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    When you travel do you go to quilt shops?

    I went to Oklahoma a few years ago and found some nice quilt shops. It is fun when you are traveling to visit other shops.

    With the internet now we can map out the shops on the way to visit.

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    I'm doing exactly that this weekend in CA!!

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    awesome, have fun

    Quote Originally Posted by Arizona Sunrises
    I'm doing exactly that this weekend in CA!!

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    I always get online and find shops in the areas I will be in. Also hit random ones when we see them. DH even will get off the super highways is he sees a sign for one. And of course I have to buy something!!!

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    Always always always!!!!!!

    That's usually better than wherever we are going!

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    Always. Went to Phoenix in Feb. & found 3 great shops.

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    Absolutely! Arrived at my son's in NC (with my MIL), told DDIL "we have to go to the quilt shop tonight they are having a sale." LOL

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    Always!! Went with husband on a business trip to longmont Colorado in February. There was a handful of shops not far from each other. One shop was Hancock's. I loved it! I met the best ladies there!

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    In June/July we will go to the Lancaster area to spend 4 days shopping in quilt shops and other places we have come to love over the years. Originally we started out tagging along with a friend and her husband. Then we added another couple-she doesn't sew, she knits-but they love to come along. She has been hanging out with us for so long now that she gets right in there and helps us select our fabrics. We reward her for her patience by taking her to a nice yarn store. Three years ago we lost the first husband. Our dear friend still goes with us. Our favorite stores there are Burkholders, Sauders and Weavers. There are a couple of others but the names escape me at this time. We used to go there in Oct too, but when gas became so expensive we decided to go to the Amish area around Sugarcreek Ohio.(It's only 2 hours from home where Lancaster is 4 hours away) We have not found as many quilt shops there and the prices are not nearly as good as in Lancaster. We do have one favorite store-Miller's Dry Goods. I usually leave about $100 in that store. Leave a lot more $$$ in the others. Looking forward to this year. I can really think about quilting now that I retired in July. Our husbands just sit/stand around and wait to carry our packages and tell them where to take us next. We have trained them well and they never try to hurry us along. I have not found any quilt shop near the area where we take our yearly family summer vacation. Maybe I'll research that a bit this year. It's kind of hard to get away since we take our daughter and grandkids on that trip.

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    Why else would you travel????? LOL
    Yes, I do. We're planning a trip to Texas and I told my husband to be prepared to make stops because I was mapping it according to the fabric shops along the way. We could get there in one HARD day of traveling but I told him to plan at least three days of traveling to and from. We're both retired and DD will be out of school so there's no time frame to have to be back.

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    Don't your hubbies figit and complain when you explore quilt/fabric shops?

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    Of course. But your point is???? LOL


    He does if I spend too much time but I really try to keep it to about 20 to 30 minutes. Sometimes he goes in to and sits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stitchinwitch
    Don't your hubbies figit and complain when you explore quilt/fabric shops?
    Actually mine encourages me to buy fabric, but most of the time he is just "egging" me on to see what my reaction will be. But he had his hobby and I have mine and we both support each other's hobbies. :)

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    I always check out the quilt shops when we travel. This new thing with charging extra for luggage when flying may cause me to modify my habits. I guess I will just have to find shops that will ship my purchases for me. My husband just booked a cruise to New England and the islands off the east coast of Canada. I will need to do my research on shops in that vicinity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mpspeedy
    I always check out the quilt shops when we travel. This new thing with charging extra for luggage when flying may cause me to modify my habits. I guess I will just have to find shops that will ship my purchases for me. My husband just booked a cruise to New England and the islands off the east coast of Canada. I will need to do my research on shops in that vicinity.
    I met a woman from Australia about a year ago in a quilt shop in Urbana, Illinois. She said that fabric here is so much cheaper than fabric in Australia. Her friend that she was here visiting is letting her leave her clothing here and when she travels home her cases will be filled only with fabric. Next year when she comes back she's bringing empty(her clothes are already here) collapsable suitcases in a carryon so that she can fill them with fabric. I thought it was an excellent idea.

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    Not only when I travel for vacation but also when I travel for work. My favorite LQS is a half hour down the road and when I have to go there for work I always stop in. When I have road trips for work I will look and see where the quilt shops are before I decide how I am gonna get there or how I am gonna get home. Last month I had one of those days. I had a three hour drive to court at 9:30 am so I left home at 6:30 and said there is no way I am gonna rush back when court was done at 12:30 so I could be in the office for an hour and a half. I just about had my eight hours in already :) So I shopped my way home and hit three quilt shops. It made the long drive bearable and at the first shop I changed out of my suit and heels into comfy clothes :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Missi
    Not only when I travel for vacation but also when I travel for work. My favorite LQS is a half hour down the road and when I have to go there for work I always stop in. When I have road trips for work I will look and see where the quilt shops are before I decide how I am gonna get there or how I am gonna get home. Last month I had one of those days. I had a three hour drive to court at 9:30 am so I left home at 6:30 and said there is no way I am gonna rush back when court was done at 12:30 so I could be in the office for an hour and a half. I just about had my eight hours in already :) So I shopped my way home and hit three quilt shops. It made the long drive bearable and at the first shop I changed out of my suit and heels into comfy clothes :)
    Isn't the internet great??? Just a few years ago we'd have missed all these shops but now we can just go online and get a list in order to plan our trips. My sister keeps a list of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois shops in her car. Sometimes it takes her two days to make the 7-8 hour trip from her house to mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stitchinwitch
    Don't your hubbies figit and complain when you explore quilt/fabric shops?
    Actually if mine goes he searches for the ugliest fabric in the store and makes me buy a yard of it for making him go.

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    I always hit the local quilt stores when I travel, both for work and pleasure. If I think there are a bunch and I will be buying a lot, I research the nearest post office and drop in to send my fabric home by mail. It is so much easier than stuffing it in my suitcase and it's like a surprise gift when it shows up.

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    How could you NOT check out quilt shops when you travel?? Your addiction is not deeply ingrained yet?! My hubby is cooperative. He has a collection of ascots, so he picks out something very bright for me to make an ascot and doesn't give me any grief at all over how long I take or how much I spend. Since I'm still among the unemployed, my spending is extremely conservative - for now! That doesn't stop me from petting fabric!

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    DH dangles the promise of a quilt store promise in front of me whenever he wants me to go with him and like a moth to the flame - I follow. LOL

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    I LOVE to explore shops along the way. Every time I leave home, I make sure I research to find shops. I try to find something to buy at each shop. It's interesting to interact with the staff/owners too. Most of the time I'm by myself so I don't have the added pressure of "hurry up", tho' if any of my family is with me, they do complain.

    Don't strike me dead, :lol: , but tho' I don't race thru the shops, it doesn't take me all day to check them out.

    One shop I'd go to, Hayloft Fabrics in Morgantown, PA, well, that's one place I would spend 2-3 hours in. Hands down my favorite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen
    Quote Originally Posted by stitchinwitch
    Don't your hubbies figit and complain when you explore quilt/fabric shops?
    Actually if mine goes he searches for the ugliest fabric in the store and makes me buy a yard of it for making him go.
    LOL, I love it! Then I would make HIM a quilt with all the ugly's :lol:

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    Yes, sometimes with DH, sometimes without. He is happy to sit in the car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brushandthimble
    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen
    Quote Originally Posted by stitchinwitch
    Don't your hubbies figit and complain when you explore quilt/fabric shops?
    Actually if mine goes he searches for the ugliest fabric in the store and makes me buy a yard of it for making him go.
    LOL, I love it! Then I would make HIM a quilt with all the ugly's :lol:
    I did. It's really cool.

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