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Thread: ????????please help a newbie

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    Super Member granny_59's Avatar
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    Hello

    I am so glad that I found this forum but after hours and hours of reading I still have tons of questions. I also have problems with the search function, maybe i just use the wrong terms.

    I found a lot of online shops but can you please advice me on the "perfect" one for me:
    ship internationally and with realistic big pictures of the fabric. All these great jelly rolls and fat quaters packs and I cant see the single prints!?
    The price are fabulous.........in switzerland I have hardly shops and as a non EU member I have to pay at least 20$ shipping from neighburing Germany! A moda jelly roll costs 60$ and each meter of fabric (just 10% more than a yard) starts at 17, 18 $. Designer like Hoffmann (just love it) 22$ and up.

    As I was not able to get the jasmin heirloom hoop (at least that thing brought me hear :thumbup: ) I would like to have a Grace floor stand hoop. Where should I order that?

    And how many fat quaters do I need for a 100" x 100" blanket? I can think it depends on the design. I found this great tutorial about this twist and turn D9 here.

    Will be gratefull for any advise and I am affraid that I will have develop physical problems if I cant place an order soon

    Granny_59

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    Have you looked at eBay for international ordering? I know lots of US sellers offer international shipping and there are also lots of vendors overseas that sell fabric.

    Good luck, I know those shipping costs are terrible, just in the US. Hope you find something soon!

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    I know that some here in the states will order for those abroad and then send. Most pay by Paypal for the orders. Don't know if the shipping is less or not. But when we can get it for maybe 1/2 of what you are paying, it could work out better for you in the long run.
    I'd volunteer to help you, but being on a pebble, it sometimes takes me 2-3 weeks for a delivery. Plus, I'm getting ready to pack out and move.
    I'm sure someone might step up and help.

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    Welcome, so glad you joined us. I'm sure that someone will be able to help you.

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    Oh no..........I dont need anybody ordering for me. I just quoted the price I have to pay in Switzerland and Germany to make you understand that I dont care about 40$ shipping cost.
    For some reason I dont like eBay and I would like to be able to pay with visa.

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    I dont know about overseas shipping but one of the biggest online fabric stores is Hancocks of Paducah.

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    here is one that ships overseas. Maybe you can find what you need here.

    http://www.grandmasatticquilting.com/

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    My favorite store is Fabric Depot in Portland, Oregon.

    They have fabric and lots more.
    They ship internationally and will let you know the shipping cost before you place the order.

    They also have great and frequent sales.

    www.fabricdepot.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by granny_59
    Oh no..........I dont need anybody ordering for me. I just quoted the price I have to pay in Switzerland and Germany to make you understand that I dont care about 40$ shipping cost.
    For some reason I dont like eBay and I would like to be able to pay with visa.
    Ok, it's just an option I was putting out there for you.
    I totally understand about shipping costs. I live on Guam and even tho it's part of the US (it's a Territory), we get US Mail, but there are some stores that don't believe me and want to charge me international rates.

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    If you like a certain manufacturer, go to their website to look at the whole line.
    Also some times you can look at the whole line somewhere on the stores site.

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    There is a place in Wisconsin that has hoops of different kinds.
    They are
    Hinterberg Design
    2805 East Progress Drive
    West Bend, WI 53095

    1-800-443-5800

    As far as online fabric stores, I think my favorite one is
    Ann's Fabric and Crafts in New Hampshire. The pictures of the fabric are good sized and I like their prices.

    On the 100 x 100 with fat quarters, I figured that about 26 1/2 would equal that, but that is before sewing. I would get at least 32. Someone with better math skills than me might be able to call it more closely.

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    Thanks so much to all. Enough links to spend the weekend....
    I would like a Grace hoop and havent found a shop so far that ships to switzerland. Fabric doesnt seem to be a problem and thanks for telling me that I need 30 fat quarters............three days ago I did not even know what that is!?

