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    Patrice, you're so right. The clerks are so nice, and always so interested in what I'm making. I had the same experience, when I bought a sewing machine for my daughter-in-law, the clerk was so helpful. Since Michelle was new to sewing, I wanted a basic, easy to understand machine, and she helped me find just what I wanted. The clerks help not only me, but I have seen them help find coordinating fabric, etc. for other customers. At the same time, these ladies are expected to help out in other departments also. I will truly miss them.

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    yes yes yes I agree with you all. We have 2 walmarts , one definaterly plans to close out fabric w/in the year I guess that applies to both. And I also heard a rumor that JoAnnes plans to close. I don't know if this means just the one here. But if they do Guess my options will become quite limited. I.e. quilt shops that charge a minimum of $7.00 pr yd. or the old second-hand store to scrounge for used fabric. Which I am not ashamed of doing :wink: Like one of you ladies pointed out our grandmas and theirs before originally used pre-used. I find some amazing fabric there actually. but, the problem comes when a specific need for quantity , color, or pattern arises. As well as time. (like I need it now)! So I would definately be more and more interested in a co-op situation. I only recently became internet connected so haven't had much time to browse see what is available. My intention is to sell my quilts which may be subject to some type of content law's I.e. new materials! I have not researched this area yet.

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    The three most reasonable sites recommended so far have been:

    Hancock fabrics main website
    ( http://www.hancockfabrics.com/index.jsp ) - check the clearance stuff first
    Joann ( http://joann.com/ ) - again, start in the clearance selection
    http://www.thousandsofbolts.com/ where their regular prices are lower than the sale prices on every other site I've seen except the 2 above.

    I, too, have been a captive customer of WalMart. Our department has been drastically cut. thanks to the person who found the thousands site, I finally feel less trapped by my income.

    :-)

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    yea I plan to amass great quantities of yard goods brfore they do shut down, but I'm definatly going to research some on line sources as well. Thanks for the reply

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    our Walmart is closing their fabric section March 1 they will keep other craft items. it is just the items that have to be cut that will be gone. notions will be kept. I am fortunate that I have quilts shops in my area that I support . I don't need walmart. walmart has done a lot of damage to our community.

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    ladies, keep your eyes open at any closeout and salvege stores in your area. Here we have Hudsons Treasure Hunt and Hudsons Dirt Cheap. On 2 occasions I have found craft departments from Wal-marts in the stores VERY cheap. When they close they have to do something with the stuff, so keep an eye out in your area.

    Mary in Louisiana

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    Hi Julie - about those purple excavators....I read on www.thequiltshow.com boards about one quilter who wanted to make a "farm" quilt, but could only find red tractors & the 'giftee' was a dyed-in-the-wool John Deere man! So she found the right color fabric paint & changed 'em to green! Maybe that would work for yours :wink:

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    I was at our Walmart last night, they got in one and two dollar Quilt fabric, so I picked up some, Not as much as I would like to get , but I'm happy. Just keep buying when they have it. Our store said they would have pre cut packages of fabric........if they do I hope it is reasonable.
    anyone seen it this way?

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    I haven't seen any like that, Ruth but that is how I was told our walmart's fabric would be...not sure that I would want to buy it prepackaged where you can't actually look at it though.
    Gay

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    I can't find the post with the link the the web-site with the petition to sign. I signed it already, but I would like to find it again to have some more signatures put on it.
    where is it at? anyone? tia!

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    It might be under "Let's Talk About WalMart"

    last seen on page 2 of the Main topic list

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    http://www.PetitionOnline.com/savefab/

    now over 23,000 signatures

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    I went to our Super Wal Mart today for something totally different and found 3 1/2 yds of flannel for $2.00 a yd. I know some of their other stuff is "iffy" but the flannel has always been pretty good. Its great for the backing on baby quilts which is what I love to do. The rest of it was full price but this was the end of the bolt which didn't matter to me. I'll just add it to my stash for now. Can't ever have too much fabric! :D

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    Regarding the pre-packaged fabric, last summer I bought a package of fabric at Wal-mart for a baby quilt. I wasn't impressed with it. After I got it home, I learned it was very, very thin, almost see-through. I bought it because I needed a baby quilt quickly. The fabric was already co-ordinated so I just grabbed the package and bought. I think it was about $12-$15. Made a good size quilt, about crib size. I backed it with flannel for some substance. But I wouldn't buy it again. Much prefer the bolts of fabric, where I can feel it to see if it fits my needs.

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    i'm with you on the need to see and feel for myself. now that our WM has downsized, i've been driven to shopping online for fabric. nearest anything else is an hour away.

    i don't worry much about ordering from Joann. but the "local" hancock carries everything from decent quality to junk. you'd have to be just as careful there as at WM - and pay higher prices. i'll give their online operation a shot at my business one of these days. i'm really hoping that when i get around to ordering from thousandsofbolts.com it turns out to be decent stuff. (haven't actually started a shopping cart there yet. they have sooooooooooo many things i want, i'm afraid i wouldn't stop. LOL)

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    Hey Patrice, you are going to have to get a 2nd job so you can afford all those wonderful things you want. There are so many wonderful machines and fun things anymore. Go girl! Enjoy every one.

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    i found i can actually afford things sooner once i broke my addiction to credit cards and went back to the system my parents taught me: if you can't pay cash, you probably don't need it.

    without those monthly payments to make, i can actually save up for things faster. i might have to wait for something instead of just running out to get it, but (1) it forces me to remember the difference between "want" and "need"; and (2) a $200 item only costs $200 instead of $200 plus months and months of interest.

    one of these days i'll have practiced my way to having the skills it takes to make quilts i can sell for big bucks with a clear conscience. then i'll really go out of control. LOL

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    Have you ever noticed that we do not fully understand or appreciate what our parents were trying to tell us.............until we get to be their age? My goodness, the lessons we have to learn in this life would be so much simpler if we would take our elder's advice. They knew that what methods they used really did work, but being young, and sometimes beligerant (is there another nice word for this?) we want to do things our own way.

