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    I buy the best fabric I can afford that fits my need. Sometimes that's from the quilt shop, sometimes it's from Joann's or Hancocks. I try not to be ruled by all the quilt police rules. There are enough rules you have to follow in life. Quilting should bring joy into your life not more stress.

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    I shop at Joann's all the time. My quilts get blue ribbons at county fairs. Also now have three "Best of Show" awards. I also exhibit at the more sophisticated quilt shows and I appreciate the critiques provided by the judges. At last year's county fair, I exhibited a whole cloth quilt made of inexpensive muslin (top and back) - it got Best of Show. Buy what you like and more importantly, what is affordable. Bottom line: Have fun with your quilting!!

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    Personally, I think people throw around the term "Quilt Police" without having any idea what the term means. Now that I have THAT out of the way, I couldn't agree more with Quiltmom04. She has hit the nail on the head.
    When I first started quilting I jumped in with both feet. No simple quilts for me. My first quilt was a sampler. It had set in seams, applique, template cutting as well as rotary. It had stars, curves, triangles, diamonds, mitered corners, every imaginable technique. It was then painstakingly hand quilted. This quilt was years in the making. I poured my heart and soul into it and was proud of this quilt. It was made with fabrics from JoAnn's before I knew any better and any different. This quilt took a place of honor on my guest bed where it was gently used. Imagine my horror to see how dreadfully it faded after only a year. How the fabric became threadbare and worn with almost no use after only a handful of washings. My second quilt was a lonestar. Started before quilt one was entirely completed. Also all JoAnn's fabrics. This quilt also was years in the making with 100s of hours of handquilting devoted to it. It also faded horribly but at least the fabric is holding up a bit better. For those of us that don't churn out quilts a mile a minute, that make challenging quilts that take a long time and we hope to end up with an heirloom I will no longer make the mistake of using inferior products. I will also warn new quilters of my horrible experience and let them make their own decision.

    Some may call me quilt police when I tell them this tale. I prefer the term "the voice of experience". I will shop JoAnn's for notions, interfacing, specialty fabrics (like ultra suede or Organza) tools and odds and ends but I will not buy their cotton quilting fabric and I quit buying batting there as well (again better deals and better quality can be found elsewhere). I am once bitten twice shy. However, I too, have acquired fabric at thrift stores, Goodwill, yard and estate sales. I am not adverse to using clothing in quilts (Lord knows I have made enough T-shirt quilts!) I am now experienced enough to know quality goods and trusted name brands from manufacturers who, for the most part, will stand behind their product.

    Additionally I have found lots and lots of quality fabrics on line at a fraction of what JoAnne's charges without aggravation, without coupons, without using gas (many offer free shipping at a certain $ threshold) and without stress.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stillclock View Post
    one thing i am consistently surprised by in the quilting community is the extent to which the history of quilting seems to be disregarded.

    this was a utility skill and historical quilts were, by and large made out of fabrics that had served other uses. even the much coveted crazy quilts were made of scraps of luxurious fabrics, not whole bolt cuts.

    and now because we live in such a wealthy culture, quilting - like so many other things - has a cultural commodity fetishism associated with it. my question is always why we feel some kind of shame or insufficiency for not being able to afford the very best, most expensive of everything. and further to that, why is acquiring the best and most expensive of everything the thing that seems to motivate us to do so many of the things we do?

    there is satisfaction in making do with what we have, in taking pride in what we make and knowing that we have lived within our means. and if we have less than magnificent means, we should not feel shame nor poverty of spirit.

    if your identity is tied up in what you have, what space have you left in your being for who you are and what you do?

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    First of all, I would like to say that yes, I do prefer Moda or RJB or whatever....It's really good fabric, but it costs $$$. At Joann's I can find really good fabric for much less money and in the colors and patterns I like. I have made some really pretty quilts with Joann's fabrics. I think many of the quilt police department members are trying to get us to support small businesses which is fine, but don't bad mouth Joann's or Hobby Lobby in doing so. I also really really like the coupons I get for each store. It is difficult to use them sometimes but I can always find something as I do other crafts as well as quilt. Don't pay any attention to others when they try to guilt you out.

