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    One of my favorite reps is stopping by on Monday.

    Does anyone have a question that they would like me to ask the rep? I'd be happy to try to get an answer for you.

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    Nan - See if anyone is coming out with any new realistic dogs and cats. I have lots of requests and cannot find appropriate fabrics.

    Also, maybe some toddler prints in non-traditional colors. Maybe some brights.

    If I think of more, I will post again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrhboxers
    Nan - See if anyone is coming out with any new realistic dogs and cats. I have lots of requests and cannot find appropriate fabrics.

    Also, maybe some toddler prints in non-traditional colors. Maybe some brights.

    If I think of more, I will post again.
    Do you mean realistic dogs and cats as in not "cutesy" (like the Potpourri one from Elizabeth's Studio)? http://www.favoritefabric.com/cgi/co...ords=petpourri

    For the toddler prints, are you looking for animals? Geometrics? Florals? Or something else?

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    Have fabrics that will blend from season to season.
    EX. carry over with color from one collection to another.

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    I am looking for non cutesy Christmas fabric. No Santas, animals dressed up in nativities, no living snowman. etc Looking for more classic fabrics for a quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gennynut
    I am looking for non cutesy Christmas fabric. No Santas, animals dressed up in nativities, no living snowman. etc Looking for more classic fabrics for a quilt.
    Have you seen this collection by Benartex? I ordered a box of FQs - so that I could really see the collection, as the Benartex rep never comes to visit us :thumbdown: , and they are really quite nice. Still deciding if I should order yardage for the shop.

    http://www.benartex.com/page/index.p...collection=272

    Hoffman also always has nice holiday fabrics. You might like these:
    http://hoffmanfabrics.com/SuperStore...sortmentID=213
    http://hoffmanfabrics.com/SuperStore...sortmentID=310

    We did order some of the Hoffmans, but off the top of my head I couldn't tell you exactly which ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gennynut
    I am looking for non cutesy Christmas fabric. No Santas, animals dressed up in nativities, no living snowman. etc Looking for more classic fabrics for a quilt.
    me too. I like the deep reds and greens

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    Quote Originally Posted by quossj
    Quote Originally Posted by Gennynut
    I am looking for non cutesy Christmas fabric. No Santas, animals dressed up in nativities, no living snowman. etc Looking for more classic fabrics for a quilt.
    me too. I like the deep reds and greens
    Then you can always count on Hoffman! Every year they have the traditional colors, and then they try an unusual colorway too.

    You may also like Robert Kaufman's "Holiday Flourish 4". http://www.robertkaufman.com/fabrics...ng_collections We did order quite a few of these for our shop. Last year, "Holiday Flourish 3" was our best-selling holiday group.

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    Yes , I have one that no one ever seems to give a good answer ... Why can they not make batiks fabric that does not run or bleed? The 1895 types are the worst at bleeding. Some others not so much . My biggest concern is that some do not start the bleeding right away , probaly becasue there is still a bit of the resist still in the fabric , so sometimes once the soap has started to remove that bit of resist that remains , then its starts to bleed.
    I have put batiks in the sink and at first it may seem all is good but if left overnight the true bleeding is revealed.
    If they can sell a product ( Retayne to stop the bleeding) why can they not stop it when its made. I understand its one more process, but I would think that a particular manifacure whould have a stratigic market edge , if they could market a true "no bleed batik".
    Well I guess I have two questions... Why are two color fabrics priced as much as fabrics that have as many as twenty colors? I have pruchased spectacular screened prints with sometimes as many as 25 screen colors.. and they can cost the same as the two or three color prints?!!!! Is it cost averaging on the manufactures part?
    Well I guess there is a third ... can't they come up with some way to identify a batik fabric. Regular fabrics have the salvedge that we come to rely on. I understand that the process for batiks is so different , but there must be some way a manufacture can find to be able to even identify who made it .. having more info as to the line, design, ect would be a huge bonus. It is impossible sometimes to tell even in the 1895 types which exact one you have. One of the great features of that type is that you can can darn close to the same ... if you know what the number is from when you purchase it.
    Well that was more questions than I thought when I started this!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gennynut
    I am looking for non cutesy Christmas fabric. No Santas, animals dressed up in nativities, no living snowman. etc Looking for more classic fabrics for a quilt.
    I love , love .. the Holiday Flourish line of fabrics from Robert Kaufman... They are the most spectacular Holiday fabrics. No cutsey ... pure elegance!!!
    FYI - I love your "no living snowman" comment. I am in complete agreement when it comes to holday fabric ... I like elegance not cutsey! So do check out the Holiday Flourish line you will LOVE it.

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    Lori,

    I will take my guesses as to answers to two of the questions!

    The two-color fabrics costing as much as the 18-color ones? I think you are right, about the cost-averaging. They know most shops will probably pick up a couple of the simple coordinates, along with the more complicated prints. And it actually does bother me, too, the cost being the same. Some manufacturers have "basics" groups that they offer for less, either because they're able to sell it in larger volume, or because it's a "classic" like a polka-dot or stripe. And these they typically sell for maybe 35-60 cents / yard less (at the wholesale level). Can we infer that this number represents their savings on the printing process, for simple prints as opposed to complicated ones?

    As to the pattern numbers being printed along the edge of the batiks... it would require that somebody stamp it on, by hand, at some point in the process. From the pictures I've seen online about how batiks are made, it doesn't seem that at any point the batiks encounter a high-speed rotary press (that's the process by which printed fabrics are made). So while at some point the batiks must be ... umm... ironed flat and rolled ... that's not the same kind of machine that would be able to do printing.

    So... pattern numbers would probably drive the cost up. How much do you think quilters would be willing to pay extra, to have this info available on the fabric? If you're buying, say a FQ for stash, even with regular prints there's a better than 50/50 chance that you're getting the chunk that doesn't have all the info on it.

