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    Wow what fun. It's going to be like Christmas. Be sure and let him know how much you appreciate it because it is really going to be a LABOR of love.

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    I visit Houston a few times a year and this shop hands down is my favorite to visit...of course I haven't visited all the Houston shops mentioned here so may have to include those in my next trip =)

    Quote Originally Posted by Skratchie View Post
    All the local shops folks have mentioned are really excellent. If he wants to take a drive one Saturday, tell him to check out the Painted Pony in La Porte. It's a drive, but it seriously is worth it. And the ladies there will be happy to help him make fabric selections to take back to you. I have frequented every single one of the local shops mentioned here, as I am currently in the NW section of the county, but I grew up in La Porte, and my folks still live there, so I make it to PP fairly often; it's my favorite LQS in Houston!

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    I live on the East side of Houston and my favorite shop is The Painted Pony in LaPorte. They have lots of fabric including a great "Sale" room. Their prices are not too bad and the friendly ladies there would be more than happy to help your husband out with choosing stuff for you.

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    Have hi buy a suitcase or two in TX and put your fabric in them if he can't get your fabric in his suitcase. No law about having more than one suitcase, right?

    Good luck and enjoy your month of alone time to quilt!


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    Wow I don't blame you with those prices! I would have sent an empty duffle bags.
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    Your DH is definitely a keeper!

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    If I lived in Houston, I'd shop for you!! You could tell me what you want and I could deliver to your sweet DH! It would be fun to have another connection to another part of the world! Sadly, I'm in western Oklahoma where the "blizzard to remember" has just begun... wish I could help!!
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    He can get a good used suitcase at Goodwill. I would also only let him take 5 outfits. The hotel will have laundry and cleaning facilities. I think I'd just have the fabric and goodies shipped to the hotel. I know I wouldn't trust my DH to pick out fabric for me. LOL. He's a dear man, but not a fabric shopper. Can't wait to see what wonderful goodies you get!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoanneS View Post
    Your DH is definitely a keeper!
    He certainly is! Nearly 33 years . He's quite used to trailing round knitting shops, but quilt shops are a new domain for him. He'll adapt .

    Thanks for all the tips ladies - you never fail to amaze me with your knowledge and friendliness
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    If hubbie is not a shopper maybe one of the Houston quilters could meet him and help him shop.
    Just a thought.


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    My DH is often my 'fabric mule' when he is working in the US. I order from any US based online fabric site and have them ship the stuff to his hotel. Unfortunately (for me) he's been working from home for the last 6 months! Lucky you!! Lots of sites have great sales right now. Just check out the list of shops from www.fabshophop.com.
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    Hey you need to check out Marshall Dry Goods. They're in Missouri but they ship anywhere. They have108'- 120" wide fabric for $3.99 a yard.
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    there is a lsq in Spring TX which is NE of ? 35, and Tomball is NW of ?35 what ever that highway is that runs thru Houston., also lots of antique shops at both places, and great restraunts in Spring, oh a great desert place in Tomball. Hope he has fun, he will eat at the wonderful BBQ place in Houston I'm sure. Tell him to yell Howdy to my sister in Spring. lol

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    I like www.thousandsofbolts.com. Good prices, huge selection, lots of quilt back fabrics. There site search feature isn't very good. Have fun shopping.

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    Connecting Threads has the best prices.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IrishNY View Post
    Might be worth having him buy an extra suitcase for fabric. You would probably save enough to pay for it and the extra bag charge.
    That's what I was thinking!

    Actually, since he is coming on business, he should ask if his company will be shipping anything home on a pallet or skid. I'm in the trade show business so we are always shipping things all over the place, and when we have to travel we can sometimes get items on the skids to go with the freight (peanut butter and crackers can feed a body for a long time, I'm just sayin' )

    Not that he could put the fabric on a skid, but perhaps he could send his laundry back that way and take the fabric in his luggage?
    Last edited by JulieR; 02-25-2013 at 06:26 PM.

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    Good luck!!!

