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Thread: My First Quilt Shop Purchase :-)

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    Junior Member pester's Avatar
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    So I got the quilting bug and found all of you here. Learned that LQS wasn't a particular store that just wasen't in my neck of the woods. :D and discovered that a town 30 from me was a super awsome place to shop. They have a Handcocks, Joanans, a Mills End fabric outlet, Crafts direct(lots of different craft supplies but also a higher end fabric dept) AND a Quilt Shop.

    Well I just about fell over and fainted the first time I visted the LQS. First, at all the fabric WOW, then with sticker shock!!!! I left feeling quite overwhelmed and out of my league. I'm still building my stash by raiding clearance bins LOL. I went back a second time knowing I coulden't buy but wanted to pet the fabric LOL. Start to see if I could feel what "good" fabric was so I could reconize "bad" fabric. Second visit was much less overwhelming.

    Well I am working on making a pieced train quilt for my dad and have been looking fabrics to make the cars out of. I wanted to try to find somthing more than just plain colors. Tone on Tones that diden't have a pattern. No box cars with florals! LOL. Since I needed such small amounts(<1/8yd) I decided to check out the LQS. So here's my haul. LOL it only took 3 visits to finely buy somthing. :-D

    PS. Thanks to everyone who is helping me out with this project and sharing "train" scraps with me. Hopefully this will make a nice naping quilt for my dad. His parkinson's meds make him sleepy.
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    Welcome to the FFA (Fabric Fondlers Anonymous) We are a large group and enjoy company.
    Your fabric choices are great.

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    Very nice colors. They all go well together. :thumbup:

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    I love mill ends. I have to drive across the state to go. Try to stop when ever we are visiting relatives. I have nice LQS but it is expensive and not as much choice.

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    Made me laugh when you said you had to "pet" the fabric. I can relate.

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    I have to pet my fabric almost as much as my cats!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PegD
    Made me laugh when you said you had to "pet" the fabric. I can relate.
    I pet my fabric choices too. same as when i shop for clothes. if it doesnt feel nice i wont like it or wear it

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    That is exactly what happened to me the first time I found a true quilt shop! I was so overwhelmed I didn't know where to start or to stop. Ended up buying a thimble and one measly magazine! I try to make lists of present and future projects before I know I will be going now so I can concentrate better. It is so fun though...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly Nana
    Welcome to the FFA (Fabric Fondlers Anonymous) We are a large group and enjoy company.
    Your fabric choices are great.
    :lol: :lol: :lol: Yepper!!! I'm also a member!!! Just can't get enough of petting those lovely fabs!!! :thumbup: Love your fabric choices. They will make great train cars. Be sure to post a pic when you finish it -- or post pics of your progress!! Not only do we love to pet fabrics; we just love to look, too!!!! :thumbup:

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    I know what town you are talking about and love to go there, it is also about 30 miles away from me, I leave east of there. I love going to the quilt shop just to look and get ideas, too expensive for me in my beginning stages. I am very interested in seeing your train quilt when you are done. keep us posted.

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    great choices, check out those thrift stores too- especially for those smaller scraps that do wonders for our stashes and usually good stuff because "sewist" don't throw it away

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    Love the fabrics you chose. The first time I went to Mary Jo's in North Carolina I just wandered around and looked. Didn't buy one thing! However went back the next day and broke the bank! LOL!

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    Hello fellow Minnesotans :) I was very overwhelmed the first time I went into a quilt shop near me too! I just stood there in one place and stared at everything!

    Great color choices with the fabric!

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    I love your fabrics. I know how you felt in the LQS. I felt the same way the first time. Our is filled with wonderful and helpful people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly Nana
    Welcome to the FFA (Fabric Fondlers Anonymous) We are a large group and enjoy company.
    Your fabric choices are great.
    FFA - that is way toooooooooo funny. Have not heard that before, but is definitely true of me. May I join your 12 step program :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly Nana
    Welcome to the FFA (Fabric Fondlers Anonymous) We are a large group and enjoy company.
    Your fabric choices are great.
    HAHA!!! Had to laugh at your quote, very funny.

    Nice fabrics, the stashing begins :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly Nana
    Welcome to the FFA (Fabric Fondlers Anonymous) We are a large group and enjoy company.
    Your fabric choices are great.
    FFA - LOVE IT!!! There must be a 12 stitch program for us out there somewhere!

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    Grins.. you fit right in. Your fabric choices look great !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly Nana
    Welcome to the FFA (Fabric Fondlers Anonymous) We are a large group and enjoy company.
    Your fabric choices are great.
    Love it !!

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    Don't feel bad .. 30 years later and I am still overwhelmed when I enter a new quilt shop! I told my husband, it's like when you guys find one of those old wooden floor hardware stores. So much in every nook and cranny ... it takes a half dozen trips just to see everything! Not to mention fondling that fabric!

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    omgoodness.. I thought I was the only one who petted material !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly Nana
    Welcome to the FFA (Fabric Fondlers Anonymous) We are a large group and enjoy company.
    Your fabric choices are great.
    Too funny! FFA....I love it!

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    I am a new member of FFA!!! Not only that, but am a admitted addict to fabric. I have to stop myself from cruising ebay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PegD
    Made me laugh when you said you had to "pet" the fabric. I can relate.
    I can also relate to this!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly Nana
    Welcome to the FFA (Fabric Fondlers Anonymous) We are a large group and enjoy company.
    Your fabric choices are great.
    Hi, my name is Tracy, and I am a fabric fondler. 8-) Guess I can come out of the closet now that I know I am not alone.

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