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« on: December 11, 2013 01:40:54 PM »

It's a lot easier (and cheaper) to buy fabric online than it is for me to go to a quilt store. I know there are a few well-liked solids lines, but I don't know what the differences are between them. I also know that I could go into a quilt shop to check them out, but I'm new to quilting and don't really know what I like yet or what to look for in quality fabric.

I'm asking a lot of questions here, but I'd love to pick your brain:
What is your go-to solids fabric line? What do you like about it over the others available? What have your experiences with different lines been? Lastly, do you think buying a color card is worth it?
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« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2013 01:55:30 PM »

I typically buy Kona because they have such a great selection and are easy to find. Good price too.

I've ordered Bella Solids before because they were on sale and I also really liked those. There's a salmon/orange color that is just beautiful and I need to get some more of.

I have a Michael Miller Cotton Couture color card that I got free from my guild, but Cotton Couture is a bit spendier than the others so I don't tend to buy it very often, even though I have the color card. It has a wonderful silky/drapy feel though. I like the feel of it, but I know some people that think it's too slippery for quilting and won't use it.

Currently I'm bemoaning the fact that I don't have a Kona color card and it's on my list to buy. I'm actually having a few friends bring theirs to my guild meeting tonight because I am trying to match a certain fabric.

I'm also excited to try Alissa Haight-Carlton's new line of Modern Solids from In the Beginning, they are crossweaves and look super cool. A friend of mine made some samples for her for fall Quilt Market so I got to examine them up close and they seemed pretty nice.

Clothworks also has really nice solids, they donated some to our guild meetup last summer. Great vivid colors and a good hand feel.
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« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2013 02:38:02 PM »

@MareMare - Thanks for the info! I've been trying to see who has good prices on color cards in case I decide to invest in them. Hancock's of Paducah has the Kona color card for $20. I know you like FQS, but it's $35 on their site! - This info is wrong. FQS has the Bella Solids Color Card for $35. It's only $19.50 for the Kona card.

The only solid I've purchased so far is a Bella Solids. I went with that line because I was trying to match fabric I have from Moda, and they give you info on which Bella Solids coordinate well. How much do you think matching all the fabric in weight, feel, or same manufacturer matters?

Also, do you typically buy online or in person?
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« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2013 03:32:42 PM »

I really only buy online when it's on sale. I can pretty much always run up the road to Fabric Depot, one of the biggest fabric stores in the country. And they have sales and 35% off coupons, and if I go in the other direction there is a Joann Superstore with lots of coupons Cheesy

Honestly, as long as it's all quilt store quality 100% cotton I'm not too concerned if the feel of the fabrics are slightly different. I've used the Cotton Couture with other brands and don't think it made a difference in the end quilt.
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« Reply #4 on: December 11, 2013 04:00:09 PM »

I was under the impression that almost all of the fabric at Jo-Ann's is "sub-par" compared to the designer fabrics you can get at a quilting store or online.
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« Reply #5 on: December 11, 2013 05:08:39 PM »

Some of it is, but a ton of designers now have exclusive fabric lines there, like Patty Young, Denyse Schmidt, etc. You just have to feel it, you can tell if it's high quality enough for you to want to use. If it's $3 fabric, yeah it's probably not that good of a quality. I get irritated that they have that reputation,  but I guess that's how I feel about Walmart fabric lol!
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« Reply #6 on: December 11, 2013 06:59:41 PM »

I think I'll take a trip to Jo-Ann's tomorrow so I can molest all the fabric and see if I can tell the difference!  Grin
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« Reply #7 on: December 11, 2013 10:48:24 PM »

Yeah, check out the DS Denyse Schmidt for Joann line

Some of the Patty Young for Joann:
http://www.joann.com/patty-young-premium-quilt-fabric-vintage-poppies-teal/12806568.html

At my store they have lesser quality fabrics organized by color, then the designer fabrics all together by designer, solids together, and novelty together. So if I go to say the blues, those might be iffy so I would just check out the feel and drape of the fabric.
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« Reply #8 on: December 12, 2013 11:31:49 AM »

Kona here. I buy almost exulsivelyonline from an ontario based shop.  Cheapest i can find and she will barter on shipping. Smiley

I have been playing around with some kaffe fasset shot cottons. They are soooooomsoft, but technically not a solid id guess.
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« Reply #9 on: December 23, 2013 04:30:55 PM »

Thanks everyone!
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