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Thread: Fabric Ideas-German Quilter

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    Quote Originally Posted by girlsfour View Post
    Our daughter has a friend coming to visit from Germany. His mother is a quilter and I would like to send an assortment of cotton fabric back with him. Does anyone know or have any ideas what is popular there?

    Thanks!
    Here's a website in Germany. http://www.frautulpe.de/schnappchen.html

    Why not contact the friend and see if he has any photos of his mother's quilts? You could get an idea. Also, you could just ask him to have his mother make a wish list so he can buy her something. Don't have to say you're augmenting the purchase.
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    Last fall I visited Germany, Italy, Austria, Croatia and I searched in hope to find some interesting and different fabric.Everything I've seen was American, much more expensive even i Euro and much less selection. When I asked they told me that all fabric there comes from America. I am sure that if you send some nice fabric over it will be appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SunlitenSmiles View Post
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    trying to wrap my mind around 'no cotton thread' Aurofil is from Italy? and they do not sell to Germany????


    I was sure Superior Thread shipped to everywhere on planet (would believe, even the space station)

    cannot do without my 'King Tut' for quilting ...................or my kimono silk for applique

    wonder if she would rather have good thread?
    The German government prohibits items from being imported from outside Germany for German consumption. This is done to protect German businesses. You would be surprised to see Germans traveling to Italy to buy pasta!!!

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    Wow I enjoyed this conversation.
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    when i was in in germany a few years ago, i noticed the stores that did have quilting fabric where all carrying Hoffman, Moda that type of fabric. Most readily available thread is Gutterman, a blend. Quilting magazines were few, i actually bought Irish Quilt magazine in Germany. an assortment of FQ's with small designs and tone on tone. A lot of the quilters use traditional patterns.

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    I don't think you need to send magazines. There are some very good ones in Germany. Also, Germans mostly use the metric system. When I am in the States, I always buy fabric since it is not as expensive as it is here. So, a bunch of fat quarters would surely be very much appreciated!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jean45 View Post
    All these suggestions are wonderful but maybe we should be chipping in a few dollars/euros/shekels to pay for the extra checked bags of fabric and gadgets. Just a thought.
    Oh don't worry about that - my daughter's friend is in the military so I don't think the extra stuff is a problem with bags. I don't really understand it, but I guess he is training here through our Air Force to become a pilot but in the (I think) German Air Force. He is coming our way next weekend so I will find out more about that. From what I can tell the family isn't hard up, lots of drs and attorneys in the family.

    I have to say people are very nice and very generous. That's means to me to pay it forward!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mhansen6 View Post
    Does this lady have an email address? Start a conversation. You may make a new friend. Ask her what she would like. I am sure she would be very grateful.
    Yes and I finally got her email address yesterday! I wouldn't have asked otherwise. I immediately emailed her. Her son said her english is pretty good so now I am waiting to hear. I gave ideas of good thread, blenders, batiks, florals, solids, notions... It will be fun to hear from her.

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    I would just ask him what's her favorite color and go from there. I'm sure it'll be appreciated.
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    I have a dear friend that I made during a postage stamp quilt swap in Croatia. She has sent me some absolutely beautiful fabric that is made just down the road from her. She in turn asked for FQ bundles and I referred her to Missouri Star Quilt as they have the most wonderful assortment. She picked out some bright bundles from Hoffman and was very pleased with them. We have since talked, via the 'net, and she asked for magazines as they do not have any. I sent her six copies and she was so pleased. Hope this helps a little although Germany and Croatia may be totally different.
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    Quote Originally Posted by soozieq2 View Post
    The German government prohibits items from being imported from outside Germany for German consumption. This is done to protect German businesses. You would be surprised to see Germans traveling to Italy to buy pasta!!!

    To Bad our Goverment doesn't do a better job of protecting our jobs here in this country
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    Germany is very different from Croatia. As mentioned, fabrics are available there, but not the selection as in the USA. Also they are much more expensive. Currently here in the UK full priced fabrics are 10-13 per metre (about 3" more than a yard - I am just about getting used to metric), and Germany would be about the same. If it were me, I would really appreciate a "traditional American" design, as it is unlikely to be available in Germany, and she might want to make something for her son to remind him of the visit!

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