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    This morning I read (somewhere on the board) that all cotton fabric was going to go up in price. (just once I would love to see something go down :shock: ) Well, I needed to stop at my lqs while I was out and about so I asked the owner about it. She said yes everything cotton would jump in price as of 6/1 :evil: AND she said that they will jump quite a bit. Yippie :cry: When I asked her why, all she said is you can thank Washington. Don't worry, I'm not going to get into politics :wink: This is going to take a big toll on a lot of quilters, myself included. Sure wish I would win the big one so I could "lay in" a huge stash (or at least bigger than I have) before this happens :lol:

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    This is such sad news.... :(

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    no, not everything is going up - not our income!

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    If it happens everyone needs to boycott. As long as we keep buying it will go up and up. It will hurt the LQS in the beginning but if we worked together maybe we could have an effect.

    That's why we got the fuel prices back down last year, people quit driving their big SUVs for a while and then of course everyone started driving again and up it went.

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    For people like me on a set income that is really going to hurt. I would also like to see something go down in price for once.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stitchinwitch
    no, not everything is going up - not our income!
    I second this! Income same - outgo more!

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    how come when anything bad happens we thank washington and not the greedy fabric manufacturers? just so they won't feel left out, i say:

    THANK YOU GREEDY AMERICAN FABRIC MANUFACTURERS WHO BUY FOREIGN COTTON AS WELL AS OUR OWN AND HAVE IT MILLED OVERSEAS AS WELL AND THEN BRING IT ON HOME AND SELL IT TO YOUR OWN COUNTRYMEN AT A GREATLY RAISED PRICE.
    WE LOVE YOU FOR OUTSOURCING THE JOBS AND CHARGING US MORE MONEY. A DOUBLE WHAMMY FOR US AND A DOUBLE YIPPEE! FOR YOU.

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    Quote Originally Posted by butterflywing
    how come when anything bad happens we thank washington and not the greedy fabric manufacturers? just so they won't feel left out, i say:

    THANK YOU GREEDY AMERICAN FABRIC MANUFACTURERS WHO BUY FOREIGN COTTON AS WELL AS OUR OWN AND HAVE IT MILLED OVERSEAS AS WELL AND THEN BRING IT ON HOME AND SELL IT TO YOUR OWN COUNTRYMEN AT A GREATLY RAISED PRICE.
    WE LOVE YOU FOR OUTSOURCING THE JOBS AND CHARGING US MORE MONEY. A DOUBLE WHAMMY FOR US AND A DOUBLE YIPPEE! FOR YOU.
    I with you Butterflywing. We need to put the blame where it belongs on the greedy fabric mfg. You go girl, I'm with you 100%.

    It seems like we blame Washington for everything, even when the toilet don't flush.

    :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    Boycotting the local quilt shops isn't fair, they struggle as it is to stay in business. However Walmart, Joanns, Hancocks etc. they can take a hit with a boycott because they have other product lines to keep them afloat. Better yet would be a letter writing campaign to our senators or to a specific senator would make a bigger impact. Maybe save all of our itty bitty scraps and include them with the letter showing them what we will have to sew with if they raise the duties on fabric so high that we can't afford it.

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    That just stinks. :evil: I am going to the LQS on Monday to pick out some fabrics for my Mother's Day gift. Looks like that will probably be the last I will get for some time. :(

    I already boycott Walmart fabrics but only because they never have any new fabric or any of quality. Hancocks in another place I seldom buy from. They are high and are like Walmart, seldom get anything new in.

    Connecting Threads benefitted from this thread. I just place an order for some fabric I have been wanting.

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    Lordy, I swore I wouldn't buy anymore, but all I wanted was some tiny lace for a baby blanket. Now, you know the rest of the story! When it comes to a fabric store, I'm like a dog passing a tree.......I don't!

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    It will be a forced boycott anyway if we can't afford the fabric. The LQS should refuse to pay the price for the fabric. The LQS have a huge markup. I know a lady in oregon who has a small shop and sales the same fabric we buy for 9 and 10+ a yard. She sells everything in her shop for $7 a yard. doesn't matter who makes it.

    I will only look for good sales online or Sales at the LQS, I won't pay over 10 a yard, no way.

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    You go butterflywing, Washington NEEDS to bring our businesses[sp?] back HOME!!! Think about our country for once. WE are in crisis more than anyone. OOPS !!! I vented tooooo much.

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    I bought some fabric yesterday

    it was 30% off, so *only* $14 a metre

    but some of our fabrics are $24 a metre

    I can buy most of what I want on the interwebs for about half of these prices :(

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    Don't blame the "greedy" fabric manufacturers. It is my opinion that the mark up by the quilt shop is no more than most product mark ups. Wholesale prices on most fabric has been running around $4.50-$4.65 and with the usual 100% mark up brings it to the high $9.00 range. Check the fabric from those shops who offer it less than this and make sure it is current patterns. Flat folds can be purchased from most wholesale fabric companies for dollars less but may be prior seasons or end runs. To my knowledge there are perhaps two or three fabric printers (for quilting fabric) still in the US and they are able to print limited number of colors. Printing went overseas years ago. Some shops who offer drastic discounts buy surplus fabric of a manufacturers lines but rarely current lines. One printing company near where I live felt enormous impact when WallMart discontinued carrying fabric and as a result had to close their US printing facility. I know one fabric wholesaler who has a basement of bolts of fabric for $1.85-$3.00 a yd wholesale. But would the quilter buy it since it is all prior years designs. The prices at Pennsylvania quilt shops are always low, but are the fabrics current? It's going to take some creative shopping to weather the increase but we can. Just my ranting a bit about what is happening to our craft.

