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  • #399043
    chrisk
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    Brigitte,

    Carols at Midland has a great range of good quality fabric.

    If you want on line in the USA try equilter.com, or mybluebamboo.com has a great range of Asian inspired fabrics plus other stuff. No association, just a happy customer. Chocolate-coated fabrics, in Australia are also good to deal with online Good luck, quilting is my passion. Chris

    #399044
    bdm6125
    Member

    Thanks earthmother. My folks live north of the river so I do have an excuse to venture further afield if you can recommend a place! Cant believe the gorgeous fabric around…cant believe the cost! 😮

    I can see this been VERY addictive.

    Chris I had a peek at equilter.com…ooooh…how tempting!!!! How on earth do you make a decision on what to get!!!!!!

    #399045
    Eira Clapton
    Participant

    How on earth do you make a decision on what to get!!!!!!

    Well, you might start with a patter that asks for so many light yellows or darks or stripes or whatever and just buy like that, or you might buy one fabric you really like which will be the feature of the quilt and then buy things that go with it.

    Seems to me that many quilters buy fat quarters of fabric and keep them in a ‘stash’ ready for inspiration to strike, or for a scrap quilt to be made.

    That is the fun of it!

    #399046
    bdm6125
    Member

    I have accumulated such a big stash of fabric for normal sewing, that if I have another stash-creating hobby…I’ll need a sea container to store it in!!!!

    #399047
    John and Zoe
    Member

    bdm6125 wrote:

    I have just enrolled in a quilting class :D. I have my pattern that is fairly simple for my first attempt. Can anyone recommend where I can source good quality and affordable quilting fabric, either online or in Perth????? Cant wait to start!

    Hi Brigitte

    Until you get a stash of your own, Zoe says to get good quality fabric from a quilt shop rather than places like Spotlight.

    She says that, although Spotlight will cost you less in the short term, she reckons that good quality fabrics will last better than the cheap stuff imported from china. She feels that this is especially important for quilts that you may want to pass on later to family, etc.

    Also, if you are going to spend your valuable time on a project, quality fabric will ensure that it will last and be able to be enjoyed long into the future. Also, don’t forget that quilt shops often have bargains too, such as superceded patterns and end of rolls.:tup:

    As you get more experience Op shops are also a good source of fabrics. There has been some wonderful quilts made out of mens’ ties for example.

    There is another compelling reason for supporting your local quilt shops.

    Similar to the affect that Coles and Woolies have on small grocery stores, wherever megastores like Spotlight open a new store (A new one has recently opened in Albany), the small specialist fabric shops find it hard to compete and eventually go out of business.:|

    While on the subject of quilting, we drove up from Albany to Katanning yesterday to attend an exhibition and lecture on Heritage Quilts (Wagga’s) given by a friend of ours, Cynthia Harvey-Baker, who was the Quilt Historian for the WA Quilting Assn (WAQA) when she lived in Perth (She now lives in Kojonup).

    http://www.ourpatch.com.au/australia/users/hobbsbarb/blogs/1631-homage-to-the-wagga—exhibition

    The fabric used in some of these quilts dates back to the 40’s and 50’s when fabric of any kind was hard to get hold of and anything on hand was patched up into a servicable quilt.

    Hope this helps Brigitte. Good luck with your quilting class.

    Regards

    John (and Zoe)

    #399048
    bdm6125
    Member

    Thanks John and Zoe! My quilting teacher said exactly the same thing about the fabric quality. She suggested that if I couldnt find anything local, go straight to a US site rather than spotlight! She has made quilts that last generations and is a firm believer that this is due to the quality of the fabric (as well as how well they are stored when not in use). She said to allow between $20 to $30 per metre for the fabric…I havent told hubby this bit!!!!!! 😉

    I cant wait to start! How cool is the idea of something you made today being passed through the generations!!!! :tup:

    #399049
    John and Zoe
    Member

    Hi again Brigitte

    Zoe asked me to let you know about the WA Craft Quilt & Stitch Show, at the Claremont Showgrounds.

    http://www.trueblue-exhibitions.com.au/WACraftQuilt&Stitch.htm

    Zoe will be coming up to Perth to attend the show with a quilting friend.

    I’ll be left behind in Albany to look after the dogs.:|

    Regards

    John

    #399050
    Eira Clapton
    Participant

    It is true that good quality fabrics will make good quality quilts and last for years -the thing for me is that at the moment, as a learner, I am not making good quality quilts. My quilts will improve, but I would not want to spend lots of money on fabulous fabrics when I am likely to make something which is not as accurately made as I would like.

    I think that there is a bit of pressure in quilting circles to spend up big on fabrics and equipment, and I guess I want to keep my head about all of that.

    I do have sympathy for the local businesses which have to compete with the big guys, but what the local stores have is personal knowledge and attention to the customer which the big guys don’t have. I think most people will ‘use’ the big guys when they have something cheap on sale which they want, and go to the locals when they need specialist information and support. At least that is my approach.

    I do hope that is true for Albany -I don’t get there as much as I would like, but whenever I do I love going to the fabric shops!

    #399051
    bdm6125
    Member

    Hmmm, very true Earthmotherwithin. I’d be broken hearted if my first attempt cost the earth and was only suitable for the dogs bed!

    Is it worth shopping for quilting fabric on Ebay???

    #399052
    John and Zoe
    Member

    Earthmotherwithin wrote:

    I think that there is a bit of pressure in quilting circles to spend up big on fabrics and equipment, and I guess I want to keep my head about all of that.

    Our friend, Cynthia, refers to them as the ‘Quilt Police’.:)

    I do have sympathy for the local businesses which have to compete with the big guys, but what the local stores have is personal knowledge and attention to the customer which the big guys don’t have. I think most people will ‘use’ the big guys when they have something cheap on sale which they want, and go to the locals when they need specialist information and support. At least that is my approach.

    I do hope that is true for Albany -I don’t get there as much as I would like, but whenever I do I love going to the fabric shops!

    I’m only quoting Zoe here EMW but, she mentioned that the quilt shop in Mandurah went out of business after Spotlight opened there and at least one of the fabric shops down here is expressing concern about being able to compete with the new Spotlight.

    I guess the point is that, if the locals can’t stay in business, then there won’t be that specialist information and support available.

    That’s why I used the analogy of Coles and Woolies in my previous post.

    It may be different in Perth, where there is a much bigger client base but, in country towns, mega stores spell bad news for small operators.

    Regards

    John

    #399053
    carlisle
    Member

    Isn’t it irrelevant to post here no? Sorry in advance.

    The work you done is little easy to do on machine and the effort of this is actually never wasted.

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