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    I prefer a lap hoop to a floor hoop -- more portable, and it still leaves both hands free for the quilting. Here is a link to my favorite hoop, and this company does ship internationally. It has great fabrics too!

    http://www.keepsakequilting.com/prod...APTOP-HOOP.htm

    One hint for a newbie: don't buy a hand quilting hoop that is very large. Your arm gets tired trying to reach across. A medium sized hoop is better.

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    Do you know Cotton-Color in Switzerland
    http://cotton-color.com/en/index.php?&currency=euro
    I buy now & again from her - huge choice, prices around 13E
    always has reduced fabrics. Wide range of notions, books etc and she has quilting lap, and floor, frames.
    With shipping rates you may find no saving.

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    One of my favorites is Thousands of Bolts (www.thousandsofbolts.com/index.cfm). They ship international and prices start at $3.95 a yard. They also have a color matcher that is really helpful. All the fabric is first quality name brand. I've been very happy with everthing I've gotten from them.

    Also try Desperate Quilters(www.desperatequilters.com/). Some sale as low as $3.00 a yard.

    Some US fabric sites on-line quote prices for 1/2 yard instead of 1 yard so you need to watch out for that. I've made that mistake a few times.

    Good Luck!

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    Keepsake quilting offers international shipping (you can see the shipping charges in their Frequently Asked Questions section). They tack on $15 for Foreign Orders. I LOVE ordering from them because their fabric is represented very well on their website (and in their catalog). I have never been disappointed - they are not a cheap place though.

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    boah, this world is such a funny small place. I life a three quarter hour drive from cotton and color.............and that is the place I spend 64$ on a moda jelly roll. The roll is called "sleepy time" designed by Lori Gardner and as I cant find it on the net it must be a collection from some time back. Not that I mind that as I am a newbie, but the price!?

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    Quote Originally Posted by granny_59
    boah, this world is such a funny small place. I life a three quarter hour drive from cotton and color.............and that is the place I spend 64$ on a moda jelly roll. The roll is called "sleepy time" designed by Lori Gardner and as I cant find it on the net it must be a collection from some time back. Not that I mind that as I am a newbie, but the price!?
    For jelly rolls you need to shop around. I've just bought 2 current range ones from UK 20 each - about 31USD, which I think is very reasonable.

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    Hi Katrine

    where in UK do you order?

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    I had the jelly rolls from the following - I telephoned her and she was happy to post to France. I had some Moda fabrics on sale as well for 5/metre.
    http://www.cross-patch.co.uk/index.htm

    You may want to check out these

    http://www.ladysewandsew.com/v2/index.php
    http://www.cottonpatch.co.uk/acatalog/shop.html
    http://www.fabricinspirations.co.uk/
    http://www.jbquiltingfabrics.co.uk/shop/
    https://laughinghedgehog.com/
    http://www.rainbowcrafts.eu/patchwor...FU4g3godumy9Cw

    Happy shopping!

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    thanks a lot

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    this is Lori Gardner's site and you can see Sleepytime fabrics here:

    http://lorigardner.typepad.com/this_...e-baby-bi.html

    Do you use Google? I use it to find fabrics by typing in:

    Lori Gardner Moda Sleepytime

    or

    Quilt fabric Sleepytime Moda Gardner

    And find fabrics that way. Then you'd have to check prices and international shipping.

    Jois

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    If you want to see what was made in a Moda fabric then you go to the main site which is:

    http://www.unitednotions.com/un_main.nsf/mf_archive!OpenPage

    Everything Mode made lately is on that page, scroll down until you find Sleepytime. Once you see Sleepytime you'll see two little dots underneath. The pale dot will give you a pdf file with all the prints made for Sleepytime.

    The darker dot underneath Sleepytime I haven't looked at for a while but my best guess is a pamphlet (now in pdf form) like the one they would give to wholesale buyers. It has cute patterns and other arrangements of all of the different prints for Sleepytime again. It's just longer so I seldom even try to look at it.

    Hope that helps!

    Jois

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    I'm not sure where you can order, but I do know shipping is high.

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    Thank you Jois for your links and the help. Well, www sure is (shopping)paradies. Isnt it?
    Granny

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