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    $13 a yard????

    Wow. Is that what everyone pays?

    I had occasion to go to the closest LQS yesterday. I was pretty excited to actually shop in a real store and feel the fabric.

    But I was quickly knocked down to size. Everything was priced about $13 a yard. That's a lot of money for a bed size quilt. I was interested in making myself a queen sized Dresden Plate quilt. Total of 30 yards front and back. That's $390.

    How do you all justify spending that much? Especially for donation quilts.

    Also, this particular store must be trending towards mod quilts. The majority of the store was batiks and brights. What about the reproduction crowd. or just some tasteful small prints?

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    Last edited by QuiltnNan; 05-13-2015 at 03:46 AM. Reason: remove consumer complaint

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    I don't and can't pay that much for fabric. I have had good luck at salvation or good will stores. Even yard sales might have something. Old cotton shirts work wonderful. There are several online sites that I use.
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    I don't pay that much unless I need a piece that I cannot find anywhere else.

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    ​Yes fabric is expensive unless you can buy on sale.

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    That is exactly why I shop online! Connecting Threads has collection prints starting at $5.96/yd.

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    I refuse to pay that much for fabric. So, I rely on my stash and online sale fabric. There are lots of sites with lesser priced fabric. My feeling is that the newest fabrics will soon be 'older fabric lines'. There are lots of fabric sources so you can save money. My 'shock' comes when I see the price of kitted quilts and them little notations underneath that you also need batting and backing.

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    Wow! $13 a yard seems quite high, even to someone living in a super expensive city. I think even the LQS here isn't that high. I've only paid that much for something that I love so much I can't live without it, or backings that are 108" wide. Check out online stores, a lot of them have daily deals and sales that bring the prices down. I've found http://www.fatquartershop.com/ to be pretty reasonable.
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    Oh, if only it were that cheap in the UK!

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    That's pretty normal for good quality quilting fabric. I've paid as much as $14.95/yard. Clothing made overseas is so inexpensive, it is almost cheaper to buy clothes and cut them up.

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    I am able to go to a fabric distributor warehouse and I see what a bolt of name brand quilt shop quality is priced for to the shop owner I don't mine seeing the same fabric at the local shop marked up twice the price, that's fair but to see it marked up almost triple the price I won't buy it even though I can. Batiks are always higher in price then regular cotton fabric and good batiks are worth a higher price.
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    Most of my fabrics were bought at Walmart or Hobby Lobby. I would never pay that much for fabric. I always look for the best quality they have at those two stores. I have yards and yards of fabrics and will not live long enough to use it up. So I am not buying any more fabrics. I give away most of my quilts.
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    Hey, the new sewing machine and vacuum store opened up about 6 months ago. They have limited bolts mostly Hoffman batiks and they are pried at $15.99 a yard. YIKES!!!
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    Yes, that is normal for a store. I think the majority of quilters now shop in a variety of ways; getting some fabrics at quilt shops, some fabrics online, trading with other quilters, and some fabrics at thrift shops/yard sales/ re-purposed clothing. This brings the cost average down per yard. It is similar to your 401K retirement portfolio, right? Some of your investments are pricier than others. But when you look at the whole portfolio (or the whole quilt or whole stash), there is a diverse blend of sources.
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    That's not unusual in my neck of the wood. I like to support my LQS , but I want to be able to sew/quilt with the fabrics I want at a price point I can afford. I shop the online sales to support my quilting addiction.
    I remind myself that quilting in its roots was a way to recycle and make useful from waste or repurposed cloth.

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    And some of that price likely includes the "designer" royalties. Think Kaffe Fassett, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jingle View Post
    Most of my fabrics were bought at Walmart or Hobby Lobby. I would never pay that much for fabric. I always look for the best quality they have at those two stores. I have yards and yards of fabrics and will not live long enough to use it up. So I am not buying any more fabrics. I give away most of my quilts.
    Just remember most people will wash the life out of quilts in a short time. I would never buy expensive fabrics just to donate or give away.
    We are supposed to wash our quilts? I wash mine maybe Once a year or longer intervals. But we are adults and have a no pet on the bed rule.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sophiebernina View Post
    Oh, if only it were that cheap in the UK!
    And in France!

