My quest for out of print fabrics

There is something about out of print fabrics that makes me a little crazy (this is starting to be a common theme, isn’t it?!). I don’t know what it is, perhaps it’s a bit of a game – the hunt for something that is now of a limited quantity. Whatever it is, as soon as a fabric line I like is out of print, suddenly it becomes imperative that I stock up and hoard it.

Since I only started looking at fabric a year ago, I feel I missed out on a lot of good ones. As you know, I’ve long been in love with Denyse Schmidt’s Flea Market Fancy, and I also am enamored with Heather Ross’s Lightning Bugs, especially the goldfish, vw’s and gnomes. Let’s see, I also missed out on Erin Michael’s Uptown line. I’ve found a few, but I really wish I had some of the paint-by-number birds. I love the new deer prints, but there’s just something about those birds! I am also on a quest to find the retro ovals from Sandy Klop’s Peas & Carrots. I have a bit in red and blue, and I just found some in black (it arrived today, yeah!).

Anyway, the point of my story is that I probably spend far too long in my quest, though sometimes it does pay off. These are a few of my recent acquisitions – the aforementioned black ovals, some old Anna Maria Horner Bohemian prints, a bit of the Heather Ross goldfish prints… and some of my all time favorite Flea Market Fancy prints. Thanks for that must go to Katie Jean, who mentioned she was looking for these prints as well. Thanks to her post, we both got some of the FMF prints we wanted… thanks Kristine!

Now I just need to find some time so I can sew something out of all these fabulous prints (oh, and I have to get over my fear of cutting into them!)

Be sure to check back this week… I’m thinking a little giveaway might be in order. Fabric, perhaps?

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26 Responses to My quest for out of print fabrics

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    I feel the same way – especially about the flea market fancy prints! I end up hoarding them, so now I’m trying mostly use them and keep one large-ish piece just in case. I was on the ball enough to buy most of the lightning bugs line at the time but now I have a fear of using my remaining stash (especially the mushrooms). Ah well. Hopefully the new system will work out for me.

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    MichelleB says:

    I have the same problem. Once I find something then realize it’s out of print, I don’t want to use it. There is something about the hunt, though.

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    DebbieJ says:

    I understand. My husband wonders why I get the fabric and keep it in nice piles. I told him that they are GONE and you can’t find them. I usually get the whole collection–at least a charm square pack or jellyroll-and then go looking for fabric for borders. That way I can have a taste of the collection. I have searched for some fabric for weeks online and in stores..and what a joy when I find a bolt hiding out of place. Some fabrics just are so great, it is hard to see them go. I have been saving fabric for the “hope of a quilt” some day.

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    Kerri says:

    i know exactly how you feel!! i do the same thing and get all giddy when i find a favorite fabric from the past!! 🙂

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    anina says:

    Oh my gosh! Those fish are just killing me! I think I’m going to have to hunt some down.

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    Alissa says:

    Oh boy do I understand this. It’s like if you don’t buy it NOW you’ll never get it! My husband often thinks I’m overly dramatic about it. I’m sure he’s right!

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    Cami says:

    It is like a really fun treasure hunt. I have a hard time using fabric that i am stashing.

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    Sara says:

    I feel validated reading your post, especially since my long awaited lightening bugs (vw’s & bikes) are enroute as I type! I paid more than I would have liked to and it taught me a lesson – If I really like a fabric I might as well buy it while it’s reasonably priced rather than pine over it and have it double in price. How’s that for justification?

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    amandajean says:

    why do they discontinue such fabulous fabric prints so soon???

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    Casey says:

    I love the goldfish fabric… want some! I’ve only recently gotten into sewing, so I get what you mean about out of print fabrics! I keep seeing great fabrics and want it only to find out it’s not made anymore 🙁

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    katie says:

    I just got my fabric the minute I was reading your blog! How funny is that!??! I am seriously obsessed with this fabric and I’m glad I’m not the only one!

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    Karen says:

    OMG, I’ve never seen that goldfish fabric before…I may have to hunt some down myself. I love it!

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    Amy says:

    The more I love a fabric, the less I want to use it. Makes no sense yet, I have a feeling you’ll understand!

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    Selina says:

    Did you find the fish? I love it and have never seen it anywhere!

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    nettie says:

    We love many of the same fabrics. I totally agree, what is it with out of print fabric? All of a sudden I think I must have it…it’s kind of ridiculous. I am trying really hard to cut back on fabric…I keep telling myself there is always great fabric out there.

    I just got 4 yards of the vw buses in blue! my very favorite of that line. I really want some of the mushrooms…have you seen any of that around?

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    terriaw says:

    I know exactly what you mean! Last year I was on my final quest for more Bohemian fabrics, and I am happy to report I have a good stash now. So I’m ready to move on to this year’s new fabrics.

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    betsy says:

    you are very lucky in your fabric quest.
    You design lovely things so I am sure that the inspiration to use it all will hit you soon.

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    amy says:

    Fabric is my second love, lol. I’ve been hoarding it.
    I would happily share some paint by number birds with you, as well as some flea market fancy in the aqua and red floral if you like.
    Please just send me an email and maybe we could work something out. 🙂

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    Joree says:

    I love out of print fabrics… the crazy thing is… I like many of the new prints also!

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    georgia says:

    There are a few Flea Market Fancy fabrics here –—flea-market-fancy.html You might get a bit of a shock when you see the prices, but they are in Australian dollars and our poor old dollar is only worth a pitiful amount at the moment. I haven’t ever bought from that shop, so can’t vouch for their customer service or anything, but they might be worth a try if there is something there that you really, really neeeeed!

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    georgia says:

    Oooh, and some Heather Ross here –

    and FMF – ,again, Australian dollars, and I haven’t ever used the shop.

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    I missed an auction on a pack of FQs for the paint by numbers because my timer didn’t go off. I think the winning bid was $39 or something crazy. I just found some at Quiltworks Northwest, and they do mail order, it is the coral (plus a bunch of the coordinates of the line on the discount table). I think I briefly became Golem from Lord of the Rings and muttered, “my precious” when I saw it.

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    Tina says:

    Hi there,

    I am really insane over the Flea Market Fancy too and the holy grail right now is the blue with the large bouquet of red flowers. If you have some of that, I could swap with you for other FMF. Also, today I posted about a shop that has other FMF still in stock.


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    Annalia says:

    all right…where did you find the gray flea market fancy – and did you already buy all of it? ….need….gray fabric…

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    elise says:

    I am in desperate need of one yard of the Heather Ross Blue vw bus fabric to finish a quilt, could you spare one yard? Please? ; )

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