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Thread: Going to Scotland, Wales, England and Northern Ireland

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    Hi, I am Fran and I live in Washington State about an hour south of Seattle.
    My husband and I will be going to UK for a 3 week vacation and we are looking for places that we should be sure to not miss. Is it easy to find fabric stores? How much can I expect to pay for quilting fabric?
    In Northern Ireland, we will be going to Derry, the Causeway and Belfast. Tell me where to go for Fabric and places to see.
    I have a friend that will be in Dublin about the 24th. of Sept. and she would like to meet up with a quilter/sewer to show her places. Or, have a cup and coffee and share a list of places she should see. Thanks to all.

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    Have fun!! That sounds like a blast!! I'm sure I have distant relatives in all those countries! :D

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    When are you going? I have an Irish quilting magazine that you might find interesting, I'm looking at it just now and I can send you some shop info you're interested. I can even send the mag if you are not going for a bit yet.
    Sue (rummage) :)

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    That sounds like a fab trip!!!!!!! Be sure to take pics and show us !! :D Have a wonderful time!

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    I didn't find a lot of fabric when I went a few years back. But I did find gorgeous yarn which makes sense when I think about all of the sheep I saw!
    Good luck and have a great trip! (I'd love to go back).
    lots2do

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    jolly good job you are not coming to S WMidlands you would be VERY disappointed.
    Do have a super time.

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    We are not leaving for another three weeks. WOW, when I say it like that it makes it very real. I have so much to do before we leave that I don't know where to start. I am in the middle of organizing my sewing room. You would think that if I think I like the idea of giving some of it away best. Names of Fabric stores in Belfast or Derry would be appreciated.
    Fran in WA

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    Sounds like a wonderful trip. My DD#1 went to Oxford for a term and DD#2 and I flew out there at the end of her term and traveled around England, Scotland and Wales for about 10 days, right before Christmas. It was a wonderful trip. That was about 9 years ago. My girls are into history and DD#1 ended up getting a Masters in History, focusing on Midevil England. We visited a lot of castles and Museums, the Tower of London, a great Castle in Wales. Off the top of my head I don't remember all the names of the places.

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    I used to live in England and visited all the wonderful places you are going. Quilt fabric will be higher than US. Great wools over there...prices on wool may be less than US, but heavy to travel with and then you have to ship...

    Use the "tube" "underground"..subway for travel when in London. The traditional "black taxiis" are alot more expensive than the others. Ask the locals for fish and chip places..
    You will have a blast! We are jealous....have a wonderful, safe time.
    Diana in TX

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    I am sooooo jealous. I would love to go. Have a wonderful and safe trip, wish I could help out with the fabric shops, but cannot. I had a lovely friend that travel to New Zealand and brought me a package of fat quarters and a pair of pillowcases.
    They were very nice. Have not made anythins yet, bet thought I would applique the fat quarters on the pillow cases. (one day)
    :thumbup:

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    One of my favorite places is the Giant's Causeway in NI. just an amazing spot!

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    The Victoria and Albert Museum would be on my list. The Victoria and Albert Museum (often abbreviated as the V&A), in The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, London, England, is the world's largest museum of decorative arts and design, housing a permanent collection of over 4.5 million objects. Named after Prince Albert and Queen Victoria, it was founded in 1852, and has since grown to now cover some 12.5 acres (0.05 km2)[2] and 145 galleries. Its collection spans 5,000 years of art, from ancient times to the present day, in virtually every medium, from the cultures of Europe, North America, Asia and North Africa. The museum is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
    The holdings of ceramics, glass, textiles, costumes, silver, ironwork, jewellery, furniture, medieval objects, sculpture, prints and printmaking, drawings and photographs are among the largest and most comprehensive in the world.

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    Wow Sparky, you sound like you could give tours!! Did you visit this museum or did you live over there for awhile?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pam Pollock
    Wow Sparky, you sound like you could give tours!! Did you visit this museum or did you live over there for awhile?
    No I haven't been there but I found a link to their site somewhere, maybe on this board? They had the coolest program. You could upload a photo and have it printed in a quilt with up to 20 colors! I just like to play with ideas, I didn't actually make it.

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    Hope you have a great time when you are over here!

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    We are leaving the 16th------2 weeks from today!!! Boy that makes it sound soon-----maybe too soon. I'm not ready.
    Fran

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    I am from the UK, South Wales, there are some lovely places in the UK worth visting. :)

    This programme was on recently that shows some of the places around Britain that are not well known of etc but are so worth seeing -

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/series/secret-britain

    May be worth you taking a look, its called Secret Britain.

    Here is another where some are listed -
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk...ts-899791.html

    Hope it helps and enjoy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mayday
    jolly good job you are not coming to S WMidlands you would be VERY disappointed.
    Do have a super time.
    There are some very nice areas to visit in the SWMidlands!! I agree we are very short on Quilting shops but you can.t beat Stratford -on-Avon and the surrounding countryside for seeing the Real England!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by welshgem
    I am from the UK, South Wales, there are some lovely places in the UK worth visting. :)

    This programme was on recently that shows some of the places around Britain that are not well known of etc but are so worth seeing -

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/series/secret-britain

    May be worth you taking a look, its called Secret Britain.

    Here is another where some are listed -
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk...ts-899791.html

    Hope it helps and enjoy!

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    Have fun on your trip!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wanna be quilter
    Quote Originally Posted by welshgem
    I am from the UK, South Wales, there are some lovely places in the UK worth visting. :)

    This programme was on recently that shows some of the places around Britain that are not well known of etc but are so worth seeing -

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/series/secret-britain

    May be worth you taking a look, its called Secret Britain.
    Love your little and large Welshgem, Have not see anyone on this forum from my area until now, I'm from Cardiff !
    Here is another where some are listed -
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk...ts-899791.html

    Hope it helps and enjoy!

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