Out of Print Fabric – Half Yearly List of Resources to Find Them

Back in September, I ran a 2 part series about the Importance of Selvedge edges, http://www.hudsonvalleyquilts.com/2013/09/the-many-lives-of-selvedge-edges-part-1.html

That post evolved into a list of resources and places to look into if you ever have to track down an out-of-print fabric. I intend to update this list every six months. And I will also post, biyearly, the list of great online and brick & mortar stores that will send you an e-mail, announcing their weekly, and even daily sales. All you have to do is subscribe to their newsletter. See April’s post at the following link.http://www.hudsonvalleyquilts.com/2014/04/great-deals-list-of-online-and-brick.html 

I’m a little behind, but here we go with the Semi Annual List of Out of Print Resources.

It’s great to save those selvedge edges in case you are trying to track down an out-of-print fabric. The information is extremely helpful, when calling a manufacturer or a store to ask about OOP fabrics.

1. I will call customer service at the fabric manufacturer with the information. They are often a wealth of information, and have provided me with some brick and mortar stores names and web sites, they think still have the fabric I am looking for in stock. (More about brick and mortar stores and oop fabrics below). 

For example, if you were looking for a Moda Fabric – Snowman Gathering. It has a code number 1080 11. You could google 1080 11 Moda Snowman Gathering, and your results would bring you to many shops. 

 2. Of course a google search is the fastest and easiest way to begin your search. Use all combinations of color code and manufacturer to search. See above. (I’m a part-time public reference librarian, and I can’t stress the importance of this enough). And different search engines do yield different results, so don’t discount google chrome, Mozilla, Internet Explorer, or any other one which is not your default browser. 

 3. Amazon and Ebay are other great resources. One of my quilt group members found real vintage 1930’s fabric she was looking for on eBay. I am collecting 1930’s reproduction fabric for two projects, and just couldn’t afford the real thing. 

That said, I found enough for one of the quilts on Amazon, and another led me to an incredible brick and mortar story in Nebraska called Calico Annies. Annie had over 200 1930’s reproduction fabrics. I called her and told her what I was looking for, and what I wasn’t, (no black in the fabrics for this project), and she nailed it. She said I could return them if they weren’t what I needed, as long as I didn’t take the packaging of the jelly rolls apart. GREAT. Again, thank you Annie. 

 4. My local brick and mortar stores are very helpful too. They have often recommended online fabric stores such as fabric.com. I was looking through a recent copy of Quilty Magazine, and found Fabric Shack in Ohio, which sells online, and is a brick and mortar store. A quick call was all that was needed to find the last 13 yards of a Kona solid, Hyacinth. 

5. One more word about brick and mortar stores before I plug online stores. Throughout the years, I have come across some great shops in the U.S., such as Little Quilts in Marietta, GA. I found them via a google search for a hand quilting template pattern I couldn’t find anywhere, but at that shop. I was so impressed with their customer service and web site, that I subscribe to their newsletter which is full of great information and ideas. 

6. http://www.quiltshops.com and http://www.findmyfabric.com are two online fabric shops I haven’t mentioned that have served me well on my quests to find out of print fabrics. Others can be found by googling online fabric stores + out of print fabrics. 

7. A few of my quilting friends and I have had success through Esty shops.

8. http://www.hancocks-paducah.com/ is another great web site and brick, and mortar store. If you happen to be in Paducah, KY, you can also visit The National Quilt Museum. See http://www.quiltmuseum.org/ 

9. If you belong to a guild, send out an e-mail and attach a photograph of the out-of-print fabric. You never know who might have a suggestion. 

10. And we can’t forget the power of social media. If you belong to Flickr, Instagram, Facebook, Yahoo and google groups, by all means post what you are looking for. If you have a pinterest board, start a board, of Out of Print Fabrics that you are interested in locating. If you tweet or blog you can always upload a photo of the fabric. 

11. If you send Keepsake Quilting a sample of the oop fabric, they will search their sources too.
http://www.keepsakequilting.com/default.aspx

12. Sew Happins, in Wilmington, North Carolina will help search too.  Ask for John.  http://sewhappins.com/

Let me know if you discover a new resource. This blog does not promote something unless it is noteworthy.

Later this week, I have WIP to show, and am very excited about it. Have a great week.