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    I shop by feel too.....I made a quilt with a particular piece of fabric that didn't feel right and I had a lot of trouble with it. So the quality of the fabric is important. We put a lot of time and effort into our projects, having them fall apart at quilting because the fabric had too loose a weave is just heartbreaking.

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    Categorizing retail shops and big box stores is ridiculous. Last time I was in walmart in the city near me they had cotton fabric for $12.98/yd. It was good quality and very pretty. No, I diddn't buy any of it. I have bought fabric there for $2.00/yd and it had been priced much higher once. BTW, I bought some absolutely marvelous blue & white fabric w Civil War battle scenes and paid only 79 cents/yd for it. Dumb me...I only bought 3 yds. It was nowhere to be seen at a later date. Maybe it was because they were Confederate depictions....I gave it to a CWar buff thinking I could get more.. Really do regret it now. The fun for me is in the hunt for the unusual and the process of quilting, not in the finished product. Maybe that accounts for so many UFO's.

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    That 79 cent sttuff was at Hancock's...my fav store. They are always fair and courteous. But I buy on line, yard sales, Rescue Mission (yds and yds of J Beyer fabric) for a token of fabric stores. The best place to look is...my stash. I'm 78yrs old and have collected fabric for many yrs. Children just shake their heads at the fabric I store. But, DD and one DIL, 2 DGD's will accept any of my quilts.

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    It's probably just because I'm a historical type of person...I live in the past. And I think I just look at the world differently than a lot people. To me quilting is still something that can be utilized while also being art. To me, quilts are meant to become old and worn AND loved! That's why we make more. I understand that some quilts call for higher quality fabric, but to say if you don't buy a certain type of fabric from a certain place you are lower on the "quilting totem pole" is rather stupid. But that's the way of the world ya know.

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    I don't understand how the quilt police got involved in this. Someone asked for an explanation, and everyone has chimed in with their opinion. In 9 pages of posts, I have not seen ONE single post that made me think the poster was the quilt police. I haven't seen anyone say "YOU should not shop there because..." They are simply stating their opinion, their reasons behind their choices, which is great because maybe someone came up with a reason that I hadn't considered. Since when did expressing an opinion become offensive?

    I cannot speak to the quality of Joann's vs LQS fabric. I refuse to shop at Joann's because I hate their customer no-service, their long lines, and - more than anything - their coupon shenanigans. There are certain LQSes around here that I won't shop at either, mostly because of the attitudes of the owners. And I'm not talking snooty attitudes, either. One is overly inquisitive and snoopy about my personal life, I have to be downright rude to her to get her to leave me alone. I don't enjoy that experience, so I won't shop there. Another owner is overly talkative and shares way too much detail about her personal life, and she can't measure and cut while she's talking. She will follow me all the way out to the parking lot and stand there while my engine is running, talking. But these are simply MY experiences and the reasons why I won't shop there. If you like Joann's coupons, then by all means, shop there. If you prefer to support your LQS and can handle the personality quirks, then shop there. I am not telling anyone that they should or should not shop certain retailers, I am simply explaining the reasons behind MY choices.

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    I won't shop at Wally world. It's over animal abuse(fish) so I've been boycotting even tho they no longer have a pet department. Not fabric quality.

    Joanne's will have some nice stuff at times, and whoever likes it, more power to them. I'm more intrigued by color than style, and that is my complaint. I will shop wherever I can get the colors I want. Sometimes that is the local quilt shops as they tend to keep last years fabric longer - especially if it still sells. After they sell out, then new stuff will replace. The box stores tend to replace faster. Even the LQS might be different if they also sell machines - there might or not be a better selection of thread and accessories for machine quilting. Some will carry different lines, but mostly the same color choices.

    The only real big complaint I ever had about Joanne and the local Hancock, was crafts! I don't mind paper, art, etc, but that pot-pourri would give me a headache. It stank. You can ignore the other craft items, but the smell goes all over.

