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Thread: I did not know what a LQS was until I visited some parts of USA

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    Quote Originally Posted by aliaslaceygreen
    Congrats on the beginning of a lovely stash!
    I guess I should tell my DH that Quebec is definitely on as a vacation destination because he won't have to find all the quilt stores.... I haven't been to Quebec in YEARS and years...hope to take him there some day soon!
    loll I guess it would be safe for him. You're welcome to come back. I moved here only 6 years ago and I love it

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    yes, there have been a few threads lately about the prices of fabrics in different countries, too ~ in Poland, its nearly impossible to get anything other than the basics. No pretty prints. No printed kids character fabrics. The USA has many great shops, as well as chain stores ~ the best fabrics I have found are at the little shops out in the country ~ in Ohio, we call that Amish Country in the middle-ish of our state.

    Glad you got some great "souvenirs" ~ enjoy them, and I would say "honey, I need another road trip" ;)

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    even if you don't like TACO BELL- you can still"HAED FOR THE BORDER!" LOL!!!!!

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    Wow! You got some really nice stuff!!

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    Your fabrics are beautiful! When we vacation, my souvenirs are fabric also. And I'm lucky my husband is willing to go out of our way to indulge me. :)

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    Thank you!
    I better get some use of what I have first He would not beleive I need some more so soon! loll but.... we're heading down in the falls so...!!!

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    I think we sometimes forget how fortunate we are in the USA for things like fabric. I was on a long awaited trip with a friend to Italy about 6 years back and we found some beautiful fabric but very few cottons and those were both made in France and exorbitant in price. That was a shame as I really like going to a new place and visiting the local markets and fabric stores and meeting the people that live there as well as seeing the sights.

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    Beautiful fabrics! Although there are a few LQS in my area, I buy most of my fabric online. The price difference is significant. In the LQS fabric is sold for $15-18/metre, whereas on line I spend $3-5/yard. I try to buy other things (needles, thread, stencils) at the LQS, but fabric is just out of my price range....

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    My SIL who lives in St Hubert near Montreal, also buys her fabric online and she is always quilting something and has been for at least the last 20 years.

    Claddaughquilting
    you probably know the store called Fabricland (Fabricville) That's where I usually buy mine for less than 10$ a yard (most of the time) but they don't have a big selection for what I like. I paid as much as 15$ a yard at times but not often as I don't quilt as much as some of the quilters here on the board

    Henri3rietta
    That's why I thought I would post about the nice LQS I saw (and passed without stopping) while I was on vacation last April. We very often take things we have for granted but to me it was really out of this world to see so many. Yes the price per yard is somewhat expensive but the selection is so beautiful!

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    Your fabrics are beautiful. I can imagine all the eye candy you had along your way. Next time you will know to bring along some extra cash-for-fabric.

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    Sounds like Canada needs a quilt shop in your area.
    Sounds like you'd be a great LQS owner.
    Dream big, girl, God is bigger.

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    What a wonderful way to enjoy your vacation! Looks like you found some really cool fabric!

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    Sounds like a great trip.

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    Helou-Same mom story even house was painted green. Wouldn't let me wear red.

    Quote Originally Posted by helou
    Quote Originally Posted by DebraK
    for not liking greens, you sure picked some nice ones.
    Thank you!
    not that I dislike it but I am not inclined towards it. Sometimes I wonder if it's all my mother' fault. she just love greens and she make a lot of my clothes when I was young. I must have worn to much green in my youth.
    She could not help it she was a 6th generation irish descendant (and could not speak english.... ) what time does to us sometimes loll

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    How nice for you. We also just came back from a 5 week trip, but we took a different direction. We visited mostly the western parts of the US and believe me, we are very fortunate to have so many LQS's in so many parts. I hope you are able to visit us again, there are still lots for you to see. :wink:

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    You have a very nice hubby if he encouraged the fabric shopping! Lucky girl.

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    You will have many wonderful reminders of you trip with those beautiful fabrics!

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    So happy you had such a nice vacation and pleasant experience here in the USA. Even though we live in a rural area we're use to having to travel some distance to get what we want. So a 50-75 mile trip is nothing for us. In that circumference we have access to 7 quilt shops plus numerous JoAnn's and a Hancock's so we are indeed lucky! Also, order on line at times due to the price of gas. Your fabric choices were stunning. Please post a picture as you go along.

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    Glad you enjoyed your trip! I have heard that LQS are hard to find in most parts of Canada, as they are in some parts of the USA. You got lucky! Have fun with your new stash! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hen3rietta
    I think we sometimes forget how fortunate we are in the USA for things like fabric. I was on a long awaited trip with a friend to Italy about 6 years back and we found some beautiful fabric but very few cottons and those were both made in France and exorbitant in price. That was a shame as I really like going to a new place and visiting the local markets and fabric stores and meeting the people that live there as well as seeing the sights.
    I agree....both of my kids are military and as they travel, I've asked for local cottons. The price wasn't an issue for them, as I asked for just a few small pieces in bright colors....but cottons are hard to find and I've gotten some pieces from a couple parts of Asia that I would be scared to cut into. The texture and weave isn't that much different than gauze, and it was so stiff with sizing that I'd be scared to get it wet! We may grouch about the prices we pay---and my LQS owner just told me that $12-$13/yard will be the norm soon----but at least we can get what we need!

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    Your DH sounds like a really nice guy! Suggesting stopping at all those shops. I can't imagine my sweetie doing that, but he does tag along sometimes.

    Beautiful choice of fabrics, by the way. And, what a nice trip.

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    Thank you all for your nice comments.
    Yes, I considere myself lucky because of my husband wanting to drive by "some" quilt shops (3 or 4 would be the most he is willing to go too but this is very acceptable for me). I think he admires all the beautiful quilts that his sister make and has been making for the last 20 years.
    We had a very nice vacation as far as Nashville then getting away from all the tornadoes we headed west by Dodge City, Denver and Salt Lake City.
    Much more to see I know. and I haven't seen all of Canada either even if I have been from Newfoundland to Vancouver... It's a big continent loll

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    Dear helou.
    Depending where you live in Quebec a LQS store might be closer than you think!
    Are you far from Montreal?
    There are international crossings to New Hampshire.
    Please google a map to Center Harbor!
    AT Lake Winnepesauke!
    That is where KEEPSAKE QUILTING is!
    The nicest most beautiful quilt store possible!

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    You found some beautiful things.

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    Thank you
    Jeannie, thank you for the information. I looked it up and it would be a 5 hour drive. I'm a good 2 to 3 hours east of Montreal. I kept the address though because we might be driving this way in the Falls... Thanks

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