does BFF or BBF stand for? I am one who likes words also, but can usually figure out DH or DS which could mean dear son, dear sister or the DSIL could be dear son in law or dear sister in law. JMHO

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    I used to shop at M&L fabrics years ago, glad to hear that they're still in business. I lived in Anaheim,CA from 1983-91.

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    I have never been to the LA Garment district. I am not a fan of visiting the city.
    I have been to M & L several times. They have lots and lots of quilting fabrics and the prices are several dollars a yard less than quilt shop prices for the same fabrics. They did raise their prices over the great deal it used to be but it is still a good deal!


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