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  1. #101
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    Yes, I sometimes do. I really believe in supporting our LQS. In this economy I would hate it if they went under like so many other small businesses.

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    Sometimes, but seldom. I usually buy because I like it. Yesterday, I went to Joaan's Fabric for 1 yard of black cotton broadcloth. In addition, in my shopping spree, I bought the end of a bolt, 5 yards, of a piece I liked. This was all cotton 45 inches wide at $3.00 per yard. They had a 50% off fabric sale. The 5 yards cost me $1.50 per yard and the broadcloth also half priced originally $2.95 a yard. I left the store with 7.75 yards of fabric and a length of non-roll elastic for $11.52 including Taxes of $.95. I had to tell myself "Get out of this store or you will be broke." That is not all of my bargain hunting. Saturday I went to Salvation Army Thrift Store looking for a knick knack for Senior's monthly meeting. Just browse around when I'm in a thrift store. Walking dow the aisle of winter coats, I saw a coat that had the original J.C. Penny price tag on it. No less than $129.00 was the original price. I looked at SA price. $6.00. Was my size. I bought it. It was 75% down filled. Am I a good bargain hunter or what? I've been patting myself on the back for 2 days.

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    At the shop I work for the cottons start at $5m and go up to $16m. We always have a nice selection for $5, plus there is always a sale or coupon to bring the others down in price. FQs start at 1.50 up to $4.

    I will pay just about anything for the right piece if
    1 - I'm using it right away.... not a stash builder
    2 - Must get some sort of discount.
    3 - There is nothing even close for cheaper

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    I know everywhere is getting expensive. Joanns is up to $9. a yard here, but since I won't go in there anymore, I don't have to worry about it. I find bargain fabric, at WM or other places and unless I have a purpose for it, I only buy stash yardage. That in itself is enough and I finally had to quit buying for that. Got embarrassed when I redid my fabric and saw how much I had, so no more stash buying. I try to make myself feel better by saying but some of that is for so and so quilt lol... NOT, I bought it for the stash...

    So to answer question, no I won't pay that for it, even if I do like it.

    Rita

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjomomma
    Not me!!! The most I have paid is $4.44 a yard. I can't afford the higher priced fabric's. The fabric I buy at wm is just good as the LQS fabric's.
    A girl after my own heart!

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    I usually buy at the LQS so I pay about $8-$9 yd. Also look for online bargains. We have had so many QS go out of business here that I like to give them as much business as I can. Besides, I think having a place that knows you and knows what you like is worth the few extra $$. I have actually had the owner call me and tell me there's a new fabric she thinks I'd like. Don't always buy it, but I like the personal touch. Also, if she gives a class and you have your own fabric, there is no pressure to buy from her. I like that, too. A lot of shops want you to buy everything from them.

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    So far I have been lucky because I have been able to use the stash that I built up with the many years that I have picked up things for sewing or when I was working at a fabric shop and it was on clearence and then 50 % of that. But I have payed almost $9 for those few fabrics that were for a speciality quilt like my ones for my eagle scouts and monopoly one. otherwise just call me frugal fannie.

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    Hi, O I whish I would be able to buy fabrics for $9 ( £ 6.oo ) here in Britain. You may be able to get some base fabrics for £ 6.00 or £7.00, but our prices are in the region of £10.00 to £15.00 per yard, about $15 to $22.
    As you can see, quilting is quite an expensive hobby here in Britain. Mad Gertie from Kent

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    It is really difficult to find good matl under $9/yd but watch for sales and on line adds

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    That is the going rate in all the quilt shops in Minnesota. You can find cheaper fabrics in Wal-Mart which are good for charity & kids quilts. Ben Franklin stores also have cheaper fabrics.

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    Connecting Threads has good prices & really good on shipping.Anyone ordering online $50.00 or mor there is no shipping. I never order that much! $20.00 or less is $3.29 shipping.

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    I am sure others have stated this already, but I'll jump in with my opinion. If you watch the LQS and the on-line stores for the closeout sales, you'll never need to pay full price for fabric. You must have a good eye for what will work together. You can't get "the whole line", when it first comes out, for a bargain price. I know that buying a "line" or "collection" of fabric make it easier to coordinated your quilts colors in a 'Garanimals' kind of way.

    Build a stash of fabrics and then grab a pattern or idea and start looking through your stash to see what will work for that project.

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    You're not "cheap". I can't pay that amount for fabric and still feed my husband and a hungry DH is not a happy DH. Our local Marden's always have name brand fabric's from $2.49 to $3.99 per yard and that's where I get most of mine.

