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Thread: If you had $100: Recommendations

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    If you had $100: Recommendations

    I received $100 for my birthday and Sew Expo is coming up. I would like some recommendations about what to spend my money on. Any suggestions are appreciated.
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    Consider the Martelli Rotary Cutter. When the Expo comes I will be buying one for my DD and one for my grandson's wife.
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    If you cut batting, then you have to have the new Batting scissors. I didn't think I need them until I used them for the first time. You will never regret having them. I would by a spool of every quality brand thread to compare if you haven't used any of them before.
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    Yeah - I'd probably spend it on gorgeous fabric that I would usually talk myself out of buying

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    If it's your first time at Expo, take lots of the short classes. They are a good way to learn a little about a lot - and then you can decide which techniques, books, etc. you want to pursue further. Have fun!

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    fabric fabric fabric can't go wrong with fabric

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    A belated Happy Birthday to you. I would buy tools, rulers, rotary cutters and blades, and of course FABRIC! Can't have enough fabric. And one pattern. It would be difficult trying to decide which pattern, but I would persevere! Whatever you decide, enjoy!
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    I would spend it on pretty, pretty, fabric and a couple of new rulers.

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    I'm a gadget girl, so I would probably find some wonderful gadget that I couldn't live without. There are different techniquest that I would like to try, so I would probably buy something that would allow me to try a new technique.

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    I would buy Fabric, but with a project in mind. If you have a pattern you have been wanting to make, write down what you would need for it, or look for a pattern there, and then get what you need. Then you can make something to remember your trip to the sew expo.

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    I would spend it on something that I would never spend "regular" money for. It is, after all, your birthday gift. And Happy Birthday!
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    I don't take good care of my scissors. I'd like to buy a really expensive pair and then treat them royaly!
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    KAI scissors, love mine! $$ They always have a booth at Expo. Fabric ~ no, you can get that a LQS and usually not much in Expo 'specials'.

    IMHO I would look for 'gadgets' that my LQS might not carry (that interest me/you) ~ rulers, Martinelli ergonomic rotor cutter. Or patterns that catch your eye, but have not seen before. Marti Mitchell, Eleanor Burns, Kay Woods all have booths, and a few more that I cannot remember, so if you interested in their rulers/books/patterns, buy now and no postage expense.

    Now I have been known to spend more than $100 at Expo
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    No need to decide now.

    However, you may want to take a written inventory or what rulers and gadgets you already have ... to take with you so you don't buy what you already have. A friend gets lots of duplicates and triplicates because she doesn't know what she has. Which is fine by me as I get some of her extras free.

    My best purchase was the Martelli mat. The expos are about the only place to buy them. Mine has outlasted many of the other mats I have had and it seems my blades keep sharper longer.

    The Martelli rotary cutter and most other items are easily available at LQS's, Joann's and the 'net.

    Otherwise what I would really want is some of that gorgeous batik fabric ... if I had the $$$ and space for it I'd buy lots of that. Unfortunately, not an option right now. Darn.

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    I would choose a pattern that I really want to make, and then start collecting the fabrics.....buying fabrics without a pattern in mind can result in them sitting for months without being used.....then I would get batting and threads

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    Did you say FABRIC??? LOL
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    Fabric, without a doubt.

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    I second the Martelli ergonomic rotary cutter. Also, this is a small item, but usually not available in the LQS, so I recommend buying the Clover yellow and blue glass head pins which are the 0.4 size (thinner than the 0.5 size which is commonly available). I use nothing else for pinning when piecing. Because the shaft is so thin (you can bend them if you're aggressive when pinning) there is no distortion of the fabric, thus you get better matching of points. Happy Birthday, and have fun spending your birthday money!

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    When I go to Sew Expo or Quilt Expo I always look for the unusual things I'm not likely to find in my local quilt stores. Most of the vendors will have their latest and greatest tools, gadgets and patterns out. I would go thru all of the vendor booths without spending any money first and keep track of the booth numbers with things you might want to go back to and then pick the "can't live withouts" to go back for.

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    sense I am so close to Handcocks of Paducah, and get to the rements table often and get half off my fabrics, fabric is not high on my list of what to get, when I go to a quilt show, Have the Martelli ergonomic rotary cutter, matt and ruler, best matt of all of mine, and would probally get another one of them. maybe a larger and a smaller one, than the one I have. I also tend to buy ready made things at the quilt show I would never make for my self, like my wonderful bag with the tiny little piecing and tiny tiny tinest little praire points you every saw! Patterns, and things I do not see at local shops.

    What ever you do get just have a wonderful time and happy birthday!!
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    What is the advantage of the Martelli Rotary Cutter as opposed to the others.
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    If you like (or want to try) using templates you might find some that you haven't seen at your LQS. You might also want to check out some of the hand dyed fabric like I saw at a booth in Dallas at the quilt show there last year. Then just treat yourself to whatever strikes your fancy. . .maybe a new gadget or two, or a really cute tote, who knows...you'll find something extra special I'm sure.
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    spend some money on comfy shoes and strong tote bag. If it is the Puyallup Expo, you'll want to maybe bring along a small umbrella to get from car to entrance and then between buildings if we have rain --been known to happen. LOL I usually spend on one or two gadgets and just get business cards and fliers and note the patterns I must get out of the next budget. LOL Whatever you do, have fun! I will have an earmarked amount but hope to spend less time purchasing and more time exploring what the new items are. I just may invest in some woolens or specialty fabrics from the Vogue vender --all I have access to in person at the moment are cottons from the LQS. We are pooling resources and renting a van for a group of us to take the adventure.

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