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    I want to visit Bellingham Wa. in the near future and go to Joanns to check out the fabric there as I've heard so much about many of you purchasing from there. Can you elaborate on the quality of the fabric for me. Is it close to LQS type quality or inferior to that? I have no idea as I've never been there before. Does it hold up very well in quilts that are being used frequently?

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    I have bought a lot of fabric from Joann's, I never have had a problem.
    They do have some really "cheap" stuff, but you can avoid that! :wink:

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    I have found wonderful fabrics at Joann's, I look it over like I do when in a LQS or at a garage sale. Some you come across is wonderful and some not so much, no matter where you shop :wink: :D:D:D

    Be sure and check the local papers for sale ad coupons before you go :D:D:D

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    Joann's is a good place to shop. Their fabric quality various, so be careful and selective when choose your fabric and do not settle for less. They carry Kona cotton, and other quality cottons. I really like their Symphony brand of cotton blends. Make sure you sign up for their coupons and advertisements. Their 40% and 50% and their 10% and 20% of total purchase coupons make your purchases more affordable. There is some sub-par fabric that is almost like cheesecloth, so again, be careful and selective. I love our Joann's here, we have a nice one compared to others plus is is big. Books, ruler, Gingher scissors, mats, rotary cutters, buttons, and craft supplies are at most of the Joann's that I have visited. Enjoy and take your time. Many have coupons you can use as you enter the store, at least our's does.

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    This is only MY OPINION... I do not like the quality of their quilting calico cottons, usually displayed on one wall and I believe sell for $4 and change per yard. You will easily spot it. When I first started quilting I did not know any better and my first and second quilt was 100% JA calico fabrics(goes by the store name Keepsake and in no way related to Keepsake quilting). I found the fabric to fade a lot more then fabric I bought later from LQS. In places it became threadbare with basically no wear and tear on the quilt (in a guest room that is used infrequently) and many of the lighter colors you can basically read a book through it. Oh and a few darker colors bled and continue to bleed. Unfortunately at the time of construction I did not know about Retayne.

    I find their other quilting cottons way over priced. Higher than LQS prices but I do not find it to be the same quality of LQS fabric in feel so I have always passed on it and never bought it. For example I have seen batiks in JA at $12+ per yard that are not as nice as the batiks in my LQS which are priced at $8 to $10 PY. South Seas Imports brand I have seen priced at JA at $11 PY in my LQS at $8.

    However, JA is a good place for notions and batting provided you have a 40 or 50% off coupon. JMHO.

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    I shop at Joanns fairly often. While I'm no expert, my experience is that some of their fabric is really good and some is not. I look at the contents on the bolt before I buy it and I also try to determine if the thread count is OK. (I can't always figure that out) I also look to see where the fabric comes from. If it comes from Japan or Korea it seems to be good quality. The stuff from China, sometimes not so much. I've gotten to a point that I won't buy their fat quarters at all.

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    I share your opinion, when I look at a fabric at Joann's for $10.00 a yard, I will spend that at my LQS instead.

    Quote Originally Posted by feline fanatic
    This is only MY OPINION... I do not like the quality of their quilting calico cottons, usually displayed on one wall and I believe sell for $4 and change per yard. You will easily spot it. When I first started quilting I did not know any better and my first and second quilt was 100% JA calico fabrics(goes by the store name Keepsake and in no way related to Keepsake quilting). I found the fabric to fade a lot more then fabric I bought later from LQS. In places it became threadbare with basically no wear and tear on the quilt (in a guest room that is used infrequently) and many of the lighter colors you can basically read a book through it. Oh and a few darker colors bled and continue to bleed. Unfortunately at the time of construction I did not know about Retayne.

    I find their other quilting cottons way over priced. Higher than LQS prices but I do not find it to be the same quality of LQS fabric in feel so I have always passed on it and never bought it. For example I have seen batiks in JA at $12+ per yard that are not as nice as the batiks in my LQS which are priced at $8 to $10 PY. South Seas Imports brand I have seen priced at JA at $11 PY in my LQS at $8.

    However, JA is a good place for notions and batting provided you have a 40 or 50% off coupon. JMHO.

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    I agree completely.

