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    Quote Originally Posted by Sharon321
    I also do not like the "modern" prints like Kaffe Fassett or Amy Butler. They remind me of "Tent Dress" we wore in the 60's.
    I had to laugh! You are sooo right!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sadiemae
    I don't like the ones without contrast! If I don't have enough contrast to see the pattern, I would prefer to just make a whole cloth to show off the fabric that I love. Just me!
    in the new F&P there is a quilt called "tipsy" and if the material was better you could see the pattern so much better. Really have to look to see anything emerging...I liked it and may do one in 3 coordinating fabrics

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    I agree. I want the pattern to be the point of the quilt, not the fabric. I also have not renewed any of my mag subscriptions
    because most of the "patterns" are really promoting a fabric
    line. I use the net or back to my books of just blocks that I have
    probably had for 30 - 40 years. Another pet peeve is patterns
    that have been around for ever and now someone publishes it
    and says it is copyrighted. The other day I saw the bug jar
    pattern on the net and it was for sale and copyrighted. How long
    has that pattern been around? Does that mean we can't make
    the bug jars anymore without buying their pattern? Ain't gonna
    happen!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ladybugnana
    Quote Originally Posted by Rose Marie
    I do not like the newest trend of using a bunch of busy fabrics to the point of not even seeing the design.
    All the magazines are doing this and it sure makes for ugly quilts.
    I like to see the design in the pattern not a jumble of fabrics thrown togather.
    Whats with all these huge prints also? I cant figure out how to use them. Very bright colors and large prints are not my style.
    I have been canceling my mags as they become due as there is nothing in them that I like.
    Its getting hard to find smaller prints in nice colors so when I do find one I grab it up. I could not find any Christmas fabrics this year at all, they were all large prints or odd colors.
    I live in Phoenix with lots of quilt shops to choose from but find very little to buy.
    Any one else feel this way or am I just behind the times and stuck in my ways?
    Try 35th Ave Sew and Vac. They have a wonderful Fabric Collection and a great mix of small and large prints. I have also looked around Phoenix (I live on the Glendale/Phoenix border) and so far this is the only one that I have been able to find what I want, when I want it. Good Luck. They are on the web and the link is:
    [url] http://www.35thavesewandvac.com/
    I also live in Phoenix and was puzzled by the reference to "a lot" of quilting shops. I know of 4: 35th Ave as mentioned above; Quiltz-which is gorgeous and also has a huge selection of top quality fabrics; The Quilted Apple-- which is very small, and one in Awatukee which I have yet to see. So, 2 shops that I know of with many different styles and large selection of fabric.

    I also buy on-line; I do not use quilt magazines for inspiration. As for busy quilt projects, I like Kaffe Fassett's designs but mostly use traditional prints and not too many busy, large scale prints.

    Please tell me where the other stores are here. I do not count Joanne's as a "quilt shop".

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    I fell in love with the Kaffe Fassett line and bought a lot of it on ebay. Then I didn't quite know what to do with it. I bought some of his quilting books and his combos make sense and are beautiful. Can't wait to try one. Without his books I'd never have had the nerve to use the fabrics.

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    OMG. I couldn't figure out what the prints reminded me of. You are exactly right. BTW I had at least 2 of those tent dresses, even sewed one. You probably won't find alot of this fabric in my stash, but these prints to some are old fashion prints like my 30s are to me. LOL.
    Quote Originally Posted by Sharon321
    I also do not like the "modern" prints like Kaffe Fassett or Amy Butler. They remind me of "Tent Dress" we wore in the 60's.

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    for years now I have picked out one fabric I use as my focus fabric, then I choose blenders, solids and or fabrics that read as solids, that complement the focus fabric. My rule is less is better, that works for me. I do not think every one should do just as I do because each quilt should be an expression of the one who made it. and we are thankfully all different, so our quilts should all be different, think how boring it would be to go to a big quilt show and see hundreds of the same quilt, in the same colors and fabrics! we are so lucky we can celebrate being different and liking different colors, prints, styles, patterns, now is a time for big splashy prints and mushy patterns, not my cup of tea, but for others it is just right.

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    I am scared to death of some of the new fabrics -- but the colors and prints are so glorious!

    I think the best of both worlds is when all the "modern" fabrics (designed by Kaffe and Amy Butler and all those like them) are used in traditional patterns or innovative design that pays homage to tradition.

    Kim McLean is doing some fabulous design work with her pieced and applique (and combos! :-D) quilts, and she uses Kaffe prints. The WAY she uses them is just stunning.

    It's a whole new way for me to look at fabric and how it can be used.

    You can see her stuff at Glorious Color here: http://www.gloriouscolor.com/store.php?cat=329# and here:
    http://www.gloriouscolor.com/store.php?cat=237

    So while some of the magazine designs are reflecting the "make it, take it" quickie projects for new quilters, as those new quilters mature, they'll be looking for better stuff. And the design pendulum will swing the other way.

    So I'm trying to open my mind to the new stuff while waiting! LOL!

