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Thread: Solid fabric question....

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    I counted 4 different kind of fabric solids at Joann's. I've seen Broadcloth, Symphony, Quilters Solid, and another one. Theres a pretty good price difference in them. Which is best for quilts?

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    check the end of the bolt. If you are using 100% cotton prints for your quilt, thats what you want for the solid. :D

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    i always look at the end for 100 % cotton no mixes usually when i buy from jo anns i use there quilters solids or calico prints but the choice is really yours as long as you stick to 100 % cotton

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    Joann's website says that Broadcloth (under $2 yd) and Quilters Solid ($3.99 yd) are 100% cotton. Such a big price difference for 100%!

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    Quote Originally Posted by shellyp
    I counted 4 different kind of fabric solids at Joann's. I've seen Broadcloth, Symphony, Quilters Solid, and another one. Theres a pretty good price difference in them. Which is best for quilts?
    great question! I've wondered that too!

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    sometimes you can feel the differance between the 2 materials one is softer than the other i also like Kona cotton it is a premium quality of cotton and i think it is what you would call the better grade of broadcloth someone correct me if i am wrong on the last statement i it cost little more but is easy to use and i think it is more durable but again it is up to you that is why i dont buy online from some stores i like to feel the material

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    I can tell you how I messed up when buying the solid color material at JoAnns.

    I made a quilt for my son using the Irish Chain pattern. Since it was for a boy, I was trying to use masculine colors...red/black/gray. It looked great but when I bought the black (over in the solid color area of JoAnn's) I was in a hurry and I didn't think to check it out....(how can you go wrong with black material)... :oops:
    I grabbed the bolt and headed for the cutting counter.
    I found out how it could go wrong...
    the black material was very stretchy. I had a difficult time in cutting it so that it wouldn't stretch in the pattern.

    :lol: Now I check all of the material that I buy and I don't assume that all of it is the same even if it is in the same area.

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    i always go for the Kona cottons as they are also sold in quilt shops. great price with a coupon. i will use the quilter's solids, though (when i'm printing on fabric). if you hold each one up to the light, you'll see the difference (even though all four of them say 100% cotton). i stay away from broadcloth unless it's just a craft project. did use it for the decorative band of a pillowcase the other day.

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    I have found that the Kona cotton sold at JoAnn's and the Kona cotton sold at quilt stores is not the same at all. The stuff at JoAnn's is thinner, a more open weave, and very often has been colored with cheaper dyes. The color names and stock numbers on the JoAnn's bolts are not listed as part of the Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton line. It is cheaper at JoAnn's for a reason! (True Kona Cotton IS broadcloth, Patty, as are the new Moda Bella solids.)



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    Quote Originally Posted by nor'easter
    (True Kona Cotton IS broadcloth, Patty, as are the new Moda Bella solids.)
    there's a huge difference in the broadcloth that we're speaking of at jo-anns and the Kona cotton at jo-anns. i'm sure the term 'broadcloth' is used widely, especially if Moda is using it.

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