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    I am sure I am not alone in not being able to afford to pay $11-14 a yard for fabric, despite my love of the craft! Even the online stores are getting up there. Thankfully, I am on a fabric diet and have a huge stash, so I have pretty much given up buying anything, unless the price is VERY good and what I need cant be found in my "store". I have often thought how grateful I am that I do have a large stash to choose from and much of it was before the double digit prices arrived. Perhaps the manufacturers will take notice and realize they are killing their golden goose with the prices.

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    One of my favorite shops also closing, even though it was 1 1/2 hrs away. The Cottage Quilt Shop in Taylorsville NC. I will also very much miss the owners, Bill and Cynthia. The desire an enjoyable retirement now. Thanks for everything!!!!!!!!!!

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    i always come back to the same point: americans have been paying so much less for fabric than the rest of the world for so long, it's hard to feel too bad for you that your prices are rising. lqs fabrics here in canada are up to $20 a meter for some of the premium mills, and average around $14.

    textiles are not sustainably priced, even at $20 a meter. once you start to think about the true cost of production - from environmental impact of mass agricultural cotton fields to peak oil shipping - you have to start to think about the ways it all has to change. all of it.

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    I sure hate to hear about all the closings. I miss the days when almost every town had bolt fabric and it was easy to find stores like Cloth World. Fabric was plentiful. When I first started sewing in 1962, I could get some fabric for 4 yards for a dollar. I thought I had really splurged when I paid 50 cents a yard and 25 cents for a dress pattern. Of course we didn't earn much either. Just remembering.
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    I have travel many miles to quilt shops to find what I want for a project, but I have found my favorite shop within forty-five minutes away. Thread Bears, in Cumming, Georgia, is my place to go. They have wonderful sales, so go on line to check them. They are very friendly and most helpful.
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    CherryPie, I don't know where you live in OKC, but we have TWO great shops here!! Savage Quilter on N. May & Oklahoma Quiltworks at North Penn & Britton!

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    sorry to hear when shops close we are very lucky in my area we have several and all are different!!!
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    Maybe you can get that Bernina at a reduced price now!

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    It is sad. A lot of stores just can't afford to keep the lights on. I don't think its all because of online shopping. A lot of it has to do with the economy. That and the fact that the younger generation are not learning to sew like we all used to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dolphyngyrl View Post
    Some of it I think is due to retirement of some of the stores owned by older people. You think people would try and sell their business first if it was successful you would think someone would want to buy it
    It takes a lot of business savvy and knowledge to run a business of any size. Ask me how I know. :-) Before buying any business, professionals have to be consulted, one needs a 5 year plan and money set aside to fulfill that plan. Then there's all the paperwork for the state and feds, insurance (commercial insurance is really tough to get...at least in this state), finding and scheduling workers, staying current on trends. Oh, and vacations? Kiss those goodbye. Well, that's enough. You get the idea.
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    My LQS is moving to another location about 7miles down the road. I am guessing it may be that the rent in that shopping center is less. Although I will have to drive 10 miles instead of just 3, it's not like they're closing or leaving the area. Also found out that one of our big fabric shops a bit farther away is moving into a much larger space a bit closer to the interstate. That will mean I will have a slightly shorter drive to get there. We also have a Hancock's and a Joann's about 10 and 12 miles from my home, as well as another LQS that I rarely go to. Very fortunate to live in a slightly more metro area (even though we call it the country as compared to the big metropolitan areas around) and have so many choices.

    Sorry for you losses, ladies. I hope that another LQS will see the opportunity to work with wonderful quilters and will move into your area and provide what you need.
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    I know the feeling, our ONLY local quilt shop (about 15 miles away) closed at the end of Sept. So sad!!!!!
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    Went with my SIL to SR Harris a couple of weeks ago....buying Fleece to make mittens for the St Cloud VA...they need them for the homeless Vets they are housing. It was overwhelming at first......glad we didn't get there until close to closing, as I'd still be looking at fabric. Probably buy more than I needed.

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    Mill end textiles is closing too? Wow, that place is decades old. I've been in NC for 20 yrs now, but when I lived in Iowa I made a trip there every year. They had great children's fabric from the top manufacturers, like Carters, etc.
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    And I thought that quilting was becoming more popular! But from the number of stores that are closing it doesn't seem that way. I think that the price of fabric has made a lot of difference. However, I went to one of my favorite stores yesterday (Saturday) and there was no one in there. The three salesladies were sitting talking--paid no attention to me. This may be another reason. Of course, it was Saturday and there was no one there who knew me but still....

