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    you have to be careful with the fabrics in either place - some are good, some are not. The Joanns nearest me is gearing towards higher price fabric - upwards to $10 per yard. I personally will not pay that price at a Joanns.

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    When I took my very first quilting class, the instructor told us that fabric runs from the factory are very different. WalMart usually gets what is called first run when warp/weave may be tested, colors, etc. JoAnn's buys second run, in which problems in first run are fixed. The good stuff comes last. I have since had 2 more instructors tell this same story. So for you out there, is this an "old wives tale" or just hype to support the LQS? WalMart fabric I have used in quilts seems to have held up better than some stuff I have purchased at JoAnns. And I have had some really bad stuff at $10 a yard that raveled extensively and had colors run even after being prewashed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cathyvv
    Yeah, it's disappointing to find out that the fabric you paid $ 8, 9, 10 a yard for in a quilt shop shows up in Walmart for $2 to $5 a yard.

    That's why I'm not much of a fabric snob anymore. I like the feel of money in my pocket...
    I would not think it was the same quality.
    the last time I bought a FQ at Joann's I could not get a straight edge, the weave was off so much.

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    WELL I FOR ONE, AM EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED IN WALMARTS FABRIC DEPARTMENTS. THEY HAVE STOPPED SELLING FABRICS IN OUR CITY, AND NO AMOUNT OF COMPLAINING, REQUESTING, PLEADING, PETITIONS, OR WHATEVER SEEM TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO THE POWERS THAT BE. SO WE ARE FORCED TO SHOP AT OUR LOCAL QUILT SHOPS. OVER THE YEARS I HAVE LEARNED THAT QUILT SHOP FABRICS CARRY MUCH BETTER QUALITY FABRICS THAN WALMART, AND IT IS EASIER TO SEW ON ALSO. THE ONLY GOOD SIDE IS WALMART IS ALWAYS CHEAPER. BUT THEIR PRICES CONTINUE TO GO UP ALSO. AND ASK AROUND, OUR LOCAL QUILT SHOPS HAVE STARTED ACCEPTING COMPETITORS COUPONS. SO THAT IS A BIG PLUS. I LOVE IT.

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    On some of my older quilts, fabric that I bought at Joann's has faded or shredded when, on the same quilt, fabric bought a LQS is just fine.

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    I HAVE FOUND A COUPLE OF GREAT QUILT SHOPS ON EBAY THAT I HAVE BEEN FREQUENTING MORE AND MORE LATELY. THE FABRIC QUALITY IS EXCELLENT AND THE PRICE IS BETTER THAN LOCAL QUILT SHOPS. EVEN THOUGH I AM PAYING SHIPPING, WHICH IS QUITE REASONABLE, IT IS SOOOO WORTH IT. ESPECIALLY IF I AM BUYING A BLENDER, BACKING, OR SOLID COLOR THORUGH A PARTICULAR BRAND. BUT, I AM STILL A TOUCHY, FEELY, KIND OF GIRL. I HAVE TO WALK INTO A STORE AND FEEL THE QUALITY OF FABRIC. AND I CAN SPEND AN ENTIRE DAY DOING THAT. ONE THING THAT IRRITATES ME ABOUT JOANNS, IS I BOUGHT AN ENITRE BOLT OF FABRIC THERE, THEN WENT BACK TO GET MORE, AND THEY TELL ME THEY NEVER CARRIED THAT, EVEN THOUGH I HAVE THE RECEIPT WITH NUMBERS ON IT, AND ORDERED THAT FABRIC AGAIN, AND IT WAS WRONG. SO WHAT HAPPENED? PROBABLY THE WRONG FABRIC GOT ONTO THE WRONG BOLT AT THE MANUFACTURER IS THEIR GUESS. THIS HAS HAPPENED MORE THAN ONCE. AND I AM LOSING MY MIND TRYING TO FIND THIS FABRIC NOW. IT IS A BLACK AND WHITE PRINT BY DAVIDS TEXTILES. CANT FIND IT ANYWHERE.

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    Hi! another quilter from your "town"...I can attest to what you are saying...but hey! Come December you can sort through my fabric I have and we will let the word out that there is a "home" fabric lady east of town!...I got into reading the remarks due to my love of good fabric at a good price...there are online places I have used and have been very happy..the clearance areas of these shops are awesome! Have a good weekend!

