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    Has anyone used any kind of Walmart fabric? If so, what has been your experience?

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    I find some os good and some is bad. I always wash it before I use it. I have found some very good sale fabric for 50 cents a yard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scrapcollector
    Has anyone used any kind of Walmart fabric? If so, what has been your experience?
    Yes, Some is better than others, but none (in my opinion) is high quality. It is a good choice for charity quilts.

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    I was wondering. My sister is wanting to make a quilt, and was wondering about their flannel to make one. Not a rag quilt.

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    I have also seen some cottons in there that would make a cute quilt, but was afraid it would not be thick enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scrapcollector
    I was wondering. My sister is wanting to make a quilt, and was wondering about their flannel to make one. Not a rag quilt.
    A lot of their flannels are quite heavy--check the fiber content on the end of the bolt to see if they are 100% cotton. If it is a blend of manmade fiber and cotton one may experience pilling :-( . What is pilling? It 's when little fiber balls appear on the fabric due to the fibers rubbing against each other.

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    Thanks a bunch for the tip.

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    I've bought lots at Walmart, and never had a problem with any of it. :)

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    At my local Walmart the flannel os so thin you can see thru it, so I stay away from it. When Joanns has their flannel on sale , it can be cheaper then WalMarts. Just check the quality of each fabric

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    Every project is not intended to be an heirloom...at least, not in my world...and I've found some really great fabric that couldn't find its way to an lqs with a map...LOL. I've also seen some fabric in an lqs that I'd never buy. I'm drawn to a fabric's color/print but I buy fabric that has a great feel/hand. There seems to be no advantage to being a fabric snob.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobbinwinder
    Every project is not intended to be an heirloom...at least, not in my world...and I've found some really great fabric that couldn't find its way to an lqs with a map...LOL. I've also seen some fabric in an lqs that I'd never buy. I'm drawn to a fabric's color/print but I buy fabric that has a great feel/hand. There seems to be no advantage to being a fabric snob.
    Ditto

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    I use WalMart fabric when I find a Walmart that still has some. I use it for utility quilts and projects like placemats and potholders. I stock up on fusibles and Warm and Natural batting. It's half the price of Joannns or Hobby Lobby. I've noticed some of the utility quilts, the cheaper WalMart fabric is fraying at the seam line, they will be used for whatever quilts so no biggy.

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    I find very nice cotton fabric in WalMart, but in the WalMart near me the flannel isn't that great. You just have to watch the quality, and in my WalMart we are getting a LOT of fabric marked unknown content :roll: Just like in any store you have to watch , I have seen bad fabric in joAnns, Hancocks and LQS

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    What I have used from wal mart I put on the back of my quilt and it faded badly.Did not like the results but didnt pay much

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    In the past, I have used Walmart ,JoAnn and Hancock fabrics. They are fine for stockings, charity quilts or kid quilts. I have made quillows that lasted for years and that were used to the point of nonrepairable. Also good for nursing home quilts and people that may not appreciate the time and money that you spend on a quilt. If you are making a special quilt that will be appreciated and cared for for many years, I would buy Quilt Shop quality fabric. I only speak for 100% cotton and have not purchased flannel from Walmart. Feel the fabric and look for clear colors and patterns that are not blurred.

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    I have bought fabric at Walmart and have been pleased with it. I agree that you do have to really feel it, and hold it up to the light. So far, though, I have not had any problem with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobbinwinder
    Every project is not intended to be an heirloom...at least, not in my world...and I've found some really great fabric that couldn't find its way to an lqs with a map...LOL. I've also seen some fabric in an lqs that I'd never buy. I'm drawn to a fabric's color/print but I buy fabric that has a great feel/hand. There seems to be no advantage to being a fabric snob.


    So true! When I first started quilting, the only place for me to get material was Wallmart, and those quilts are still in use, that was 12 years ago. You just have to check the feel. A lot of these small LQS do not have high quality material, but still sell it at high prices. So, just pick what you like and what feels right for you.Also, if there is a Hobby Lobby near you, they have great material. You can go on line and get a 40% coupon any time you want it. I am not a big Joann's fan either. Also, check on line, lots of places are having sells.

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    I've used WalMart fabric -- some of it is really nice and some of it is really bad!! :D :D

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    I don't use Wal-Mart fabric for my quilts. I do use their fabric for lots of craft projects, crayon rolls, purses, kid's clothes, etc. I give quilting lessons to my co-workers, I will tell them to buy what they can afford. Many of them buy fabric from Wal-Mart and that is ok with me. We all need to work within our means. If I'm making a quilt for a child that will get drug around, I think Wal-Mart is a great option for fabric.

    I buy a lot of flannel at my Wal-Mart for baby projects. Yes, they have had inferior flannel but what I buy is from AE Nathen. Their flannel selection isn't as large but the price is right.

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    When I first started quilting, I could only afford Walmart fabrics. One of my first quilts was a Kalaediscope, made ten years ago and cherished by my daughter. I just had to replace the outer border. It rotted completely -- totally disintigrated. I am now very, very careful about what fabrics I use. All the other fabrics in the quilt were Walmart fabrics and they are ok. So, how do you know which fabrics are bad and which are good?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dusty222
    When I first started quilting, I could only afford Walmart fabrics. One of my first quilts was a Kalaediscope, made ten years ago and cherished by my daughter. I just had to replace the outer border. It rotted completely -- totally disintigrated. I am now very, very careful about what fabrics I use. All the other fabrics in the quilt were Walmart fabrics and they are ok. So, how do you know which fabrics are bad and which are good?
    How do you know which fabrics are bad/good? I always do a "feel" test. How much starching is in the fabric? If it's stiff as a board, it's gonna be really thin after washing and thus I leave it there. Can you see through the fabric? Hold it up to the light and if you can read your driver's license through it, leave it there. Check the end of the bolt for what it's made of -- 100% cotton or is it a blend? Hope this helps :D

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    WHEN I buy fabric, I buy only there .

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    I use it mostly for backings. You can get some good fabric and some bad there so be careful.
    I have made several quilts with their fabric and so far they are fine but they have not been used enough to find out how well they hold up.

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    I have a quilt I made out of cheapy fabric from there. The dog lays on it all the time and it was been washed ALOT. It has held up well for 4 years. go figure

    There are so many wonderful online shops selling quilt shop fabric at very good prices. All I buy from them now is VIP like the High School Musical for a specific quilt for a child.

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