    Blessings,
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    Hm. I kind of like them, but there isn't much about quilting that I don't like. Some of the art quilts don't make sense to me--the journal-type quilts. I always wonder how anyone decides what's good or bad. I think if I were to make some of the ones I see in magazines, I'd probably throw them in the trash because I'd think they were a mess. Others are beautiful, of course, and I always wonder how the designer knew certain things would look good together.

    But it sounds like you are much more fond of traditional quilts, and I think it's just a matter of taste and preference. Personally, I like almost everything I see when it comes to quilts. I only wish I was more talented and artistic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sueisallaboutquilts
    Rose Marie, I used to subscribe to at least 3-4 mags a year. Then decided it was just too much and I wasn't enjoying them.
    I now don't have any. With the internet I just don't feel the need to spend money on stuff that just started piling up on me!
    But in my early quilting days they were a lot of fun :)
    I think that's where I am because I love it when they arrive in the mailbox. But I used to love it when my cooking magazines showed up in the mail. Right now I'm getting rid of those and I actually changed the address on some so they would go to my DIL. I have stacks and stacks and stacks of recipes in a file cabinet. I won't live long enough to make all of them. The magazines are piling up, and I really don't want to go through them. I imagine the same thing will happen with quilting magazines some day, but for now, I still enjoy them. Now if they would just get rid of the confounded plastic they come wrapped in. I hate that.

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    Always looked at Quilting as a your choice million and one option craft, I check the magazines and if something hits my fancy I'll get it. Can go home and look at the stack here from the late 70's and 80's 90's for inspiration, and now online, all these tend to trend back and forth, If it's to recruit new or young quilters thats good too, will help to keep the craft alive!! Often the time factor comes into play, work, children, home etc. :)
    I like high contrast and some big prints, some small, LOL back to the million and one options YAH
    Happy Quilting :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by PiecesinMn
    OMG. I couldn't figure out what the prints reminded me of. You are exactly right. BTW I had at least 2 of those tent dresses, even sewed one. You probably won't find alot of this fabric in my stash, but these prints to some are old fashion prints like my 30s are to me. LOL.
    Quote Originally Posted by Sharon321
    I also do not like the "modern" prints like Kaffe Fassett or Amy Butler. They remind me of "Tent Dress" we wore in the 60's.
    I agree, they feel old-fashioned, as in sixties, to me as well. They feel faddish and remind me somewhat of Marimeko or Pucci prints.
    Someday it'll be very easy to date quilts made of these bold prints, just like we date 1930s quilts by the feedsack prints now. I fear those future evaluators will believe quilters of this era had little color sense and even less desire to "really piece quilts". :?

    Jan in VA

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    I enjoy the new take on quilting fabrics although for my own taste I frequently "transalate" the fabrics shown just as Leaha described. The change I can't quite get used to are the lime greens and orangey reds for Christmas fabric. Christmas projects will always be the traditional reds and greens and blues and whites.

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    I agree. I won't be subscribing.

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    I just moved back to Iowa from Mesa. Oh, how I miss the Phoenix quilt shops. Omaha, and Council Bluffs don't have much to offer... anyway, I haven't found much yet. I would give anything to have those shops here.....
    I agree about Magazine patterns... not much there anymore.... much more fun stuff on the internet.
    Does anyone subscrib to the on line quilters clubs, i.e. Fons and Porters.... they seem expensive, I already spend too much time on my computer.... Quilter 1234

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    I joined the Quilters Club of America but that was because I wanted access to the QNNTV and before I found this site. Seems to me I can spend all the time I want on the internet on quilting sites for free. I won't be renewing.

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    thanks for the info. Quilter 1234

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    I think this tall started with Kaffe Facet(sp) and is gaudy fabrics with so much flowers and design, your eye had no where to rest. Valorie Well's has the same style as do some others.They are all medium tomes even tho the fabric is busy. I won't buy it! As for patterns in magazines. All these patterns have been being published for years, it is the fabric that make them look different. I have started not renewing my subscriptions when they come due! Besides that they are starting to go to bi-monthly.Quilters newsletter did this when I had just renewed for 3 years, so basically I am getting half what I subscribed for. To me that is a ripping off of their customers. I also do not like the new format of their new magazine. So I will do my pattern looking online or look at my old magazines.

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    i'm with you..some are pretty..and sometimes you just need to move out of the box...however..i am just too traditional and i find it a bit much

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    Like you, I have about quit buying the quilt magazines.....their focus is on the fabrics, not the designs. It's more like the fabric companies are running the business of making quilts. They will use an older pattern, use some new fabrics, and call the whole thing---modern, innovative, new, special designed...I'd rather find a good design, then use fabrics I chose.

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    I dont like fabrics that are too busy either. I don't like them in quilts or on my body. :lol:

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    i don't like that style of quilts either,to busy

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    I mostly like a pattern of somekind. I like color. But some fabric is down right ugly.

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    Try Quiltz in Phoenix. They have beautiful fabric and lots of 30's fabric.

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