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    If it is quality fabric and the price is great, I don't mind if it is last years fabrics. Most of my fabric sits in my stash for a year or more before I use it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SherriB
    If it is quality fabric and the price is great, I don't mind if it is last years fabrics. Most of my fabric sits in my stash for a year or more before I use it.
    I'm with you, I don't know this years from last years. I have bought fabric at the LQS that have 2005 and 2007 on the selvage. I just like the fabric or I don't

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    My LQS has the top lines of fabric and they are all 9.99 a yard. I don't know how they stay in business. I can get the same thing in Lancaster PA for 6.50 a yard. What gives?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Honey
    This morning I read (somewhere on the board) that all cotton fabric was going to go up in price. (just once I would love to see something go down :shock: ) Well, I needed to stop at my lqs while I was out and about so I asked the owner about it. She said yes everything cotton would jump in price as of 6/1 :evil: AND she said that they will jump quite a bit. Yippie :cry: When I asked her why, all she said is you can thank Washington. Don't worry, I'm not going to get into politics :wink: This is going to take a big toll on a lot of quilters, myself included. Sure wish I would win the big one so I could "lay in" a huge stash (or at least bigger than I have) before this happens :lol:
    Honey, I know you said that you didn't want to go into the politics but would you please explain how Washington is impacting the cost of fabric? If we know the real reason instead of speculating, we may be able to formulate a response that is effective.

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    I think like everything, inflation and the economy affects the price of things. It's not necessarily Washington's fault, it just happens. I sure hate to see those local quilt shops go under. Makes me sad to hear that. I think the majority of those shops sell their wares at reasonable markup and they don't take advantage of their consumers. They deserve to make money and prosper. And keep us in affordable fabric! It's the greedy folks that ruin it for everyone. They inflate the value of everything and turn people off. We as consumers are not dumb. Those shops will die out because they don't know how to properly market their fabrics. No great loss, right? Good riddance.

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    I agree that Connecting Threads is still a good deal at 5.96/yd and great kit prices. I guess I can tell my hubby so he will appreciate my stash now. I can probably sew for the next 4 years and not buy fabric if it indeed goes up. Then I would have to protest,me thinks.lol

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    does anyone really care what year the fabric is from? from what i've read here, the older, the better. and members are always looking for additional yards to fill in for something they bought 2 or 3 years ago and didn't buy enough. if anyone refuses to quilt on anything but the current year's lines, i sure don't know her/him.
    that fabric can be made available instead of introducing new lines and immediately making last year's line obsolete. it's like the appliance industry. built to self-destruct in 3 - 5 years instead of lasting 10 years. same with fabric. can't get the same stuff for more than 1 year because they deliberately underprint, forcing you to buy fresh lines or scramble around in clearance houses. that's why LQS are hurting and online stores are flourishing. i may as well save money and i have a better chance of matching last year's fabrics online.

    it all come home to the same thing: they are greedy.

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    Like someone else said, I either like the fabric, or I don't. Doesn't make a difference to me when it was manufactured. What matters is the quality of the fabric more than anything else.

    I had a quilt top (8 point star) that my great grandmother made. She died in 1939, so you know the fabrics all predated that timeframe. She made the top for my Dad but he never had anyone to quilt it, because he was afraid to let it out of his hands. After he passed away, I had it hand quilted in both of their memories. At first I was worried about whether the fabric was still in good shape to bother with it. It was in great shape, so I guess she used good quality fabrics. I guess to whole point of all this is, quality not age.

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    From what I have read, it is going up because we are raising the tariffs quite a bit on imports. So this will affect everyone. She said that even those who sell for less will have to raise their prices, to cover the cost of their purchases. This will affect all cotton fabric, no matter where you get it. I have already seen some increases on line and I was in Joanns a couple of weeks ago and they had $12.99 on some of their batiks. That's $4 more a yard than my lqs charges. She has done everything she can to keep her prices down, but when she has to pay more, so do we. She still has all of her fabrics at $8.99 a yard. I sure hope that this doesn't push her out of business. 1)it is bad for the economy of out town because she has been in a stable business for 20 years and 2) she is the only game in town. But that is not the only thing going up. I went grocery shopping today, bought the same stuff I buy every month and almost went into cardiac arrest when I say the total. Granted, out youngest son has moved back home, but that shouldm't have raised my grocery bill $250. for the month. I'm just afraid all of this is going to come tumbling down and when it does it will land on us average Joe's again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by butterflywing
    how come when anything bad happens we thank washington and not the greedy fabric manufacturers? just so they won't feel left out, i say:

    THANK YOU GREEDY AMERICAN FABRIC MANUFACTURERS WHO BUY FOREIGN COTTON AS WELL AS OUR OWN AND HAVE IT MILLED OVERSEAS AS WELL AND THEN BRING IT ON HOME AND SELL IT TO YOUR OWN COUNTRYMEN AT A GREATLY RAISED PRICE.
    WE LOVE YOU FOR OUTSOURCING THE JOBS AND CHARGING US MORE MONEY. A DOUBLE WHAMMY FOR US AND A DOUBLE YIPPEE! FOR YOU.
    Well, it just may be more taxes stacked onto the already overtaxed manufacturers. Did you think of that? If they say "thanks Washington", then that's probably what it is. With all the spending going on in Washington, that's a pretty sure bet.....more taxes!!!! Then EVERYTHING we buy will be more expensive. Including food, clothing, everything. So....

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