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    Oh you lucky girl - he's a keeper! My favorite shops here are (in this order) Painted Pony, Quilter's Emporium, It's A Stitch, Quilt n Sew, Quiltworks. Painted Pony is definitely worth the trip! But he may be overwhelmed. All these shops are very helpful. May be good to give him some keys words for shopping like do you want yardage, fat quarters, charm squares etc. and your favorite fabric lines like Moda, RJR.... You can visit the fabric lline websites and give him specific collections that coordinate. Good luck! Too bad you could not come, you could visit one of the quilt guilds here! Enjoy petting your fabrics when he brings them home!!!

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    make sure you look at fabricfanatics.com they have tons of batiks at good prices.
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    Try Marshall Dry Goods for backing. They have some nice stuff at reasonable prices.

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    Just saw a post today that reminded me - Hobby Lobby stores here carry pretty good fabrics and you can print a 40% coupon from their website. Even if the fabric is on sale, they will take it to the full price and give you the coupon price. I buy their Kona snow and white cottons alot for backing and filler blocks. Also there is a good JoAnn's and Hobby Lobby at Fry Road and I-10 freeway on the west side of town that are nice stores. JoAnn's honors all coupons but you have watch because if it's on sale you can't use the coupon. Don't forget notions, rulers etc. JoAnn's carries Clover notions and Fon's and Porters's. Again you can use coupons from online but if they're on sale you can't use it.

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    Stitchin Heaven is also in Texas I believe and they ship as well. I have had them ship stuff to Alaska pretty reasonable. Hancocks of Paducah is another good one along with the others mentioned on this blog. If your hubby flies international from Houston to London he will probably get two free bags but if he has to fly domestic(inside USA) to someplace from Houston and then over he may only get one bag free. I got stuck paying for one bag on a trip home to England but got two coming back since it was international direct.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knitette View Post
    My DH is off to Houston today for about a month on business - yippee! (oops *"I will miss you darling, come home soon"*).

    The 'naked' part is that I've given him strict instructions that he should throw out any worn clothes if it's a choice between that and fabric for the baggage allowance.

    Anyway, as fabric is now $20-$22 a metre (39"), you can see why I'm excited! Priority Mail envelopes, which hold about 8 yards of fabric have just gone up and I think they're now $23.95 .

    I'm planning having fabric etc sent to his hotel from the likes of Joanns, Fabric.com and Missouri Star, assuming I can get it sorted. He would also drive to a store to collect, but doesn't really have much clue about anything quilt-related. I'm particularly interested in backs for quilts as they're about $28 (or more) a yard here and batiks.

    Are there any local quilt shops in West Houston that have a website too?
    The best shop west of Houston is in La Porte a short drive out of town called the Painted Pony. That is the best one close to him.

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    To give you an idea of the size of this city, I live about 35 miles north of downtown, and I'm still in the greater metropolitan area. My son lives in the SE end, a full hour from here when traffic is unimpeded. There is city all along the route, also. You DH may have as much as an hour's drive from the international airport on the NE side to the west side of the city - actually maybe more, and that's if traffic is flowing.

    If you Google the address of his hotel or the place of business where he'll be, there is an option under Google Maps to "search nearby". You could then try terms such as "quilt" or "fabric" and may be able to figure out what would be most convenient. Then people who live near those locations can give more precise information. "West" could mean just west of downtown, or it could mean what is commonly known as "the Galleria area" or it could even mean "Katy", a town to the west of Houston, that like my neighborhood is probably included in the greater Houston area. There are many miles between those locations. I'm sorry I don't have a better idea of what to suggest.

    I hope your DH has a safe and enjoyable stay here. It's the best time of the year to visit, before the weather gets hot. The azaleas are starting to bloom, and it's quite a show!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SimpsonFrances View Post
    The best shop west of Houston is in La Porte a short drive out of town called the Painted Pony. That is the best one close to him.
    Sorry, La Porte is on the SE side of the city, and would be at least an hour from anything that could be called west!
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