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Sources for Out of Print Fabrics – Tomorrow Announcement of Winner of Faith Jones Patterns Give-a-Way

If you still haven’t entered the chance for tomorrow’s give-a-way, there’s still time. Please leave a comment in the comment box and answer one of the following questions; What is your favorite pattern designed by Faith Jones? Or what is a new skill or technique you would like to learn? 

I interviewed Faith last week. This is the link to the interview and give-a-way chance. http://www.hudsonvalleyquilts.com/2013/10/interview-with-faith-jones-of-modern.html Good luck!! 

Looking for a little more of an out-of-print fabric, when you need it is a frustration quilters all share. So I created this go-to post. I will update it every six months with additional sources. So please send me an e-mail at acbeier71@gmail.com if you have one you have had success with.  

1. As I mentioned part 1 of this series, I will call customer service at the fabric manufacturer with the information. They are often a wealth of information, and have provided me with some brick and mortar stores names and web sites they think still have the fabric I am looking for in stock. (More about brick and mortar stores and oop fabrics below). For example, if you were looking for a Moda Fabric – Snowman Gathering. It has a code number 1080 11. You would google 1080 11 Moda Snowman Gathering, and your results would bring you to many shops. 

2. Of course a google search is the fastest and easiest way to begin your search. Use all combinations of color code and manufacturer to search. See above. (I’m a part-time public reference librarian, and I can’t stress the importance of this enough). And different search engines do yield different results, so don’t discount google chrome, Mozilla, Internet Explorer, or any other one which is not your default browser. 

3. Amazon and Ebay are other great resources. One of my quilt group members found real vintage 1930’s fabric she was looking for on eBay. I am collecting 1930’s reproduction fabric for two projects, and just couldn’t afford the real thing. That said, I found enough for one of the quilts on Amazon, and another led me to an incredible brick and mortar story in Nebraska called Calico Annies. Annie had over 200 1930’s reproduction fabrics. I called her and told her what I was looking for and what I wasn’t, and I was pretty sure she nailed it. She said I could return them if they weren’t what I needed, as long as I didn’t take the packaging of the jelly rolls apart. GREAT. Again, thank you Annie. 

4. My local brick and mortar stores are very helpful too. They have often recommended online fabric stores such as fabric.com. I was looking through a recent copy of Quilty Magazine, and found Fabric Shack in Ohio, which sells online and is a brick and mortar store. A quick call was all that was needed to find the last 13 yards of a Kona solid, Hyacinth. 

5. One more word about brick and mortar stores before I plug online stores. Throughout the years, I have come across some great shops in the U.S., such as Little Quilts in Marietta, GA. I found them via a google search for a hand quilting template pattern I couldn’t find anywhere, but there. I was so impressed with their customer service and web site, that I subscribe to their newsletter which is full of great information and ideas. 

6. http://www.quiltshops.com and http://www.findmyfabric.com are two online fabric shops I haven’t mentioned that have served me well on my quest to find out of print fabrics. Others can be found by googling online fabric stores + out of print fabrics. 

7. A few of my quilting friends have had success at Esty. 

8. http://www.hancocks-paducah.com/ is another great web site and brick and mortar store. If you happen to be in Paducah, KY, you can also visit The National Quilt Museum. See http://www.quiltmuseum.org/ 

9. If you belong to a guild, send out an e-mail and attach a photograph of the out-of-print fabric. You never know who might have a suggestion. 

10. And we can’t forget the power of social media. If you belong to Flickr, Instagram, yahoo or google groups, by all means post what you are looking for. If you have a pinterest board, start a board, of Out of Print Fabrics that you are interested in. If you tweet or blog you can always upload a photo of the fabric. And of course, there is always Facebook.

The Many Lives of Selvedge Edges – Part 2

Selvedge Edges – Part 2 

Earlier this week I wrote about the importance of selvedge edges. One of the biggest reasons I save them is in case I need to track down out-of-print fabrics. 

For example, if you were looking for a Moda Fabric – Snowman Gathering. It has a code number 1080 11. You would google 1080 11 Moda Snowman Gathering, and your results would bring you to many shops. .                                                                                                                                                                        . 
1. As I mentioned part 1 of this series, I will call customer service at the fabric manufacturer with the information. They are often a wealth of information, and have provided me with some brick and mortar stores names and web sites they think still have the fabric I am looking for in stock. (More about brick and mortar stores and oop fabrics below). 

 2. Of course a google search is the fastest and easiest way to begin your search. Use all combinations of color code and manufacturer to search. See above. (I’m a part-time public reference librarian, and I can’t stress the importance of this enough). And different search engines do yield different results, so don’t discount google chrome, Mozilla, Internet Explorer, or any other one which is not your default browser. 

