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    Hard to find items across the pond?

    Hello all of you over in the European continent... I have a request.

    Would you mind enlightening me what quilting things you desire that are not easily found across the pond as they are here in the USA?
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    I agree Anastasia. I have bartered across thge pond and what I have found out is that that have very few quilting magazines available over there and I have sent a few to ones who sent me Beatrix Potter fabic (Peter Rabbit) when I was in need. I have sent one magazines in Coventry area and one I send selvages and I would like to do more, but I never know what they are looking for or what they NEED! It's better in Aussieland ( we spend a few months there in Adelaide and Williamstown back in '02 and I loved it there...learned to do silk ribbon embroidery.

    I will be watching this post to see what's needed where.....

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    I would like to know, too. Many of us in the USA - even in the boonies - are able to acquire a lot of thing via the internet, even if we can't get to a brick and mortar store.

    I think we take a lot for granted!

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    I live in Germany, were military so I have two options on and off base. We do have 1 quilt store on a base an hour away, in March it's moving closer to us....my DH is soooo excited! lol There are some on the economy. Problem isn't so much selection as price. The dollar is down here so to give an idea on the economy 1 yard= 36in. 1 meter=39 inches 1$=.86-.70 (depending on the exchange rate) so lets go shopping.....
    Stof is a fabric company not sold in the states and it's fantastic so say you fall in love with one like I did and have to have it.
    Fabric on average is priced 12-18 euro a meter. So $15-22 a meter in dollars. Being military we can use a vat form but they cost $7 a piece so not worth it if your not saving $7 or more. All prices here include a 19% tax rate a vat form takes that 19% off the price.
    So say you want 5 yards priced at 16 euro a meter, so 80 euro -15 euro with a vat =65 euro in dollars around $91
    Even the shop on post is priced like a LQS and it's not a discount type store like say Joanns. I shop there when I can to support them plus they carry old Moda lines which I love and I actually get to touch fabric!
    Shopping online is cheaper, I buy charm packs to sample fabric, batting at joanns when on sale but all Joanns packages take 6 weeks.
    If coming to Europe to live I would buy batting in bulk to last you through a years worth of projects to start, buy an extra cutting mat because I have never seen a sale on cutting mats anywhere here, extra favorite ruler and thread is hard to find in a variety because 90% of thread here is poly.
    We love it here and you adjust and look for deals. Our guild this past weekend went on a trip 40 mins from my village and a quilt shop there opened exclusively for us and sold us all cotton fabric including flannel for 5 euro a meter.....was fantastic!!!
    We have an APO as well so we pay US shipping rates not international.
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    a few years ago I went on a quilting trip to Lancaster PA and was amazed by the choice in flannel fabric - we (not that I can find) have much choice in this fabric which I absolutely love the feel of - great for our winter quilts!!!

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    Thank you QuiltingCrazie, that was an amazingly informative post. It seems a general consensus I've found is FABRIC.. hehe. But you've given me some ideas.
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    Over in US your choice is so much wider. I tend to do Internet shopping from the other side of the pond. The problem is the postage and customs. I have had parcels refused at airports and had to pay very large extra tax as well. Parcels ripped and no idea when they will arrive and consequently borrowed from neighbours to pay when arrived. The one area at present not happy with is eBay. Some of the US companies are selling featherweight on UK EBAY shipping cost doubles item eg £50 upwards. Why not a depot in this country which holds these items.

    I love new gadgets and follow you here and other shops in US TO BUY
    FABRIC. I love specific designs .
    Somebody mentioned magazines. I have no problem as we have excellent shops locally which. Stock American. Australia New Zealand , Ireland as well asUK. THEY will also order for you. I also purchase from the Internet copies o patchwork quilting mags from over the world.
    This is getting too long and wordy. I also have friends who visit US and post items to me. One friend has a brother over there who will shop for us on gadgets.
    Bye for now

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    Stof is a fabric company not sold in the states and it's fantastic so say you fall in love with one like I did and have to have it.

    We are now starting to sell Stof in the LQS where I work...Caroline's Cottage Cottons in Rome City, IN.

