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Oh, my favorite quilt shop reopened today. I had so much fun! I purchased some fun fabric with vintage sewing machines, gardening and scripture themes. I just loved it and wish they had more of it. I am making a quilt for someone, and I think she might like it as a quilt backing, if I have enough! Oh, and I bought bamboo batting for it, too. I've never used the bamboo before, but it's much less expensive than the wool batting. The gals in the quilt shop gave it a wonderful endorsement.

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That's a great backing fabric! My favorite local shop reopened 2 weeks ago but I'm doing my best to stay away lol. 3 birthdays and Fathers day this month have my spare cash pretty well depleted.

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Love your fabrics Mavis.  Can't wait to see your project . . .
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Mavis - please let us know how the bamboo batting works for you.  I've heard great things about it too.
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I love bamboo batting.  It is great for Gambesons (under armor padding garment) it has the advantage a being sorta antimicrobial so sweat (smell) is less of an issue
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Wonderful fun fabrics, Mavis. 

When the backing fabric I want to use is too small. I add border(s) to bring it up to size to create a reversible quilt. It takes a bit more time and makes that special backing fabric stand out.

Last week, I ordered fabric from my favorite quilt shop and drove through the verdant Iowa countryside to pick it up. One of the owners has serious health problems so the shop is closed to foot traffic. 

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Steve, that's a great bit of information.  Even more reason to be excited to try a new type of batting.  
Phyllis, I went to another of my favorite quilt shops recently reopened (this time in northern MN near our cabin).  The gal said things hadn't picked up yet and not enough people were coming back in.  If we have too much of a spike in the virus and a second closure become necessary, she said she just didn't know....sounded like she might be on the edge.  I was the only customer in her shop at that time, and I did my part and bought three different types of fabric from her!

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Mavis-

Too bad about the quilt shops struggling to survive, but good news about new fabric for you to pet and play with. When my self-isolation began, I decided to divert my fabric budget to a couple of food banks, including one in my small home town, and an animal shelter. It won't save the world, but hopefully helps someone or animal make it through the month.  Now that shops are reopening, I plan to check out a couple shops and a nearby thrift shop. 

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Phyllis, that is good thinking and action on your part.  Food banks and animal shelters always need  help, and these times are especially trying.  Though it's been great therapy for me to get back to quilt shops, get a haircut, and some of those things are were tabled for a few months, I am cautious about being out and about too much and have started making more face masks for my family.  I just can't get too comfortable until a vaccine is available for all of us.  Getting home yesterday, we had a wedding invitation in our mail.  It will be a large get together, in another state!  I don't think I would be comfortable attending a large wedding in a couple of months this year.  
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Phyllis, you’re wrong - your help DOES save someone’s world. A person out of work, an abandoned pet. Your generosity is golden. [love]

Mavis, it’s great that you are able to get out and about a bit, and I love the sewing machines on that fabric! I agree with Mrs. D; can’t wait to see what you make with it! Sorry about the wedding invitation - that’s a lot of pressure. Stay with your own comfort levels and please stay safe. Better to miss a wedding than to host a funeral! :-(

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Mavis & Cecilia-

Thank you for your kind words. 
I did not plan to add the comment about the animal shelter and food banks. It just sort of fell out of my fingers unto my keyboard.                .

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Mavis...is there any chance that you can get the name of manufacturer of that fabric.
I would be interested in some and can order big name brands from local store but
always helps to have lots of info. Such interesting fabric.
But, it’s not that I really need fabric to put in a stash.

Cecilia...going to put that saying in my brain ....Better to miss a wedding than host a funeral.
That sure is a choice statement for these days. I was wanting to go out today then the TV
talked about educating children why they have to stay home. Then my mood changed.
I am sewing 2 aprons for an artist in my screen room so not really confined.

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Kathleen, I know what you mean about "needing" fabric!  Stash is a great thing to have in these times, though!  You would think this was supposed to be Christmas themed fabric by the name:  Tidings of Great Joy.  It is labeled "j wicker Frisch for Quilting Treasures."  The one photo captured part of the name on a selvage, too.  Hope you have good luck finding some.  Be sure to show us what you make with it.  I'm going to be at my project for quite some time yet, as I'm trying to find my rows of veggies again with all the fast weed growth.  I try to hand weed in the rows and then go in with a big tiller.  But, we've been getting some big rainfalls lately, and it's much to muddy to run a tiller through right now.  Also busy with spraying weeds in horse pastures and around the yard.  Yikes!  I told dh it may look like a desert by the time I get done spraying everything that shouldn't be there.  
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What great fabric, Mavis! I'm excited for you to get back into your favorite quilting shop.  I looked to see if mine had re-opened and unbeknownst to me it closed permanently last month! Sigh. So sad. I live in the boonies so it was not close by, but was the only local shop and was in a town next to the town I do my grocery shopping in. The next closest shops are all over an hour's drive away. I do buy a lot of fabric on line, but as we all know, for color matching and other reasons being able to shop fabric in person is important. (We do have a JoAnn's in town, but I am not a fan and mostly get notions there.) I am going to have to investigate the far-flung shops and try to visit them. Gosh - just had a thought - I hope they are surviving all this! [eek]
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