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Thread: Joannes and boy fabric

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    Joannes and boy fabric

    Have you gone to Joannes to make something for a boy and had a hard time finding cotton fabric for a boy.
    I was there yesterday and couldn't find much for my grandsons so I had to settle.

    Asked the clerk about getting more boy fabric and she told me that they cannot choose the fabric it is just delivered and they have no say in it. I asked her if I contacted Corp. could it help she said that they have a place on their website just for that under contact us then product inquiry pull down menu. I was assured that they do read their mail. This is what I did.

    I'm thinking the more the merrier, strength in numbers. Please help get more boy fabric in at Joannes.
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    I couldn't agree more. First of all, I'm a guy - so I definitely have noticed the lack of "male" fabric in the quilt section. Second, I make charity quilts for Quilts for Kids and they've requested more quilts for older boys. But it's hard because there isn't much fabric that isn't either "cutesy" or "girly" - two things older boys won't go near. But it isn't just Joann's, it's the nature of quilting fabric, 99% of it is bought by women, so it is designed to appeal to women.

    I've made a few quilts with apparel cloth (camo), some with marbled or variegated quilting fabric but in a bold pattern (a large lightning bolt), and some out of sports team material. Some quilt fabric I've thought about but haven't bought yet, because I don't know what to do with it, is flames, skulls, maps, black and white checkerboard.

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    The things I have thought older boys might like include skateboarding fabric, surfboard fabric, and perhaps racing type fabric. It seems to me that I have seen several prints that would fit into these catagories. I have seen these types of fabrics mainly on line, not at JoAnnes. What do you think of these catagories?

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    For 'guy quilts' you won't go wrong with plaids, stripes, etc. mixed with solids or tonals.

    I did a fun red white and black one with flames, bandana fabric, a red and white gingham, and a couple other prints. Then added a narrow black border and the bandana fabric for the binding.
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    I have looked for JoAnn's flannel to make pillowcase for a friends cabin, I can't find any thing manly, nothing with deer, moose, bears, hunting, not anything except baby baby boy or girly girl fabrics.
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    I have looked at our local fab stores and can't find what I want, so I just order online. No sense in breaking a sweat over something so easily remedied with a few key strokes.
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    JoAnn's has some boyish looking prints in their least expensive line - the one that's isolated and is $4.99 regular price and it's often 50% off. It's not a soft. silky fabric, but most of it isn't bad - certainly better than those horrid FQs. I've seen backwoods in their speciality quilting section, but not in flanned.

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    Ran into the same problem. Even the blue fabrics had flowers on them!
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    I guess it depends on where you live. I live in a small town, where hunting, fishing, 4 wheeling, motocross and wildlife are daily activities. My lqs carry these fabrics so its easy to find something boyish or manly.

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    I noticed that this weekend when looking for flannel for a baby boy's blanket. Very limited with only a few choices at JoAnn's. I was surprised because I always make things for girls. My family has very few boys.
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    I made my son a t-shirt quilt and used red and blue bandana prints for the sashings, borders, and backing. It was literally all I could find that wouldn't be "girlie". I really wish that we could have more masculine and gender neutral fabric choices.
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    I'm with momto5, I mostly shop online because of the poor slections at LQS and Joanns. Plus I get better prices.
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    I have an LQS with great selection here in Florida, but I've seen lots of great stuff online. Older boys like batik type fabric, geometrical prints, some of the urban prints, novelties etc. keep looking it's out there!

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    Jungle prints with grey accents.
    Black and white with flame accents.
    Plaid with a brown accent.
    Black and white checkerboard for racing flag concept.
    Blues that read tone on tone.
    Red white and blue with strong stars.
    Strong designs with solids.
    One focus fabric with tones or geometrics.

    How about spending a little more on a specialty fabric for focus squares and then blending with others from Joanns or such? I have found a specialty fabric for most anyone. Lacrosse, bull riding, Ford Mustand or Ford Truck, tractors of all kinds, soccer, cards, computer fabric, etc. I used the bull riding fabric for my father in law who loved to watch bull riding on TV. I used gorilla fabric from a specialty store and added banana fabric and an assortment of leaf and stone fabric from joanns.

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    Connecting Threads has a new Mastermind line in boyish colors with robots and such.

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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose View Post
    Connecting Threads has a new Mastermind line in boyish colors with robots and such.
    I got this email yesterday.
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