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    buying fabric by the bolt

    I've never bought a bolt of fabric before, in fact buying a yard is a BIG amount for me. I am interested in buying a bolt of a nice white and/or cream for backgrounds. Where do you buy fabric by the bolt? I want to do it this way for convience as well as to get a better price(I hope). I have found muslin available but not anything like Moda Bella, or P&B color spectrum, etc...I don't love Kona solids, but I haven't even found a source for that. Do you buy online or locally? Doesn't the shipping offset any savings? Thanks for any information.

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    I buy Kona white by the bolt. My local Joann's will sell it to me 40% off with a coupon.

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    What I buy is Moda Muslin, either natural or bleached. I use it both for backgrounds and for backings. It is also what i have used for hands for Sunbonnet Sue and other such applique. I started getting it when I was doing quite a bit of printing using Bubblejet. It takes dye nicely, when I am doing that sort of work.

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    Your should talk with your local quilt shop or Joann's and see if they will order the bolt for you and if they have a discount available.
    I was at Joann's ordering Raider fabric and the woman wanted to know if I would like the entire bolt they always discount the bolt.

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    we have purchased fabric by the bolt at our lqs and got a 20% discount. doesn't hurt to ask anywhere...lqs, jo-ann's or on-line...

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    Pohlar fabrics in southern Indiana had that discount policy. And on the last day of the month, they used to discount the rest of the bolt if you would buy it all. Pays to ask the manager, if the employee does not know, what discounts might be available as they often are not published.

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    I recently was able to purchase a bolt of kona cotton at Joann's with a 60% coupon. however it had to be special order.

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    I haven't bought fabric by the bolt, but I know that this place sells it.

    http://store.quilting-warehouse.com/...tonprints.html

    I don't know how the prices compare and I am not affiliated with this company.
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    shops will order you a bolt if you request them to.
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    i've bought by the bolt a couple of times locally. i had used a 60% coupon. one was muslin, the other was red - which i use a lot of.
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    I always buy my backing, off white and bleached muslin from a shop about an hours drive from me. I also buy the basic, pink,blue, yellow and green for baby quilts by the bolt from the same place.

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    i buy by the bolt all the time.. Depending which and where you get yours they may discount since you're taking the whole thing. Mine discounts anywhere from 20%-60% depending on if its newer or hasnt moved in the store..

    Doesn't hurt to ask..

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    +1 on the other comments, and I'd add this: Make sure you see and feel a sample before you commit to an entire bolt, so you're sure it's what you want...

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    I frequently by fabric by the bolt. Sometimes I will split a bolt with a frend or relative. It is sooo handy to have the bolt of white or off white , as they are such cornerstones in a stash. Some muslin is on 50 yard bolts so make sure you know how much you can handle both from a volume stand point and $$$.
    I have used the LQS for such purchases, as well as online retailers. Do your homework ahead of time and know exactly which one you want... Manufacture , and the manufactures number. That way it makes it easier for your source .

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    I second the check the hand feel before you commit to an entire bolt. I was at JoAnns the other day looking for white on white and bolts that looked identical and had the same price and manufacturer felt completely different, one was a heavier weight and you couldn't read through it and the other was felt really lightweight.

    I've heard good things about Marshal Dry Goods.

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    My local Hobby Lobby carries many colors of Kona solids. If you want to buy a bolt of something, they'll order the bolt for you.
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    I order from a place called Marshalls Dry Goods in Arkansas. I shop mostly at a discount fabric store here in Oklahoma City and I think that is where he gets a lot of his fabrics so I was familiar with their stock. It is comparable to the white on whites at Hancocks. Their prices are very good. I also buy 80/20 batting by the roll from them. it is 96" x 30 yds and the cost plus shipping is $133. or about $4.50 a yard.

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    I go to Marshall's Dry Goods with friends and we buy bolts of fabric and then we swap yardage. Bolts usually have 15 yards so five of us get 3 yards from each bolt for $2.98 a yard sometimes less. To get the dealer cost per yard you have to buy the bolt. You can order wholesale online or retail. Wholesale you have to go to a different site and call your order. I love buying bolts of fabric. I always have enough to finish or add to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by roselady View Post
    I've never bought a bolt of fabric before, in fact buying a yard is a BIG amount for me. I am interested in buying a bolt of a nice white and/or cream for backgrounds. Where do you buy fabric by the bolt? I want to do it this way for convience as well as to get a better price(I hope). I have found muslin available but not anything like Moda Bella, or P&B color spectrum, etc...I don't love Kona solids, but I haven't even found a source for that. Do you buy online or locally? Doesn't the shipping offset any savings? Thanks for any information.

    Any fabric store will order (or sell if they already have it) fabric by the bolt. I've order from Walmart and Hobby Lobby, so I'm sure any other store would do the same.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sweetana3 View Post
    Pohlar fabrics in southern Indiana had that discount policy. And on the last day of the month, they used to discount the rest of the bolt if you would buy it all. Pays to ask the manager, if the employee does not know, what discounts might be available as they often are not published.

    Where in Southern Indiana?????????? Don't recognize the name! Thanks
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    and about prints you absolutely love-------------buy a bolt if something really has a hold on you. It may not be available a year from now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GrannieAnnie View Post
    Where in Southern Indiana?????????? Don't recognize the name! Thanks
    Just looked up the shop. Oh, mercy. Liberty is almost to the Ohio line and I live 50 miles from the Illinois line. Basically, not on my way to anywhere, but might be an interesting day trip some day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slicksister View Post
    I buy Kona white by the bolt. My local Joann's will sell it to me 40% off with a coupon.
    I always buy by the bolt at Joanns with 40% to 50% off I'll buy white, cream, black and indigo blue, also white an cream tone on tones,
    as I use these most for back grounds.
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    I know that Fabric Depot in Portland gives 40% off (no coupon necessary) whenever you buy a full bolt. I don't know whether they do this from the online store, but it's worth asking about. Their prices are already good, so 40% off is a lot.

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    I by bolts of good quality white and unbleached muslin from my local JoAnn's when I have a 50 % or 60% coupon. I know what I like to use frequently and that is what I get. My next purchase will be a bolt of the wider muslin so I do not have to piece the backing as frequently. It is a leap to lay out that much money, but what a pleasure it is to go to my stash and have what I need on hand and not need to zip off for those basics. A second benefit is that my scraps all match, rather than having a pile of white scraps that are all just slightly different when I want to use them for a secondary project.

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