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Thread: companies similar to connectin threads?

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    Angry companies similar to connectin threads?

    I'm sure that connecting threads isn't the only great company out there to get good quality fabric lines and affordable kits. Where else is there to look to? Seems to me CT has narrowed their choices a lot this year and fabrics go so fast that by the time I even get the chance to look at their new stuff, it's already sold out.

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    I'll be watching this thread. CT is the only site I'm aware of that manufactures and sells their fabrics exclusively. I agree with the sold out quick comment, but I really like their recent introductions a lot!
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    Quilt Fabric Closeouts, Over the Rainbow, Desperate Quilters, Thousands of Bolts, Stitch-n-Frame...there are so many and I've shopped many of the different ones. If you go to Quiltshops.com, and search by company you may discover some you like. You can sign up for email alerts of sales. I've been happy with all of the ones I've shopped at.

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    I used to think Hancocks of Paducah was expensive until I started shopping their web sales. I have gotten drop dead gorgeous name brand fabrics for a fraction of the cost (we are talking CT prices here $5. per yard and less!). They quickly turned into my go to web place to shop. They are fabulous to do business with and with your order they send you a catalog with pages and pages and pages of droolworthy fabric.

    CT is great when books and batting go on sale. I also like thousands of bolts.

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    there are Tons of good on-line shops- visit the 'FabShopHop' list of shops- listed are anywhere from 130-180 on line shops to browse, choose from.
    (and in order to participate in the shop hop they are (verified) as legitimate shops
    a few of my favorites are
    Fabric.com, Keepsake quilting, PineNeedles, BearPaw Quilting, Homestead Hearth, The Cotton Patch (in East Tawas, MI) Primative Gatherings, The Old Country Store, ...the list goes on & on, i've shopped with all of these plus many more over the years.
    hiding away in my stash where i'm warm, safe and happy

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    I'm a new quilter and we have no LQS in our town. I have been shopping on Etsy.com and buying Moda fabrics. So far so good.

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    Hancock's of Paducah is my main source for fabrics and supplies online. Their sitewide sales are happening more often than ever before and are completely irresistible. No one can beat a 20% off sale on top of the line fabrics (batiks included) that were already marked down to less than $6 a yard. I agree with feline fanatic about their customer service, too...it can't be beat. As for Connecting Threads, I throw out their catalog unopened. Their fabrics and threads have no appeal to me whatsoever.
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    I go to Missouri Star Quilt company alot because they have a quilters daily deal I look at every day. Alot of what they sell is precuts, which I dont use alot....but I have gotten some great deals on quilt accessories many many times.

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    I finally ordered a fabric line from CT after hearing raves about their material. My opinion: the fabric quality was ok, not great, not awful.

    The line I bought was called "Soaked". The other day I saw one of the exact same fabrics (the rain boots) at another quilt shop on line. In the same colorways. Don't remember where. Don't remember who made the fabric. I thought CT had exclusive fabrics?

    Like another person here, generally the CT lines don't appeal to me. I can get sale fabrics elsewhere for CT prices that have wonderful quality. All of this is just my opinion.

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    I generally shop on line where I can get the best shipping rate. I ordered from one on the East coast and the shipping came to more than what I paid for the fabric. I take advantage of "free shipping".

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess View Post
    I agree with the sold out quick comment, but I really like their recent introductions a lot!
    Same here. That's probably why they sell out so quick.

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    I sometimes forget how lucky we are to have so many quilt shops close. Three in town along with Hancocks and Hobby Lobby. Another 9 within a 2 hour driving distance. I use the catalogs to see what is new and to get ideas for quilts I might want to make.

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    Recently found a place on eBay. Seller is "franks11". Limited variety, but tremendous prices.

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    Thousands of bolts is another on line store that has really great fabrics at a good price. I have ordered from there and received my fabric within 3 days.

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    I just google fabric shops. Locally, I check to see if anyone has anything on sale. When you google the fabric shops just see if there is a shop near you.

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    Fabric.com has a very large selection, nice prices, and free shipping over $35. I just got an order the day before yesterday, and the fabrics look exactly like they do on the computer. Take a look.
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    This is not an answer to your question but wondered what everyone thinks of the quality of Hobby Lobby fabrics? Several ladies in our quilt group rave about the prices but I haven't heard about their quality yet. We may be getting one sometime in the near future.

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    I have bought quite a lot of fabric from Hobby Lobby and have been very happy with it. Like everywhere else you have to check it out as they do have some lines that are not as good as others. I have never bought anything from them that I was unhappy with. Lately they have had some beautiful fabrics and I have bought my share of it and am about to go back for more.

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    I like CT the best but thousands of bolts is not bad and fairly inexpensive....

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    We are so sorry about the speed that our kits have been selling out lately. We are doing everything in our power to get stock issues under control and hope to have more inventory going forward. We appreciate your support and patience with us while we get things sorted out.

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    I like to put in a good word for Whittles fabric.They're in KY,usually have free or low cost shipping.The CS is great & they have fast service.

    http://www.whittlesfabrics.com/
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    Quote Originally Posted by sewmary View Post
    I finally ordered a fabric line from CT after hearing raves about their material. My opinion: the fabric quality was ok, not great, not awful.

    The line I bought was called "Soaked". The other day I saw one of the exact same fabrics (the rain boots) at another quilt shop on line. In the same colorways. Don't remember where. Don't remember who made the fabric. I thought CT had exclusive fabrics?

    Like another person here, generally the CT lines don't appeal to me. I can get sale fabrics elsewhere for CT prices that have wonderful quality. All of this is just my opinion.
    Sorry to hear you weren't satisfied with your order! Please feel free to contact our customer service at 800-574-6454 and we will be happy to help.

    With regard to seeing our fabrics on someone else's site, it's entirely possible that that shop purchased our fabrics and are selling them. We don't sell our fabrics wholesale but we can't stop other retailers from buying the fabrics at full or sale prices and selling them in their stores.

    Have a great day!

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    I buy from CT and have never had any problems. I really like the quality and I looovve the thread. Hobby Lobby's fabric is on the order of JoAnn's. There is good and not so god, but the prices are good. It all seems to be 30% off just about all the fabric which list for about $9.00.

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    I have bought from Connecting Threads and I love their fabric..their fat quarters are always bigger that normal..and I have been very satisfied...

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    Cotton Club has nice fabric also (cottonclub.com). They have lots of clubs you can join...Hoffman, batiks and all sorts of them where you get so many charms, fq's, fat eights etc. I've used them for years and really like the quality of fabrics, threads & notions. I do like many of the shops on Fabshophop also. Don't you just love that we can shop in our jammies if we want to? LoL :-)

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