Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Results 1 to 24 of 24

Thread: what do you do with fabric you order and it's soooo ugly

  1. #1
    Member tlstick's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Bear Lake, michigan
    Posts
    87
    Bought the Gone With The Wind series to make a bed runner. I ordered the fabric online and it is so bad the dyes do not even match. I went to my favorite quilt shop for a miracle. They saved my project but added cost. Second thoughts about buying on line and not seeing the fabric up close and personal, like you get in the fabric shops

  2. #2
    Power Poster cjomomma's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Murray, Ky. Looking for a nice cushy pillow to rest my head on!
    Posts
    15,938
    Blog Entries
    2
    That's just one of the reasons I don't buy online. I like to be able to look at it and touch it. You should have sent it back and got a refund.

  3. #3
    Power Poster BellaBoo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Front row
    Posts
    14,661
    Blog Entries
    2
    The Gone with the Wind fabric a quilt member had at last meeting was very nice. Where did you buy it?

  4. #4
    Super Member JanetM's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    At my LQS
    Posts
    2,355
    Oh, how disappointing for you. I've been lucky so far with my online purchases, but wouldn't hesitate to return an order if it wasn't as expected.

  5. #5
    Super Member Ditter43's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Crystal River Florida
    Posts
    9,771
    "what do you do with fabric you order and it's soooo ugly"
    When all else fails you can enter it in our next ugly fabric contest! :wink:

    Ditter

  6. #6
    Banned
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Keene, New Hampshire
    Posts
    4,270
    Quote Originally Posted by tlstick
    Bought the Gone With The Wind series to make a bed runner. I ordered the fabric online and it is so bad the dyes do not even match. I went to my favorite quilt shop for a miracle. They saved my project but added cost. Second thoughts about buying on line and not seeing the fabric up close and personal, like you get in the fabric shops
    what on-line vendor?

  7. #7
    Power Poster ckcowl's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Northern Michigan
    Posts
    11,171
    Blog Entries
    1
    i have been buying fabric on line for over 12 years...once in a great while i receive something that is not up to par...i ALWAYS contact the place of purchase and let them know i am not happy and why...some have given me a store credit, some have exchanged it with something else i chose, a couple have said...oh well, that's the fabric...those are the ones i never go back to, the ones that at least try to fix the problem i give second chances. if the next fabric i receive from them is also sub-standard i make note to not buy from them. but for the most part i have had very good luck buying on line and have a huge stash and amazing variety of scraps to prove it ;)
    so, don't write off all on line opportunities because of one bad apple. there are plenty of very good quilt shops on line that carry fabulous fabrics!

  8. #8
    Super Member justwannaquilt's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Union, Missouri
    Posts
    1,576
    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl
    i have been buying fabric on line for over 12 years...once in a great while i receive something that is not up to par...i ALWAYS contact the place of purchase and let them know i am not happy and why...some have given me a store credit, some have exchanged it with something else i chose, a couple have said...oh well, that's the fabric...those are the ones i never go back to, the ones that at least try to fix the problem i give second chances. if the next fabric i receive from them is also sub-standard i make note to not buy from them. but for the most part i have had very good luck buying on line and have a huge stash and amazing variety of scraps to prove it ;)
    so, don't write off all on line opportunities because of one bad apple. there are plenty of very good quilt shops on line that carry fabulous fabrics!
    AMEN!

  9. #9
    Power Poster BellaBoo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Front row
    Posts
    14,661
    Blog Entries
    2
    If the price is too good to be true when all others are higher in price for the same thing, double check what you are ordering and ask on forums about the shop's reputation.

  10. #10
    Power Poster CarrieAnne's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Whitewater, WI
    Posts
    26,046
    Aw, I would send it back for a refund too!

  11. #11
    Super Member shaverg's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    North Carolina
    Posts
    2,011
    I buy online after seeing the fabric somewhere else. Or I usually know the mfg.

  12. #12
    Senior Member Linda B's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    East Tennessee
    Posts
    678
    I actually asked my daughter to order from a wish list this past Christmas and when I saw the fabric I asked myself " What in the world was I thinking!!??" I just couldn't let her know what I really thought of it, though. What I did with it was make some reusable shopping bags. You wouldn't believe how many compliments I get on those bags. Got a large canvas drop cloth on sale, cut it up and sewed this fabric onto it.

