Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 1 of 4 1 2 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 39

Thread: Quilt Store Quality Fabric

  1. #1
    Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Louisiana
    Posts
    49

    Question Quilt Store Quality Fabric

    so, I have started following a lot of quilting blogs - I'm a bit addicted.

    But they keep mentioning only buying and using "quilt shop quality" fabrics and say to never buy from big places like joanns, etc. I'm a tad confused. I'm pretty sure that joanns and other places carry not only lower grade fabric but also the nice stuff. So isn't it just more important to make sure it's a quality fabric vs. being snotty about where it's purchased? I'll admit that I'm doing all of this on a budget and sometimes I just can't afford the local quilt stores prices. And heck - my local Hancock Fabrics now sells Kona cotton solids in LOTS of colors!

    This is the link that got me started - a layer cake swap where they said specifically not to purchase fabric from Joanns or other stores like it:

    http://distantpickles.blogspot.com/2...some-cake.html

    Am I wrong in my thinking? I guess I've just never been one of those "brand name needed" kind of girls.

  2. #2
    Senior Member wannaquilt1's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Tennessee
    Posts
    742
    I agree with you. I have found many nice fabrics at Hancocks, Joanns and even Walmart! I feel it to see how thick it is and if it feels and looks nice I buy it. I love buying from my local quilt store but I just can't afford to do it every time. I say if you like it buy it. You are the one working with it anyway. I wouldn't be able to sew anything if I had to get the fabric from the quilt store everytime. Once it's in a quilt it will look beautiful! Back in the day people used to recycle clothes and flour and seed sack bags so I would say using a "discount" fabric is just fine.

  3. #3
    Junior Member shadoh's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    small town ontario canada
    Posts
    118
    i take it to mean good quality fabric regardless of where purchased. tight weave, pure cotton, good solid colours.
    i have purchased good fabric from Hancocks, there is no joanns in canada. we have 'fabricland' some of it is terribly thin and worthless. i have purchased good quality fabric at walmart, in the past, they no longer have fabric here.

  4. #4
    Power Poster
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    17,006
    Don't we all wish that the price of fabric was no object? Yes we do BUT price is a consideration for me. I look for good quality fabric from any and all available sources. If I was participating in a swap then I would go to my LQS for the required fabric.
    On a side note, the last LQS fabric I bought had a printing flaw in it that I didn't notice until I was machine quilting my quilt.

  5. #5
    Super Member QuiltnLady1's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Posts
    2,790
    I agree with Tartan -- I wish price of fabric was no object. I buy from Joanns -- our Walmart just got fabric in and I haven't liked the feel. I like to feel the fabric since some of what the LQS has been getting is very thin. The owner sent a whole batch back because it was very thin and poorly printed. I buy what I can where I get the best value for my budget -- and sometimes that is Joanns and sometimes my LQS (don't have a Hancocks or Hobby Lobby close by).
    QuiltnLady1

    When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.

  6. #6
    Super Member icon17's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Washington,State
    Posts
    1,692
    Get your fabric from where ever You want and don't let Some 'UpPPity' Place Tell you How or Where to Shop!!
    PS: And They would BE the Last Place I would Buy from!
    May Your Life Be Full of Charity and Love.

  7. #7
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Clayton, Indiana
    Posts
    230
    I agree that you need to watch the quality no matter where you buy. But if we don't support the LQS they may close. I just watch for sales and end of bolts and buy then.
    DonnaR
    Grammy to Isaiah and Ruth

  8. #8
    Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Louisiana
    Posts
    49
    Thanks for all of your responses and making me feel better about how I've been shopping! I absolutely agree in supporting the LQS, but it can't always be by buying fabric. I'm going to have my quilts quilted there (unless I learn and want to quilt my own one day!) and they have classes, etc. But I just can't see limiting my fabric buying to only them.

  9. #9
    Super Member Scissor Queen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Southwest Kansas
    Posts
    4,708
    Quote Originally Posted by rhapsdy View Post
    so, I have started following a lot of quilting blogs - I'm a bit addicted.

    But they keep mentioning only buying and using "quilt shop quality" fabrics and say to never buy from big places like joanns, etc. I'm a tad confused. I'm pretty sure that joanns and other places carry not only lower grade fabric but also the nice stuff. So isn't it just more important to make sure it's a quality fabric vs. being snotty about where it's purchased? I'll admit that I'm doing all of this on a budget and sometimes I just can't afford the local quilt stores prices. And heck - my local Hancock Fabrics now sells Kona cotton solids in LOTS of colors!

    This is the link that got me started - a layer cake swap where they said specifically not to purchase fabric from Joanns or other stores like it:

    http://distantpickles.blogspot.com/2...some-cake.html



    Am I wrong in my thinking? I guess I've just never been one of those "brand name needed" kind of girls.
    You're free to buy and use fabric from any source you want when it's for yourself. If you're going to be in a swap where they specify "quilt shop quality" then it had better be quality or the swap hostess will feel free to send you back your fabric.

  10. #10
    Super Member DebbE's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Oregon
    Posts
    1,495
    The way I look at it, quilting was started by thrifty women who had only scraps from clothes they made, and swapped with others for variety. I 'honor' that tradition by being thrifty -- yes, I'd love to be able to buy the really nice fabrics from designers, but I have other things to spend money on, too. So I buy in the clearance areas at the LQS, some from Joann's, Hancock and very occasionally, Walmart (the fabric at our store is usually cheap). But I also buy at Goodwill, as quilters pass away and their family members donate not knowing just how much those fabrics are worth, in money and in their loved ones eyes. I also buy at yard sales, and even clothing that I see at yard sales where the fabric is nice and in good shape, which I then cut up. Our economy isn't going to improve for a very long time, so we all have to save where we can. But we can still enjoy our art and produce beautifully, well made quilts for others as reasonable prices, too.

Page 1 of 4 1 2 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.