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Fabric Extravaganza

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

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!

A Quilter’s Dream Come True…

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

Last month in my newsletter I mentioned the upcoming Fabric Extravaganza event. I received several inquiries…apparently I didn’t explain it well enough so here goes…


For those of you who have been in New England for awhile – remember Filene’s Basement in Boston? It’s kinda like that except it’s for quilters.



and so it begins...

and so it begins…

For everyone else – imagine 8 quilting vendors in a ballroom at the Holiday Inn in Nashua NH. There are no fancy displays, no stylized pretty quilts being showcased, we get to wear jeans (ok, so I’m probably more excited about that one…), nothing is full price and everything is ready to go home with you.  It costs NOTHING to get in so you are free to come check it out and leave anytime you want. You can even come every day if you want to and not buy a thing…go ahead, I dare ya!


Now, let’s answer some of the specific questions I received…

**Why do we do this? Well, it’s winter…there are few quilt shows to vend at and we like to eat and heat our homes. It also gives us an opportunity to clear out items to make way for all the new stuff coming in the spring. We also like to make sure the cardboard recycler keeps his/her job.

dead bolts...

dead bolts…

**Is everything “broken”? Absolutely not! The fabrics are everything that we currently carry. For me that means all the good quality batiks and landscape fabrics will be there. There will be a few notion items that have a scratch-and-dent issue from being carted around but nothing that makes it “broken”. I have a few items that I have too many of and will be offering those at a discount. Or it may be an item that I will no longer be carrying, for whatever reason, and need it to move along.

**Is it just fabric? Not at all. I will have notions, thread, patterns, retired samples and whatever else turns up while I’m packing up. So do the other vendors.

**Is everything gone the first day? Not even close. Yes, there is more selection at the beginning but there is still lots to choose from at the end too. We often can’t fit everything in at the beginning and will add things as space frees up. Some vendors will also give a deeper discount towards the end so we don’t have to haul it back home.

the crowd

**Is it crowded? At times, yes, but not always. Besides…while you’re waiting in line to get your fabric cut there will be plenty of quilters to meet, get help from on choosing fabric or how much to buy, trade quilting secrets… Everyone is very friendly. I have never seen a fist fight break out over a bolt…yet…


Well, I think that about covers it… Grab your shopping totes, make a list of all those quilt backs you need and bring a friend. The hotel has a cafe where you can get a yummy lunch too! You can make a day of it. Hope to see ya there.

Fabric Extravaganza

Holiday Inn, 9 Northeastern Blvd. Nashua NH – right off Hwy 3, exit 4. Easy off, easy on.

Hours 2/11-12/16 10am to 6pm, 2/13/16 10-3

Purple Moose Designs, Vintage & Vogue, Fabritique, Maplewood Quilts, The Christmas Shoppe, Bits n Pieces, The Quilted Acorn and Nashua Sew & Vac.