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Sara The Slayer
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Date: 5/23/11 12:45 PM

Hi,

I'm moving to Albuquerque in a couple weeks - anyone know about the sewing scene there? Where are the stores I have to check out? Clubs? I saw they have an ASG, and a lounge, but not much else. Anyone out there?

Sara

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Date: 5/23/11 1:07 PM

We recently vacationed there.
I don't remember indy fabric stores but I did see a Hobby Lobby in Santa Fe. I have never been in one and didn't have time this time.

If there is an ASG chapter there, join and get involved.

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Date: 5/23/11 1:30 PM

There is, and they say it's an active one so I'll sign up. I found one sewing blog by a member here. I just am a little nervous, I'm moving there and don't know anyone or the area and am worried about making friends and stuff.

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Date: 5/23/11 1:31 PM

I live north of Santa Fe in New Mexico. There are both very active ASG and Smocking Guild in ABQ. This coming weekend (Memorial Day) there is a fiber festival at the fair grounds on Friday, Sat. and Sunday.
Fabric stores for apparel, Santa Fe Fabrics, and one in Taos and Riudoso. Lot's of quilt fabric stores all over the state. Yarn stores in Abq., Santa Fe, Taos (wool festival in Oct),Las Cruses, Espanola and Los Alamos.
The state fair in Sept. have lot's of fiber demos and competions.
Wendy in NM

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Date: 5/23/11 3:51 PM

I saw that! I'm so sorry I won't be there in time for that festival. Thanks for the reply.

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Date: 5/23/11 3:58 PM

I hope you love Abq, I grew up there and it's one of the best places I've lived. Good mix of cultures, love the scenery, climate is good. Search out the area around the university, Nob Hill especially, for interesting and varied shops, restaurants, etc....

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Date: 5/23/11 5:47 PM

I live here now & came from lush green Ohio, so to me ABQ is dust city. You can dust & vacuum 3 times a day & it'll still need more cleaning.
I have to cover my machines when not in use, even if I leave for a few hours. The Kitchen Aid mixer covered too. Just one thing you'll need to adapt to. Love the winters here. We have all 4 seasons.

There are wonderful quilt shops in ABQ.
Southwest Decoratives http://www.swdecoratives.com/

The Quilt Works http://www.quiltworksabq.com/

Quilts Ole http://www.quiltsole.com/

There are a couple more quilt shops here that I've never been to.

The nicest Bernina dealer I've ever been to is here in ABQ. Ann Silva's Bernina http://www.annsilva.com

The garment fabrics are in JoAnn's & Hancocks. There is a garment fabric store in Santa Fe, Ruidso & Clovis.

This weekend is "Fabric Fiesta" at the Expo & the interesting thing about it is it is NOT exclusively a quilt show. Soo many sewing arts to list. Garment sewing, lace making, doll making, fabric painting, etc etc. Really fun.

There are alot of clubs, a good one is at Ann Silva's & there are 2 sewing lounges. You'll have fun here.

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Date: 5/24/11 6:01 PM

I am guessing that coming from Israel to New Mexico the climate, and possibly the dust issue, would be pretty similar. I don't recall the dust being too big of a problem, but maybe I have a selective memory... ;)

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Date: 5/24/11 6:28 PM

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The Quilt Works http://www.quiltworksabq.com/


My Mom lived in ABQ until this past fall. I've been to Quilt Works several times. There was also another quilt store we visited on west side of Tramway near the interstate. I don't recall the name of the intersecting street, it wasn't one of the major ones. I've also been to one of the Ann Silva stores.

One really nice thing about ABQ is that all of the streets are laid out on a grid system, so it's pretty easy to learn your way around. I used the "mountains" to get my bearings and figure out which way I was supposed to be going.

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Date: 5/24/11 7:26 PM

Not exactly. Israel has more ground water & this amazing mist that comes up in the early am. So when you wake up in the morn it looks like it rained but it didn't.
The weird thing about Israel is that on the news, it looks so dry but it's not.
And even the desert there doesn't have the dust we do. Maybe way down by the Red Sea but the Dead Sea & surrounding area didn't have this dust.
I've lived in Phoenix & unless there's an actual dust devil swirling about, there isn't this dust either. Phoenix has an amazing amount of ground water.
New Mexico is a true high elevation desert. Very dry. But when you go up to Santa Fe, you have to take water cause it's even drier. I can't go to Santa Fe without a water bottle.
This genuine dryness takes some getting used to, even more so cause we're in a severe drought.

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