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Thread: I think I’m ruined!!! :)

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    I think I’m ruined!!! :)

    I made my first visit to a ‘real’ LQS yesterday and was just mesmerized. It is called Sew-Bee-It http://www.sew-bee-it.com/ in Ringgold, GA, just over the Georgia border from Chattanooga. I had been conversing with a board member, bob1414, about Batik fabric. I researched her suggestions and one led me to this store. My first exposure to the quilting world was at a Wal-Mart store, then I found Hancock Fabrics, and then a JoAnn’s opened here in Chattanooga a couple of months ago. Now Sew-Bee-It has entered my quilting adventure; wow…the difference! When I entered the store, I felt like I had entered another world.

    I had several very nice ladies who actually waited on me, answering my ‘newbie’ questions, and genuinely wanting to really help me. I arrived close to closing time but they willingly stayed opened for me. They explained thing well and were very encouraging. And the choice of fabrics was…what’s the word…well, extensive. I love batiks and the owner, Gloria Black, told me they recently completed inventory and had over 450 different batiks in stock; I love it! So much to choose from, run your fingers over it, try not to drool; and there was so much more. (I guess you can tell I'm a newbie! :lol: )

    I had a very wise man who told me one time that “something is good or bad only by comparison.” Well, I’ve now compared and it will be hard to go back; I will, of course…I have to, but with a whole different perspective. My disability income certainly is more than limiting but I’m definitely rethinking quality over quantity, especially when I think of future quilts for my family and friends. My quilting experience is certainly an adventure…and so much fun!

    My thanks to “Sew-Bee-It” for your warm welcome on my first visit to a LQS…

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    And which one of the ladies are you married to? lol
    Glad you enjoyed yourself

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    I'm glad you had such a good time - there's something positively soothing to the soul in a well-ordered quilt shop, isn't there? :)

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    glad you had a fun experience at the quilt shop

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    Oh Grandpa I feel for you :) I have been organizing my sewing stash and now I have been doing the same thing quality over quantity. I have loaded my van with nothing this board would be interested in alot of upholstery fabric to donate I just love to be organized!! Please share your story of your fabric I just love to see and listen!

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    Yay.. Im so happy for you.. I cant help but touch all the fabrics as I walk by..

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    If you haven't already -post pictures of the fabric you got! We love to see pictures!!

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    I'm so happy you had a great time! It's wonderful to have a LQS that is accessible. I don't know what I'd do without one!

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    Isn't it like being a kid in a candy/toy store? :D:D:D

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    I've heard of that quilt shop and I'm in FL. Maybe they were featured in a quilt magazinE or I've seen them online. Know what you mean LQSs are the best!

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    The quality of fabrics and great customer service in a LQS is so warming and welcoming. Isn't it?

    Lesson learned from my dad is that kinda like the ole' Mom & Pop Shops of back in the day or good ole' days depending on where you are from. ;) No matter the products the shops carries, the customer service is always top notch. :thumbup: In my personal experience so far that is true. That is the difference between a shop and a store. IMHO ;-) You are not treated like a number there. You are somebody....not a next in line please.

    Glad you enjoyed your experience there. Takes ya' back doesn't it? :-P

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    So glad that you enjoyed your visit to a quilt shop!!!

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    a new adventure unfolds

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    I know just what you are feeling. I felt the same the first time I walked into our LQS. It just takes your breath away. Wait til you go the your first quilt show. My son had to keep reminding me to breath.

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    I so much understand your experience. Those LQS ARE another world. So glad you had a wonderful experience. I still use the "other" fabrics for all kinds of things, but do appreciate the better quality fabrics for special projects. It would be nice to be able to use only the LQS fabrics, but budget will not allow. So, I am content to use the best I can afford and realize that I can do so much more for others IF I use what I can afford and give it with grateful heart. There are so many who can not afford even the chain store fabrics. I am blessed.

    Do post pics of your fabrics and your projects.
    Happy quilting!

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    So glad you had a great experience! It's tough in this economy to use only quilt shop quality fabrics. Splurge for special projects and mix with nice quality muslin to stretch your stash!

    Now that you've experienced the "good" stuff, there are lots of online shops you can check out that sell the same brands...that's a whole other topic!

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    Grandpa, so glad you got to visit Sew-Bee-It! They are wonderful. Have you tried Lavender Lime in East Ridge, next to the Rave theaters! They are my personal favorite although I love them both. And you are right, it is quite a difference in atmosphere and quality of fabric. I think Joanne's comes closer than Hancocks and most definitely Wal-Mart.

