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Thread: No More Batting at Michael's????

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    For the last few years I've been building a stockpile of batting from Michael's buying whenever they have a 50% off coupon in the newspaper or sent by email. The last couple of times I went to the local store I noticed there was almost no batting left on the shelves, so my husband and I went to one some distance away hoping they would have some. They had ONE roll of poly. I hunted around for some assistance and they found a couple of fusible cotton in the back.

    We got back to our neck of the woods and went to the local Michael's. I was able to get a couple of rolls of poly. We asked a worker who had a scan gun to see if there was more in the back and were shocked when she said, "None on hand, none on order."

    Does anyone know if they're phasing out their meager quilting supply section? I will be terribly sad since that batting with a coupon is really a bargain.

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    My local Walmart hasn't been restocking their batting either. I try to get batting at Joanne's with 50% off also.

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    My walmart has been not keeping the stocks full either. They were out for a long time and then got only a little in. ugh. Has the world gone mad...lol :) Now I am going to have to drive 35 miles to get good priced batting. But you know I will, lol :)

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    When I picked up my sewing machine from the repair place, the older gentleman told me that cotton batting would no longer be made. I thought for sure he meant something else and I didn't want to be rude and ask again. So maybe what he said was true because I have noticed the same thing at Michael's. I just thougt it was the store here.

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    I guess that makes sense with cotton prices so high now. So now we only get poly batting :( ??
    Quote Originally Posted by SherriB
    When I picked up my sewing machine from the repair place, the older gentleman told me that cotton batting would no longer be made. I thought for sure he meant something else and I didn't want to be rude and ask again. So maybe what he said was true because I have noticed the same thing at Michael's. I just thougt it was the store here.

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    I heard petroleum is used in the making of batting. This has resulted in significant price increases. One quilt shop notified me that thier new orders were up as much as $5.00 a package. Maybe because of the significant price increase retailers are holding off on future orders?

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    Hancock's of Paducah has all kinds of nice batting online or through their catalog: Quilters Dream, Hobbs, other good quality batts, cotton, poly and blends, with decent prices.

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    That's exactly why I stepped up my stockpiling of cotton batting! I guess I'd better start hunting around at Joann and elsewhere before it completely disappears! Starting to panic.

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    Wow, I noticed our Hobby Lobby had less batting too.

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    If they quit making 100% cotton batting I will quit quilting and find another hobby! I can NOT stand the feel of other batting on my hands (snob? yes!). sad but true!

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    No, not a snob at all. I love cotton and if they stopped making it I'd be upset!!
    It's just so wonderful to work with for me.

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    I'm a cotton lover too...guess it is time to start buying batting in bulk.

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    They are not stopping the production of cotton batting. But the price of both cotton and poly are going up because the raw materials (cotton and petroleum) are going up. I loaded up on cotton batting before the price changes, didn't even think about the poly. So far, I've only had to pass on a $.25 increase per yard in the poly. There hasn't been a change in the prices of the wool batting, yet.

    Part of the increases to expect are also the increases in shipping, which are built into the prices of everything you buy.

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    A generation or 2 ago Quilters made their own cotton batting by getting the cotton boll off the plant and carding it and making a crude felt type batting. Served them well for years.
    Us GRITS (girls raised in the south) gals can easily get the cotton direct from the farmer:) Just a thought:)

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    Quote Originally Posted by CarrieAnne
    Wow, I noticed our Hobby Lobby had less batting too.
    Carrie, our Hobby Lobby has less packaged batting also. but ours still carries it on the bolt, at least for now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by erstan947
    A generation or 2 ago Quilters made their own cotton batting by getting the cotton boll off the plant and carding it and making a crude felt type batting. Served them well for years.
    Us GRITS (girls raised in the south) gals can easily get the cotton direct from the farmer:) Just a thought:)
    I used to work with a woman who picked her cotton from a neighbor's field (with permission), then picked out the seeds and cleaned the cotton on our break times, and then used the cotton to make her future hubby a quilt. I had never seen it done this way, and I watched her every chance I got. By the way, the quilt turned out beautiful! Wish I had taken pictures, but at the time, no cameras were allowed in the plant where we worked.

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    Our Michaels hasn't had any sewing supplies for years!

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    Quote Originally Posted by emerald46
    I'm a cotton lover too...guess it is time to start buying batting in bulk.
    Check out www.createforless.com. I got my warm & natural from there, 4 queen size for $91.96, cheaper than buying a 40 yard roll. They aren't the fastest at shipping but have great prices on many many things. I also got YLI quilting thread from them. The last couple times I was at Joanns with a 50% off coupon they didn't have the cotton batting.

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    Michael's? Batting? Not here. Wish it did sell batting!

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    Ha! I didn't even know Michael's carried batting. But I do know the price of batting, like everything else, is going up, up, up. Cotton prices are going up for a reason - bad cotton crop. Petroleum prices are going up only to make the big oil companies richer! I hate it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by justwannaquilt
    If they quit making 100% cotton batting I will quit quilting and find another hobby! I can NOT stand the feel of other batting on my hands (snob? yes!). sad but true!
    Same here, the poly makes my hands feel they are being scraped with steel wool.

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    I buy batting by the roll from Linda's electirc quilting site, it's 30 yards 108" wide for $109.00 that includes shipping. I get 13 quilts from this plus the extra I cut off the sides I whip back together and have this for baby quilts. I figured it cost about $6.50 per quilt and I can't buy it from Hobby Lobby or Michaels with a coupon for that.

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    I get mine when Connecting Threads has a sale.

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    I'll keep making tops and will put them together when prices go down.
    Unless it's something that must be finished it can wait.

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    I bought bamboo batting for my son's quilt. It is super soft and easy to FMQ.

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