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    Sticker Shock...

    Because of health issues and 4 surgeries, I have not been quilting for the past year. I recently went into a popular sewing store, that we all know and love (at times), and I found that they had Premium Quilter's Cotton for $14.99/yd. Oh, my goodness, $15.00 per yard? As I gasped at the price, a lady next to me was looking at muslin fabric and was commenting that it was $8.00/yard. I remember when muslin used to go for 88 cents/yard.

    If it were not for sales at brick-and-mortar stores and on-line fabric shopping, I wonder how much longer that I will be able to afford fabric on my fixed income. Which makes me so much happier to know that I will now have to shop for fabric at my own 'in-home' store. I always tell my husband, when he complains about how much fabric that I have, that it would come in handy in my retirement years. It is good to know that I was right. I used to tell him that my hobby would somehow pay for itself in the long run, because with few exceptions, my fabric would always be there. I also reminded him I could have taken up a hobby that once you put your money down, it was gone and you had nothing to show for it. That is my story and I am sticking to it...
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    My oldest son accused me of being a hoarder when he seen all the fabric I have stashed. I told him the same thing that it will be for my retirement years. Wonder how much more fabric I can get in 5 years and 7 months!!!
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    That store and their coupons annoy me. Raise prices to offer a coupon, and still often end up paying more than you would elsewhere.

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    Standard price here in the U.K. Sadly! 15 p/m for high quality cotton (some even up to 22 p/m). Thinner cottons and solids are normally around 10. I definitely have to shop around

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    Glad you are well and back to quilting, Mac. It is getting expensive so I don't buy much, but I do look at it as "therapy", too. Quilting does make me content and happy! and that counts for a lot!

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    Quote Originally Posted by peaceandjoy View Post
    That store and their coupons annoy me. Raise prices to offer a coupon, and still often end up paying more than you would elsewhere.
    Yup! I've said it before, I find their pricing structures "predatory". Definitely don't feel the love for them! I paid less than that per yard for a couple of hand dyes at a show this past weekend.

    RJLinkletter, I feel so badly for you. I think my quilting would be limited to deconstructing used clothes and used sheets if I lived across the pond. (heck I do that already!) It is equally painful for our neighbors to the north. So I will count my blessings I can still find affordable fabric on line and on visits to the western part of NYS where I can shop the mennonite shops. I am also abundantly blessed that I can afford fabric even at $10 per s/y (but I usually pay much less)

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    Quote Originally Posted by RJLinkletter View Post
    Standard price here in the U.K. Sadly! 15 p/m for high quality cotton (some even up to 22 p/m). Thinner cottons and solids are normally around 10. I definitely have to shop around
    Oh my, and I thought we had it bad. Guess the old saying that goes, "it can always be worse', still holds true. You all must be diehard quilters to pay that much per yard. In your case, I would shop all the thrift stores and yard sales.

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    Mac, I never pay full price at "that store". The fabric usually has a percentage off (between 20 and 40%) or, if not, a coupon I can use. That price is ridiculous to me, when quilt shop cottons go for about $10 or $11. I usually shop sale sections online, and pay about $5 per yard. You can also shop at the many destashing groups on Facebook and get good fabric for between $3 and $6 a yard.

    Whenever I go to a quilt shop (good fabric), the first place I check is their clearance section. Prices are usually half off.
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    I am trying so hard not to buy fabric just because I like it. In my mind it just feeds their price gouging. But I am a sucker for Christmas and Halloween fabric, oh and Disney, Minions, etc., etc. So I now try to only buy fabric for which I have a true plan for it. I have given away so much fabric the past few years and I still have more that I will ever use. I need to get back going to a sewing group - my favorite part of quilting now is quilting with a friend.

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    I have been on a fabric buying craze. My husband would kill me if he knew how much it costs. I am pretty new so had no real stash.... but now I do, lol. It’s going to take me a long time to sew up everything I’ve bought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mac View Post
    Oh my, and I thought we had it bad. Guess the old saying that goes, "it can always be worse', still holds true. You all must be diehard quilters to pay that much per yard. In your case, I would shop all the thrift stores and yard sales.
    we don't really have yard sales in the same way. Some parts do (they are called garage safaris) but closest I'd probably a car boot sale and never seen fabric at one.sometimes charity shops (thrift stores) do but rarely.