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    I have a few quilts that my grandmother made. I'm sure some of the fabrics started out worn because they came from old garments, fabrics from everywhere. I don't believe she felt like her hand piecing and hand quilting was wasted on those fabrics! We use from what is available to us-so pretty, wow, I can afford that, or my favorite, just gotta have it! If you look at muslin, carefully, you can see easily the different look in relation to the thread count. Just add a print and that is what we like in our fabrics. For me each type of fabric has a purpose, ie some I want it to shrink like mad, because I like the look of a well used quilt (opps, I just let it out that I don't prewash all of my fabrics!). Some fabric is so smooth at a high thread count that I just hate to cut it-but I get over that! No one has ever "wasted" their time making a quilt out of $1 yard or $12 yard, maybe try not to mix low thread counts with the high. I love the LQS and I have bought fabric that was in a True Value Hardware store! no kidding,just 3 wks ago on bolts recommended by a LQS (while traveling). Our grandchildren's first thoughts of our work will NOT be, "I wonder in grandma got this fabric at Wal-Mart or the LQS (or the True Value Hardware)" :)

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    My local hardware store has a whole isle of fabric...it i always 3.99 a yard and sometimes they have a sale for 2.99. I used to think it was lower quality but I spoke to the department manager and she told me that they are the same as quilt store BUT they are roll ends from the manufacturer...existentially, leftovers. I started looking closer and sure enough they are the same brands except they are flat folds and no bolts. I don't care one bit! I get the deal!

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    Feel the difference! Walmart doesn't always have the same quality-no as high quality, but when you're talking $3.00 difference I think I can overlook roughness! Since I have a Walmart in town and a JoAnns 40 minutes away and a better JoAnns 1 1/2 hrs away (near my sister's-we do find it easy to make excuses to travel the 1/2 hr away to visit) I find I don't have a problem with Walmart fabrics. I will agree that some of the fabric is on poorer quality but the price is right-LQS (20 minutes in one direction, 30 minutes in another) are just too pricy to use for an entire quilt. On the rare occasions I do visit I find I impulse buy more than plan buying-I usually only pick up a piece or two-Walmart is definetly more in my budget and it uses a lot less in gas money!

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    I've been involved with the quilting industry professionally for over 20 years now. Without the support of folks in the industry, either at LQS, online or at conferences/shows, I can't imagine where i would be. Even online, we try to educate folks and inspire them, without physically being present with the quilter. So I guess my position would be to try to support the places that will keep our craft going, if at all possible.

    Every quilter wishes to find bargains, and believe me they are everywhere. You can't be faulted for that. Our grandmothers and great grandmothers made quilts from old shirtings, dress fabrics, and feed sacks. Nothing was wasted. But, there was *good* quality in all those fabrics.

    My learning experience happened many years ago...1996...when i was making a quilt with RJR-Jinny Beyer fabric. Bought it at LQS. Saw more of it at Joanns. Bought tons of it there. Used it for backing. The ink was coming off the fabric right on to the bed of my sewing machine and turning it black! it was NOT the same quality, but it was on RJR bolts, and *looked* fine. They *do* get the inferior strike off goods that the manufacturers use to test colors and prints, and they are *not the same*.

    Discount fabric chains will also get overstock that the manufacturers have in their warehouses. Those bolts are good quality, but probably not the prettiest of fabrics. Those are the same quality that the LQS shop has. BUT how can YOU tell the difference?
    Not usually until the fabric is in your quilt and it does not behave properly. Fades faster than others, loses color, bleeds forever, etc.

    Each of us needs to make our own decisions about where to buy, but beware. And personally if I knew my LQS was shopping at a chain and then increasing the price at her shop...i'd be quite cautious about buying from her.

    Happy stitching everyone!

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    Deleted my comments from here and moved to new topic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by debbieumphress
    Now Big Lots is getting into FQ's. Went to mine today to buy other things and low and behold on a bottom shelf in the scrap booking section was a tote full of 1.00 FQ's in all colors. Made in Korea but felt nice. Did I buy any...NOOOOOOOO. Only because I am trying not to spend on fabric until my room is done. Good deal for some. I would go to mine if anyone needs it or wants it and charge shipping only. Most places have a big lots. Guess I am not a fabric snob as some say. If I like fabric I get it. LOL
    I stopped at Big Lots yesterday and got 20 FQ for 1.00 each. Such pretty patterns.Like I needed more. Have almost 200 now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LovinMySoldier
    All of the jelly rolls that are sold at the Joann's near me are the exact, yes I mean exact, same ones that were sold at Walmart. Absolutely no difference in them. Totally the same... only difference was the price. Walmart is cheaper. I guess I'm different than most. I really don't think that the fabric at Walmart is all that bad. Or Joann's for that matter.
    I was able to get 12 Jelly rolls when they were clearanced at half off. I was so happy for the find. Now to just figure out what to do with them all. I did make 2 kids quilts out of one.

