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Thread: Newbie Question...about quiting store fabric

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    Newbie Question...about quiting store fabric

    How important is it to use quilt store high quality fabric at 10.00 ++ a yard? I just signed up for my beginner class, and went and purchased my fabric..150.00 later I had everything. Wow sticker shock! I was wondering can i use joann fabric and alot cheaper? If not is there somewhere online that sells quilt store fabric at a discounted price? I really appreciate how helpful everyone is on this board. Thank you

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    You can usually find suitable fabric at less per yard. I would use what you can afford and enjoy the process. Years ago they used old clothes and made beautiful quilts.

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    Yes, fabric is one of those things like gasoline that keeps going up and up. There are a lot of on line sources for good fabric at slightly lower prices. Your profile doesn't say where you live but if you are in the U.S. most will have a reduced shipping rate for a larger order. Favorite Fabrics, Connecting Threads, EQuilter, etc. have sites and if you Google on line quilt/fabric shops, there are many others. Fabric from your local quilt shop is usually higher quality than Joann's or Walmart but not always. If a local shop is where you are taking the class then they sometimes require you to purchase their fabric. I'm sure some of the others on QB will tell you some of their favourite spots to get good quality, reasonable fabrics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    Yes, fabric is one of those things like gasoline that keeps going up and up. There are a lot of on line sources for good fabric at slightly lower prices. Your profile doesn't say where you live but if you are in the U.S. most will have a reduced shipping rate for a larger order. Favorite Fabrics, Connecting Threads, EQuilter, etc. have sites and if you Google on line quilt/fabric shops, there are many others. Fabric from your local quilt shop is usually higher quality than Joann's or Walmart but not always. If a local shop is where you are taking the class then they sometimes require you to purchase their fabric. I'm sure some of the others on QB will tell you some of their favourite spots to get good quality, reasonable fabrics.
    Thank you so much for the information. I will update my profile as well, thanks again. Teresa from Olympia Washington

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    You will get many different opinions on this subject!!! There is no right or wrong answer for this question. I am a firm believer in buying and using what you can afford and/or want to use. There is absolutely nothing wrong in using non-LQS fabrics when you make a quilt. Remember, back in the day, quilters used whatever they had on hand. There wasn't money to purchase fabrics just for a quilt. Quilts can be beautiful, usable and durable from fabrics bought at chain stores and LQS. Use what you want. There isn't any quilt police!!!!
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    I use fabric I have purchased from many places....JoAnns, Hancocks, Ben Franklin, online stores as well as fabric I buy from people on this board...I please ME....not anyone who claims to be the quilt police...LOL...but we have many local fabric stores that sell for less than 10 bucks a yard also...and when shopping don't forget the coupons...it saves money for more fabric
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    Once you use nice fabric it will be nearly impossible to go back to cheaper fabric. I don't like the fact that cheaper fabric tends to fade and just don't feel as nice to touch. I worked in my LQS for 18 years so I am spoiled...and a big believer in using nice fabric. A bit of a thread snob too. haha But it is all personal. If you can afford it, buy the best. If not, do what you can. after all, the joy is in the journey.

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    Most of us began using cheaper stuff. as Dotha said, "I am spoiled...and a big believer in using nice fabric. A bit of a thread snob too. haha But it is all personal. If you can afford it, buy the best. If not, do what you can. after all, the joy is in the journey. " I go both ways. I don't use the super high priced Japanese prints for baby quilts, however (charity or otherwise) I won't use stuff that won't hold up. When it comes to thread, however, I only use fairly high quality. The cheap stuff can wreak your machine.

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    Buy what you can afford and enjoy quilting. Quilting can get expensive but if take it in strides you can do at your budget. To build up and see what you like I would recommend a fat quarter club. They are under 20 dollars a month you can choose a mix of manufacturers or just one. everything goes together and will help you see selection, color values and build your stash at the same time. Other will say it's a waste of money but when I started I found it intimidating to see all the bolts and I liked this and that but when you get to the register and buy yards it's shocking and your emotions are everywhere. So I started small and now I only buy yardage with a project in mind I search out the clearance first then I shop around to see who has the cheapest on that particular fabric. I did fall in love with some fabric when I went to a quilt store here and I paid 11.25 a yard for those but I had to have them I can't explain it and the price didn't bother me at all. The DH was paying so that might have helped me a little lol!
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    A couple of weeks ago, one quilter posted a quilt that was made purely from Walmart fabrics and it was gorgeous! Look closely at the quality of the fabric before you buy it. Thousands of Bolts has great fabric and if you get on their email list, they email sales all the time. Alot of people build huge stashes of fabric. I need to be very careful with money so I only buy for projects and I do the scrap storage system so every possible inch of fabric is used.

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    For a class I do generally use much cheaper fabric but Best Press or spray starch it before cutting. I will even use less fabric or make a smaller project.

    The object is to learn. I don't cut well with others and making a cutting mistake is something I will do. To avoid this I usually get the cutting directions before the class and that is OK with the teachers. After all, the class is learn a technique and not on how to cut material.

    I don't feel pressured, am relaxed, and ready to have fun and learn.