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    It's better in Aussieland ( we spend a few months there in Adelaide and Williamstown back in '02 and I loved it there...learned to do silk ribbon embroidery.
    Hey Drue, Willianstown is not far from where I live. If you ever come back to visit let me know, would love to meet up.
    I think here in Aussieland we are very well off for quilting supplies and fabric though it is fairly expensive $18 - $25 a metre.I spent this afternoon at the Australian Machine Quilting Festival where many Machines including long arms were on display and available for people to try. There were many other stalls showing every ruler and quilting gadget available I think. Also Ricky Tims, Renae Haddadin and several other American quilters were here to teach classes. So yes we are very spoiled for supplies for our craft.
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    I lived in Italy for three years and that is where I learned to quilt. The lady who taught me was Croatian who moved there from Cyprus. She had a decent stash but I wanted to buy my own. Being Canadian and used to LQS I was looking for one in Italy. I found one, an hour away and it was more of an expensive boutique for us quilting foreigners. Everything was very expensive. So my friend and I hit small shops that sell fabrics to locals and when we found cotton or a blen we bought it. We also went to big outdoor markets where you can haggle for the price. We made due with fabric just fine but all other things were problematic - rotary cutters, mats, and freezer paper. Freezer paper for appliqué was worth it's weight in gold.

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    As a general rule I would say that everything quilt-related over here (England) is more expensive than in the States.

    You also seem to have a lot more brick-and-mortar LQSs than we do.

    As someone mentioned, if we do have sales here it is rare for notions to be marked down - so if you are looking for presents for someone in Europe that would be a good starting point!!
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    Here in Poland, heat n bond, rotary cutters and blades, magazines and books about quilting, cotton batting (never seen it here--we have poly in many different weights).

    One thing I'm learning the longer I'm here is that there is a lot more available--like thread on large spools--if you know where to look. The problem is getting someone to help you know where to look! Our choices of cottons is severely limited.

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    Years ago when I was selling fabric and notions to UK on ebay, I always used a wholesale price on customs forms even if I paid more myself, so the quilter in UK didn't have to pay as much in taxes. That did help them a little.
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    Maybe we need to develope pen pals for gift exchanges, send a birthday squisshie?
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    No kidding.... hehe I actually asked because of some of the swaps Im in and I'm sending gifts to someone who was not specific about what they'd like. So just trying to find something that they would like that would make it worth my shipping costs
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    Unfortunately, life has altered my plans for retirement and we are on a very limited income now. I have had to stop sending secret pal international due to shipping prices. It would normally cost $11 to ship a package here in the states but cost 2 1/2 times that amount to send international. I am not real good at distance, but miles from Alabama to England are around 4,000 miles. Miles from Alabama to Alaska are around 3,000. Why is it 2 1/2 times more to ship to England?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anastasia View Post
    Hello all of you over in the European continent... I have a request.

    Would you mind enlightening me what quilting things you desire that are not easily found across the pond as they are here in the USA?
    Hi,Most things become available in time that are on sale in the U.S.A. Because of forums like this quilters here see them and put preasure on shops here to obtain items.The thing I would love to see are the garage sales !! You all seem to find wonderful bargains at them. It is also true that some of the best magazines seem to come from your side too.However now after many years of buying anything 'new' that comes along I am more careful, most cutting can be done with a simple straight ruler etc. and a 12'' square.I do love the friendliness and help from these forums though -- not so many here. Love Letty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Panchita View Post
    As a general rule I would say that everything quilt-related over here (England) is more expensive than in the States.

    You also seem to have a lot more brick-and-mortar LQSs than we do.

    As someone mentioned, if we do have sales here it is rare for notions to be marked down - so if you are looking for presents for someone in Europe that would be a good starting point!!
    There's a guy travelling across the U.S. with a ton (okay, a lot) of bacon, using it to barter for lodging, etc. on his trip. I'd love to try the same thing in Europe with quilting notions and fabric.

