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    My fabric is www.overtherainbow.com I love the newsletters every week and the Sales. Even preorder fabric is cheaper than a quilt shop.


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    Even our Walmart $1.00 fabric has gone to $1.50.

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    I have bought from Honey Forks fabrics and Thousands of Bolts. Both have excellent fabric and service.

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    I live in a rural area with no nearby fabric shops....nearest Joanne's is ninety miles away so I do shop catalogs and on line sites....I recently ordered on line one yard of fabric from a well known catalog company list price $8.96 and a pattern --list price less than $3.00 and the order ended up costing nearly $22.00 Now that is expensive fabric ! So...do watch out for shipping and handling charges. I do like ordering from Thousands of bolts ! Every order I have made has been great---good quality, reasonable shipping charges and really fast delivery ! And watch their sales -- Also Connecting threads is reliable source...-Happy shopping !!

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    I've been afraid to order fabric on-line because I have a need to feel it and check the weight and weave. I pick it up and look through it; some cotton fabric is pretty transparent and not for my quilts. However, there is a fabric store a 5-minute drive from home, so I've decided if there is a fabric on line that a REALLY want, perhaps the local store will carry that brand of fabric so I can at least check out the quality before I order any.

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    following through that idea, i read once that if you hold fabric tight over a gold or silver finger ring and you can see the glitter through the weave, then it's too thin.

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    I've bought from the following websites on-line and have been happy with each purchase:

    http://www.thousandsofbolts.com
    http://www.keepsakequilting.com
    http://www.autumnrosequilting.com - great site for CW reproduction fabric


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    I have several favorite online shops, but only a few that I have purchased from and some of those have been due to winning a gift certificate through FabShop Hops.

    Anyhow, two favorites, that I have purchased from and have received quality product, fair pricing, fair shipping and good customer service are

    http://www.overrainbow.com located in Washington state, they are who I regularly order from. I always start here, there are great sales and she has a really unique newsletter.
    http://www.sewnatural.net located in Kansas, they have excellent customer service, you won't be disappointed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplemem
    I buy almost all my fabrics online, but I am on an extreme budget. I usually buy from www.NixieChicks.com. They have a small selection but great prices, and their marbles are only $3.99 yd. They have free shipping for orders over $25. This is a mother/daughter enterprise and they are just fantastic about their shipping, etc. I always receive my order within 2-3 days of ordering.
    I've bought from them a couple times. LOVE NixieChicks!!! My only complaint is that I had something in my cart and continued to shop. By the time I went to the checkout, it was gone! When they have a sale, you have got to be quick.

    I've also bought from www.bearpawquilting.com I ordered on Thursday afternoon and had it in my hands on Monday.

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    One precaution you might want to consider about ordering anything on line. is the URL. When it is only http it is not a secure site and any information you send over the internet could be vulnerable to thieves. Look for sites whose URL begins with https which means it is secure and encrypted. It is better to be safe than sorry later.

    Carolyn

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    I've ordered, with great pleasure and success, online from
    Craft Connection http://www.craftconn.com/ They have a different 15% off sale every week and the main page has the sales listed for the next several weeks so you don't miss any.
    Hancocks of Paducah http://www.hancocks-paducah.com/ Need I say more about this candy store?
    Lone Star House of Quilts http://lonestarhouseofquilts.com/index.php Very speedy shipping and awesome customer service.

    I do NOT order online from Keepsake Quilting. I get in the car and go there. :oops: :wink: :D

    And about the secure ordering, most sites do not switch to the https until you are actually processing your order, so do not skip a site that you are just browsing because it does not seem secure to you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewbeeit42
    One precaution you might want to consider about ordering anything on line. is the URL. When it is only http it is not a secure site and any information you send over the internet could be vulnerable to thieves. Look for sites whose URL begins with https which means it is secure and encrypted. It is better to be safe than sorry later.

    Carolyn
    Just a quick note on this subject.

    The https is only necessary when you are entering private information. The site needs to have a secure shopping cart system. So, when you go to checkout, the url should change from http to https. If you are only browsing the website and looking at and/or adding to your cart, it is okay if it is only http

    :-)

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    Hi:

    I've always had very good luck with fabric.com. In addition to many fabrics under $5.00, they always have a sale going on. You only have to spend $35.00 for free shipping. I've recently ordered from Fabricdepot.com and liked what I got. They had a special on batik fat quarters: 4 for $5.00. They chose the fabrics, but they did a good job with coordinating the colors. They ran a similar deal with regular fabric fat quarters 4 for $4.00.

