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Thread: Island Batik

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    I'm sorry you are in this pickle!
    Be warned everyone....the width of fabric is shrinking, fat quarters will shrink too. shave a little here...shave a little there....sad but true.

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    I find this appalling! And for the new quilter wondering how much fabric to buy, this puts a whole new slant on what you want to keep on hand. I don't know about all of you, but I don't have an area reserved for receipts. I would be over run with paper. And I really only have a couple of drawers. I prefer to use those drawers for something other than receipts. And if you bought it over a year ago, how many places are going to let you return it?

    I mentioned the lack of quality control at my LQS. She said that she has heard that, but because she pretty much sticks with Moda. And I can attest to the shops cutting of fat quarters. They even cut a fat quarter, even if they have to make it for you. I think that if we avoid purchasing or return that which we are not happy with, the fabric companies might sit up and take notice. I just heard that consumer spending in the US was down last month. I guess I am going to iron my stash and start cutting that up.
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    I guess I've been lucky with precuts, I buy mostly Moda and a few other major manuf. I haven't had a problem yet !
    IMO I don't think the pinked edges are hiding poor quality. Moda has a very fine pinked edge, I'd much rather have that than lots of raveling !
    Agree that FQ are all over the place, fabric widths vary - but a FQ should NEVER be less than 18" ! A yard of fabric is 36" ... period !!

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    wow thanks for sharing ... i never check til later either but so far been lucky... smile

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    I work in a local quilt shop that sells alot of kits for purses, wall hanging, quilts and such. A couple weeks ago I was cutting 6 yard pieces for one of the block of the month classes. We expected to get 5 6 yard pieces out of 2 bolts, by using the leftover 3 yard pieces for the 5th cut. After cutting the first 2 pieces, the last pieces were between 1/8 and 1/2 yard short. The shop owners are being shorted on every bolt they but. I don't know if there is a solution but it forces the owners to buy extra bolts to cover the shortages.

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    I would contact a supervisor or go up highter up the chain to get the issue resolved. it's worth a try anyway. Hopefully all ends well!
    Helen T.

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    I think I will not buy precuts!

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    I bought some fabric at Connecting Threads and in 1/2 yds. cut. I needed two fat quarters of each. Some of the material was cut short and I only had enough for one fat quarter. I called Connecting Threads and they immed. sent me replacement fabric. I asked if they wanted the other back and she said destroy it. Yah. Sure I will. I will buy from them again because they back up there customer service policys.

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    My very first quilting teacher told us, instead of buying a fat quarter, buy a third of a yard of fabric. It only cost a few cents more and you have a few more inches of fabric to work with. Pre-cuts are tempting, but I just don't buy them for the very reasons that everyone has talked about here.
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    They probably do have children cutting fabric! Who knows where the batiks come from. I usually just by fabric by the yard and cut it myself. That way, if the squares or strips are different sizes (and they sometimes are) I can't blame anyone but me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MimiBug123 View Post
    They probably do have children cutting fabric! Who knows where the batiks come from.
    Even said in jest, that is a very unfair kind of statement to make. It can start nasty rumours and cause damage to a decent company's reputation for no reason whatsoever.

    Island Batiks are made in Bali, Indonesia, and the company is located in California. They have a website. Here are two quotes from their 'about us' page:

    "Island Batik currently employs 80 to 100 community members who transform the white base cloth into the spectacular designs and colors for which Island Batik is known. All of the fabric dyeing is done in our own manufacturing facility in Bali, which is centered in a small village. Men and women of the community perform the management of the plant, as well as all of the production processes. Men perform the stamping of wax onto the fabric, dyeing, washing and drying. The fabric is left out in the rice fields, where good sunlight is essential to ensure strong color and color fastness. The women are in charge of quality assurance, folding, bolting and packaging of the cloth.
    The cotton and rayon batik is rolled by hand onto cardboard bolts, which are manufactured by families in the surrounding district. Originally, the fabric boards made in Los Angeles were sent to Bali, which was an expensive process. Community members were included in discussions to develop a new fabric board utilizing local raw materials. The talented craftsmen rose to the challenge and within a few days presented an acceptable prototype, which is now a new industry in the village. Island Batik is now producing only 100% recyclable bolt boards!"

