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Thread: OPENING A NEW LQS, NEED COLOR HELP

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    Junior Member merridancer's Avatar
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    I am about to begin inventory purchases for my new store and I need to know what is your favorite color for quilting, least favorite color, and what is the hardest thing for you to find other than a long arm machine.

    Thanks for you help !!! :D

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    I like blues, and purples. You will get so many different answers on this one. My least favorite is green.

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    My favorites are greens and purples!!!
    Love florals, Orientals and Batiks.
    San Dimas Huh? I may have to someday come and check it out!!!

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    Lots of cream on cream neutrals for backgrounds.

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    I love clear spring tones. Least favourite is muddy orange.

    Hardest thing to find- a good ideas book! (but now I have you guys ;-))

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    i always have a problem finding a variety of purples, but i think a good variety of basic colors like blue and green are a sure bet for any fabric store :D

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    If you want to be successful, you will probably want representations of all colors.

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    Cream on cream is hard to find, as well as lighter colored batiks. I am always looking for these :D:D:D

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    purples, greens, blues...reds, yellows, rust, just to name a few!! :-) When we go to Pomona to a car show maybe I'll stop by. Send me a PM with address.

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    I have LOTS of medium and dark fabrics, but I always need to go purchase lights to make a quilt. I suggest you carry light fabrics in many lines, including batiks. A good quality light is getting more difficult to find, I looked yesterday and left Joann's without.

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    Hi are you going to sell online too. So we can see what you offer. I live to far to stop in.

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    I like clear crisp colors--Moda Marbles, Paint Box crystals,
    Fairy Frost, and Fusions by Kauffman

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    Other than colors (I like/love 'em all) am on a roll for quilting stencils. A variety of sizes is really nice. Need more easier ones. There is a GREAT difference in prices of those plastic things. I'm all for the cheaper ones!

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    Good Luck with the New Store!!! Enjoy!!

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    I like all colors really , depending on what I am making :wink: Just what you wanted to hear huh ? LOL

    I have a hard time finding the blenders .

    Good Luck to you :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by merridancer
    I am about to begin inventory purchases for my new store and I need to know what is your favorite color for quilting, least favorite color, and what is the hardest thing for you to find other than a long arm machine.

    Thanks for you help !!! :D
    Actually, I need help! LOL
    When you are setting up your bolt labels, if you can possibly put the color on them, you would be like a gift from heaven for those of us who have "color deficiencies"!

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    I'm having the HARDEST time finding aqua. I can find light blue, and I can find teal, but AQUA is elusive. LOL

    I like to see a good selection of current designer stuff in the LQS. Heather Baily especially. :) It's disappointing to see new stuff online and then not being able to get it at the LQS. I'd rather support local than an online store.

    My mom is always disappointed in the lack of precuts available in-store. I'd like to see precuts of solids (Moda Bella).

    A lot of the LQS owners I've talked to at the big Houston Quilt Show say they can't stock enough of anything Texas related. Bluebonnets, western, etc. They say it sells very quickly (and these are people that own shops in other states).

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    My favorite LQSs carry brights in oranges, yellows, etc. But, as pojo says, you'll get a wide range of likes & dislikes about colors. Other shops I've really liked are ones that have "sections" that accomodate Reproduction buffs, country, etc., in order to have something for everyone.

    What is really hard to find, in fabric, even on line, is veggie-themed fabric; I've been looking lately for some and can only find 4 patterns or so. Also, Alex Anderson (Simply Quilts fame) stated once that polka dots can be hard to find.

    last but not least, TOOLS and gadgets! For example, there's a pointer type tool called a Purple Thangy that I find invaluable when trying to catch the bobbin thread when I pull it to the top. I've only found two shops, one in Maine, the other in NH, that carry it -- very hard to find!

    Best of luck with your shop! Good to hear new ones are coming along!

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    I like to find many different fabric lines, not just one manufacturer's fabric lines. My color choices change too much to have one favorite. The most frustrating thing for me is to ask about a new notion or tool and get looked at like I'm the stupid one. If I as a customer knows about the new item then there is no excuse for the quilt shop owner/employee not to know about it. I'll shop elsewhere.

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    Yikes, that is a tough question. I love all the colors so that isn't any help.

    For me, my favorites and least favorites are more about the type of fabric. I love batiks, bright and jewel tone prints, florals, border prints, and the neutrals.

    I'm not a big fan of 30's, civil war repo's, thimbleberries, and homespuns. But my likes are just mine. There are many, many quilters that love these types of fabric.

    It's the same thing with patterns. I gravitate to the more modern contemporary patterns, but there are quilters devoted to the traditional ones.

    Perhaps you could go to the other LQS's in your area to see what they are stocking, or maybe contact some of the local long arm quilters and ask them about what types/colors of quilts they are seeing.

    I wish you every success in your new business. :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by pojo
    Hi are you going to sell online too. So we can see what you offer. I live to far to stop in.

    Actually, this will be an on-line store.

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    Roberta sold out of her light colored batiks and blues first, if that helps.

    Personally, I think it's a good idea to have as many colors as you can get. My stash is like this: most to least) blues, purples, blaick&white, multicolor & novelty fabrics, greens, reds, pinks, yellow, brown, beige, white. I have "oriental" prints in a separate category, but I have a LOT of them. Solids also in a separate category.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UglyCook
    Quote Originally Posted by merridancer
    I am about to begin inventory purchases for my new store and I need to know what is your favorite color for quilting, least favorite color, and what is the hardest thing for you to find other than a long arm machine.

    Thanks for you help !!! :D
    Actually, I need help! LOL
    When you are setting up your bolt labels, if you can possibly put the color on them, you would be like a gift from heaven for those of us who have "color deficiencies"!
    The plan is that if you select a particular swatch to look at, there will be 5 to 12 matching fabrics that display at the bottom of the page that I have matched together, so that should help "color deficiencies" of a person or a computer.

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    I have two quilts stores near me. The one here in town has a lot of fabrics, but whenever I go there I have trouble finding what I want. Tons of fabrics but they just don't mesh. The other store is about 10 minutes in the neighboring town. I love it. The difference is although they have a lot of different fabrics they also have what I call fabric families. She buys fabrics that will compliment each other. And because of that, it is my store of choice. So no matter what colors you choose, maybe think about buying "families".

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    I like to buy fabric in collections, not individuals, its makes sewing much easier. Also I love kits, any kind of Kits as long as they are affordable.

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