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ImageArleneB
Mar 21, 2019 2:17 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Sorry, question was meant for all who read here. Of course I value your opinion. Another reason to go to Joann? I need to find another fabric shop.

ImageCalif_Sue
Mar 21, 2019 3:12 PM CST

Cubits.org Site Admin

Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA.
Zone 9a
I agree, darker gray!

I buy most of my fabrics online now, Joann's was too limited, Beverly's is too. It was hard for me at first, old school is feeling the fabric and matching things but once I tried it I was hooked.

One of my favorite vendors is Hawthorne Supply Co., free domestic shipping so I don't mind paying full price. Minimum cut is 1/2 yd.
Another is Brooklyn Fabric Co., great prices, also Flying Bulldogs also grat prices as well as their $3 flat rate shipping.

I shop a lot on Etsy, a ton of fabric vendors, just search for what you like. I bargain hunt certain designers or prints, comparing prices plus comparing shipping. You can contact the vendors to ask for a custom order for multiple items.
ImageHemophobic
Mar 21, 2019 3:40 PM CST
Name: Angie
North Carolina (zone 7)
Tip for all quilters here (you probably already know): If you run short of fabric and
know the designer, manufacturer and pattern number, you may be able to find extra on Amazon. This happened to me on DD's quilt and I was able to find one of the
fabrics I ran short on. It was a lifesaver!
I think that if ever a mortal heard the voice of God it would be in a garden at the cool of the day. ~F. Frankfort Moore, A Garden of Peace

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ImageCalif_Sue
Mar 21, 2019 5:51 PM CST

Cubits.org Site Admin

Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA.
Zone 9a
Always amazed what you can find on Amazon!
ImageSiliolegma
Mar 21, 2019 11:04 PM CST
Name: Karen
Maryville, TN
I used a solid grey on my I Spy. I'll take a pic tomorrow of it finished and the T-shirt quilt. I had both packed to ship but daughter arrived today and wanted to see them. Just need to retape box tomorrow but will get pics first, I was sorry I hadn't before I packed them.
I have a few more blocks to do on a 12 month puzzle block so will catch up there then making my own self a quilted bedspread. Have a few QOV's done so can afford some me time.
ImageArleneB
Mar 22, 2019 6:13 AM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Yes, I really would like to see the finished pictures. See, it worked out fine for taking the pictures. You wouldn't have opened for yourself but because your daughter wanted to see them! Smiling

You gals are making me feel really behind. I guess I'll have to get used to it, I am getting pulled in so many directions, but, Mary Ann and I did set a time to go to the Grantville Senior Center where they quilt every day, M-F, and one of the ladies that comes to the Music Barn is meeting us there because she goes a lot and she knows the quilting ladies there. She'll introduce us. I guess there are only two right now so maybe we'll start to go on a regular basis? Anything can happen.
ImageHemophobic
Mar 22, 2019 7:37 AM CST
Name: Angie
North Carolina (zone 7)
Sounds like a plan, Arlene. I know you'll both enjoy it.
I think that if ever a mortal heard the voice of God it would be in a garden at the cool of the day. ~F. Frankfort Moore, A Garden of Peace

ImageSiliolegma
Mar 22, 2019 8:32 AM CST
Name: Karen
Maryville, TN
I loved going to the group sewing times. It wasn't so much that I got lot done, but it is nice to chat and sew with ones you have something in common in. Speaking the same language as it were.
ImageHemophobic
Mar 22, 2019 10:11 AM CST
Name: Angie
North Carolina (zone 7)
Karen, surely there are quilt groups in your area, church groups if nothing else,
but do an online search for quilt guilds in TN and see what you find.

I posted some questions about the PF show on another thread, so here they are:
Was food available at the show or did you have to go out for it? Was it good?
Were mini-workshops available? Happy that you enjoyed it so much. It was just
what you needed to lift your spirits.
I think that if ever a mortal heard the voice of God it would be in a garden at the cool of the day. ~F. Frankfort Moore, A Garden of Peace

ImageSiliolegma
Mar 23, 2019 8:19 AM CST
Name: Karen
Maryville, TN
Didn't have the food there so cannot vouch for it. We ate on the way there at a fun diner that's actually close and good food too. We did buy drinks as it's not allowed to bring in. I thought $3. each was a bit much but could have been worse I guess. I hadn't finished mine so put in the fridge and stuck it down in my bag the second day. I don't drink much at a time but do need small sips so drinks last me.
Funny at the MSQC booth, two ladies there one seemed totally bored and not happy to be there but the other was very nice and very helpful. To the extent she brought up the tutorial for the quilt I'm making to make sure I was getting the correct ruler. She said she thought she knew which one but "let's just make sure". Most people there were very friendly and helpful even to suggesting other vendors if they didn't carry what I wanted.
ImageHemophobic
Mar 23, 2019 10:43 AM CST
Name: Angie
North Carolina (zone 7)
Karen, you should send Jenny Doan a message about the attitude of the bored
one. I'm sure that is not the persona they want to portray for MSQC.