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    It's the management decissions at JoAnn's that I complain about. And I've experienced this in North Little Rock, AR and in the Cumming, GA area. They don't hire enough people to cut the fabric, or to check you out. They are not the only store that does this and it's always a puzzle to me, because they don't make a dime until that cash register rings. I can always find fabric and notions I like, but getting the bought is a pain in the a**.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peckish View Post
    I don't understand how the quilt police got involved in this. Someone asked for an explanation, and everyone has chimed in with their opinion. In 9 pages of posts, I have not seen ONE single post that made me think the poster was the quilt police. I haven't seen anyone say "YOU should not shop there because..." They are simply stating their opinion, their reasons behind their choices, which is great because maybe someone came up with a reason that I hadn't considered. Since when did expressing an opinion become offensive?
    People always throw that term around. Mostly they do it because it makes them feel better about themselves. 99.99% of the whole "quilt police" thing is all in their own head. Once in a great while somebody will run into a "you should never, you should always" person and invariably you find out that person isn't a quilter anyway.

    There. Now that I've made everybody mad I think I'll iron and cut some fabric.

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    I envy you a Joanne's or any LQS. I have to drive 45+ minutes to anything around here. There is a Hancock's in one town and in another a Hancock's, Hobby Lobby, and a Ben Franklin. I wish we had one here in town.

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    I think it is the old addage "let the buyer beware." You need to examine the fabric you are buying. Personally I think Joann's fat quarters do not have a good thread count. Some of their fabric is very nice. I have never had a problem with fabric bought from the LQS or at reputable sites on line (fabric.com, connecting threads, etc) Personally, though, I have had my own issues with some of the MODA fabric. I felt it "ravelled" (not sure if that is the right term....it was too stringy)

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    I shop all over and on the internet too. For me it's very convenient, as I live 55 miles from a town where there are quilt stores, Joann, Hancock, etc. The thing I don't like about Joann's is that the price of their fabric has really gone up but don't feel the quality has. Also this is not all fabric either so a person, to me, has to shop by feeling. Have not gone wrong with buying from Connecting Threads for their clearance at under $3.00 a yard. Now trying 1000 bolts of fabric.

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    I agree, I have gone to quilt stores and found some fabric that I will not buy it is so thin and you can see through it, I am like many of you I shop where they have what I want, at a good price and good quality. I do support our local quilt store as much as I can, but I am also realistic and I know that she cannot stock everything. However if there is a book or notion that I want and she can get it for me at a comparable price I give her the business.

    I live in a small town and if we don't support the store, we won't have one.

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    People forget you should work with the best quality that you can afford. For my grandmother it was a way to recycle clothes headed for the scrap bin. For me it has been a way to use up scraps from garment construction, then the luxury of purchasing new fabric for creating my quilts. My fabric has come from everywhere fabric stores, thrift shops, yard sales, friends, the one thing I remember is I am not my mother who collected. I am me and I create. So what I get is used in some sort of way.

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    My feeling is that I make quilts for myself (and I know how to take care of them) and for my grand kids. The kids quilts will get more use, more laundering and will probably wear out from love ... fine with me. Why spend big $ on that.

    Now if I were to make a 'heritage' quilt or one for competition I might reconsider buying the best fabric available.

    Of course I still make sure the fabric isn't thin or see-thru, and decent quality. I don't like 'crunchy' fabric that has way too much sizing, that is a sign to run away fast.
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    Songbird; I wish people didn't put so much emphasis on where to purchase things!! Honestly, I purchase from WalMart, Joann's, Hancocks, Craft Warehouse and a few online companies...when they have a sale. The majority of fabrics in my stash do not come from LQS at all. That said, I am careful to purchase only high quality fabrics with a high thread count so my hard work doesn't fray away in the wash. I have purchased at my LQS and had lousy fabric at a high cost per yard. Very disappointing!! So again, no matter where I purchase I always make sure the fabric is good fabric and that for me is more important than saying I purchased it at my LQS or anywhere for that matter.
    You just go ahead and purchase those fabrics any where your heart desires and pocket book can afford... and enjoy your quilting!!! I think it's wonderful that you are a quilter, plain and simple!! Just my 2 cents worth!
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    I always find this subject of discussion interesting. I wonder if the same attitude is in place when one shops at the Dollar Store vs the Supermarket or the Chain Super Market vs the local mom and pop conveniense store.

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    You are going through what a lot of us went through when we started out. The best advice I can offer is, while it's difficult, let things people say go in one ear and out the other. Just like there are clothing "snobs", car "snobs"... there are those who are just as particular about their quilting.