  13. #13
    Senior Member EllaBud's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    St. Louis and Panama City Beach
    Posts
    372
    You can always make charity quilts out of ugly fabic. And beauty is in the eye of the beholder...what isn't to your liking, someone else will love.

  14. #14
    Super Member Tiffany's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Idaho Falls
    Posts
    1,908
    I'm sorry to hear you had a bad experience. I have nevered had a problem ordering fabric online and I've been doing it for several years. However, and this is a big however, I never use a company that doesn't already have a good reputation or doesn't come with a good recommendation by quilters I trust. You'll never go wrong with Keepsake Quilting or Connecting Threads without them making it right.

    I imagine what happened is that you were sent the poorest of the dye lots, which is the first one & usually the worst when it comes to the colors not matching. I would suggest not ordering fabric from there anymore. You've mentioned your LQS was able to help you salvage your project so I would guess you don't want to contact the company and return the fabric. I hope you do not let this one bad experience turn you off. Stick with the more reputable companies and enjoy the benefits that online shopping can provide.

  15. #15
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Anchorage, AK
    Posts
    1,289
    Quote Originally Posted by shaverg
    I buy online after seeing the fabric somewhere else. Or I usually know the mfg.
    Don't forget that even top name manufacturers have more than one line...they often sell their lower quality line to chain stores so even tho the manufacturer name is the same, be sure to look for other indications of quality.

  16. #16
    Super Member pab58's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    near Tucson, Arizona
    Posts
    6,222
    Blog Entries
    1
    Quote Originally Posted by Linda B
    I actually asked my daughter to order from a wish list this past Christmas and when I saw the fabric I asked myself " What in the world was I thinking!!??" I just couldn't let her know what I really thought of it, though. What I did with it was make some reusable shopping bags. You wouldn't believe how many compliments I get on those bags. Got a large canvas drop cloth on sale, cut it up and sewed this fabric onto it.
    What a great idea!! I just might have to use that one! :D

  17. #17
    Super Member annette1952's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Harrison, MI
    Posts
    8,440
    You could make a rag rug out of ugly fabric

  18. #18
    Power Poster dkabasketlady's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Lakeland, Florida
    Posts
    10,215
    I would have contacted the on-line store & returned it, hopefully they would make it right. They depend on us to stay in business & want to keep us happy! Please let us know what store you bought from so that we don't have the same experience!! Thanks!

  19. #19
    Banned
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Posts
    4,638
    Give it to your MIL for Christmas :thumbup:

  20. #20
    Super Member Tiffany's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Idaho Falls
    Posts
    1,908
    Quote Originally Posted by marsye
    Give it to your MIL for Christmas :thumbup:
    ROFLMBO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now that is truly funny!

  21. #21
    quiltluvr's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Lost in a quilt shop :-)
    Posts
    1,353
    Are you able to post pics? That's a line I've been wanting to get. I haven't seen any in person. No one here carries it, no big shows either so no chance of an outside vendor coming with it to see.

  22. #22
    Super Member pab58's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    near Tucson, Arizona
    Posts
    6,222
    Blog Entries
    1
    Use it to line the inside of a totebag! :lol:

  23. #23
    Senior Member crashnquilt's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Lebanon, Missouri
    Posts
    606
    I love to use ugly fabric for bindings! Especially when cut on the bias, they usually turn out to be gorgeous!

  24. #24
    Super Member LucyInTheSky's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Seattle
    Posts
    1,788
    It might be an issue with the manufacturer. It's by Quilting Treasures. I bought their Wizard of Oz fabric. Sepia looks beautiful. For the 2nd line, the faces are just odd. There are a few ones of Dorothy that look awful. And I'm a HUGE Wizard of Oz fan, so I did buy every line and tried to ignore the faces.

    Then I bought their I Love Lucy line. I bought from 2 different vendors. The faces were so horribly awful that I sent the fabric back to both. There was one of Fred and Ricky ... ugg, really bad.

    Anyway, so I wouldn't be surprised if this was an issue from all their fabrics. It's difficult to take actual people and make them into good looking fabric (since their non-actual people lines are beautiful), so I know that's part of it.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.