I'll remember to buy a large water and carry it with me. Probably one day will
do me, but you never know!! I truly love the mini-workshops they usually have
at quilt shows and always learn something.
I think that if ever a mortal heard the voice of God it would be in a garden at the cool of the day. ~F. Frankfort Moore, A Garden of Peace

ImageSiliolegma
Mar 23, 2019 7:34 PM CST
Name: Karen
Maryville, TN
We were there over 4 1/2 hours each day, I needed two days because my stamina is not the greatest. You could maybe do it all in one day but probably not with any workshops.
ImageHemophobic
Apr 8, 2019 5:27 AM CST
Name: Angie
North Carolina (zone 7)
Karen, on just long enough to invite you to the Quilt Lovers Group on FB. Lots of
QOVs on there.
I think that if ever a mortal heard the voice of God it would be in a garden at the cool of the day. ~F. Frankfort Moore, A Garden of Peace

ImageSiliolegma
Apr 8, 2019 8:01 AM CST
Name: Karen
Maryville, TN
Thank you, I'll check it out.
ImageArleneB
Apr 10, 2019 11:29 AM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Okay, Karen, I am curious enough now to ask some questions about the fabric cutters. What kind do you have? Does it cut strips as well as shapes? How many shapes? How many thicknesses of fabric? Good cutting edges? Cost (approx.)?

And any more information you can give me on what I should be looking for? Mary Ann is very interested because she has a really hard time cutting, in fact, she usually gets me or Charles to cut for her. That's a problem if we're not around when she wants some cutting done.

And information you can give me is very welcomed!
ImageSiliolegma
Apr 10, 2019 8:19 PM CST
Name: Karen
Maryville, TN
I have an Accuquilt Go Big which is electric and I love it to pieces. It is the largest of the GO die cutters and being electric is so easy for me to use. They have a larger cutter but to me it's too big and the dies are much heavier.

I have almost all the strip dies. With them you can cut almost everything you need. The 2 1/2" is perfect for binding but I like the wider ones for borders too.

There are also squares and triangles and other shapes. I have several of them but find I don't need them as much as the strips. The best thing about them is the cuts are precise so everything fits together beautifully.

They have a couple different sites on FB for them. One is a sales site and you can get some good deals there on the dies. Amazon also carries them. Also the Accuquilt site has good sales from time to time and bunches of free patterns. The other site is very handy for learning about them.

Some quilt shops are also dealers and have the same sales as the site plus you save postage.

You can cut 6 layers of fabric at a time. with the strip cutters, the 2 1/2" has three strips. I usually fan fold the fabric so I can cut longer strips, usually enough to do the entire binding in one run through.

I usually cut my fabric first about 1/2 inch wider than the die so there is very little waste. The important part as I said before is the precision of the cuts. The dies also require mats which are a softer plastic. They do wear out eventually. I've had my cutter for 4 years and have only worn out 2 mats.
ImageHemophobic
Apr 11, 2019 4:08 AM CST
Name: Angie
North Carolina (zone 7)
A church friend has a cutter, don't know which size, and she's elderly but won't
sell it. I've asked her. I know she doesn't use it, so why is she hanging onto it?
I think that if ever a mortal heard the voice of God it would be in a garden at the cool of the day. ~F. Frankfort Moore, A Garden of Peace

ImageSiliolegma
Apr 11, 2019 5:43 AM CST
Name: Karen
Maryville, TN
If Mary Ann is having any difficulty with her hands, I'd recommend the GO Big. It's electric plus it's the biggest and will hold all the GO dies. The smaller ones won't. Precutting the fabric is easier because it doesn't have to be perfect to go into the die.

Maybe your friend at church hopes to leave it to someone or even hopes to use it again someday.

If you can find a quilt shop that carries them, you can try out before hand. Or you can come play with mine.
ImageHemophobic
Apr 11, 2019 6:39 AM CST
Name: Angie
North Carolina (zone 7)
Oh, I like play dates!!!

Who knows what her mind set is? None of her family sews and all except a
daughter belong to our church, so I know this for a fact. Years ago when we
first formed the quilt circle at church, she attended very briefly, then stopped.
Said she just didn't have the time.
I think that if ever a mortal heard the voice of God it would be in a garden at the cool of the day. ~F. Frankfort Moore, A Garden of Peace

ImageArleneB
Apr 11, 2019 11:02 AM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Thanks for the info, Karen. I will sit down with Mary Ann and research them.

Angie, my Aunt Leona also would not sell me her quilting frame even though she knew she was never going to use it again. Don't know why. I am her goddaughter and we have always included her in our trips and always made sure to visit her. I suspect she didn't want to face that she wouldn't be using it? Her daughter doesn't quilt although I think it would be great if she got interested since she has inherited all of Aunt Leona's quilting supplies. I am trying to nudge her in that direction especially since she will be retiring soon.

I ended up buying my frame last winter because my mother was going to give me hers and then got a renewed interest in quilting since I started. Mary Ann has one she said I could have but it's the old fashioned kind you set up on legs and I certainly don't have room for that. We are going to use it when we start quilting hers because they have a trailer on their property they used to rent out but is vacant and it is going to become our sewing place. We'll be able to spread out there. I keep trying to encourage Mary Ann to change her set up because she is sewing on top of a folding table and it would be so much easier if she could sit the machine down level with the table. Just that one thing would make a HUGE difference. Lots of little things you can do to make sewing more pleasurable and the cutter is one of them! Hilarious!

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