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Thread: Where to get fabric as a beginner?

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    Where to get fabric as a beginner?

    So I have just jumped on the quilting bandwagon and have no stash to speak of.
    In the past I have only done a few baby blankets and bought my fabric at Joann's. I'm sure there has to be a better place to go for quilting fabrics. I'm really looking for some nice old timey fabrics (florals, calicos, etc.). I'm not so into the bright colors and modern prints.
    Any suggestions of where to look?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rosalynd View Post
    So I have just jumped on the quilting bandwagon and have no stash to speak of.
    In the past I have only done a few baby blankets and bought my fabric at Joann's. I'm sure there has to be a better place to go for quilting fabrics. I'm really looking for some nice old timey fabrics (florals, calicos, etc.). I'm not so into the bright colors and modern prints.
    Any suggestions of where to look?
    Try fabric.com and connectingthreads.com they both have a lot of inexpensive fabrics. And lots of sales!

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    e.quilter.com is a good online company, MSQCo, Connecting Threads, Fabric.com and Hancocks of Paducah.
    Texas Sunshine, piney woods of NE Texas

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    Local quilt shops. Estate sells, good will's.

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    Also watch Craiglist..I happen to like Joannes fabrics, and even some from Walmart..You need to look and feel the fabric, no matter where you buy it or how much it costs! I have also taken chances in Ebay, and so far have gotten good quality fabric for very low cost..

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    You might try a regular fabric store - maybe a small neighborhood store - they would be cheaper than a quilt shop. We have a very tiny shop here that has a very nice assortment of flat fold fabrics @ $3.99 per yard.
    Nikki in MO

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    I have picked up quite a bit of fabric from thrift shops.

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    I use the internet quite a bit for convenience and have been pleased. Colors might be off sometimes, but free shipping and good pricing.
    Here in Dallas, there are several wholesale factory places that sell bolts by the yard. They have good variety ad great prices.
    Have a blessed day everyday!

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    Marshall Dry Goods is in Batesville, Arkansas. Not sure how close that is to you, but their on line prices aren't bad. Also yard sales, Walmarts, thrift stores...
    Welcome to the world of quilting. Your stash will take shape in no time.

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    If you have a walmart near you that has a decent fabric department, check them out. If you're a bit choosy about what you buy, you can get some good fabric at a reasonable price. Some of their fabric is just as good as LQS - have seen some of them in LQS!

    On line - Connecting Threads, great fabrics at great prices. Thousands of Bolts but only one Nut is good, too.

    Good luck!

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    Dont forget about here!! 3|4 of my stash has been from members here! Great quality! Cheaper than lqs, and no gas!! Made friends too!

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    I've been buying fabric all my life I think! Started sewing my own clothes at thirteen.
    My answer is buy it anywhere you see what you like. And let people around you know that you are a quilter and you will most likely be the recipient of their grandmother's scraps if they don't sew.
    Yard sales, Craig's list and thrift shops can also be good sources. The For Sale or Trade section of this board is always a great place to shop.
    Any time you see a shop that might be a fabric store, check it out!
    And if you like doing totes, check out upholstery and drapery manufacturers and custom shops for their scraps or outdated sample books.
    Happy quilting and fabric shopping!

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    Your location indicates you are in Arkansas. I don't know how close you are to Marshall's Dry Goods in Batesville but if I lived near there that is where I would go!


    http://www.marshalldrygoods.com/

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    I'd say don't worry about having or not having a stash. Buy what you like to make the projects you are interested in. You'll have plenty scraps and leftovers before you know it.

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    I use Joann's a lot, and lately a little bit of amazon.com. It's hard sometime to buy without seeing/feeling the fabric but it is working so far!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sue z q View Post
    I'd say don't worry about having or not having a stash. Buy what you like to make the projects you are interested in. You'll have plenty scraps and leftovers before you know it.
    LOL @ Sue Z's comment. I just started in January, and purchased fabric just enough for my first 2 projects. Now I have scrap-stash started for a scrappie project. Then I found an ad on Craigslist (and another and another...but only acted on one of them- LOL!) I've browsed ebay and etsy and found some GORGEOUS fabrics, and wonderful sellers. I actually FOUND a stash in my basement for a project I never did about 6 years ago. AND IT'S NEARLY YARD-SALE SEASON HERE IN THE NORTHEAST! WHOO HOOO! Have fun!

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    hav u tried googling the quilt shops in ur area, they might hav small quilt kits to buy.

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    Try your local quilt shops and google "quilting fabric" -- Hancocks of Paducah (not to be confused with Hancock Fabrics) has a large selection of fabric. I've been in there shop, and it's a candy store for quilters. The only problem with shopping on line is that colors don't come across true. If you have an Iphone there's a free app from Quilters Club of America that will list shops in the area you are in whether you are at home or traveling. I too prefer traditional quilting rather than the modern that is so popular now. My favorite fabric is Moda. It seems to have the style I prefer. I have to tell you that "old timey fabrics" are hard to find today. I've been looking for a soft pink floral, but everything has a modern look with bright pinks. Happy hunting. Remember the first part of quilting fun is the shopping.

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    Try Whittle's in KY. They are on line and have some really great prices.

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    Hobby Lobby always has a good selection of calico.

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    I was thinking that and you beat me to it!
    Quote Originally Posted by whynotquilt View Post
    Marshall Dry Goods is in Batesville, Arkansas. Not sure how close that is to you, but their on line prices aren't bad. Also yard sales, Walmarts, thrift stores...
    Welcome to the world of quilting. Your stash will take shape in no time.

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    If you're looking for online fabric, I like Keepsake Quilting, Hancock's of Paducah ( which is different than a Hancocks fabric chain store), Virginia Quilter, and The Old Country Store ( in Intercourse, PA, which if you're not from around here is a really peculiarly named town!) if you google any of these, you'll get their websites. Have your credit card ready!

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    When I first started out I purchased my fabric from Walmart; I did not want to buy anything too expensive, they have a pretty nice selection.

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    There are also many quilt blogs (google that) whose owners also have a shop, or if they don't, they usually link to their favorite shops at their sites. Blogs are a TERRIFIC way to get new ideas, tips & techniques.

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    A hint for online ordering - if you want six yards (continuous) fabric make sure that is what they will send you, otherwise you may get six yards with a seam in it. I will not name names, but it was an online company mentioned in this thread. Speaking from experience. . .

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