    That being said there ARE differences between the quality box stores offer in the quilting realm than quilt shops. Honestly, the first four or five years I was quilting I really just didn't know what to look for...I couldn't have been able to tell you the difference between good quality or poor. It really just takes experience with both ends of the spectrum, and then deciding what YOU like and prefer.

    I think it's fine to use what's readily available and I often do. Just like a foodie when delving into fine food will shoot for the best quality ingredients, once you perfect your skill you may find yourself craving higher quality materials. But there is nothing wrong with whatever you chose to use, it's completely your personal preference...and while not all of us can afford to drive Bently's, not all of us can use quilt shop qualilty fabric all the time...and there's nothing wrong with that!
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    It's all about quality and time and endurance. If you want your quilt to last then use the best quality you can afford, even if you have to save. Remember the hours that go into a quilt. It is better to have one good quilt than three or four of poor quality ones, like the ones you can buy for 65.00 that come from China, right?

    Sometimes old clothes are very good quality fabric and those can be had at the thrift stores for pennies. This is just my opinion. I would never dream of critizing anyone who does what they do.

    There are all sorts of ways to find good fabric. Garage sales come to mind, reading the adds etc. I myself have bought out two ladies years ago, who decided to get rid of their fabric...

    As for the dollar store versus the supermarket? again it is your choice and who cares what anybody has to says, they are not paying your bills. personally, again I will always go for quality, I make sure all my food comes from America, but that is just me.

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    JoAnn's getting a bad rap

    Quote Originally Posted by MissSongbird View Post
    I always hear Joanns and like fabric stores always getting a bad rap from, primarily, quilters. Why is it so?

    I understand that Joanns, and such, does not always have the best quality fabric, compared to LQS, but I donít think it is as bad as people make it out to be. Iíve heard several quilters say ďreal quiltersĒ donít shop at Joanns (and most of us know that is ridiculous!).

    I donít have much of a choice when buying my fabric. As some of you know, Iím a college student and money is always tight. I love the fabric at my LQS, but unless I really, REALLY want it, I wonít buy it, because I canít afford it. And the thing is when I shop at Joanns I always make sure to get the nicer quality fabric. If a fabric doesnít feel right, I wonít buy it.

    (Plus I donít think the best quilts have to be made out of the best fabric out there. The only time quality of fabric should be judged relatively harsh is when it is entered in a quilt show Ė and even then sometimes it isnít the most important aspect of the quilt.)>>
    I always bought the best fabric that I could afford, whether it be JoAnn's, Wal-Mart or a LQS. A friend of mine discovered a LQS that had $3.99 fabric - it was the same fabric that had been on their shelves, but they were making room for new fabric. Between the two of us we would keep the people working there busy cutting fabric. My Mom taught me years and years ago what to look for in fabric, and that's when you could buy fabric in the Dime Stores (I know I am really going back a long time, when fabric was less than $1/yard) and it was a lesson well learned. I have seen not so great fabric at Wal-Mart, JoAnn's, and sometimes the LQS, and I have gotten some pretty decent fabric at those same places. My advice would be to buy the best fabric that you can afford, and look for sales, although at JoAnn's they sometimes make it difficult to find fabrics on sale, or it's on sale and you have a coupon and it won't work when something is on sale. However, I have found some great fabric in the Red Tag section, you just have to check it out and when that reduced price is 50% off, yippee. I was just there and picked up a nice remnant piece of fleece, and I got 50% off that price. Sometimes you just have to be in the right place at the right time. I know I got a little gabby (LOL), but be true to yourself and don't listen to the Quilt Police or even the Fabric Police, unless you can see an official badge. LOL. I hope you continue to sew and quilt for a long time to come - I've been sewing for 60 years and it's been a very important part of my life,especially now that I'm retired. Happy sewing.

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    As there is no LQS around me, I use Joann's and Hobby Lobby, when they have sales, and really have never had an issue..My Joann's will even give me end of bolt at a discount and I never have to ask...I also buy fabric on line when I hear of a sale and I go to goodwill/salvation army...If I really had to pay full price for fabric I don't think I would make more than one quilt a year if that...
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