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    have a couple of LQSs here in the area - and don't think anyone has charged more than $8+change a yard...and then I even cringe. Everyone is right - if you gotta have it, then out comes the $$.

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    Not me! Most I ever spent was $7.95/yd. and that was reluctantly!

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    When I started repairing our vintage quilts, I thought I would buy flour/feed sacks since many were used in the quilts. When I saw the price $9-20 per sack which is not even a regular yard, I knew my Grannie would not be happy with me as she and my parents were very frugal. I buy at JoAnns with coupons and at WM.

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    Hi from Broken Arrow OK. Quilting fabric stores usually have a selection of fabrics 1/2 price off located in the backs of their stores. Since I love fabric I can usually find something I like. Also like others have responded if I have to have it I pay it but usually I don't. Get on a fabric store's mailing or email list so you know about upcoming sales and check back at a favorite fabric store every once in a while and you'll be surprised what is suddenly in the back of the store at 1/2 price. Also Hobby Lobby has their 40% off coupon about every other week and they also carry some great fabrics. Good luck. Check out fabrics.com or quiltinaday websites for some great buys.

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    QUILT SHOPS DO CARRY FABRIS WITH A HIGHER THREAD COUNT AND YOU CAN FEEL THE DIFFERENCE IN THE FABRIC. iN MY AREA WE ARE FORTUNATE TO HAVE A QUILT STORE THAT SENDS OUT A NEWSLETTER WITH COUPONS ATTACHED

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    Wal-mart's my closest shopping for material, so I don't pay $9/yd. When I visit JoAnns I usually watch for the sales, $6.99/yd is my most expensive purchase. I have been to quilt shops and have bought very little material, I have to really love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Parrothead
    When I started repairing our vintage quilts, I thought I would buy flour/feed sacks since many were used in the quilts. When I saw the price $9-20 per sack which is not even a regular yard, I knew my Grannie would not be happy with me as she and my parents were very frugal. I buy at JoAnns with coupons and at WM.
    Those of you that still have a Wal-Mart that sells fabric are very fortunate. I donít. I feel I need to support the LQS's or they will go away also...and having no fabric stores would....well, that is UNTHINKABLE. I hesitate buying fabric online as I donít know the quality and most of all I do not know who is reputable. (If some of you could recommend some sites that you know are reputable, I sure would appreciate it.) So, often I have no choice but to pay the $10/yd. Yes, I could go to Joanne's and do so reluctantly. So often I cannot find what I want there. So, until I retire I will support the LQS's but I probably donít buy as much fabric as most of you because I do work full time and not as much time for sewing as I would like. Please share the websites you all purchase fabric from that are honest people.

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    Usually only buy mark downs that run 40% off and 50% off if you buy what ever is on the bolt. There a lot of beautiful fabrics, top quality fabric lines, and I am addicted. These I find at my LQS which I frequent much too often. Oh, well could have worse addictions

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    I'm w/cjomomma. Just yesterday I picked up fabric at ww for 2.97yd that was for their sept pattern and also fabric for 4.44 that i needed for my daughter's quilt that i'm working on. only on a couple of occassions did i really have to go to my LQS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aussie Quilter
    Quote Originally Posted by ganny
    Does everyone pay over $9/yd for material? I must be cheap. Have never paid that much but then I've never been in a quilt shop either.


    Yep, we pay AT LEAST $25 per metre, up to $35 per metre. $9 per yard? I'd be in seventh heaven. FQ's are at least $7 EACH!
    I knew someone from Australia would chime in.
    I was in Tasmania this summer and had to go to a LQS. I almost fell down when I saw the price of fabric was $29.00 a meter.
    Even so I had to buy a few FQ of Aborigional print to make a small wall hanging.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ganny
    Well, this all makes me feel a little better about myself. I was beginning to think that all my quilts must be cheap!
    Thanks for the info.
    I'm so glad you wrote this. Like you, I don't pay LQS prices. There are so many beautiful fabrics available at other places. Like so many others, I look for sales and stock up when possible.

    Your work is beautiful and the fabrics lovely as well. Be proud of what you create and share with so many.

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    I am not good at picking out colors so I usually go to a quilt shop where I know I can get help. I can't get that at Joanne's , Hancock or Walmart. My favorite shop NEVER has sales but they have a great selection of fabrics. I make mostly baby quilts so I don't spend that much at a time. So , yes I pay over $9.00 a yard.

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