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    "The philosophy of Island Batik has always been to ensure the success, enrichment and development of the community to which it belongs. This is accomplished is by offering computer skills training, donating to neighborhood functions and village ceremonies as well as sponsoring the Island Batik community volleyball team. These efforts result in a constant uplifting of the people who partner with Island Batik in production. Because of the large group of artisans and workers employment many people have been able to buy land build new homes, send children to school and college as well as improve the community environment for the benefit of all."

    I am sorry to say that although there may be problems with a purchase, it isn't a reason to make blanket value judgements on the whole company and its working methods. I don't want to offend anyone, but this upsets me quite a bit.
    Maggie in Jerusalem
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    Excellent post. Maggie. Well said!
    The Earth without art is just "Eh".

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckbere15 View Post
    Just a quick note to keep everyone informed. I called the shop where I purchased them, and spoke with an associate as the owner was not in today. I informed her what was going on and that I plan on bringing the fat quarters into the shop for them to see so that they can make informed decisions when purchasing fabric for our consumption. Also, Island Batik called me back today and I told them that I would not rather return the fabric as I love the colors and the quality of the fabric and that it is not the fault of the store owner or their responsibility to make it right. And I just wanted what I paid for, nothing more. She is going to mail me a yard or two of fabric to make up for the missing fabric.
    I received a package from Island Batiks either Thursday or Friday. I was shocked at the contents, I should say overwhelmed. It contained 4 one yard cuts, 9 fat eights bundles with 5 different patterns, and 4 fat quarters bundles with five different patterns. Not only did they make it right, but went above and beyond.

    Side note, when I went back to the store and showed the owner, she gave me a pattern for free for dealing with the situation. And I also purchased five yards of another Island Batik for my setting triangles.
    The Quilting Bear

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckbere15 View Post
    I received a package from Island Batiks either Thursday or Friday. I was shocked at the contents, I should say overwhelmed. It contained 4 one yard cuts, 9 fat eights bundles with 5 different patterns, and 4 fat quarters bundles with five different patterns. Not only did they make it right, but went above and beyond.

    Side note, when I went back to the store and showed the owner, she gave me a pattern for free for dealing with the situation. And I also purchased five yards of another Island Batik for my setting triangles.
    I am glad to see this issue has been resolved and that Island Batik went above and beyond. And the LQS and you were winners in the end. I think we all learned a lesson when buying precuts. Thanks for posting the update with Island Batik.

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    As far as inaccurate cutting -

    It would seem to me to be an 'easy fix' to provide cutting mats, rulers, and rotary cutters to the workers.

    If 'management' wanted to make it super simple, just provide a 'template' that is to be used

    The only 'excuse' I can see for very irregular cuts would be if the workers were just 'eyeballing' the cuts instead of using some sort of measuring device.

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    I was looking at some "jelly rolls" (not name brand, but same style of rolls of strips) at JoAnn's and I could easily see that the rolls were not cut consistently. They were all marked 2-1/2 inches, but they were obviously far off from that. I grabbed a "short" one and a "tall" one and compared and there was nearly a half inch difference between them! Yikes!

    I've used Hoffman's Bali Pops and was happy with their cuts. The Connecting Threads strips I've bought have been pretty consistent too.

    I just hate the idea of buying badly cut pre-cuts. Takes away the whole reason we buy these things! Good for you for letting the manufacturer know - I hope you got your money back.

    Edit to add - whoops, missed a few pages there! Glad they took care of you.
    Last edited by Sewnoma; 07-10-2012 at 12:30 PM.

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