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Thread: Are FQs worth a little bit extra?

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    A comment on another thread got me wondering...

    Are FQs worth a premium price? Not talking a LOT extra...

    As in, if running yardage costs $8 / yard, is $2.25 a fair price for a FQ? Or should it be $2?

    Is it worth the little bit extra? Or not?

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    Quilt shops do it both ways. I figure if I only want a fat quarter, it is worth the extra quarter.

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    I see it as a way for quilt stores to streamline cutting. If they had to cut a quarter yard of several prints, it would take time. If they are busy, the line would get long and customers would complain. By cutting fat quarters in off-peak hours, it allows shoppers to get what they want without having to wait at a cutting table for small pieces. I also think stores sell more fabric when they make it easier on the customers. So, should they charge more for a FQ when it actually improves their business and makes the customer happier? I wouldn't be happier paying more for the same fabric just because of the cut and they wouldn't be too happy if I held up a line at the cutting table because I wanted fifteen 1/4 cuts from fifteen different bolts. However, if it made the difference in paying $3.75 more for that fabric, I might think about doing exactly that. It does add up over time. Not only that, but I would probably go to a store that didn't charge more if I was looking to add to my FQ stash or do a FQ quilt.

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    I think they are - after all there is labor involved for them and convenience for us.

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    IMHO it depends. I had a thread a few months ago concerning FQs. The pattern called for fats 18 x 22 but after I prewashed and cut off the white selvage my fats were only 18 x 21 and I couldn't get the number of strips I needed. Ended up having to buy another FQ.

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    They have to pay someone to do all the cutting.

    If the store sells all FQ at the same price they may just be averaging the price, rather than making more labor to label each one and needing to charge even more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Favorite Fabrics
    A comment on another thread got me wondering...
    Are FQs worth a premium price? Not talking a LOT extra...
    As in, if running yardage costs $8 / yard, is $2.25 a fair price for a FQ? Or should it be $2?
    Is it worth the little bit extra? Or not?
    If a fat quarter costs more than a quarter yard cut (which is usually the case), I get a quarter yard cut. Plus, that way I'm assured that I indeed get a fat quarter. The rest goes into my stash as a fat quarter. After all, stash is where it's at !!! :lol: I only buy fat quarters anymore if they are on sale at a great price or if the fat quarter is the only piece of that "must have" fabric. My one exception to this is I am addicted to black & white fat quarter bundles.

    By the way, was in JoAnn's and noticed that their fat quarters were gone except for a small pile of uglies. The sales clerk said that they were eliminating them because they weren't selling. Anyone else notice this?

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    I have been told that you can get more out of a fat...instead of a of a one forth yard....you cant get 2 fats out of on forth yard.

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    Wow wish fabric was $8 a yrd. My quilt shop is $9.99 and up per yard. I would pay a bit extra because truthfully sometimes I just want a small piece (or its all I can afford) and I would rather have a fat quarter than a quarter yard more times than not. So a tiny bit more? Worth it and there was labor involved up front, cutting, putting the little stickie to hold it shut, pricing individual items.. yes worth a bit more. oh heck, I just love fabric. It is a serious addiction.. just one more..

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    I do understand about having to cut and label the fat quarters. I guess if a store can sell them for more, then they probably do well, since it is all about the profit for them.

    Likewise, as a customer, it is all about getting the best deal for my hard-earned $$$.

    Nowadays, I can just go on the internet and find FQs at a good price without having to leave my house. It has be worth driving over to my LQS.

    As far as the labor... should fabric stores add a labor fee when they cut fabric from the bolt or helping a customer select coordinating colors?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MistyMarie
    ... should fabric stores add a labor fee when they cut fabric from the bolt or helping a customer select coordinating colors?
    IMHO the free advice is what's called good customer service.

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    Personally, I do not want FQ's with labels or cardboard in the center... The labels can be hard to remove if they get hot in transit, and they are always in the middle of the fabric when unfolded.
    I have seen many LQS workers cutting FQ's/half yard cuts during slow times... The owners are paying them by the hour, and aren't employees supposed to have busy work during the slow times? I don't feel like I should have to pay more for these cuts.
    Sometimes the difference in cost between buying a FQ and a 1/3 yd is so unproportional that I will buy the 1/3 yd and get more bang for my buck at a LQS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marjpf
    I think they are - after all there is labor involved for them and convenience for us.
    I have to agree...they spend time cutting these, so a little extra is OK. Plus, it saves us time cause we don't have to wait for small pieces to be cut. I like being able to get 1/4 or 1/2 or 3/4 of a yard without waiting for cutting. Sometimes I just get the whole yard and put the rest in the stash!! :thumbup: :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by burnsk
    If a fat quarter costs more than a quarter yard cut (which is usually the case), I get a quarter yard cut. Plus, that way I'm assured that I indeed get a fat quarter. (well, a "long" quarter) The rest goes into my stash as a fat quarter. After all, stash is where it's at !!! :lol: I only buy fat quarters anymore if they are on sale at a great price or if the fat quarter is the only piece of that "must have" fabric. My one exception to this is I am addicted to black & white fat quarter bundles.