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    I have just received a purple thang in the secret swap. have never seen one in England and it is so useful. Thread is always a good thing to send as we pay a lot for cotton thread over here. I have just bought a lot from Connecting Threads (got someone to send them to me). Frixon pens, wonder clips these things although available are very expensive compared to your costs. As to postage, some of my secret pal packages are still sent priority which is very expensive and not necessary as standard post still arrives ok.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catmcclure View Post
    There's a guy travelling across the U.S. with a ton (okay, a lot) of bacon, using it to barter for lodging, etc. on his trip. I'd love to try the same thing in Europe with quilting notions and fabric.

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    I recently saw Stof fabric in an Iowa quilt shop. It was very pretty and alittle more expensive than other fabric. It was tempting but I controlled myself!!!...this time!

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    EU is really expensive compared to US. I remember a friend was visiting me here on Long Island and I gave her an extra suitcase because she went nuts buying things for her kids. Specialty items such as quilting things that are expensive here are rediculously expensive across the pond. Also, and this may have changed, availability ad certain items was an issue as well. Even in Canada, things seem to be much pricier then here. I visit Canada once a year and I rarely buy anything because the sticker shock brings me back to reality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by happyquiltmom View Post
    Stof is a fabric company not sold in the states and it's fantastic so say you fall in love with one like I did and have to have it.

    We are now starting to sell Stof in the LQS where I work...Caroline's Cottage Cottons in Rome City, IN.
    Sorry to be pedantic but the word stof is German for fabric. There may be a manufacturer in Germany that has created a brand named Stof, but when I lived there stof was German fabric mostly used for curtains and dirndls. Their fabric is heavier than ours, and often has lovely small motifs as well as gorgeous lace embroidery on the stof. And even when I was there back in the late 80's it was very expensive and the dollar was in good shape then.

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    I am from Denmark (Scandinavia) but living in The Netherlands and I can only agree that everything is so much more expensive here in Europe compared to US. In Denmark the sales tax is 25% (on everything from milk to fabric) and in the Netherland 21% on fabric (from October 1.)
    These high taxes have turned quilting into a very expensive hobby. As other people has indicated it can be difficult to find special things here. Internet is an option, but then comes the shipping and maybe the custom "fee" on top.

    Actually I have only one thing that I have been unable to find - the curved presser foot. I can find it on the internet but the sellers does not ship it to Europe.
    For the rest I can find it here, it is just more expensive.

    I started quilting a couple of years ago and I am crazy about it. I love the preparation, choosing pattern and fabric, less to sew it and I do not like to finsih a quilt :-).

    I have found the ideal solution. I am member of a charity quilt group. We get a lot of very beautyfull fabrics donated. I have just finish a quilt mainly made from Hoffmann fabrics. I can make the top (the creative part I love) and other in the group will finish the quilt. We have women in the grup who love to do the quilting and others who love to do the binding. Most of our quilts are send to poor hospitals in the east (former USSR), and some quilts are sold for gatting money for buying batting, threads etc.

    Next week I go to New York, and for sure I will visit some fabric shops. Hope my suitcase will be big enough

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    Quote Originally Posted by twinkie View Post
    Unfortunately, life has altered my plans for retirement and we are on a very limited income now. I have had to stop sending secret pal international due to shipping prices. It would normally cost $11 to ship a package here in the states but cost 2 1/2 times that amount to send international. I am not real good at distance, but miles from Alabama to England are around 4,000 miles. Miles from Alabama to Alaska are around 3,000. Why is it 2 1/2 times more to ship to England?
    Its a lot more than 3000 from Alabama to Alaska but the you are right about the postage. We use the flat rate a lot as we can pack it and the price is the same. The problem is getting merchants or sellers to do the same. UPS and Fedex are extremely expensive for us in Alaska as it is in England also where I grew up. (Ipswich). I rarely buy from the quilt stores when I go back to England because of the cost. That being said, flat rate boxes can be used for overseas and in the large one you can get about 25 yards of fabric as long as as it does not exceed 20 lbs in weight, the cost is between $50-60. I work at a quilt store and during the summer that is what we use to ship for customers from overseas who buy their fabric from us. We usually pack the boxes and then they will do the post office part so that they are responsible for the customs part of it.

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