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I buy fabric I like, whether it is from my LQS, Hancock's or JoAnn ETC. JoAnn has some really nice fabrics now. Their prices for the better fabric are right up there with the LQS.
Freedom is costly and quilting keeps us busy...
I have found both good and poor quality fabric - no matter where you shop, feel the fabric. Buy the best quality you can find wherever you can find it. Joann's is great for non-fabric quilting things.
I agree--we all can't afford $10-$15/yd fabrics to make a queen or king sized quilt. The LQS shops in this area never have sales and if they give any kind of discount it is 10% which might zero out the area tax. Those JA coupons have given me the opportunity to buy fabrics I would normally have denied myself. One of the LQS shops here used to flaunt their fabrics saying they were made in America---NOT--my husband has gone around the store checking out just where they come from and most are not made in America.
I love taking a number as I've had people cut in front of me in the past or the cutting person will wait on someone who came after me. I have my favorites but I've found most of the clerks are very helpful. I've found out over the years which clerk I avoid as she doesn't know where anything is and I've wandered around and found them myself.
Just remember to wash any fabrics from JoAnn in warm water with a color catcher. They are all imports and have to be fumigated on entry to the US. Could be bad for babies and the elderly
I buy all my material from either Joanns or Hobby Lobby. My quilts look good.
I wish we had a local Joanns to go to. We used to and I loved going there because of the election they always had. I miss it.