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Thread: Quilting Fabric, Sticker Shock

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    you must be shopping in canada!! ha ha ha!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by LadyElisabeth View Post
    $12.70, $14.98, $23.00 a YARD.
    Glad I don't need anything. I'll keep downsizing, but maybe keep more fabric than I had planned.

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    Last week I was in Atlanta visiting my daughter and family, and went to two wonderful shops. One was the Atlanta Sewing Center. I cannot remember the name of the other, but it was in the Sandy Springs/Buckhead area. They both had the most wonderful fabrics I've ever seen. I bought about 15 yards at the ASC, and most of it was 40% off (resulting in about $6.00 a yard). One piece of yardage was regular price, but I got the end of bolt 15% discount. At the second shop I didn't buy any fabric, but they had awesome stuff, and it was all 60 inches wide for $13.00 a yard. A little steep, but the 60 inch width factored in it really wasn't too bad. I am continually astounded at the prices going up so high at JoAnnes, where their fabric generally is not the quality you find at quilt shops. Seems that while their fabric doesn't match up to the quality at LQS their prices sure do.
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    Yes. It makes me scared to lay my rotary cutter against my ruler....what if I make a mistake? It will be an expensive one. Honestly, for me it take some of the joy away from quilting.
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    I am really trying not to buy any fabric, but I finished a quilt kit I have had for years and needed a binding. I have not been to JoAnns in quiet some time and got sticker shock. I did find what I needed for my binding, and it was on sale.

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    I work in a quilt shop and our most expensive are batiks at $12.50. Even with my employee discount I am not buying.

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    That's just way too high for fabric! That's why I shop thrift stores, garage sales and such for fabrics. I've already made all of my nieces and nephews quilts, and have already purchased the fabrics for my older sisters and younger sisters quilts, I am now doing more charity quilts so I use what I have on hand. I just love scrappy quilts!

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    You have to wonder how many people are actually buying these $15 - $20 per yard fabrics. I guess there are some of them out there or they wouldn't charge that much. I buy all of my fabric online at the stores others have mentioned but also check Ebay.
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    I know the price of quilting fabrics is out od site I was at a local fabric store yesterday picking up my sewing machine for it seems like the 20th time I was browsing at fabric (more like dreaming) I came across one that was 24.95 a yard. Needless to say I get looking. If you find a place that has nice material PLEASE let me know. Karissa

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    I haven't bought fabric in a while (I know right??), and now I am afraid to!! LOL Though I also will buy pretty much only when there is a sale of some kind. I can't afford to buy tons of fabric and have it sitting around forever.

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    a meter is 40" approx

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    We were warned last year, but still.......it is because the cost of cotton has gone up so much. I heard one source say that we, quilter's, might have to use something other than cotton in the future......I know I only buy on sale and am generously using my stash......I sure can't afford the new stuff. Flannel is like gold!

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    Okay. I understand the concern over the prices of cotton. I really do. But and it is a Big But, if we stop buying fabric then many, many more online and brick and mortar shops will close. I have enough fabric to start my own quilt shop. I really do. But some how I find a few fabrics I just have to have! I also find a few I need for the current project. So yes I purchase what I need at the lowest price I can find. If it is $10.00 or more a yard so be it. It will take a little more saving to purchase my wants and needs. But I am still buying as I want the stores available to me now and in the future! Just my feelings on a very personal matter. Luann in CT
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    I was looking at a catalog, fell in LOVE with a fabric, then my dd said did you notice its' $39.00 a yard?? No and I sure won't pay that
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    I do about 95% of my shopping online and NEVER pay more than $6 a yard for name brand top quality fabrics. I use Whittle's in Kentucky, Crafttown in KY, Stitch N Frame in Vicksburg, MS and Quilt Fabric Closeouts the majority of the time. Occasionally I find great bargains in other shops as well.
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    I very seldom pay full price for fabric. There are 4 LQS that I frequent and always go directly to their discount corner. One of them starts out with 25%, then 30, 40, 50 & 60%. I usually buy when it is 60% off. The other 3 usually have 50% off or sometimes $5.00 yard. They all have cards that anything you buy at in the shop at regular price you get it stamped for every $10. 3 of them 20 stamps you get $20 merchandise purchase. The other one you buy $460 and get $40 merchandise. You can even buy sales items with the money from you completed card. Vendors come to our quilt guild monthly and I always check on their sales fabric. I have bought some at $4 a yard. I enjoy going to quilt shows and always find fabric on sale. My stash is big enough now that I am going to try to use it and only buy fabric I need to complete a project. I went to 2 estate sales in the last year and bought fabric at $1.00 yard. I purchased about $400 between the 2 sales.
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    Quote Originally Posted by joyce888 View Post
    I was in JoAnns a couple of days ago and noticed their quilter's cotton new bolts priced $12.99, up from $9.99.
    I thought the price of cotton was going down - so shouldn't it be reflected in the stores?? Or am I just dreaming??