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    Quilting is a tactile art, and I just need to feel and really see the fabrics I choose. As many have mentioned, a quilt shop is also a place to talk and learn and share. Quilting traditionally was not something people did when they were alone, but so often women got together for sharing and support while they quilted... and maybe gossip too! I feel that we should all, to the best of our ability, support our quilt shops, as if they all disappear, we all will be the ones who suffer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by #1piecemaker View Post
    It is sad. A lot of stores just can't afford to keep the lights on. I don't think its all because of online shopping. A lot of it has to do with the economy. That and the fact that the younger generation are not learning to sew like we all used to.
    I agree with that last statement. In the education program at the University of Iowa I've never met anyone of my 400+ peers that quilts. These are all 19-27-year-olds, almost all of them women. And I'm the only one that quilts. I over heard someone the other day complaining about how she didn't know how to fix a torn seam in her shirt and was going to throw it away! People just don't sew like they used to.

    As far as the online thing goes, yes, I do think the online marketplace has a lot to do with stores shutting down but it's not just it being online, but the global marketplace taking over. It used to be that prices could be very different, for example cheaper in America than Canada, but now that we have online prices, all the local stores have to try to compete with prices from across the world. Think about how frustrating it is when you're shopping for a new quilting machine, you could get quoted $4000 in one place and $2000 in another. This is because, in some ways, the machine companies (Janome, Babylock, etc.) can get away with it. People still really need to look at a machine in person (or make a huge investment sight-unseen), and you can't do that online.

    BTW, I was really sad when I heard that my LQS was closing but relieved when a new owner bought the place. I had just started really getting into quilting again about a year before the store started to close. Now I try to do all the shopping I can at my LQS unless I have a specific fabric in mind that they don't have (like the Dr. Seuss fabrics for the quilt I just finished, I still bought all my border fabric at my LQS).
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    I looked up Mill End Textiles online and found that all their stores are closing. They do not sell online. Maybe that's their problem: They relied solely on walk-in traffic. In this day and age, those are the businesses that close down. You really need online sales to be competitive.
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    @redbreast...and they will never know you if they choose to ignore you. Without knowing it they could be ignoring someone that has unlimited funds and could be ready to be their best sale of the week....but not if they are treated poorly

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    Being up north two quilt shops are closing. One already closed & the other after the first of the year. Fabric prices are high & wages aren't. I do buy on line but like the quilt shop experience a lot better. Hope the economy changes so we don't lose any more stores. It's not just quilt shops that are having problems.

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    I've just read all these posts and you won't believe it but we just had a new shop open in NC .... and it's just down the road from another new shop that opened last year. I was stunned! The two shops do carry two different make machines. Both owners seem to be very friendly and mostly customer oriented with classes offered in different techniques. I did like the second shop as soon as I walked in but I cannot say why. I have my fingers crossed that at least one of the shops, if not both, makes it.

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    Our local quilt store is closing up Dec 21st if not sooner .. One downsized last year to a very small quilt shop/with Bernina machines (a few others as well). Its just too expensive anymore to buy from a local quilt store .. sad ..
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    Will the Mill Ends in Rochester, Mn also be closing? I make it a point to go there every summer on my vacation from California. That is so sad about your LQS. I worked at our LQS which closed last November. It feels like you are losing your best friend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by asimplelife View Post
    I was just at the Mill End location in St. Cloud on my way home from the Cities yesterday and was shocked to see the notice in my bag when I emptied it this morning! 30% off might be worth a road trip.

    I also shopped SR Harris in Brooklyn Park... has anyone else shopped there? It is a HUGE warehouse with aisles and aisles of quilting cottons on bolts and really every kind of fabric under the sun. Everything is 50% off - which makes quilting fabric between $5 and $6 a yard. It's bit of work to pull the bolts out of the stacks and it helps to be tall to reach them all but I could have spent hours and lots of $$. Large collection of batiks including wide backings.
    I LOVE S R Harris! I could spend hours in there. You're right about it being hard to pull on the bolts. My wrists are always sore when I leave there!
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    Three shops I know of closed because the owner retired and could not sell the business. In a fourth case the owner is really trying to move toward a retreat center instead of a shop because of high building rent, business regulation and taxes and the huge jump in prices of fabric and so on. They made their large home into the retreat center and are living in their remodeled garage/shop.

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