    Generally Ijust shop around and/or wait for sales. I mange to get some bargains and just don't have the huge stash many of you seem to have

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    One quilt store 60 miles away is trying to hold price to $11/yd. Local store has some new fabric in at $14/yd. I’m buying blenders if I need really need it (not just want it) as I have a lot of focus fabrics. I look in the discount bin also. I’m not buying any new books or patterns either. I would feel sorryfor the local store owners as they are struggling but they doubled the size of their store without increasing their product or getting more variety. The store is run by the daughter who buys products she likes and doesn’t take suggestions from her more experienced staff. Less people are going to events and classes at the store.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mac View Post
    . I remember when muslin used to go for 88 cents/yard.
    and I was making .90 an hour then. Bread was .10 a loaf.
    Today the minimum wage here is 11.00 an hour, and fabric is 11.00 a yard. It is all relative. Use the stash

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    although my stash fabrics may be 'out of date', i'm glad i acquired them while i was still working... wow, on the sticker shock
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan View Post
    although my stash fabrics may be 'out of date', i'm glad i acquired them while i was still working... wow, on the sticker shock
    There only “out of date” for a while and then they become “retro” and “vintage” and are desirable again. I still marvel when my kids find 80’s looking clothes and get all excited about how wonderfully stylish it is.

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    I bought many yards of fabrics years ago. I am now retired and very glad to have it. I make quilts for kids in foster homes and have used a whole bunch for sashes, bindings and backings.

    If I would happen to need some for certain quilts I would go to Hobby Lobby or Wal Mart. I know what quality fabrics feel like. Both have lots of it. Good quality is all I buy.
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    I can't remember when I last bought any fabric at full retail - I shop sales and rarely pay more than $7.50 - on line usually. Sad state of affairs but I can't make myself pay double to support local LQS. I don't shop yard or estate sales because I don't want to buy fabric I don't love - keeps the stash under control to not buy stuff I don't really want anyway. I do shop thrift stores for great cotton sheets - get lucky sometimes. Somehow I still have plenty to work with. The big box stores play a coupon game that annoys the heck out of me, and they rarely have anything I want, so although I go in them from time to time, more often than not I leave empty handed.

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    I too stocked up for retirement. Although some of my older finds at store closings etc. are cotton / poly blend, most are very quilt worthy, and l get complements on my unique colourways ( they're really just outdated,lol).

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    Quote Originally Posted by KalamaQuilts View Post
    and I was making .90 an hour then. Bread was .10 a loaf.
    Today the minimum wage here is 11.00 an hour, and fabric is 11.00 a yard. It is all relative. Use the stash
    I think the least I paid for fabric was $0.10 a yard, back in 1980. I had toddlers and I wanted to make sundresses for them. So I saw this fabric "Wow, only $0.10 a yard?!" It was red with little white figures on it; remember in those days fabric was rolled wrong side out on the bolt to keep it from fading? So I didn't look at it any closer than that, and I bought I think 2 or 3 yards of it. I got it home and laid it out to cut out the sundresses and it was Christmas fabric! Well I had it, and the kids still needed sundresses, so I used it anyway. They wore those Christmas sundresses for a couple of years. And then the fabric became Christmas bags and quilts and all sorts of other things.

    DH still thinks that fabric is $2/yard, and expensive fabric is $4 or $5/yard. He looked at the Great Wall of Boxes in my sewing room and said indignantly "You must have two hundred dollars in fabric here!" I have not disabused him of this opinion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IceLeopard View Post
    DH still thinks that fabric is $2/yard, and expensive fabric is $4 or $5/yard. He looked at the Great Wall of Boxes in my sewing room and said indignantly "You must have two hundred dollars in fabric here!" I have not disabused him of this opinion.
    Ha ha ha..... how naive they are!
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    The last time I bought any fabric was at a thrift shop for 50 cents a yard. ... just a few months ago. It's hard to find there because people buy it so fast. Anyway, I have enough stash to keep me busy for the next 40 years. And, I'm 80 now, so I think I'll be ok until I turn 120.

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    what irritates me about "that store" is that the coupon is always for fabric not on sale--and everything that I want is on sale!

    I'm finding that more quilters are making smaller quilts too--wallhangings, table toppers, lap quilts--both because they can quilt on their domestic machine and save LA costs and because of fabric costs-besides, how many bed quilts can you even store!?

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    Tomorrow morning I am going back to the same Estate Sale that I was at last week. They have boxes and boxes more of fabric to bring out. They had about 6 boxes and totes out last week.

    We spent the winter in Arizona. Upon returning to British Columbia I went into my local quilt store and found that fabric that I had bought in the spring at about $22.00 a metre on sale from $26 or 29 was now $39. That's why I am going back to the Estate sale, I paid about 50 cents a yard/metre and bought a bunch of Christmas as well as other pretties and one nice big piece for a backing

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    I previously bought a lot of fabric on-line at certain stores that was during a "buy the last of it" sale. Prices were discounted and usually a yard or less was there. Since I usually make scrap quilts this worked for me.....it was the shipping cost that gouged my wallet. Now I no longer buy fabric unless I know for sure I'm going to use it that week.
    Still I have so much that I need to sell off some of it on Facebook or E-Bay. Quilting can be an expensive hobby!!

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    I have so much fabric that fills my basement. I told my kids I'm set for retirement. Now into retirement, I only buy what's needed to finish a project. But, my son still tells me he is going to put a dump truck up to the window.
    I am a material girl. Wanna see my fabric collection?
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