Thursday, September 30, 2010

Scandalous!

Most of us don't believe in buying fabric from Wal-Mart or Hancock's or well...anywhere but our local quilt shop! It seems like there is a huge gap between those who strictly shop at "quilt shops" and those who buy their fabric and supplies other places. It seems like quilters are more upset about their local Wal-Mart closing out their 'fabric' sections of their stores than when one of their local Quilt Shops closes it's doors.

What's the answer!!!

I would love to hear your comments on why you shop at non-quilt stores and what you think about their fabric. Please feel free to take the poll to the left of the page and also leave a comment on this post.

14 comments:

  1. When I shop at Joann's or Wal-Mart, I have to feel the fabric and look at more than a yard for imperfections; but I shop there for give-away enmass projects. For keepsake quilts, I am very picky of the quality of fabric.

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  2. I usually go to Fabricland (Western Canada) because of price. It's not just a bit cheaper, it's a lot cheaper. At least 50% less on all quilt material. I go to my quilt shop for what I can't find at other stores and my embroidery and machine needs. I am a stay at home mom and don't work. Quilting is my hobby, so cheaper is better. If I had a job and could afford to buy all my material at the quilt shop I would, they have a much better and nicer selection.

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  3. I purchase most of my fabric at Our local Wal~mart as the fabrics are awesome (if you know your fabric, & know what to look for) Our nearest Jo-Ann's is 30 miles away & their prices are through the roof Besides they short cut you. At Wal~mart you get the quilters thumb, that extra inch. & the evening lady is very knowledgeable about fabrics, & other things.

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  4. I have worked in Quilt shops for too many years and I DO NOT buy fabric from big box stores. I will admit to useing cupons to get notion extras and notion gifts. You will spend as much time making a quilt out of good fabric as you will lesser quality, and you will get back in quality, what you put into it.

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  5. I would rather shop at a quilt store because the fabric are a better quality and the service is much better than the big box stores.

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  6. I don't buy quilting fabric at chain stores. I made my daughter's first bedquilt about 7 years ago and backed and bound it with something I picked up at Hobby Lobby. The top fabrics, all purchased at a quilt shop, look great. But the color is wearing off the back, and it will need a new binding soon. Granted, it's had a hard life and spends a lot of time in the washing machine.

    But the bedquilt I made for my second daughter 2 years later? All of the materials for it were purchased at quilt shops, because even after just the first two years after making the first quilt I could see a difference in the fabric performance. The second quilt still looks brand new, and has spent an equivalent amount of time in the washing machine during its lifespan.

    At the time I made the first quilt, the driving factor was price. But after seeing how the fabric wears? I now buy less often and purchase from quilt shops for the quality. And I don't make exceptions.

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  7. I buy fabric at chain stores for charity quilts, particularly for the backings. If I didn't, I couldn't afford to make quilts to donate.

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  8. I buy batting at the local Hancocks. I buy some notions there or at Joanns (none close to me) once in a great while. It is silly to me to spend less for something where quality matters so much. If I didn't have the money though, and it meant not quilting, I'd buy what I could afford. Fortunately, I don't have to be as careful as I have had to be at other times in my life. High quality fabric is worth the price.

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  9. Where I live we used to only have Wal Mart--no local quilt stores within a 100 mile radious. Luckily we now do have a quality quilt store, but I will sometimes buy fabric at WalMart if I am making a project for someone I don't feel will appreciate the time and money I put into a "good" quilt(translated--one I spend more money on buying quality fabric at a local quilt store) Many people don't appreciate what goes into making a quilt and I am afraid I won't spend the money on someone like that. There is most assuredly a big difference in the fabric that is avalable at big box stores compared to a local quilt store--just feel the fabric. I had to educate my mom about the difference, but at least now she understands why I have to feel all the fabric I buy. Keep up the GREAT work local quilt shops.

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  10. For a long time, all my town had was WalMart. If it is a charity quilt, I purchase from WalMart. I would rather be able to spend more money on fabric for someone that will appreciate it and treasure it. Charity quilts in my town go to people who are more likely to leave it at the next stop than cherish it. WalMart is the only place where I can buy thread, zippers, prequilted fabric, etc. Local quilt shop does not stock everything! It is much easier to make a quilt with quality fabric than it is with WalMart fabric, but sometimes price is the driving factor.

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  11. When I first started quilting (10 years ago) I have to admit that I purchased fabric for the backings at Hobby Lobby because of the price. You have to have several yards for backings and when Hobby Lobby had them on sale it was a great deal less than what I could get at the quilt shop. Now that I am a more educated quilter I just do not waste my time or money on "cheaper"! Purchases from my local quilt shop (which is Quilter's Refuge) are alway of high quality and the only way to go. The selection is better and I don't have to wonder if the fabric will hold up under daily use. My favorite is Moda and I can always count on Gina to have a good selection...just the feel alone can tell you when fabric is the best!!!

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  12. These are all some great thoughts! I can't wait to hear more!!

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  13. I am fortunate enough that I can spend the money to obtain quality fabrics. The knowledge that is available from our quilt shops is a big
    factor with me. Quilt shops offer help with color selection, amount of fabric needed for backings and most of all classes in new techniques. This is what I am looking for when I shop.

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  14. When I started quilting I bought most of my fabric at Joann's. I soon learned that quality was more important than price. I still shop at Joann's if I need something for a charity quilt. Fortunately our quilt guild group has lots of charity fabric that has been donated so I don't have to purchase much for them.
    If price is a concern I check the local quilt shops for sale fabric....same great quality but better prices. Yesterday a local quilt shop had all fabric purchases of 1 yard on sale for 50% off.
    I am very lucky because I have 10 quilt shops, 4 Joann's, WalMart plus Hobby Lobby within 30 miles of my home. Along with another 10 shops that are about 50 miles from my home.
    Cheryl in sunny Florida.

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