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Thread: Where do you buy your material when you are making charity quilts?

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    The guild can buy the fabric and say this is what we will use to make donation quilts that is what my guild does. I've never heard of any guild telling it's members where to shop. I make charity quilts from the same fabric I use for family quilts. I may not put the amount of work in the charity quilts but the fabric quality is there.
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    If they want to be selective in the fabrics , they should provide it. If not it up to each member to decide what they can contribute. I would have a real issue being told what is exceptable to be use in a quilt that will be given away.

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    One of my quilt groups just made several quilts that were requested by a group in serious need. One of the ladies who loves thrift stores bought draperies. They were cotton and cotton lined. Excellent shape. very cheap and had lots of fabrics. Some had never been hung. The quilters loved them. Inserted batting and quilted. Very economical and easy to do. We are fortunate to live in A city with many hotels. They change out their decors so often that drapes are readily available.
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    i left the guild i had belonged to for a few years. they just became too snobby about fabrics. there are plenty of other places that need the donations that i can afford.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99 View Post
    I would not make charity quilts for that guild.
    I also agree with Prism99

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    When I make charity quilts I either do it with fabric on hand or I but what I can find inexpensively. If an organization wanted me to pay $11/yd for quilts to give away I would not consider making quilts for them. I simply cannot afford to do that.That said, a lot of the fabric in my stash is either from an LQS or from online and of the same quality.
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    Have you asked the organizer specifically about this rule? Sometimes they put the rule in because some people just don't get what is reasonable quality and what is cheap. I don't know. Never belonged to a specific organization like that.
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    I sew for a children's hospice and we get tons of fabric donated. Same with the quilts for the YWCA, and the DHS quilts! We often send fabric to other groups we get so much. BUT this is quilt/sewing country and when grandma passes, her fabric gets donated! WE don't mind though. We even have groups that take t-shirt knits, double knits, you name it!

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    I wouldn't be making any quilts for an Org. That tells me where to buy the fabric, even if they told me to buy at Wally's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scraphq View Post
    I wouldn't be making any quilts for an Org. That tells me where to buy the fabric, even if they told me to buy at Wally's.
    Yep...same here. I understand there would be some guidelines (safety, washability etc.) depending on where the quilts were going but to tell you where to buy fabric....forget it. I buy a lot of vintage and alternative fabrics to incorporate into my quilts, fair enough they would not be a sensible choice for a charity quilt and I would stick to new/cotton fabrics, but I'd be buying them wherever I could get the best price.

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