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Thread: It finally came into Walmart ($1.50-$2.00 fabric)

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    Super Member deedum's Avatar
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    I bought some fabric that was soooooooooo pretty, but when I got it home I realized it was just too cheap, so I returned it. Enough of that for me.

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    When i first started quilting, i did get fabric at w'mart. Much of what i got was too thin or too heavily printed (stiff!). I ended up donating most of it... So it is easy for me to NOT buy fa ric there. Though the pre-cus are very tempting.
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    Our Wal-Mart always has a shelf full of the cheaper prints. They are pretty but I can't use them in my quilts.

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    I did luck out at Walmart last fall. Went to the Houston show and found some fabulous UT fabric in bandana print and in plaid. The booth wanted $14 a yard. They covered up the manufacturer brand on the bolt, and would not tell me the manufacturer. Call my best friend and she looked it up on internet. Found the plaid at Walmart for $10 a yard (same manufacturer and quality). Found the bandana print at Hancock's, and got it for $6 a yard. Don't mess with a quilted and her budget.

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    I used to work in the WM fabric department before they took it out. Some of the $1 fabric was good, $2 fabric was better. I would cringe with what some women bought for quilts because the fabric was so thin and off grain it would only be good for rags. But I didn't say anything to them because it was what they could afford to spend and I didn't want to discourage them from doing something they enjoyed. If they asked me my opinion, I would direct them to a better choice of fabric in the same price range
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    I have seen some really bad fabrics at my Wal Mart, but I have also seen some really nice cheep fabric too. You have to know what you are looking for and check out with the feel etc. I sometimes will pick up a half yard and wash, dry, iron before I buy more. With luck if I like the end result, they still have the fabric left. They usually do, if not I look for something else.

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    I feel the same. I go to Joanne's because I have a gift card. I have bought material at Wal Mart. I wash it good,throw it in the dryer then use a little spray before ironing as it is easier to measure and cut. I have shopped around at different places including thrift shops and yard sales. I am very pleased with what I have made and it didn't cost so much.

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    Of course, that is the problem. Whoever is doing the buying for Walmart doesn't have a clue what is really needed. Some of these fabrics might be just the ticket for wallhanging and table mats, etc. Things that don't require a lot of care and use. Pick some up and store them separate from your regular fabrics. Just might be the ticket someday. And when fabrics are reaching an out-of-sight price, it is good to have a stockpile of less expensive fabrics to draw from. Just don't buy big quantities of these fabrics - you will probably never use them up if you do.
    Sharon (Gypsylady)

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    We need to recognize that most quilters are versitile. What is too thin for a good quilt may be perfect for summer clothes for children and grandchildren. Thin material can be backed by wonder under for great appliques. If if the pattern is something you love, make placemats as someone has mentioned. If this is what you want or need to spend, then go ahead and buy - you can make some beautiful, long lasting guilted things if you are willing to be creative and think outside the box. Just don't recommend that everyone disregard what you personally can afford to pass over.
    Last edited by TanyaL; 01-28-2012 at 08:58 AM.

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    I bought some of this $5.00 for 5 yards fabric at WalMart last Spring. I didn't think much about it when I made myself a blouse out of part of it. But after washing the blouse just a few times you can see obvious wear and fading in parts.This blouse is now only worn around the house. I can be glad that I didn't use any in my small quilting projects. That would have been heart-breaking. My recommendation is to pass on this fabric.

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