Inspiring Quilters, Stitch by Stitch
Sorry, this got a little long, but please read and I'd love to hear what others across the country say:
Where do you buy your fabric: quilt shops or online? I just started getting back into quilting and have been shopping the Hancock's here. Hancock's is a regional fabric store chain that's been around for as long as I can remember. It is my go-to place for fabrics, supplies.
As for quilt shops,those privately owned shops, which I would love to support: well in my area (memphis, TN) I find only two and quite small. I want to support them and try to, but their hours are limited and stock is limited, understandably, and when you are competing with online stores which have such vast amount of fabric available ...
As for Hancock's Fabrics... I went to two of their stores yesterday and they both are remodeling. It seemed like they were adding more general crafts supplies and that cheap "Made in China" home decor stuff that so many crafts stores sell. They used to be so fabric and sewing oriented... this change made me sad. I guess I'll have to wait it out and see when the "remodeling" is done to see how it really will be.
Oh well, just a lament. Maybe it is different in other areas of the country. Just wondering what others find in their areas of the country as far as availability of fabric, fabric stores, interest in quilting in general.
I've heard of people using bedsheets for backings, but I wouldn't do it. The weave is way too tight.
The only fabric I'll buy at a thrift store is silk, and usually in for form of scarves; I want to learn how to incorporate silk into art quilts. I have silk thread, but I don't have silk batting yet (it's probably the most expensive batting around!). I thought if I were going to use silk on the front of the quilt then I needed silk as a backing as well, but an art quilter here said she always uses cotton as a backing on her silk quilts. I really want to do a small project, but I hesitate because silk is sooooo slippery and you have to use some sort of fusing material. She recommends Misty Fuse.
I once read instructions for using a flat sheet with large designs in it. They put the batting and backing on and machine stitched around the designs. It's like tracing around the design. Then all you have to do is add the border. Just a thought for a quicky quilting project
what a lovely note. my maternal grmother raised me. she made my clothes, taught me to sew, to do 'stuffed work' and had started teaching me to do cutwork ...when our lives took another path. years later i inherited her quilt tops, and the quilt that was on my bed while growing up. her tops were the incentive to learn quilting. her hands were so deformed with arthritic contractures by the time she took me in that she was no longer piecing quilts. but the shirts she made me...my favorite memories...all the diff fabs and colors in each one...each piece was a dif fab. all i have of her are her tops and her little feather wt which i treasure and carry w/me to my quilt group meets.
families can be full of sad tragic little people that do things the way your cousin did. my husbands family had a couple of those too. i was blessed by being the only one of five children to know her all those years and the family history from her too. and it was some quirk of fate that brought her quilts and the featherwt to me after she passed. He works in His way...and no other. so i do believe that what goes around comes around. i loved my gramma...she was my mom as far as i was concerned and she knew when we were together. and now i have a little piece of her.. i even continued to sleep under my old quilt until i met and married my husband and learned to quilt and almost died of embarasment to realize that i had nearly 'loved' that old quilt to pieces and more...now it is safely tucked away. and plan to hand quilt the tops for my two grbabies. they are only 2 & 4 ..fortunately ..cause i do tend to procrastinate!
What wonderful memories.