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    Looks like I will be making a goodwill run....lol
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    i think we might have to go back to the 1930's and 40''s get some chickens and sell the eggs and use the money to buy our fabric lol lol ha ha he he

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vanuatu Jill View Post
    Yes, many of their premium cottons are, but they have so many sales, why buy retail???? Plus the coupons when they are NOT on sale. I am patient-I'll wait until I can get them at least 40%off!
    I love coupons - there are a lot of on-line stores that have good sales - with great shipping

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    When I decided to really "get into" quilting, I went crazy and spent $$$$ on so many different fabric lines. Well, now I'm plum full of fabric so I don't buy very often, but when I do, I pay what the online stores and LQS offers. I've given away fabric lines to get rid of "my obsession" so I don't feel so guilty. Gave a newbie here a $189 quilt kit. I have sooooo many kits and know I'll never ever get around to doing them. I sent some kits to a gal in Germany and a gal in Russia and then realized that they probably don't read english and that the instructions were useless. The gal from Russia was so excited to get some Moda fabric and she said she would find a pattern that would work with the fabric I sent her. I have two more kits if someone wants to pay $16.40 for shipping.
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    jean can u post pic of the kits

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    Yes! I've noticed this jump in the LQS AND on line as well. I shop and look for good buys. My good stash which I bought at cheaper prices are going to last me for awhile. The quilting shops are going to run themselves out of business. The price increases are too drastic.

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    I was at JoAnn's yesterday for the first time in months and happened to see this beautiful bird fabric that would be perfect to make my aunt a quilt, however the price was $12.99 a yard. It was some of their better quilter's cotton. I had a 40% coupon I could use on one piece, but to get the coordinating pieces, that was the price--no sale. With gas so high and living on the other side of town, when would I be back over that way? So-o, I paid the price because it was exactly what I was hoping to find, one of those 'you'll know it when you see it' things, and it was a gift for my aunt. But I am thankful for every yard of fabric I have accumulated over the years now, as I can't pay these prices on a regular basis. My LQS has frequent sales and puts fabric on clearance, so when I shop there, I usually limit myself to what is on sale or clearance. I've bought fabric on-line too, but unless you buy enough to get free shipping, that can become high too. Nice when you can get a couple quilty friends to go in with you in placing an order so that all enjoy the benefits of free shipping!
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    Quote Originally Posted by crafterrn1 View Post
    Okay. I understand the concern over the prices of cotton. I really do. But and it is a Big But, if we stop buying fabric then many, many more online and brick and mortar shops will close. I have enough fabric to start my own quilt shop. I really do. But some how I find a few fabrics I just have to have! I also find a few I need for the current project. So yes I purchase what I need at the lowest price I can find. If it is $10.00 or more a yard so be it. It will take a little more saving to purchase my wants and needs. But I am still buying as I want the stores available to me now and in the future! Just my feelings on a very personal matter. Luann in CT
    From what I've read people in the NE USA make a lot more money that many other parts of the US. So, for people from your part of the US to pay that much results in a lot fewer sacrifices than someone say, from TX or FL to pay that much for fabric.

    I personally feel no obligation to "give my money to a shop to keep it in business". My money, I believe, is mine to keep "my family afloat". After I've met my obligations to my family, then I can hand out my money to anyone I want as I please--whether a foreign charity or local quilt shop. I suppose it all depends on how much you believe in keeping expensive stores (or restaurants) in business in your community. If enough people want it, then it will stay in business, but if not, then it will all head out on line.

    Here in Poland, when communism first went by the wayside, everyone thought that in order to make a bunch of money all they needed to do was open up a little store--and of course, charge high retail--no discounts or sales or promotions. Thankfully, over time, little by little, we've been getting discount grocery stores and supermarkets and sales and even some loyalty programs and a few coupons. It has helped us. Yes, many have complained about the demise of the little shops, but since many of the owners knew nothing about free market and keeping customers happy, I say, without too many hard feelings or sorrow.."goodbye".

    Not to say that your LQS owner doesn't know how to be nice, etc, but obviously if the local people do not want to spend the money or have enough extra money to spend on expensive fabrics, then the stores will have to go out of business. With the upswing of the internet business, probably courier service would be a great place to invest (at least here in Poland it would be.)

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    These are the prices we pay for quilting fabric in Australia - good quality. This is why I shop on line - even with the high cost of postage from the US it still works out cheaper. Also get the travelling kiddo's to buy Batiks from Bali when they are there.
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