    By the way, was in JoAnn's and noticed that their fat quarters were gone except for a small pile of uglies. The sales clerk said that they were eliminating them because they weren't selling. Anyone else notice this?
    I forgot to add, when I add the "long" quarter to my stash I mark it so I know it's not "fat".

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    Quote Originally Posted by burnsk
    Quote Originally Posted by Favorite Fabrics
    A comment on another thread got me wondering...
    Are FQs worth a premium price? Not talking a LOT extra...
    As in, if running yardage costs $8 / yard, is $2.25 a fair price for a FQ? Or should it be $2?
    Is it worth the little bit extra? Or not?
    If a fat quarter costs more than a quarter yard cut (which is usually the case), I get a quarter yard cut. Plus, that way I'm assured that I indeed get a fat quarter. The rest goes into my stash as a fat quarter. After all, stash is where it's at !!! :lol: I only buy fat quarters anymore if they are on sale at a great price or if the fat quarter is the only piece of that "must have" fabric. My one exception to this is I am addicted to black & white fat quarter bundles.

    By the way, was in JoAnn's and noticed that their fat quarters were gone except for a small pile of uglies. The sales clerk said that they were eliminating them because they weren't selling. Anyone else notice this?
    I'm with you, I'd rather buy a 1/4yd and have the rest for my stash :thumbup:

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    you get 2 fq out of 1/2'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by burnsk
    By the way, was in JoAnn's and noticed that their fat quarters were gone except for a small pile of uglies. The sales clerk said that they were eliminating them because they weren't selling. Anyone else notice this?
    A couple of months ago, Joann's sent out an email saying that their FQs had been cut a bit short by their current vendor. They have since hired a new vendor, hence trying to get rid of the old stuff. The new FQs should be here soon.

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    Most quilt shops order fat quarters from a line already cut. I would rather buy a fat quarter bundle of a whole line and have a piece of every one. I then can buy yardage for borders or backing. I can never have too many fat quarters. And they are easier to store. I will pay $2.50 for one fat quarter but I prefer to buy in bundles, it's usually cheaper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    Personally, I do not want FQ's with labels or cardboard in the center... The labels can be hard to remove if they get hot in transit, and they are always in the middle of the fabric when unfolded.
    I have seen many LQS workers cutting FQ's/half yard cuts during slow times... The owners are paying them by the hour, and aren't employees supposed to have busy work during the slow times? I don't feel like I should have to pay more for these cuts.
    Sometimes the difference in cost between buying a FQ and a 1/3 yd is so unproportional that I will buy the 1/3 yd and get more bang for my buck at a LQS.
    Thanks for your comment, Amma.... I am so in agreement!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MistyMarie
    I see it as a way for quilt stores to streamline cutting. If they had to cut a quarter yard of several prints, it would take time. If they are busy, the line would get long and customers would complain. By cutting fat quarters in off-peak hours, it allows shoppers to get what they want without having to wait at a cutting table for small pieces. I also think stores sell more fabric when they make it easier on the customers. So, should they charge more for a FQ when it actually improves their business and makes the customer happier? I wouldn't be happier paying more for the same fabric just because of the cut and they wouldn't be too happy if I held up a line at the cutting table because I wanted fifteen 1/4 cuts from fifteen different bolts. However, if it made the difference in paying $3.75 more for that fabric, I might think about doing exactly that. It does add up over time. Not only that, but I would probably go to a store that didn't charge more if I was looking to add to my FQ stash or do a FQ quilt.
    I totally agree with this.

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    If you are making a quilt that has lots of different fabrics and/or colors, FQ's are the way to go. Someone else has already selected a group of coordinating fabrics. Sometimes looking at bolts of fabric and trying to select ones that are pleasing and go together is mind boggling.

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    I'd pay 2.25 for a fat quarter...but then our fat quarters are 5.49 each!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadow Dancer
    I'd pay 2.25 for a fat quarter...but then our fat quarters are 5.49 each!
    In that case, THANK GOD for the Internet. There is NO way I would pay that price for a FQ.

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    i will not buy fat quarters if they are priced higher than the per/yard cost.

    i don't own an LQS and have never worked in one so i may very well be wrong about this. however, my general impression is that fat quarters either come that way from the factory, or they're cut in the shop from bolt ends or yardage that isn't selling off the bolt.

    the quarters may be fat but my wallet isn't.

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    Shadow Dancer is right - the prices here in Canada are horrible for quilting fabrics and accessories...here in Montreal if I want a meter of quilting fabric the average price right now is about $15-18.00/meter...(that's the lower end of the price scale...)....

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