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

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    Hi!
    do you really know how lucky you are. Well may be I am the one who is lucky as I would probably buy more fabric that I will ever be able or willing to quilt... loll

    We went on a 5 week vacation in the USA in April and while looking at some info from a visitor center in Tennessee we found out that there was the "Appalachian quilt Trail"
    My husband suggested that we did one trail towards our destination that night. I had heard that some people painted some quilt blocks on their barn or garage. What a nice day it was. We stopped at Holloways Country Home and then, I thought I had earned the lottery or rather, I wish I had won the lottery.... I had never seen so much nice quilting fabrics on so many shelves..... in one single store
    I felt like a child in a Chrismas Shop.

    Many days later, we happened to drive by a LQS from the author of the book with which I am starting to learn to quilt: Harriet Hargrave
    Well, I just could not beleive all the nice fabrics I saw there too.

    We looked in the directory book for quilting stores and to no surprise to me, there are not any in my area and not too many in this part of my country.

    My only travel "souvenir" was... fabric
    I already had a lot of blue, because I just like blue. I did not have much red or neutral colors and no green because I have a hard time to like green in general

    If only for that, what a nice trip we had... lollll...

    I think I am starting to have some stash now
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    Congratulations and have fun with your cool fabrics, tell your hubby another road trip for you

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    You got some BEAUTIFUL fabrics. This gives you a good excuse to come visit the US more often, all the LQS and there are many much closer to you, like in NYS.

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    What a wonderful discovery for you! And I think quilting fabric souvenirs are just what you needed. Hope you get to come back here sometime soon so you can enjoy some more of our wonderful LQS. We really are blessed with our shopping choices & sometimes we need someone like you to remind us.

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    Yes, we know how lucky we are. I'm glad you got to share in that luck.

    Are you doing the quilter's university by Harriet Hargrave? I've bought volumes 1 and 2 and would hightly recommend them to any beginning quilter. I took a 2-day machine quilting class from her and just loved it (and her).

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    You did great....love your choices...

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    This is exactly what we do on vacation. My husband stops at every quilt store we pass and I stop with him at every steam train or museum. Works out well. I have an app on my phone called Point. You type in "quilt store" and it gives you every store in that area.

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    Sounds like a great trip. Did you see any barn quilts along the way?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluphrog
    Yes, we know how lucky we are. I'm glad you got to share in that luck.

    Are you doing the quilter's university by Harriet Hargrave? I've bought volumes 1 and 2 and would hightly recommend them to any beginning quilter. I took a 2-day machine quilting class from her and just loved it (and her).
    No I'm not. My SIL lent me her book 3 or 4 years ago and I read and re-read it more than once and referring to it as needed.
    When I mentionned to the store person that I had that book the answer was:
    "Oh! it is not available anymore..."
    lolll and she told me how this old edition was redone in different books with more and more details.
    but I am very satisfied with mine as I am a part time (very part time) quilter but still enjoy it.

    what I really appreciated was that the lady took all the time to help me find and choose some coordinated fabrics according to my taste (remember, I am not too inclined to choose greens but I wanted some) she did not choose for me ....
    I have to say that my husband was very interested for the first 2 stores we visited and after that, I started to think that a couple of hours in 2 of them was enough.
    I'm still working on my first quilt that I started may be 5 years ago and I have enough fabric now for at least another 5 years considering my pace loll...

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    Sounds like you had a great time!! We are very lucky with the wide selection of fabrics we have around us. :)

    Cheers!
    Rachel

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    for not liking greens, you sure picked some nice ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonbonary
    Sounds like a great trip. Did you see any barn quilts along the way?
    Yes we did, we even went on some dirt roads to go and see some
    all that information we found in Visitor Centers as we entered each State... just great!

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    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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    Just love your choices.

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    Your fabrics are luscious! I have had to learn that I don't have to buy when I go to a LQS. We have five with 6 miles along with JoAnns, Hancocks, and Hobby Lobby. Although I have to say I ordered some fabric online and even with all those shops I had a difficult finding a background fabric to match. It was rather discouraging.

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    Oooo I love your fabrics :D:D:D
    I am so happy that you got to enjoy some of our LQS her in the states. Hope that you get this chance again soon!!

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    I'm so glad you had a good trip ... especially, glad you made it to my home state of Tennessee. I have several LQSs that I love! Like you it is hard to leave one without some fabric, even if it is just a fat quarter ... I have to have something. Have fun with your fabric!

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    Thank you all!
    I think I understand now what is that disease called "fabric addicted" loll.
    Of course I took this occasion to buy what I could afford because I know I won't be going back that soon. Quite a far distance from home...I bought some to give to my SIL who has been a fabric addict for many years and with less choise than I could see in only a few days.

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    WHat a nice souvenir. I know what you are saying: I just spent 2 weeks in Germany and my sister took me to one of the few craft-stores in the rural area. I KNEW that the fabric would be expensive, but to see it first hand is something else. I didn't buy much.

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    glad you got to stop at some quilt shops.

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    I'm so glad you had a fun trip!!!!!!! Your fabrics are beautiful!!!!!!!!! :)

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    I am so glad you had that experience. We take our fabric stores for granted. I am in a rural area but near enough to a city large enough to have 2 small quilt shops, Hancock's, Joann's, Hobby Lobby and Walmart. I still order a lot online.

    If you are in the southern part of Quebec, you are not too far from quilt shops in Vermont. I have not looked for fabric when I have been there (DD lives there) but there are a lot of quilters in Vermont.

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    Pretty fabrics!

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    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!

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    Yes Barb44
    I just looked on google and actually, it would be something like a 4 hour drive from Québec City!

    Since I started quilting some 3 or 5 years ago I always found my fabrics in fabric stores with a section for quilting stuff and it has been alright. But to see so many stores with only quilting fabrics wow!
    Now I know what to look for loll

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