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    I know what you mean about the limited disability income! fabric.com is a great online place for good fabric with reasonable prices, and there are others. I learned of them on this board. So you can still get really nice fabric reasonably, if you shop on line at all. I never used to, but after listening to the great recommendations here, I tried it, and did well.

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    I'm glad you had such a wonderful experience! I would like to share my 'lightbulb' moment with you ---- I had been shopping for quantity and not quality for years before I went into a LQS ------ well, I discovered that I spend less money when buying fabric at the LQS! I signed up to receive the stores email and I get coupons and sale notices on a regular basis, I shop with a project in mind, and I shop with a carefully planned list, and I always enjoy my shopping time. I still go to Hancocks or JoAnns when I have coupons for notions, batting or books, but I don't over-buy fabric on impulse anymore. I am happier with my projects (both while under construction and the finished quilt) and I have learned to slow down and enjoy the whole process. I may have been ruined, also, but --- I like it. :D

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    lol you are hooked now

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    Quote Originally Posted by katier825
    So glad you had a great experience! It's tough in this economy to use only quilt shop quality fabrics. Splurge for special projects and mix with nice quality muslin to stretch your stash!

    Now that you've experienced the "good" stuff, there are lots of online shops you can check out that sell the same brands...that's a whole other topic!
    :lol: I know the economy well...too well. I'm on a very limited disability income dealing with a debilitating neurological disease for the last 12 years. So, I will still shop Hancock's and JoAnn's and others because I have to (and want to). There are things they have that the LQS's might not have. But there was much more to my experience than just the awesome fabric. In fact, I wasn't able to purchase any fabric but only some thread and notions.

    The whole experience was such a blessing; indeed a whole new world and the people there made it even more exceptional. They made "me" as a man feel special even though I didn't spend much money.

    I have so many quilts I want to make not only for my family but for those in need such as the kids in hospitals and children's homes (which is near to my heart). There have been some who have shared from their fabric and I'm eternally grateful and I promise to be a good steward. It's just I had never been to LQS before and to see not only the quality but their service and well...the entire package. It was rewarding! I want to be able to give the best quilts I can...whatever that is and I'm grateful for it. :D

    It also forces me to really think about how I should plan my quilts from the beginning to the end, buying only the fabric/thread etc. I need, buying the best I can afford at the time. And I'm thankful I had a helpful sales person who would take the time to guide me which one did yesterday correcting me from buying the wrong quilting gloves. I can't get that from the other stores and definitely not on-line.

    So, it's not just the fabric. I've found a new passion which I've needed for a long, long time. It's fun...(and...ha,ha expensive!) but I'm having a ball.

    Thanks to all for your comments. You all are a treasure!

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    Quote Originally Posted by scowlkat
    Grandpa, so glad you got to visit Sew-Bee-It! They are wonderful. Have you tried Lavender Lime in East Ridge, next to the Rave theaters! They are my personal favorite although I love them both. And you are right, it is quite a difference in atmosphere and quality of fabric. I think Joanne's comes closer than Hancocks and most definitely Wal-Mart.
    I have heard really good things about Lavender and Lime and I hope to visit soon. It is convenient for sure.

    Isn't life fun? :P

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    I am so glad you had a wonderful LQS experience.... not all quilt shops are created equal, so thankful you had a good one to go to!

    If you love batiks, check out http://www.stitch-n-frame.net

    They have a sale every Thursday you can sign up for the newsletter and get in on the sale on Wed! They just had ALL 700 of their batiks for just $4.99 a yard! I literally had brain freeze thinking about it all...I got 40 half yard cuts of just the Hoffman watercolor 1895 series. What a ray of sunshine they are to look at!
    By the way this shop is in Vicksburg, MS...another great Southern shop!

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    Yes, it is another world at a lqs! Quality fabric & thread are important. I choose quality over quantity, it may take longer to build up a stash, but in the end, it's worth it. Ask your lqs to put you on their email/mailing list, check out their clearance section as well, do they offer a loyality club of some sort that gives discounts?
    My lqs has a huge 40% off end of bolt sale the last business day of the month. You have to buy all the fabric remaining on the bolt for the 40% off, and they have a great clearance section as well. It's worth asking about.
    Blessings,
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    I have been to that very quilt shop in 2007 and I agree Granpa, they are the nicest people and very accomodating. I had been looking for a large Creative Grid Square template, larger than 15 1/2" and they had it and for a reasonable price. Don't you just love when you find a real treasure of a shop when you least expect it?

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