    Quote Originally Posted by feline fanatic
    This is only MY OPINION... I do not like the quality of their quilting calico cottons, usually displayed on one wall and I believe sell for $4 and change per yard. You will easily spot it. When I first started quilting I did not know any better and my first and second quilt was 100% JA calico fabrics(goes by the store name Keepsake and in no way related to Keepsake quilting). I found the fabric to fade a lot more then fabric I bought later from LQS. In places it became threadbare with basically no wear and tear on the quilt (in a guest room that is used infrequently) and many of the lighter colors you can basically read a book through it. Oh and a few darker colors bled and continue to bleed. Unfortunately at the time of construction I did not know about Retayne.

    I find their other quilting cottons way over priced. Higher than LQS prices but I do not find it to be the same quality of LQS fabric in feel so I have always passed on it and never bought it. For example I have seen batiks in JA at $12+ per yard that are not as nice as the batiks in my LQS which are priced at $8 to $10 PY. South Seas Imports brand I have seen priced at JA at $11 PY in my LQS at $8.

    However, JA is a good place for notions and batting provided you have a 40 or 50% off coupon. JMHO.

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    I did buy from Jo Anns but feel even their better quality fabrics have gone down hill. One that I do fel is somwhat better than others is the Legacy Studio fabrics. I will buy it if the price is right. Normally it is $8.98 and up but on sale it is fairly priced. The batiks they carry have gone way out of sight for the price of it. They have fabric that is normally priced at $14.95 which I think is way out of line. See that the Kona solids they carry have gone up $1.00 per yard. I too found the Keepsake cottons they have is less than desirable for quality. I have gotten used to the LQS fabric for a nice quaility but can't always afford it. Like so many things we have been buying, lesser quality, more money and that is sad. If quality went up I think most people wouldn't feel so badly.

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    I buy most of my notions at JA. Personally, and it's all preference, I don't care for their quality of fabric. I'd rather pay the same price to get better quality fabric online, or at my LQS.

    But, that being said, I still hand over quite a bit of money to JA via batting, rulers etc.

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    So far JA is the only place I have bought fabric. Our LQS literally has 30 to 50 bolts of fabric and that is it! Aside from wal-mart it is our only option until I can find another within driving distance.

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    I share your opinion, when I look at a fabric at Joann's for $10.00 a yard, I will spend that at my LQS instead.
    Amen. And keep the small business in business.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltgran2
    I want to visit Bellingham Wa. in the near future and go to Joanns to check out the fabric there as I've heard so much about many of you purchasing from there. Can you elaborate on the quality of the fabric for me. Is it close to LQS type quality or inferior to that? I have no idea as I've never been there before. Does it hold up very well in quilts that are being used frequently?
    I have found it to be very inferior. In fact I never even go to Joann's anymore and it's only 4 mi. to the nearest one. I much prefer driving 25 mi to nearest LQS and getting there superior products. JMHO!

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    You can sign up to receive Joanns coupons via email or mail.

    Joanns is similar to Fabricland (if that helps you).

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    i agree you have to look at quality anywhere you shop not all fabrics are made equal

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    I shop JA , Hancocks & LQS. For fabric you have to be careful, where-ever you buy it. I have purchased fabric from LQS that shrank horribly.

    Recent comment from LQS owner, for a class I was using a piece of fabric I purchased from JA with her fabric. She liked it and commented on nice quality. It was not the $3.99 yd stuff.

    Use coupons.

    Also alittle hint, if you are looking for notions, they are very scattered in the stores here. Some with quilting stuff, some in notions, some where ever.

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    I have purchased almost all of my notions (cutting boards, gingher scissors, Olfa products,etc) from Joann Fabrics. I also buy my batting (warm & Natural)by the bolt from them. They are FANTASTIC when you buy from them when they are on sale or with a coupon.

    So for those items I really love Joann Fabrics.

    When it comes to their fabric.....not so much. I will echo that I think a lot of their fabrics fade terribly, even after the first wash.

    My other opinion is that if you have a LQS you should try to patronize them as much as you can. They are a local business and I feel the money I save from getting discounted notions and batting, I can apply towards thread, fabric, and other items from my LQS.

    In a way the savings I get from Joann Fabric, allows me to spend more money at my LQS, and keep them in business.