3. Amazon and Ebay are other great resources. One of my quilt group members found real vintage 1930’s fabric she was looking for on eBay. I am collecting 1930’s reproduction fabric for two projects, and just couldn’t afford the real thing. That said, I found enough for one of the quilts on Amazon, and another led me to an incredible brick and mortar story in Nebraska called Calico Annies. Annie had over 200 1930’s reproduction fabrics. I called her and told her what I was looking for and what I wasn’t, and I was pretty sure she nailed it. She said I could return them if they weren’t what I needed, as long as I didn’t take the packaging of the jelly rolls apart. GREAT. Again, thank you Annie. 

4. My local brick and mortar stores are very helpful too. They have often recommended online fabric stores such as fabric.com. I was looking through a recent copy of Quilty Magazine, and found Fabric Shack in Ohio, which sells online and is a brick and mortar store. A quick call was all that was needed to find the last 13 yards of a Kona solid, Hyacinth. 

5. One more word about brick and mortar stores before I plug online stores. Throughout the years, I have come across some great shops in the U.S., such as Little Quilts in Marietta, GA. I found them via a google search for a hand quilting template pattern I couldn’t find anywhere, but there. I was so impressed with their customer service and web site, that I subscribe to their newsletter which is full of great information and ideas. 

6. http://www.quiltshops.com and http://www.findmyfabric.com are two online fabric shops I haven’t mentioned that have served me well on my quest to find out of print fabrics. Others can be found by googling online fabric stores + out of print fabrics. 

7. A few of my quilting friends have had success at Esty. 

8. http://www.hancocks-paducah.com/ is another great web site and brick and mortar store. If you happen to be in Paducah, KY, you can also visit The National Quilt Museum. See http://www.quiltmuseum.org/ 

9. If you belong to a guild, send out an e-mail and attach a photograph of the out-of-print fabric. You never know who might have a suggestion. 

10. And we can’t forget the power of social media. If you belong to Flickr, Instagram, yahoo or google groups, by all means post what you are looking for. If you have a pinterest board, start a board, of Out of Print Fabrics that you are interested in. If you tweet or blog you can always upload a photo of the fabric. And of course, there is always Facebook. 

 I am sure there are many more sites and stores where you may have been lucky with finding that treasured out of print fabric. Please share your finds in the comments box below. In a month I will post all the finds of everyone who participates, and achieve it. I will also continue to add to it, much like I would for a wiki.

The Many Lives of Selvedge Edges Part 1

Selvedge Edges – Part 1 This is part 1 of a 2 part series on selvedge edges. Do I collect selvedge edges? YES!! Am I embarrassed about that? NO!! Do I ask my fellow quilters in the groups I’m in, “Would you save me your selvedge edges, please?” You bet I do. Okay, here comes the why, and there are a few reasons. Firstly, it does offer the handy color guide, which I sometimes refer to when considering other fabrics to choose for a project. Secondly, I have a lot of stash, some of which is old. When I bought this floral fabric a few years ago, I didn’t have a project in mind for it. But I do now, and what if I needed more than I bought? Fortunately, I had just enough. Well, it sure is helpful to have that information if I had needed to track it down. When I did need to locate an out of print fabric, I have called the customer service department of the fabric companies, and they have had suggestions of web sites, and even brick and mortar stores that might possibly have more of it, which is so kind and helpful. Thirdly, I am planning a quilt or a bag or something, someday made out of selvedge edges, and I’m sure I’ll need a lot.

(Photo from Google Images). I was looking on the internet and found some pretty interesting items made of selvedge edges. a great Pinterest board by Eileen Richardson shows some creative selvedge edge projects. “> And what about this cute girl’s skirt I found on google?

(Photo from Adventures in Fiber: Selvedge Edge Skirts).

I will not attempt this, but am impressed that someone made a dress out of selvedge edges; (Photo from Big Selvedge Project vintagericrac.blogspot.com) But the one I found this fall that really got me was a backpack made of selvedge edges.

(Photo from http://www.ebay.com/itm/SELVAGE-BACKPACK-Quilt-Pattern-From-Magazine-A-Great-Back-To-School-Project-/261255519576). What would you like to make or see made out of selvedge edges? Please leave a comment if you’d like. Part 2 later this week will cover sources to find out of print fabrics.