    Hmmm...

    One question sure does lead to another!

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    Thank you for the links for the non-cutesy Christmas fabric! There are some beautiful ones. Last year I wanted to make a Christmas quilt using the Yellow Brick Road Pattern. I was so disappointed as most FQ packages had half to three quarters of the FQs cutesy!

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    Lori and Nancy, on the question of identifying maker and stock number for batiks, it is a relatively simple step for the buyer to make a note of that information at the time of purchase (from either the bolt end or the web description).

    I started doing this a couple years ago and it has become second nature...and makes a huge difference when I want to replenish something. You do have to remember, however, that because of the way batiks are made, the color may very easily differ from bolt to bolt even if the color code is the same.

    Oh, and my question for the fabric rep...would they be interested in adopting me?? ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghostrider
    Oh, and my question for the fabric rep...would they be interested in adopting me?? ;-)
    Gee, idunno... do you require much in the way of care and feeding?

    How do you feel about hauling suitcases?

    Maybe they could use a good porter...

    :D

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    I want someone to make a science themed fabric line-the periodic table, the elements dancing around on different colored backgrounds, chemistry stuff.

    I'm in the science field and have made a couple baby quilts for co-workers but wind up having to drawer what I want with fabric markers or applique. I've also used some wonderful embroidery patterns from the floss box- http://theflossbox.com/store/embroidery/science

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    Please! Is anyone making realistic domestic goat print fabric? I can only find wild goat print.

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    With regard to no difference between a 2 color and a 20 color print, the key is that both prints have the same amount of ink coverage. Prints are printed nuetral cotton and then are covered 100% with the design (most of the time - some prints might leave neutral areas). Once the die board has been made, there is usually no additional cost in adding 2 or 20 different inks (with exception of metalic inks I presume, but the price usually reflects that). So they're using the same amount of ink for 2 and 20 color designs.

    The other cost addition is the die board as it's more complicated/expensive to make a 20 color die board than it is a 2 color. However, when you spread the cost of the die board that can be used hundreds of times over the thousands of yards that will be printed, the cost is negligble.

    I was a cost accounting for a printing company for 20+ years. We printed on paper instead of fabric, but the accounting will be the same :)

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    Great explanation... thanks, DogHouseMom!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Favorite Fabrics
    Do you mean realistic dogs and cats as in not "cutesy" (like the Potpourri one from Elizabeth's Studio)? http://www.favoritefabric.com/cgi/co...ords=petpourri
    That is closer but yes, once that are more portrait of the actual breed.

    Quote Originally Posted by Favorite Fabrics
    For the toddler prints, are you looking for animals? Geometrics? Florals? Or something else?
    Fun stuff - geometrics would be fun. Numbers in bright colors. Just something that is not 'baby' but not 'big kid' either. I don't think that I am explaining it right. Things are not the 'traditional' colors - more towards turquoise, oranges, lime greens, bright yellow - not pastels. Think rough and ready like a 3 year old. As bright as their personalities.

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    This is the "elephant in the room" question,but I know a lot of people are concerned about where the fabric will be coming from. I am stash building right now. I won't buy much fabric in the near future because I, like a lot of others, are concerned about the radiation contamination in Japan. I know some of Moda's marbles are made in Japan, as well as Lecien. Don't know about some of the others. Do you know where RJR,and others are printed and processed, etc?

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    Hoffman makes such gorgeous fabrics.

    Quote Originally Posted by Favorite Fabrics
    Quote Originally Posted by Gennynut
    I am looking for non cutesy Christmas fabric. No Santas, animals dressed up in nativities, no living snowman. etc Looking for more classic fabrics for a quilt.
    Have you seen this collection by Benartex? I ordered a box of FQs - so that I could really see the collection, as the Benartex rep never comes to visit us :thumbdown: , and they are really quite nice. Still deciding if I should order yardage for the shop.

    http://www.benartex.com/page/index.p...collection=272

    Hoffman also always has nice holiday fabrics. You might like these:
    http://hoffmanfabrics.com/SuperStore...sortmentID=213
    http://hoffmanfabrics.com/SuperStore...sortmentID=310

    We did order some of the Hoffmans, but off the top of my head I couldn't tell you exactly which ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gabs
    This is the "elephant in the room" question,but I know a lot of people are concerned about where the fabric will be coming from. I am stash building right now. I won't buy much fabric in the near future because I, like a lot of others, are concerned about the radiation contamination in Japan. I know some of Moda's marbles are made in Japan, as well as Lecien. Don't know about some of the others. Do you know where RJR,and others are printed and processed, etc?
    Pretty much all the greige goods (unprinted cloth) comes from China or Pakistan. Printing takes place in either China, Korea, or Japan.

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    How about some non-cutesy career people image fabric such as doctors, teachers, librarians, etc? Could be panels or repeating fabric designs? How about taping into the other religions besides Christianity for holidays? Such as pagan (which is hard to find), Jewish, etc?

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    ADULT firefighter theme; print that looks like a calico cat's fur; plaids like we used back in the 50's for men's shirts; more polka dots and two color stripes, especially primary colors

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    Quote Originally Posted by LilQuilt
    How about some non-cutesy career people image fabric such as doctors, teachers, librarians, etc? Could be panels or repeating fabric designs? How about tapping into the other religions besides Christianity for holidays? Such as pagan (which is hard to find), Jewish, etc?
    Other than celestial-type prints, I've never seen any pagan fabrics. Jewish motifs that are *nice* are hard-to-find. Some are done for the chain stores each year but the quality of the cloth is, well, it's not the cadillac of the industry.

    I did run across this one by Michael Miller, what do you think of this design?
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