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    I see a few big blogs make so many quilts using only designer fabrics and I'm wondering if they are given the fabrics in order to advertise the fabric line. Is this possible?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HomespunHandmaiden
    I see a few big blogs make so many quilts using only designer fabrics and I'm wondering if they are given the fabrics in order to advertise the fabric line. Is this possible?
    Anything is possible!
    And perhaps they just happen to like a particular line of fabric?
    And perhaps they have a store, and are promoting their own product lines?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HomespunHandmaiden
    I see a few big blogs make so many quilts using only designer fabrics and I'm wondering if they are given the fabrics in order to advertise the fabric line. Is this possible?
    Probably. I wouldn't doubt it. Others just prefer to only use designer fabrics and pay the $$$ to always have them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HomespunHandmaiden
    I see a few big blogs make so many quilts using only designer fabrics and I'm wondering if they are given the fabrics in order to advertise the fabric line. Is this possible?
    Or maybe they fit into the "average" quilter demographic. According to the last survey the average quilter is affluent. We're not poor but I still have a quilt "budget" and I use "designer" fabrics. I don't buy any fabrics at Wal-Mart or JoAnn's. Just because I only use LQS fabrics doesn't mean I paid full price for them.

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    And "they", whomever they are, also show their Long Arm stitching as a way to advertise without putting it into 'Classified'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilter68
    And "they", whomever they are, also show their Long Arm stitching as a way to advertise without putting it into 'Classified'.
    If it's their blog ....."they" can do whatever they wish to do on their blog.

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    I too, try only buying "designer" fabric. I feel if I put that much time in something I want the assurance of good quality fabric. I do get most on sale, and watch for designers I know give good quality all the time. My first quilts had fabics that were not as nice, I definitely can tell the difference by the feel.

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    I get to sew on designer fabrics cause I make samples for the LQS. It taught me that there is a big difference at times in the quality. But, then you do pay for that quality. But, now that I have slowed down a bit in my quilting, I am able to pay more for my fabric as I am not going through it so fast, so I go for the designer fabrics when I can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HomespunHandmaiden
    I'm wondering if they are given the fabrics in order to advertise the fabric line. Is this possible?
    You could always ask them.

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    I have enough disposable income to buy designer fabric but I seldom pay full price. I'll wait for that line to go on sale or on clearance. I don't mind that is not the current LQS fabrics. I can always find a sale online.

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    I am sure there are people who are paid to produce quilts from fabric lines or paid to put them on their blogs. I love a lot of the newer fabric lines but they are very distinctive. Sometimes so distinctive that only fabrics from the same line will go with them. I don't buy a lot of them for that reason. I like to quilt from a certain pattern or idea, not by trying to find a pattern to go with a certain fabric.

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    I love designer fabrics and frankly if they are given the fabrics to advertise then I would so do something like that...talk about fun! :D :D :D

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    I do not set out to find designer fabrics but I have found the quality is in the designer fabrics. I appreciate the better fabrics and I will pay more to know my work will last and the beauty will be there.

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    a gal in our guild makes quilts for the various fabric manufacturers. she always has leftover pieces and passes them out to us. i know she has a blog. so that is how she always has great lines of fabrics in her quilts.

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    Actually, there is some kind of law out there that bloggers must disclose if they are compensated with money or products.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChaiQuilter
    Actually, there is some kind of law out there that bloggers must disclose if they are compensated with money or products.
    Doesn't mean they will, though. How would such a law be enforced?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peckish
    Quote Originally Posted by ChaiQuilter
    Actually, there is some kind of law out there that bloggers must disclose if they are compensated with money or products.
    Doesn't mean they will, though. How would such a law be enforced?
    Would that be the IRS? I'd tell Uncle Sam cause he has a long arm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HomespunHandmaiden
    I see a few big blogs make so many quilts using only designer fabrics and I'm wondering if they are given the fabrics in order to advertise the fabric line. Is this possible?
    Possible? Yes----but also some purchase the coordinated assortments, fat quarters, jelly rolls, etc. to make their tops instead of choosing material.

    Some sites are sponsored and it seems proper that they would display items featuring the sponsor's lines. There are also sites that give free patterns that are shown with the companies' fabrics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChaiQuilter
    Actually, there is some kind of law out there that bloggers must disclose if they are compensated with money or products.
    No, there isn't.

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    I've always presumed that, besides wanting good guality fabric that many quilters are more comfortable making a quilt using fabrics from a "line" or a "set" or whatever its called. It gives confidence that the colors go together well.

    Then there are others who relish the act of moving fabrics around their quilt table for a while, or a day or two, before they begin a new quilt.

    A few years ago I walked into a quilt store and on one gondola were the same colors (same company) used in several different ways (leaves, dots, stripes, etc.) in colors I love. I bought about 5 variations because I wanted to make pillow covers for the living room. A few weeks after I was proudly done I realized it makes my living room bland. I miss the assorted hodge-podge and find the coordinated pillows dull, too bland, predictable. Oh well, when I finish the next 30 quilts that are bouncing around in my head I may redo the pillows. :) I should add that all the colors were slightly muted and I really like bright colors.

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    That is one reason I like doing the monthly block. You pay $7.00 or a small price for the first block and pattern. Each month you take your block back made the next one is free. My LQS has one going all the time. You potentially get a quilt top for $7.00 or whatever their price is you also get to visit with other quilters each month and learn new things. It's a great and inexpensive way to get a quilt top done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sierra
    I've always presumed that, besides wanting good guality fabric that many quilters are more comfortable making a quilt using fabrics from a "line" or a "set" or whatever its called. It gives confidence that the colors go together well.
    I pick my own and always have. I may use a fabric as a starting point but will not limit my work to someone else's artistry.

    I carry my fabric folder with me and always compare my fabrics at the store window with natural light. The light source is so important. DGD gave me the paint chips and that's what I'm working with. When I first saw the grays in my house they had a warm feeling but outside they had a cooler feeling. Inquired and found out the preference was for the cooler.

    First I went from shop to shop and pick the teals. Then I started on the grays. Friday I completed my search.
    I'm a happy camper. Now onto the next step.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChaiQuilter
    Actually, there is some kind of law out there that bloggers must disclose if they are compensated with money or products.
    That is what I thought/and had heard .. but wasn't sure !
    I sure would like a fabric company to approach me and ask me to make a quilt in exchange for all the fabric I could ever use, I would be in hog heaven !LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by JulieR
    Quote Originally Posted by ChaiQuilter
    Actually, there is some kind of law out there that bloggers must disclose if they are compensated with money or products.
    No, there isn't.
    YIKES !!

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