    Just my opinion. If I had an endless supply of money I would purchase everything locally. But I don't so I need to save where I can and spend smartly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by feline fanatic
    This is only MY OPINION... I do not like the quality of their quilting calico cottons, usually displayed on one wall and I believe sell for $4 and change per yard. You will easily spot it. When I first started quilting I did not know any better and my first and second quilt was 100% JA calico fabrics(goes by the store name Keepsake and in no way related to Keepsake quilting). I found the fabric to fade a lot more then fabric I bought later from LQS. In places it became threadbare with basically no wear and tear on the quilt (in a guest room that is used infrequently) and many of the lighter colors you can basically read a book through it. Oh and a few darker colors bled and continue to bleed. Unfortunately at the time of construction I did not know about Retayne.

    I find their other quilting cottons way over priced. Higher than LQS prices but I do not find it to be the same quality of LQS fabric in feel so I have always passed on it and never bought it. For example I have seen batiks in JA at $12+ per yard that are not as nice as the batiks in my LQS which are priced at $8 to $10 PY. South Seas Imports brand I have seen priced at JA at $11 PY in my LQS at $8.

    However, JA is a good place for notions and batting provided you have a 40 or 50% off coupon. JMHO.

    I agree with you on this. I'm finding myself ordering more fabric online and just using JA as a "supplies" store.

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    just pay attention to what you are looking at...feel it...if it feels rough-yukky-don't buy it...if it is nice...well
    have fun shopping...
    some of their fabrics are worse than what walmart used to carry (at a huge mark up) some of their fabrics aren't so bad...and it does depend on the location...some of the stores (specialize) in more home dec and fashion fabrics, while others have a larger quilting department

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    when I buy fabric to make quilts for my beds or for a gift for my close family members I buy from LQS - the quality of the fabric is very noticeable also want to support small business owners. I also find their fabric is thicker. When I am making place mats, pillows, baby quilts or lap quilts I buy Joann's fabric for cost savings.

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    I totally agree with this quote!
    Quote Originally Posted by miholmes
    I have purchased almost all of my notions (cutting boards, gingher scissors, Olfa products,etc) from Joann Fabrics. I also buy my batting (warm & Natural)by the bolt from them. They are FANTASTIC when you buy from them when they are on sale or with a coupon.

    So for those items I really love Joann Fabrics.

    When it comes to their fabric.....not so much. I will echo that I think a lot of their fabrics fade terribly, even after the first wash.

    My other opinion is that if you have a LQS you should try to patronize them as much as you can. They are a local business and I feel the money I save from getting discounted notions and batting, I can apply towards thread, fabric, and other items from my LQS.

    In a way the savings I get from Joann Fabric, allows me to spend more money at my LQS, and keep them in business.

    Just my opinion. If I had an endless supply of money I would purchase everything locally. But I don't so I need to save where I can and spend smartly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miholmes
    I have purchased almost all of my notions (cutting boards, gingher scissors, Olfa products,etc) from Joann Fabrics. I also buy my batting (warm & Natural)by the bolt from them. They are FANTASTIC when you buy from them when they are on sale or with a coupon.

    So for those items I really love Joann Fabrics.

    When it comes to their fabric.....not so much. I will echo that I think a lot of their fabrics fade terribly, even after the first wash.

    My other opinion is that if you have a LQS you should try to patronize them as much as you can. They are a local business and I feel the money I save from getting discounted notions and batting, I can apply towards thread, fabric, and other items from my LQS.

    In a way the savings I get from Joann Fabric, allows me to spend more money at my LQS, and keep them in business.

    Just my opinion. If I had an endless supply of money I would purchase everything locally. But I don't so I need to save where I can and spend smartly.
    Yup, couldn't have said it better. Also, I have noticed that even though all the flannels are the same 'brand' (can't remember what it is), the quality of the flannels is not the same.

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    only word I have for JoAnn fabric quality is "mixed". Hand test to be sure it is what you want.

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    Reguardless of what some people say about JoAnns fabrics. I have been using it for years and have never had a problem with any of it. It isn't Quilt store quality but again, I'm not paying Quilt store prices either, and what Quilt store offers coupons???

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    I just made two quilts from Joanns fabric. It was not nearly as nice as LQS fabric. OTOH, these were both project that I was not emotionally invested into and were charity type things so I didnt really care. For my own and for things I care about, I would not use their fabric from the wall and the other is overpriced IMHO.

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