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    I just made q quilt with all walmart fabric, it is lovely fabric and seemed to be quilt store quality for only $3.00 per yard. What a find.

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    In my experience ALL stores have good, better , and best quality fabrics... and they ALL have crappy quality fabrics too... from Hancocks, LQS, Walmart, JoAnn's, etc...
    I'm such a cheap skate... I like to go to garage sales or Goodwill ( ours has a .50 day for some items) and scour the LARGE womens departments. On a lucky day I'll find a large womens dress that has been gathered and big ruffles for .50. I take it home wash it, rip it apart and iron everything and then start cutting my blocks... I've made more quilts this way than by actually purchasing fabric at a Fabric store....

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    Who is LQS?

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    Quote Originally Posted by luann
    Who is LQS?



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    Quote Originally Posted by Riversong
    First of all, not all of us can afford the LQS fabrics.And even if I could,Id have to drive over 80 miles.I am not able to get out much due to health reasons.I( get tired of people making me feel like less of a quilter because I can't afford the best.
    It doesn't make you less of a quilter, it makes you a good watcher of money so that you can buy more, and make more. If you do a good job on the material you can afford that is what makes you a good quilter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    I am sorry you feel that away, you shouldn't, there lots of us that can not afford the more expensive mateials, including me, I buy what I like in the prices I can aford and could care less what anyone thinks, I make beautiful quilts, and have won several ribbons, with my lesser cost or on sale fabric, I go to Marshals a lot and they have wonderful material for 1.00 a yard, and if is nice fabric. So do not let anyone make you f eel bad about the material you buy. Have a nice day.








    Quote Originally Posted by Riversong
    First of all, not all of us can afford the LQS fabrics.And even if I could,Id have to drive over 80 miles.I am not able to get out much due to health reasons.I( get tired of people making me feel like less of a quilter because I can't afford the best.
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    I want to see what you are going to make with the 17 different colors.....:)

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    Quote Originally Posted by madamekelly
    I finally got to go to Joann's in the next town over, last week. I love going to find new FQs. I was walking around petting the FQ's, (yes I do!) when I walked over to see the little bundles of FQ's, and imagine my surprise when the top bundle of 'blenders' was a stack of fabrics that I bought last year at Walmart, off the dollar table! I looked at them with my magnifier light, and it is exactly the same weave and colors. Ruined my whole trip. I always thought Joann's was a higher quality fabric than Walmart. I now have proof that that just isn't so! Dagnabit! Another illusion blown up! It will make me think twice, before I spend more than a few dollars for Joann's fabric. The only upside to the story is that I got it in 17 different colors for a project I want to do. Joann's only had five colors. :roll:
    I always let my sense of touch do the talking to me, and I will be outright devastated when my local walmart closes its fabric dept. It will happen, as soon as the store updates its decor. :-(

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    Debbieumphriss, I love you cat getting down!!

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    I think you are right. Walmart used to buy such a large quantity they got better buys because the more you order the cheaper it is. I think Joann's fabrics for the most part are pretty good quality, but I have been well pleased with the fabrics from both stores. I like Joann's best because they carry a much larger stock than Walmart does. I do think our Walmart is probably going ahead and close the fabric section in all of their stores locally. Of course I have to drive 45 miles to the nearest Joann's shop so I have to be ready to spend a lot of time every time I go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilter41
    Well I have to disagree with those of you who like the Chain Stores. If you lived in a small town and saw all your friends and neighbors lose their businesses because of Walmart, Joann's, Hobby Lobby, Hancocks, etc. you would understand why I say patronize your LQS. Walmart has ruined our downtown area and that is why I refuse to go there. One after another have closed because of all the Chain Stores plus it has brought lots of riff raff to our town from areas where they aren't located.
    I agree wholeheartedly with this sentiment. Sadly, I've seen it happen in this area,too. I hate giving WM any of my money, BUT when folks can find the products they need for so much less (allowing them to keep the bills paid at the end of the month) what do you expect them to do? If I had to shop only in the independent stores (whatever it may be) I would have to just stay at home. As far as fabric goes, if I had to shop at a LQS that just opened nearby, I would be putting my sewing machine away. I can't afford $80 to $100 for fabric for a grandchild's quilt. My grands deserve it, but I can't afford it.
    I really don't believe customer service is a big part of why a shop closes. Good service, of course, is wonderful and worth paying for, to a point. Face it, I think for most of us, it just comes down to money.

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