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Thread: Rail Fence Won!

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    I chose to make a Rail Fence Baby quilt for my first one. I bought fabric in aqua's and greens. (6colors + 2 extras for small and wider margin.) The lady at the fabric store helped me with the fabric selection. I was just going to do three colors but she said most do 6. (Two different blocks) It is going to be so pretty. But----- I did spend a lot of money. So, for my next project I will need to think less $ per yardage.

    These are the stores I have in my area that carry fabric.
    Walmart
    Hobby Lobby
    Heirlooms. (My purchase today)

    What is the quality of Walmart and Hobby Lobby fabric?
    Any other fabric I buy would have to be online.
    Thanks again for your help, and I will post a picture when I finish, whenever that is! HA!

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    just feel the fabrics not all the same quality at the same place all the time

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    You just have to feel of it and be careful. I've gotten LQS fabric before that was a little lower quality. I think you can get good fabric or poor fabric just about anywhere.

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    Hobby Lobby will have some fabrics similar to quilt shops, but the best advice has already been given--where ever you buy--go with the feel.

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    Walmart can have fabric that is stiffer, but that is the sizing they use.
    My first couple quilts I used Walmart fabric, and the seams Poped, it made me sick.
    I have stayed with LQS, and some on line purchases. Today I purchased some Hancock, for pillowcases and boxers for my SIL.
    The saying you get what you pay for is true. On the other hand, some good buys are Great buys.
    Enjoy the Art!
    Sue

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    I always shop the LQS discount racks. Great fabrics Wal-mart and Hobby Lobby (or less) cost. One LQS has fabric 4 bucks a yard..... As long as I am not set on a certain line it works fine.

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    Start paying attention to fabrics you like, the name of the manufacturer is often in the selvage. I have had very good luck sticking with name brands I like when I buy on line such as Hoffman, timeless treasures, bernatex, red rooster, kona bay, etc. I try to buy mostly LQS when I don't buy on line, I have been sorely disappointed with some JoAnne fabrics with quilts I made in the beginning fading terribly and the fabric literally falling apart. Some Walmart fabs are OK. I have used them for some homespuns if they felt right and were 100% cotton but I have pretty much quit buying my fabric from them too. I don't have a hobby lobby yet. Just saw a sign of one opening near by but really I prefer LQS with on line being second. Sometimes it is hard to tell the true color on line but I still manage to use it :-D

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    I get fabric from Hobby Lobby quite often. It is as nice a LQS fabrics are. They carry Kona Kotton and some other name brands. There brand is by Brother/Sister. Not sure who makes it. Most of the time the fabrics are 30% off and every little bit helps.

    For the longest time, our HL never got anything new in. But now they are getting in new lines and I love all of them.

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    I'm probably going to get yelled at for this but when it comes to making quilts I get the best fabric I can afford.
    I would rather have a small amount of quality than a large amount of junk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sueisallaboutquilts
    I'm probably going to get yelled at for this but when it comes to making quilts I get the best fabric I can afford.
    I would rather have a small amount of quality than a large amount of junk.
    I agree. Got fabric at WalMart once as it was the only available fabric within reach---and the darn stuff faded, went gollywoggers, and was worn out in no time--that is when I found out that they buy the cheapest grades--so just cause it is VIP or Cranston does NOT mean it is good quality!
    There are lots of places online with good fabric at lower prices----like 4my3boyz.com(some at $2 per yd.) Not the newest and perhaps not exactly what you might rather have, but I got some lovely prints there recently at $2 yd. and free shipping!

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