What’s The Difference??? Quilt shop vs chain store fabric – FREE Beginner Quilting Videos

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When I started quilting I bought fabric from chain stores because I didn’t know quilt shops existed and I definitely didn’t know the difference between the fabrics sold at the two types of businesses.

And there are BIG differences that affect how long your quilt will last and how soft it will feel to the person using it.

I’ve had a little help with this video. QT Fabrics President Ken Gamache, flew to Rock Island, IL, where my quilt shop is located, to join me for this video and explain the differences between quilt shop and chain store fabric.

The short version is chain stores that sell fabric are driven by profit. That means they use a fabric weave and printing method that is less expensive so they can make more money. But the fabric quality is not as good or soft as the fabric you will find at a local quilt shop.

That’s not to say that local quilt shops don’t need to make a profit too. We certainly do because there are bills to pay and families to feed. But for the most part, local quilt shops are focused on offering fabrics that are a better quality, softer and will last longer.

In this video we talk about the different types of fabric you might find in a quilt shop or a chain fabric store, which fabrics are best for quilting and what the difference is between the fabric you find at a chain vs. a local quilt shop (or local quilt shop with an online store like Quilt Addicts Anonymous).

And I absolutely cannot stress the importance of using fabric from a quilt shop when you get started. Obviously I am biased because I own a quilt shop.

But just last summer I had someone who took a class from me at my local quilt guild bring a block in to help diagnose where she went wrong.

She was using quilting cotton from a chain store to make triangles and the fabric was stretching out of place like crazy, making it impossible to create accurate points and seams. Nothing was turning out right and she was understandably frustrated.

This isn’t the first time I have seen new quilters struggle with fabric from a chain. I think the thought is that when you are getting started, you’ll just use something cheap just in case you don’t like it.

But those issues just don’t happen with good quality fabric and make it so much easier to master a new quilting technique and have a good time doing it.

And with our coupon below, you can get the good stuff for about the same price as you would buy fabric at a chain, so watch the video and then click on the links below to pick out fabric for your first quilt!

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  1. I need the assembly directions for the 2016 BOM “stars in the night” quilt, especially the border


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