Saturday, September 29, 2012

Saturday Stash: shopping online

I think etsy shops are one of the greatest inventions of the 21st century.  If you love modern fabrics, but your local quilt shop tends toward the traditional, this post is for you! In my experience, the independent owners of online "etsy" shops are quick to respond to inquiries, and fast to ship purchases.  Plus, they often have fabrics that just are not available at your LQS.

I like to support the etsy shop owners who belong to my guild, the Front Range Modern Quilt Guild.  If I can't find a fabric line in town, I always go to my etsy "favorites" first.  Buying on etsy is easy, and safe -- here is a link on "How to purchase an item on etsy" if you haven't shopped etsy before. 

Today's "Saturday Stash" reflects some of my purchases during September.  The owners of each of these shops belong to FRMQG -- but by no means are the only shops I frequent!

First up is a shop which, sadly, is closing soon.  The owner has decided running an online shop and being a Mama and facing a possible move is just too much, something has to give.  I guess she isn't willing to give away her child, so her etsy shop is closing.

I have a "thing" for Heather Bailey's "Nicey Jane" line, and buy any of these charming fabrics whenever I see them.   Imagine my delight when I found all these Nicey Jane prints ON SALE!

I particularly like shops that have fabrics I can't find anywhere else.  A new shop that holds a lot of promise is "AmbrozAndCo."

I have an "orange" project in mind for this collection of Valori Wells, Erin McMorris, Annette Tatus, and Jeanean Morrison lovelies. 

Karen at KarensStash ordered these Moda Bella Solids Jelly Rolls just because I want to make the V & Co. "Houndstooth" quilt.  Now that's service!

  • KarensStash has expanded its selection -- I may have to go shopping when I finish this blog post!

No blog about etsy shops would be complete without talking about FreshSqueezedFabrics!

Randi is one of the more experienced etsy shop owners, having been in business since April of 2008.  The first time I purchased fabric from FreshSqueezedFabrics, I actually drove to her town (about one hour away from my home).  Randi wasn't available, but she invited me to visit anyway, and and her daughter helped me pick a lovely (read:  large) stack of fabrics. I'm pretty sure if she tracked her best customers, I would be near the top of the list!

My most recent score at FreshSqueezedFabrics is the complete collection of Denyse Schmidt's "Chickopee" in fat quarters.  Twelve of them are designated for my October Schnibbles project:

In conclusion (I learned to say that in 4-H), I highly recommend shopping on etsy -- especially if you live in a geographically isolated area, or if your LQS doesn't stock "modern" fabrics.  I've always found the service to be excellent and the selection amazing.

Tomorrow:  Sunday is for Scraps -- an I Spy quilt!

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