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Thread: Why go to a quilt store???

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    Junior Member stephaniequeen's Avatar
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    I have been to several quilt stores and the fabric is usually pricey. So with that in mind, why go to a quilt store when you can go to JoAnns or Walmart??

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    i prefer to shop online then go to any stores because i can always find cheaper prices or better quality for the same price online.

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    I have shopped at all three. I do try to support my LQS because the fabric is usually a better quality. Mostly I like their expertise. They are always willing to help pick out fabrics, help with quilty problems, suggest patterns or projects. I stop in sometimes just to chat.

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    Often, but not always, the LQS will have fabric of a higher quality. You also should be getting some additional help and direction from the staff at the LQS. The cutters at JoAnn's and WM may not have any quilting experience, let alone sewing experience! I've gotten lovely fabrics at all 3.

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    I just went to my local quilt store on saturday, I only ever buy notions there as the fabric is way over my budget but i got some good advice there. Thats really why I go. I get some thread or a half yard of some of the cheapest fabric I can find and pick their brains. Because im such a novice, the advice is worth it to me.

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    For something to do.

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    I am finding that I am able to find some really nice fabrics online. Many of the suggestions of online stores come from the wonderful quilters here on this forum. I've purchased some good quality fabrics online. I guess one thing about buying online is if you don't get a recommendation you take your chances in what quality you purchase. I can't afford the LQS either.

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    I usually go just to have a look at what they have. Our LQS isn't too pricey. The last time I was in there I found Micheal miller for $5.99/yd. and it was so nice. I had to get 1 yard.

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    I go once in awhile to one in Ct just to support them. Also sometimes they have fabrics I can't find at Joann's or Walmart...I do go to another QS in RI because they run reg sales and always have a clearance section very reasonable and they issue a newsltr every mth with coupons...

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    I buy my fabric everywhere i can find it, some times LQS has some great bargains.

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    Because I can't grab 5 bolts and lay them out to see how they play together when I shop online - but I can do that at an LQS (I have never stuck to a single line of fabric).

    Husband and I try whenever possible to support local small businesses. There are very sound econinomical reasons to do this.

    And for all the other things folks mentioned - mostly the personal service.

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    Good service and friendly people ready to help. All the employees are quilters. The sewn examples are gorgeous. The selection of Civil War prints is stupendous. The LQS has classes and Blocks of the Month that interest me. I can park 10 feet from the front door and I don't have to walk half a mile back to the fabric department.

    The overall shopping experience is just more pleasant and easier at my LQS than at Walmart or Joann. :)

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    I like to support our LQS and the fabric there is much nicer than at the Joanns or Hobby Lobby around here. Plus they're very helpful any time I have a question about something--whether I bought the material/pattern there or not. LQS also offers classes which are very useful.

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    Why do I go to the local LQS:
    I go for the Block of the MOnth club.
    I go because I like to feel the fabrics and lay them out to pick the colors.
    I go because they have a great Bargin Basement.
    I go because I pick their brains.
    I go because I really enjoy talking to them.
    I go JUST TOO HAVE FUN!

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    to be able to feel the fabric

    also ours has fat quarters on sale the 25th of each month,

    fun to go with my friends to the quilt shop

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    There are those of us who prefer to not shop at Big Box Stores whenever possible.

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    I shop at my LQS's because I prefer the fabric and selection there. I also like to support small businesses.

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    because I can ;-) We have 2 shops in town.

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    I shop at all three. I purchase lots of on sale and end of bolt fabric from LQS. You can usually get better coordinating fabrics at LQS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KarenR
    Why do I go to the local LQS:
    I go for the Block of the MOnth club.
    I go because I like to feel the fabrics and lay them out to pick the colors.
    I go because they have a great Bargin Basement.
    I go because I pick their brains.
    I go because I really enjoy talking to them.
    I go JUST TOO HAVE FUN!
    Me too, i really love the ladies at my LQS, very supportive, helpful, much better atmosphere at joann's. I get my batting and notions at joanns. I get gift certificates to my LQS so I don't really think of the price, also LQS has pattern that joannns doesn't carry and you don't have to pay shipping as with an online store. I shop online for fabric, but i have to already know the line and what it looks like. Colors aren't always accurate on those online shops and have purchased stuff I couldn't use in my project. I may buy patterns online my LQS doesn't carry. and i just love taking classes. Just let your fam know you want gift certs to your favorite LQS and you will be able to get some of their yummy fabric

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    I agree. I would love to shop at Joanne's or Walmart, but I don't have a Joanne's near by and our walmart doesn't carry fabric of any kind. The only place for me to shop is Hancocks, and they are VERY expensive.

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    Better quality fabric, great customer service, classes, friends! Also the LQS appreciates my business and Wal-Mart couldn't care less. My Wal-Mart no longer sells fabric but when they did it was almost impossible to get anyone to cut it for me. Maybe if they'd had better service, they would have sold more fabric. I don't know. I also like the displays and books found at a LQS and I like to see how each shop is different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DogHouseMom
    Because I can't grab 5 bolts and lay them out to see how they play together when I shop online - but I can do that at an LQS (I have never stuck to a single line of fabric).

    Husband and I try whenever possible to support local small businesses. There are very sound econinomical reasons to do this.

    And for all the other things folks mentioned - mostly the personal service.
    I agree. No, it isn't usually "cheaper" but you are supporting your local economy, and as you say--I can't lay out 5 fabrics when I am shopping online and see how they play off of one another. Also, I can't always get quality thread at JoAnns or other quilting notions that are unique.

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    Being new to quilting I have found that the ladies and gents in the smaller stores will actually talk to you, give advice, and help you find what you are looking for. They will also often, depending on how frequently you shop there, offer impromptu discounts that will rival Joann's or any other bigger, less personable craft shop. They've even offered to let me make and appointment to meet with them for concentrated assistance as Saturday morning at 11 am is not the time to be asking a thousand questions when the shop is hopping.

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    I have found fabric at the quilt stores are usually of higher quality and better selection of prints.

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