    Just FYI, the fabric might not look exactly, like the sample on your computer screen. If that is okay, you can find some great deals!

    Judy

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    I look at the fabrics at the quilt shop and then go price them on line. I used to be able to get some good deals on Ebay but not so much anymore. I like FabricDepot.com. They have some great sales. Sign up on the website. I also like TheThriftyNeedle.com. She has a lot of Moda fabrics which I prefer.

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    Thanks everyone for the great info. I just made my first online purchase couple days ago and waiting for my fabrics to arrive. Will report when I get them. I am new to the wonderful fabric world, so I still need to build a stash :lol: ,so I am just kind of looking at colors and prints I like, and there are a lot, I could really spend a lot of money doing this, but I probabely should take it one step at a time. So right now, I have decided to only shop for fabric once a month, and spend less than 75$ until I build a good collection. Any tips on building a stash? Are you coordinatng colors as you are shopping for them so you know they go togthere? Or do you just find things you like regardless?

    Again thanks all for the tips and suggestions, all these websites have been bookmarked!

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    I have been buying fabric online now for 2 of the 3 years I have been quilting. I live in a small mtn. town and I do not drive (physical limitations).

    My favorite places are: equilter in Boulder CO. Never have a problem. They also have lots of Novelty Fabrics. Vintage Cars, Great baby fabrics.
    Hancocks of Paducah: batiks by most designers
    Quilting Treasures.com
    Blankquikting.com
    Quiltinaday.com

    We now have a quilt shop up here "Nuts & Bolts"
    Good luck and have fun shopping!
    aline joy





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    Re: Tips on building a stash. I do primarily 2 different things.

    #1 is where I have a particular quilt pattern that I plan to use and buy fabrics just for that quilt; I always buy extra yardage in case of errors, plus leftovers are always welcome in my quilt stash. (I'm a bit physically uncoordinated, so I sometimes make really stupid errors.)

    #2 (and this is really the best "stash builder") is that when I see something I really like, I buy it. When I'm ready to use these fabulous fabric finds, I cut small strips from them and use those strips at the fabric store to find coordinating fabrics.

    More often then not, I buy fabric first and plan the quilt tops later. I very rarely pay full price for fabric; if I don't have a coupon or it's not on sale, I usually don't buy it.

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    I've ordered from some of the sites mentioned, but I also like www.fabric.com. Big selection, good sales. Good customer service.

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    i've ordered from joanns and had to return the package (at my expanse). i found the fabric to be very thin compared to other brands. i believe they buy 2nd quality of some lines of fabric. i won't buy online from them agin, sale or not.

    you cannot make returns at you local store.

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    I searched every local quilt shop and lots of online sites and found just what I was looking for on EBay and at a greatly reduced cost. I had the quilt top put together and was searching for the perfect backing. I found just the color and pattern online and it was less then half the price of buying 108 " backings online.

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    HOMESTEADHEARTH.COM IS GREAT

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    Quote Originally Posted by nor'easter
    I've ordered, with great pleasure and success, online from
    Craft Connection http://www.craftconn.com/ They have a different 15% off sale every week and the main page has the sales listed for the next several weeks so you don't miss any.
    Hancocks of Paducah http://www.hancocks-paducah.com/ Need I say more about this candy store?
    Lone Star House of Quilts http://lonestarhouseofquilts.com/index.php Very speedy shipping and awesome customer service.

    I do NOT order online from Keepsake Quilting. I get in the car and go there. :oops: :wink: :D

    And about the secure ordering, most sites do not switch to the https until you are actually processing your order, so do not skip a site that you are just browsing because it does not seem secure to you.
    i never knew what http://meant. explain please.
    i'm a slow learner.

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    I too shop online. Favorites are Fabric.com, MyBlueBamboo.com ( I had the opportunity this past fall to visit their shop while in Minneapolis for a wedding WOW!), Keepsake Quilting, Pacific Rim. But don't forget to support your local shops who are struggling to stay in business. I try to spread whatever small wealth around.

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    I too shop online. Favorites are Fabric.com, MyBlueBamboo.com ( I had the opportunity this past fall to visit their shop while in Minneapolis for a wedding WOW!), Keepsake Quilting, Pacific Rim. But don't forget to support your local shops who are struggling to stay in business. I try to spread whatever small wealth around.

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