Fabric Extravaganza

As this show quickly approaches I thought I would take a few minutes to tell you a little about it. If you’ve never been before then it’s high time you came. It’s unlike any other quilt show. There are no fancy displays of quilts, you’re more likely to find post-it note signs instead of nice ones, workers are dressed in their finest denim while standing for hours cutting fabric and ringing sales.

Nothing is full price, everything is discounted. Oh, I hear ya…it must be all junk stuff, right? WRONG! Every shop (brick/mortar & online) ends up with a collection of fabrics where too many of the “stars” have sold out and the “bit players” are languishing on the shelf. Or those last couple of yards on a bolt always seem to take forever to disappear (kind of like the last cinnamon roll, no one wants to take it!) or perhaps a notions packaging is looking a little tired from being hauled around. I will also admit to bringing items simply because I’m tired of looking at them! And we can’t forget that sure-to-be-a-hit that we bought way too much of or the supplies for that class that got cancelled because of a big snow storm. And most sad of all…the last few years (this year included) we have had vendors who had recently closed their shop and are looking to get rid of the last of their inventory. Whatever the reason, there are bargains to be had.

The show is held at the Holiday Inn, 9 Northeastern Blvd. in Nashua NH, exit 4 off route 3

February 16-18, 2017 – Thursday & Friday 10-6, Saturday 10-3

As of this moment the vendors will be: Vintage & Vogue, Purple Moose Designs, Fabritique, A Notion To Quilt, Bittersweet Fabrics, Dragonfly, Bits & Pieces and Heart In Hand

Over the years (this is my 4th or 5th year, I’ve lost count) I have discovered the secret strategies of the power shoppers…

*Come early on Thursday for best selection,

*Come on Saturday just after lunch for best prices. We don’t want to haul it back home…

*Bring a friend or three and enjoy a great lunch at the on-site cafe.

*Please bring a shopping bag or tote. You can bring several and put the filled ones in the car before lunch!

*Wear comfy shoes, skip the perfume (lots of people, close quarters) but put on deodorant (lots of people, close quarters!)

*Elbow and knee pads are not generally needed, quilters are typically polite. If you wear the pads, we’ll know you mean business.

*Work out a plan with your friends to tag-team the line. One person stands in line for cutting/paying while the other flits around looking for more bargains, then switch places.

*Come with a list of backings needed, charity quilts requirements, guild raffle quilt requirements, 2017 Christmas present list (it will come, be prepared!)


Hope to see ya there!

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