Thursday, April 18, 2013

Designer Look Without the Designer Price

This post is part of an ongoing series of posts where I document my fabric stash purchases.
This year I am trying to keep track of my fabric intake in order to see how much I consume.  I'm not going to keep track of how much I spend, though, because then I might cry. 

Today I want to talk about fabric.
Every now and again I see comments and posts degrading the use of that "awful" fabric that is sold at JoAnn's. (For any of you who might be JoAnn haters now would be the time to turn away from this post.)  If you know me in any way you know that I am a frugal quilter.  This is my "Why I Still Love JoAnn's" post, or the "You Can Still Buy Pretty Things Without Breaking the Bank" post.  

Like most quilters I like to get beautiful top-quality fabric at rock-bottom prices. I feel completely capable distinguishing between cheap-o/thin fabrics and high quality fabrics, so while I don't love everything that JoAnn's has to offer, I definitely think you can find some gems. 

Here's a look at some of the pieces I've added to my stash from JoAnn's over the past 6 months or so.  In my opinion all are quilt shop quality prints minus the quilt shop price.

I'm thinking this colorful ric-rac piece will make a fun binding. 

 Some pretty color basics. 
In my opinion you can't go wrong with bright color + white.

 Grey can be tricky,
 but I liked that these two pieces were a little darker than what I had in my stash.

 These pieces are very Denyse Schmidt-esque to me.
Especially the one on the left.

 Here it is paired with a "real" DS print.

And a couple more.
See, blends seamlessly.

This grouping was from a quilters cotton collection.
 I thought it looked very "Spring-y" together.
 Again, beautiful colors and basic prints that are great for stash-building.

Bubble Gum Pink



And, Aqua.
(JoAnn print on the left, designer on the right.)

And there you have it... pretties, bought on a budget.

Details:  I paid around $3.75/yd for each piece, with the most expensive piece costing me $5/yd.  I pay between $9-11/yd at my LQS.  For the record, JoAnn's doesn't know me or my little blog.  These opinions are mine and mine alone.  Also, I still spend plenty of money at my LQS on "designer" fabrics.  I would consider myself an equal opportunity fabric lover.

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Shawnie said... Reply To This Comment

If I'm going to quilt at all, I have to do it on a budget. It's nice to hear your more down-to-earth attitude about fabric than is often expressed on blogs. Thank you.

Stella Nemeth said... Reply To This Comment

I've bought fabric at JoAnn's and I've had good luck. One specific piece was the beefiest fabric I'd ever seen anywhere. Beautiful focus print and very well made.

I've even had good luck buying from them online.

trish said... Reply To This Comment

Like you, I quilt on a snug budget and wish I had a Joanns closer. I would frequent them as well. Your fabrics are lovely.

Jeni B Quilts said... Reply To This Comment

I also quilt on a very tight budget and Joann's is my favorite store! I'm on the mailing list for sales flyers and coupons and have their app on my phone with additional coupons and I always save at least 30 to 50% each trip. And here's the kicker...the Joann's that I shop at sometimes has the same fabrics as the quilt shop down the street for half the price!

Alisa said... Reply To This Comment

Great post, Emily! I too quilt on a budget. I even cross the border to shop at Joanns in Bellingham, WA! It's a great place to stock up on batting, interfacing, etc. I try to take a few coupons with....

Pomegranate Quilts said... Reply To This Comment

Well, thank for about a gizbillion up-close-and-personal photos of fabric - we fabricoholics are enjoying the show! You have great taste!

Bluebell Ridge Handworks said... Reply To This Comment

Emily I agree with you. I often find very nice quality fabric at Joann's. I do feel like swaps and bees tend to look down on the use of fabric from Joann's. Seems to me we are capable of evaluating the quality of fabric and makine informed decisions. On the flip side of this issue...I also find that some of the newer fabrics showing up in quilt stores are not of equal quality.

Live a Colorful Life said... Reply To This Comment

Beautiful fabric. And the thing is, unless I have a coupon for the DS fabric, I won't buy it because it is $12.99/yard!--um, isn't that quilt shop price? I appreciate your post.

Linh said... Reply To This Comment

I'm with you there most of my stash is from Joann I love that we have the same fabric!