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    Just starting use less expensive fabric while you are learning.Then invest in good fabric if you are making a quilt for yourself not so much to give away....A good quilt can run up to $400. or more.
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    I am a money pincher also, second hand shops, craigslist and then wash of course but I buy walmart and joanns with coupons and had had good luck but like everything else have to watch. But enjoy the journey

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    In all things in life - not just quilting - buy what you can afford. Quilting is supposed to be fun and if you're worrying about the money spent you won't have fun. Remember, it's your quilt, you can do what you want. If premium fabric were the only way to go, that's all that would be available. I've used all kinds of fabric in quilts. There are some very nice fabrics that are less expensive. I don't buy much online because i like to feel the fabric before I buy it. I've gotten some nice fabrics at Wal-mart. And I've bought some at LQS that were not so nice. Connecting Threads sells very nice fabrics for $596/yd.

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    I think one of the best sources of nice fabric is from other people. If you join a quilt guild or charity sewing group, you will meet other people who will help you find fabric. They exchange fabric and help each other out with pieces for a specific project. People are eager to help with ideas and supplies. You will form wonderful friendships, and there will be opportunities for you to give back. I recently did a favor for a quilting friend, and she gave me a storage bin filled with fabric!

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    I buy what I can afford. Sometimes Craigslist has other quilters who sell very nice fabric at a huge discount.

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    Just get the best that you can get at the time. While I am very disappointed in JoAnn's fabrics these days, I still see workable stuff in there...I am amazed how I look at some things and say yuck, but when my project is finished, it turns out beautiful!!! Enjoy the hunt for the fabric and the process of putting stuff together.

    If you know you can't afford the quilt store fabrics - don't go in there, you won't know what you're missing and you'll see things and find things that others who have labeled themselves as "fabric snobs" would never see!! LOL!!
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    I couldn't agree more. I am a fairly new quilter and I started with Joann fabrics and a smidge from the LQS. It didn't take but a few quilts for me to realize that I was not doing myself or my quilts any justice by using less quality fabric. Its amazing what good quality thread and fabrics do for a finished product.

    With all that said, quilting is such a great hobby, creates many memories and amazing friends. Quilt with what you can afford, buy things on sale and search the internet. There are many many deals to be found. And most important don't be afraid to ask any questions, the one thing I have learned is that quilters are friendly and eager to share their knowledge and information.
    Quote Originally Posted by Dotha View Post
    Once you use nice fabric it will be nearly impossible to go back to cheaper fabric. I don't like the fact that cheaper fabric tends to fade and just don't feel as nice to touch. I worked in my LQS for 18 years so I am spoiled...and a big believer in using nice fabric. A bit of a thread snob too. haha But it is all personal. If you can afford it, buy the best. If not, do what you can. after all, the joy is in the journey.

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    Yes you can use less expensive fabric but I would caution against buying just anything. If you have a trusted friend that's been quilting for some time let them help you select and find quality fabric. I also would be careful and not purchase a bunch of fabric before you discover what type of quilter you are (this is a lesson from someone who's been there and done that). I over bought so many fabrics because I thought they were what I was "supposed" to buy and use - calicos, solids, safe prints, and colors. And just like your choice in style and colors in your wardrobe change, so will they in quilting.
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    Make sure you check the clearance fabrics at Connecting Threads - they change often & you can get them at 1/3 off or sometimes 1/2 off regular prices. Have ordered several times & the quality & the prices are right !!!
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    It is absolutely not necessary to use fabric from the LQS. The important thing is to find good quality, not the location of purchase. There are many folks out there who will tell you that because it is $10+ a yard and from the LQS that this guarantees quality. In my experience this is not at all true. In fact, one of the worst fabrics I've ever worked with in terms of fraying and bleeding was from a LQS. What you want to look for is the feel of the fabric, whether you could see through it or not, the way the print looks, etc.

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    You're in Olympia - not all that far from Fabric Depot in Portland! Sign up for their monthly flyers and you will get coupons for 40% off one fabric each week. They have regular sales in the store and online. Join a local guild and ask how and where the members shop. Join the email list for all the regular internet fabric sites so you will know when they have a sale.

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    If you fall in love with a less expensive line from a big box store, buy a small piece and wash it. It's amazing how much sizing some fabrics can have. If you have more left than a handful of threads, then buy what you need, wash it and starch it before cutting. Sewing it together and the quilting will stabilize it. Working will some fabrics will make your quilting harder. I have a borderline black in my current quilt. It isn't as easy to work with with the Moda fabrics in the same quilt, but it's not terrible and the color washed well. JoAnn's is tricky. The fabric wall is definitely a mix. The better fabrics are in the straight rows. Use what you can afford, but don't make it harder by using fabric with a low thread count.

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    TeresaS here is a recent thread about purchasing fabric a lot cheaper (not necessarily cheap fabric) than lqs prices. i have gotten hooked on my lqs fabric also but not the prices. i had made clothes for many years and used only the best fabrics so it is a bit hard for me to buy some of the thinner fabrics today. but i always look for bargains on price. i agree that you should buy what you can afford at the time. wishing you the best on your journey of learning to quilt.

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    I just received an order from Connecting Threads that consisted of 9 different 1-yard cuts and some matching thread. The fabric is wonderful, exactly the color shown and $5.00/yd. And now there are two more collections that I will have to have some of too......yes, I am an addict! Even the sale fabrics are good at $2.96 a yard! I love the thread too, matching colors and my machine loves it.

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