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    Super Member just_the_scraps_m'am's Avatar
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    has anyone used the solid color/blender fabric from connecting threads? there are lots of colors for less than $3/yd on clearance! i need a LOT of plain colors for backgrounds & i was wondering if you were satisfied with the quality?
    THANKS in advance for replies!

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    Almost half my stash is from connecting threads, love them. Never had a problem with quality or service.

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    you get what you pay for. i have purchased from there, i found the prints colourless and dull and the fabric is thin, the service is very good.

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    I have only purchased Mirage - the blender and was satisfied with it. Oh, and a few batiks. One seemed a little stretchy, but it hasn't caused any difficulty in working with it. The color is great.

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    The quality of their fabric is superior to Joanns. Very nice, I have lots and love it.

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    Just got over $50 worth of solid/blender fabrics from them...think I'll order some more before the sale goes off. Nice products, great service, no problems!!

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    ask them for a samples of the colors, they'll do that I'm sure.
    Jigs1354

    Quote Originally Posted by just_the_scraps_m'am
    has anyone used the solid color/blender fabric from connecting threads? there are lots of colors for less than $3/yd on clearance! i need a LOT of plain colors for backgrounds & i was wondering if you were satisfied with the quality?
    THANKS in advance for replies!

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    I bought a bunch of the solid FQ packs when they were on sale a few months ago. I haven't used them but they seemed find to me. I don't anticipate any problems.

    However, just a note. The reason they were on clearance and couldn't be back-ordered (some combos were out of stock) was because they were phasing out a few of the colors. Since the packs had appeared in the catalog already, they wouldn't be able to reproduce them exactly with the same colors.

    So if you buy any of the clearance solids, don't expect to be able to reorder the same EXACT color in the future.

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    I have a medium sized tote full of them that I got about 2 weeks ago. I love them! I haven't used them but I have gone through all of them and am very happy with the colors and quality! I am using them for the QFL star quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTS
    I bought a bunch of the solid FQ packs when they were on sale a few months ago. I haven't used them but they seemed find to me. I don't anticipate any problems.

    However, just a note. The reason they were on clearance and couldn't be back-ordered (some combos were out of stock) was because they were phasing out a few of the colors. Since the packs had appeared in the catalog already, they wouldn't be able to reproduce them exactly with the same colors.

    So if you buy any of the clearance solids, don't expect to be able to reorder the same EXACT color in the future.
    yeah, i'm planning on OVER ordering for that very reason! thanks for the reminder,though!

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    I am currently making a quilt from the solids that are on sale. The colors are rich and true to the online pictures. There is a bit more ravelling than I would like with them. My machine and ironing board are covered in little threads from them all the time. That being said, the quilt is going together just fine and I will happily use my leftovers in another quilt. It just forces me to sweep more often!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jigs1354
    ask them for a samples of the colors, they'll do that I'm sure.
    Jigs1354
    thanks, that's good to know-except--
    i'm afraid if i do that, the colors that i want will be sold out, so i have to take a chance-
    i've been putting off working on a lot of projects b/c solids have gone up over $5, but now it seems i can buy enough to finish a lot of work i have on hold!

    Quote Originally Posted by just_the_scraps_m'am
    has anyone used the solid color/blender fabric from connecting threads? there are lots of colors for less than $3/yd on clearance! i need a LOT of plain colors for backgrounds & i was wondering if you were satisfied with the quality?
    THANKS in advance for replies!

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    My experience as well.

    Quote Originally Posted by shadoh
    you get what you pay for. i have purchased from there, i found the prints colourless and dull and the fabric is thin, the service is very good.

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    what about washing & shrinkage? any problems there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shadoh
    you get what you pay for. i have purchased from there, i found the prints colourless and dull and the fabric is thin, the service is very good.
    i agree you get what you pay for & i'm sorry you were disappointed with the quality. i am curious as to what sort of fabric you are comparing it to when you say it is thin...?
    i have been looking at solids in local shops & the quality isn't all that fabulous, so i guess i have to stick my neck out sometime!

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    I'm not a prewasher so I can't comment on shrinkage.

    I've enclosed a couple of pictures to show you the threads I'm talking about. The bed of my sewing machine is from sewing 2.5 inch squares for about an hour today. It's all over the bed and extension table. The squares were starched before cutting.

    It's messy, but to me, the fabric is still worth it.

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    I don't prewash either and I get those same threads (like Lisa has in her picture upthread) with Kaufman Kona cottons.

    I wouldn't hesitate to use the solids. I can't speak for the prints.

    YMMV.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ontheriver
    Almost half my stash is from connecting threads, love them. Never had a problem with quality or service.
    Same here....they are wonderful!!

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    The threads are from not cutting exactly on the grain of the fabric, which is very hard to do. I get them, too from any solids I cut. Moda precuts don't do it, but they're pinked.

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    There have been many threads about the fabric quality for Connecting Threads if you use the search feature. I've never purchased the blenders, though because I agree with those who said it was thin. I think I was most disappointed with the batiks. But, for quilt backs it's probably better than muslin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by just_the_scraps_m'am
    has anyone used the solid color/blender fabric from connecting threads? there are lots of colors for less than $3/yd on clearance! i need a LOT of plain colors for backgrounds & i was wondering if you were satisfied with the quality?
    THANKS in advance for replies!
    I found them to be rather thin, and ravely this past year..not the quality they used to be! and several colors I bought bled for three washes!

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    I buy CT fabric all the time. I love the quilt kits most of all.

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    I find that it shrinks a LOT more than quilt shop level of fabrics. For example, I was working with a collection of solids. I decided to live dangerously and not pre-wash. I spritzed with water and pressed with a hot iron - you could see the fabric contract. A fat quarter was easily 2 inches smaller in each dimension after just the spritz and press. I'm a little scared to wash the small quilt I was making now. It also frays a lot more than either Kona or Moda bella solids. Significantly thinner than kona. The texture was fairly close to the Moda bella solids I had on hand (over a year old) but the CT is thinner, lights shows through more.

    It's not horrible fabric, the price was attractive, the range of the pallete is nice, and I'll use it again, but I can't say that I am ready to foreswear all other fabrics from here on out.

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    I haven't bought the solid colors but I have purchased some of the prints. I was really pleasantly surprised. It isn't quite LQS quality but it is far superior to Wal-Mart or Joann's in MHO. Hope that helps!

    In fact, I have been working on another order from them. I like to purchase the fabric that's on sale...most of those are between $3 and $4 a yard! I also love their thread! Guess I just plain ol' like Connecting Threads... :mrgreen:

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    I love all the fabric I have purchased from connecting threads.

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