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    could you save this money and add onto it,? and wait for a really big sale, i know it will be hard!!!!!

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    could you save this money and add onto it,? and wait for a really big sale, i know it will be hard!!!!!

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    Have a great time.There's more than one fabric store in Hershey.Ask for the sale area when you go in.Myself, I look & admire, but seldom spend unless there's a sale area.

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    Been there, done that! I have bought my focal or main fabric at LQS and then the supporting fabrics at JoAnn, Hancocks or even WalMart. Works for me and saves me a LOT!

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    Quote Originally Posted by justme2
    Have a great time.There's more than one fabric store in Hershey.Ask for the sale area when you go in.Myself, I look & admire, but seldom spend unless there's a sale area.
    Just wondering if the Hershey area has a local bus ? I'd ask at the motel/hotel.Also, look up the Chamber of Commerce or tourist
    office & ask if they have transportation to a store you want to visit? Most
    places will try to help.

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    I collect 30s patterns, and recently I got to visit a new shop....BF gave me 60.00 just to splurge! I went in and found the 30's a bought a BUNCH of 1/3 yards. Lots of pretty special little pieces, lol!

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    I like your pattern. Whatever you end up splurging on...enjoy yourself. Sounds like a fun trip to me!

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    There are several lqs in and near hershey. There is one in blue bell and one up at the smorgesboard ( not buffet ) in the area. The one near the restaurant had good prices. The one near blue bell was called a outlet and had other items as well. Also look for stores called dry goods stores. That is where they have the fabric up there.

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    Buy something of quality even if you only buy one or two fabrics. This is your time for something special. There will plenty of other times for Joanns etc.
    Go online and find a free quilt pattern you like. There are gazillions of them. You can type is free quilt block patterns or anything like that and you will be spending hours looking at them all!

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    Don't look a gift horse in the mouth. :lol:
    Shopping at your LQS allows you to get some great fabric.
    Hopefully they will have some fabric on sale. The quality can't be beat, sure to produce a wonderful quilt. One of the fabrics I always pick up is the tone on tone/off white fabric. This fabric can be used as background on any quilt. You don't have to worry if you have something in your stash to coordinate.
    Have fun and enjoy the opportunity. :thumbup:

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    Thanks everyone for the tips!
    I am leaving for Hershey now. I will post pics when I get back of my splurge!!!

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    Before I run to the LQS, I would check out the fabrics on sale at Hancocks of Paducah, they have a great selection of quilt quality fabrics from $2.95 per yard up to $5.95 per yard. You would have to pay postage, but I feel you would get more for your money buying online. Especially if you are on a tight budget. I hardly ever buy fabric at regular price. Just does not fit into my budget either. Try ebay and others - fabric.com has nice fabrics and if you spend $35, you get free shipping! Such a Deal!

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    If you get a chance and can drive further east on turnpike(exit 286) check out Sauders fabrics. It is short drive from exit less than mile. They have good prices such as $6.50 for good quality fabric but also have deals for lot less. It is run by amish so not open on Sunday. Also have huge selection of fabrics. lots of backing choices at best prices .

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    Joanne's current flyer haslots of 40% off cupons....maybe they will help you spread it around. Best wishes on your trip to Lancaster...lovey time of year too. Used to live in Bethlehem and worked in a large fabric store - now defunct. Great people,good food and incredible quilts made by the locals.

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    Why not buy fat quarters or half yards of several fabrics, rather than a yard of just a few. I have finally learned that buying a yard of a fabric means I will have more than I need for a project and will need to decide what to use the leftovers for. I have found that a fat quarter bundle gives a nice selection and can result in a lovely quilt or wall hanging.

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    Just thought I would let you know about a super place to shop for fabric especially when they have their warehouse sale. I would highly suggest making a trip here if you are in the Hershey area this weekend. My quilting friend and I shop here alot. We were there yesterday and found Thimbleberries fabric for $2.75 a yard. The warehouse sale requires you to buy full bolts of fabric with 10-15 yards of fabric. So a bolt of fabric would cost $27.50 versus buying 3 years at LQS at say $7.00 a yard for $21.00. My friend and I will usually split a bolt of fabric and everyone is happy. I have attached the flyer. Lots of choices and great prices!

    Sauder Sale

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    Quote Originally Posted by donnajean
    Being on a thight budget, I would make sure to have a pattern with you when you go to Hershey. That way, you can get exactly the amount of each fabric needed - no waste. I don't buy anything unless it is on sale. So, hopefully you won't be spending $10.00/yd. - maybe just a must have fat qtr. I also incorporate any left over pieces into the backing.
    donnajean, you and I think alike. I always bring my pattern, or the fabric yardage amount with me to my lqs. And I also shop the clearance section. I don't buy anything unless it's on sale either! Most lqs have 'end of bolt' sales, so you need to ask them when you arrive at the store. My lqs has one the last buisness day of the month, and it's 40% off of what is left on the bolt. So be ready and do some research work- or call ahead. Have a great time!
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    This is a hard one. I would find a pattern, take it with you then pick out the fabric. Have fun.

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    Concentrate on getting a couple beautiful focal fabrics. You can always get the rest of the fabric for the quilt from your Joann's. Once you get there you won't have any trouble finding things to spend your money on

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    I personally wouldn't buy layer cakes, jelly rolls, coordinated precut fabrics, or anything like that at all--these things are much more expensive generally than just buying what you need off the bolt at the shop. If you have a pattern and quilt size generally in mind before you go into the shop, I'll bet if you tell one of the salespeople your budget and what you'd like to make they'd be really helpful in terms of fabric suggestions and how to get the most for your money.

    Let us know how your shopping trip comes out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by akrogirl
    While it is great if you can afford to support your LQS, in your situation I would check the Internet. Several stores have sales right now at $5 per yard or less. Some also offer free shipping with purchases of $50. You might even find a kit you like on sale.

    Whichever way you decide to go, good luck in finding some fabric you really like and have fun spending your money :-)
    I think this is a great idea...checking the Internet.
    Keepsake, FabricDepot and the list goes on and on...Sometimes I check out the fabric at the LQS to make sure it looks and feels like something I want then go online to look for it at a more reasonable price.

    Whatever you decide to do I know you will be very happy with your choice, because of all the thought being put into it and the kindness of your DH.

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    Enjoy Hershey and have fun shopping.

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    Just thought that I would let you know that they are having a 20% off sale this weekend. I just got the email today. Have fun!!

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    Find a two-tone pattern you like, then see what inspires you. Could be an infinite number of color combinations, opposites, harmonious, Could even be prints, Large floral-small floral, etc. Buy 2 yards of each. that will give you about 90 x 72 of fabric. Might find sashing, backing & binding to complement it at a more frugal shop. Happy shopping!

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    Make sure you check out the sale fabrics in the LQS. I went to a very special LQS in Maryland last year and oodd and aahhdd over the beautiful fabrics for awhile. Then I became realistic and knew I couldn't afford those prices. So, I looked for the 50% off bolts--they were on the floor in a special space, but there were lots of them. They are often just last season's patterns or discountinued patterns of fabrics, but they were beautiful to me. I bought from that stack only and was happy as a lark. BTW, this isn't a special sale--most LQS's have a "reduced" section all year round.

    Wish I were there to help you choose (he, he)--I'm great at spending other people's money--maybe next year. But have a great time and heed all the advice others have given.............hugs, carol/kittyquilt

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