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    That's pretty average where I'm at as well. I've seen cheaper fabric for maybe ten dollars a yard but the good high end fabric can run up to fifteen a yard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Onebyone View Post
    I am able to go to a fabric distributor warehouse and I see what a bolt of name brand quilt shop quality is priced for to the shop owner I don't mine seeing the same fabric at the local shop marked up twice the price, that's fair but to see it marked up almost triple the price I won't buy it even though I can. Batiks are always higher in price then regular cotton fabric and good batiks are worth a higher price.
    Are you talking about Marshalls, by any chance? Remember they sell older closeout lines and are able to buy them for very little because the manufacturer is basically dumping them. The newer lines the LQS carry would cost much more, wholesale.

    What galls me is to see those $12-$14 prices on the bolts at JOANNS! And their designer fabrics and batiks are that much...
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    Truth be told, I rarely shop at LQS, main reason is that I don't need any more fabric, second is the closest one is 100 miles from here, third reason is the price. I would buy LQS quality fabric IF I were to SELL a quilt, but since 99% of my quilts are donated, I REALLY can't justify spending tons of money for fabric and give the quilt away, BUT I do use GOOD quality fabrics. I will also buy cotton clothing at thrift stores or yard sales, if I like the fabric and take it apart. Also for backs, I use either sheets or muslin.

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    There are many ways to lower the price of fabric. Personally, I don't want to spend hours and days making a quilt and use cheap fabric. If I really like the fabric, I will buy it. I don't see using cheap fabric for donation quilts. They take the same amount of time and effort and need to last. I only wash my quilts every 3--6 months. They should last a long, long time. I order a lot of fabric from sites that have it priced lower, but I don't believe that quilt shops double or triple the prices. Sorry. Most LQS have a very small profit margin and the fabric is much better quality than the discount stores. I do shop at JA or WalMart for notions sometimes, but not very often for fabric. JMHO, and I don't want to offend anyone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sewbizgirl View Post
    Are you talking about Marshalls, by any chance? Remember they sell older closeout lines and are able to buy them for very little because the manufacturer is basically dumping them. The newer lines the LQS carry would cost much more, wholesale.



    What galls me is to see those $12-$14 prices on the bolts at JOANNS! And their designer fabrics and batiks are that much...




    I go to Mashall's a lot. The bolts in the back are all brand new lines, Jenny Beyer, RJR, Timeless Treasures, Robert Kauffman, South Seas, Kona, every fabric manufacturer but Moda. They have the less quality fabric lines too. Panels, cheater cloth, licensed prints, and muslin. There is a table set up in the back with samples sent from fabric manufactures showing the new lines. I would love to have these samples but they go to shop owners. There are older lines and reproduction fabric lines. Marshall's is now having their own fabric line printed. I like some of it some not so much. Marshall's have more then the one warehouse and you can see the fabric come in on huge rolls and then see how they wrap the fabric on bolts in the warehouse. If you go to the very back to the left warehouse there are hundreds of bolts that have just been wrapped. To the right and left of that is the fabric reps offices. You have to get one of the reps to write your ticket if you are buying the bolt. Being a non shop owner, I've never paid more then $3.98 a yard per bolt for the best fabric. The last bolt I bought was RJR's Jinny Beyer's color pallet in red. One of the reps told me shop owners want the newer lines not the old lines. The older lines are up front to be cut by the yard or single flat folds.
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    You'll find batiks cost more and so far I haven't found that price at my fabric stores but I'm sure its coming to our small towns here. You might check out fabrics online as I know Connecting Threads have batiks at around $7-8/yd. These prices are the reason why scraps do not get tossed out till they're too small to pick up. I'm on a pension so I limit myself on how much I can buy a month. Sometimes its so tempting to just throw caution to the wind but that just gets me into hot water with my credit card. I'm already bogged down for the next 3 months before I can buy more fabric cause I threw caution to the wind.
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    That does seem high to me.

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    Are you ladies talking about Marshall's Clothing Store?
    Wasn't aware they sell fabric.

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