    Well, it is only part of the growing, maturing process and we each learn at our own pace. Thank heaven we do figure it out in time and can see that paying charge card bills is not the way to go.

    Peace to you sister, and enjoy everything you work for.

    Oh yes, make some wonderful quilts that will take the market by storm. WE will all be there encouraging you.

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    The lady in the fabric department in at one Wal Mart told me that the Walton family sold the company and that we could expect a lot of changes. My assumption is that the folks who purchased it might not be as service oriented as the Waltons were.

    I've never had a problem iwth Wal Mart fabrics - but then, I check the labels to be sure it is cotton and not the "undetermined fiber content" some of their material has.

    I also noticed in my area that Hancock Fabrics have been going in some of the shopping centers owned by Wal Mart. That could be a reason for discontinuing it, also. I used to do property leasing, and some companies require exclusive sales of some products.


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    Nina, do you suppose there are so many rumors about Wal-Mart that choosing what is fact or fiction is a tough job? I asked the question in a Wal-Mart Febric Dept today. She said that since employees are stock holders, she doubted they could do this without voting on this situation. I tend to agree with her.

    I was trying to search for information on the web and found this very interesting site. However, how much of that is true? Just someone's opinion. http://www.larouchepub.com/other/2004/3103waltons.html

    I was told that the new Super store would get to keep it's fabrics dept, but the smaller store where I was shopping for fabric for a quilt, would not. I told her the mgr at the Super store said they were NOT keeping fabrics and then told her that he own Mgr. told me they would continue to seel fabrics for at least a year. So where does the confusion lie? To date the numbers who have signed the petition are 26054. It keeps growing.

    I think all we can do is wait and see. Stock up in the meantime.

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    scanned the article before I leave to fabric shop. really scary. Walmart has destroyed small towns and the small town feeling across America, all for the almighty dollar. Unfortunately, the government will never step in to control the situation, neither federal, state, or local because of greed and corruption. Obviously, the results of the mid-term elections are being ignored and we have another do nothing Congress. What happened to the anti-monopoly laws. And I don't even want to think about the negative effects big box stores have had on the environment. O.K., off my soapbox. Thank goodness for quilting to ease my mind. Ladies and gentlemen, keep signing that petition and get your friends and family to sign too. If they want to see you happy and quilting, they should sign.
    Julie

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    I RECOMMEND that each one of you who are concerned about Wal-Mart do a Google search. there are lots of opportunities and information.
    Open to the public. What is true and what is not?
    One has this title:
    Sam Walton is the ANTI-CHRIST! Here's the Proof!

    There is a lot of venom as we well know. Read and decide for yourself, any and all of the subjects listed.

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    i've always had mixed feelings about the super store vs. "mom & pop" debate. i live in a small town. the only 2 businesses that have closed as a direct result of competition from WM were the KMart and the WinnDixie. The KMart shot themselves in the foot by providing no customer service to speak of. At first, their prices were competitive and there were things i could get there and no place else. I just got sick of standing in line forever, never being able to find somebody to answer a question, and watching prices go up while quality went down. The BigKs surviving their bankruptcy reorganization are now just big junk shops. The Winn Dixie was always the most expensive grocery store in town. i can count on one hand the number of times i shopped there, anyway, in the 25 years they were here. the prices at the other 2 - big chains, by the way - have also always been too high. i hate to think what their prices would be now without WM to compete with.
    Our local lumber yards are still thriving in the face of Lowe's. the only Mom & Pop shops to close over the years closed because Son & Daughter didn't want to keep the business when the parents retired. The WM superstore shopping center actually attracted several new businesses, while other new businesses filled up their old shopping center. overall, they've added to our economy without much damage. and they've made HUGE donations to several causes that support soldiers and their families.
    the problem now is that WalMart isn't WalMart any more. Sam was hardly cold in his grave before the kids sold out to a bigger corporate conglomeration. I feel now like I'm back in KMart. they piss us off at their own peril. we made 'em. we can break 'em. :evil:
    found out yesterday our fabric department is on the chopping block, too. i'll make the calls and send the emails. in the meantime, i'll also be looking for new sources. went to hancock's today. their sale prices at least offer some opportunity to get decent stuff at decent prices. all i got was discouraged. (lots and lots of not-what-i-was looking for. LOL) most of the fabrics thin and flimsy - even at $9 per yard. all good quality, i'm sure. and hand-quilting would be a breeze. i just like my fabrics to have more body during the piecing phase. guess i'll have to start investing in liquid starch for pretreating.

    grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

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    Are we dealing with another problem, that perhaps quality fabrics are no longer being made in this country? I have not done a survey, but I do wonder where the other stores, such as Hobby Lobby, get their fabrics. I visted their fabric dept once...and did not appreciate their prices.

    I had an experience in K-Mart on Thursday that left me cold. I told the one and only employee that I could find that I would go to Radio Shack and buy a battery for my cordless phone. At least I would get service there. And paying a few dollars more to get the proper battery, was worth it to me.

    My Hancock visit on Friday was uneventful. I never saw so many bolts of flannel prints. Wait, I take that back. I was in JoAnn;s Thursday and they had rows and rows of bolts of flannel, $2. a yard, if I recall properly. I did not need flannet and did not want to make a flannel quilt. Perhaps I should.
    I have not gotten a flyer in some time. I signed up for it again, and still am not getting one. Did anyone else get one recently???

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