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sunnyday
« on: April 10, 2005 06:21:30 PM »

Hi All,

I'm about to set off on a 7 week round the world trip and I want to collect some fabrics along the way. I'm hoping to make a quilt that reminds me of all the places I've been, maybe a trip around the world pattern.
Anyway, I was hoping that you craftsters of the world could let me know of some good places to look for fabric, scarves, sarongs, second hand clothes etc.
I am setting off from sunny Canberra in 2 weeks time, first stop Kuala Lumpur, then Istanbul, Rome, Siena, Pisa, Florence, Venice, Milan, Paris, Virginia Beach, New York, San Francisco to LA by car, Honolulu, then back home.

Your suggestions will be much appreciated  Smiley
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Sewersue
« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2005 08:35:54 AM »

Here's a link for quilt stores in the US.

http://www.clothworks-fabric.com/Quilt%20Shop%20Directory.htm
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nabbymac
« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2005 04:12:03 PM »

Here in SF you should visit Britex Fabrics if only to see the beautiful designer fabrics on the first floor. http://www.britexfabrics.com/
Also I love Satin Moon (on Clement St. btw. Arguello and 2nd AVE.) they have gorgeous fabric! If you go there then also check out Fabrix you can always find a great bargain there (at Clement and Arguello).

The place I always go to in Manhattan is Mood Fabrics. Also if you need trims go to M&J Trimmings.
http://www.moodfabrics.com/indexFlash.html
http://www.mjtrim.com/

Bon voyage!
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siamquilter
« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2005 10:47:56 PM »

When you're in Honolulu, I recommend Fabric Mart.  They'll have Hawaiian as well as Asian fabrics.  http://www.fmart.com/  The Honolulu location is probably the easiest to find since it's not far from Waikiki and is on the bus line.  Too bad Bangkok's not on your list, I'd take you shopping.  Have a great trip.
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melitami
« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2005 08:08:36 AM »

While in Istanbul, try the Grand Bazaar, you can literally find just about anything there.  Take someone who knows Turkish with you though, so you don't get the "foreigner tax" if you yourself aren't fluent in Turkish (my bf spent a year in Turkey for study abroad and I visited him twice, luckily he was fluent in Turkish!)
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Lili
« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2005 09:02:36 AM »

in rome, i recommend going to porta portese. its a market in the city, but its only on sunday mornings. i can give you directions to get there, if you are interested.

as with the other cities in italy. i would expect to find most of the affordable fabric in the markets as well. i lived in rome for a bit, and in all my travels, the fabric stores that i found were really expensive. in one town, orvieto (which i highly recommend, its an hour outside of rome on the train, and in the same direction to florence. it gives you a chance to get off the somewhat tourist path and see what italy really is. anyways... ) i found a store there, that had a few bolts of fabric. for a meter of fabric, it was anywhere betweem 25 - 30 euro. in USD, thats about $34 to $40 a yard! so, i recommend the markets where you can barter. in even a few places, i purchased table cloths with tuscan prints.

if you have any questions about italy, feel free to pm me.
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lisascenic
« Reply #6 on: May 12, 2005 10:25:32 AM »

Cross the San Francisco Bay and check out Lacis. This store is a must-see!  It is only about a block away from the Ashby BART station, so you don'thave to bring the car.  The website isn't sexy, but the store is astonishing. 

http://lacis.com/

Enjoy your trip!
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