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    Hi everyone, I'm completely new to quilting. Not sewing though. I'm 52 and have been sewing since I was 12, got my first Singer and had it for 30 years. Made all my daughters clothes when she was small, when you could get a scrap of fabric for a few bucks and actually save some money.

    My sister quilts and has been trained by a professional quilter, but I'm just winging it until I found the YouTube videos that MSQC does. I tried a quilting class once but all they seemed to want to do was visit and that wasn't for me. I work full time so I'm not into wasting time, even with my precious leisure time.

    I made my first quilt as you go this weekend based on Jenny's video. She said it would take a few hours, well, all weekend for me!!

    Anyway, I have a general question. I'm pretty obsessed with these jelly roll packs. My question may be silly and obvious, but what is the difference between the rolls I find on this website and say the ones at JoAnns for $12.99?? I would assume quality?? Thanks for any input. I purchased one from JoAnns, but don't want to waste my time if the quality is not there, although it would be great practice.

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    Re: New member and question about fabric

    You assume right. My quilter told me that Joann's buys the seconds for their stock and that is why they can sell so cheap. If you look at them, and compare they probably are not made by the same Names as the ones M* sells on this site.

    Another difference I have noticed is that they do carry a few Kona solids, and sell them for a higher price than M* does. I assume that I because you can use a coupon there and save 40-50%. I still am not sure they are selling first runs and it seems to be a different density than what I buy here, I use it in a pinch, but more often than not... I'll go ahead and order my solids here and be happier with them.

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      #3
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      I agree with Kensington. You should also compare the number of strips in the jelly rolls. The ones on this site have 40 strips, not sure if the ones at Joanns do.
      Wendy
      http://www.pinterest.com/wlrich2/boards/

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        #4
        Re: New member and question about fabric

        ditto quality and number of strips, plus the fact that Joann's is just horrible in general (okay, that's one opinion)

        Mainly -- Welcome to the forum! there are no silly questions here, just really great people!
        Pam in the Boneyard - Georgia expat in Cleveland Ohio. Howdy y'all! :icon_wave:

        If at first you don't succeed, try doing it the way your mom told you to in the first place

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          #5
          Re: New member and question about fabric

          Quality not as good and also fewer strips- might need 2 or 3 of them.
          Big lots also sometimes has jelly rolls. Same story.
          I still buy the cheaper ones sometimes, I am not usually making heirloom quilts so it does not always matter in the big scheme of things. There are times where "only the best will do" and for those I make sure I use higher quality fabrics.
          Happy Quilting!

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            #6
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            Welcome from Wisconsin! I agree, the jelly rolls at Jo Ann's are probably okay if you are just fooling around making sample blocks for yourself, but I doubt they contain 40 strips. It's a little scary at first to go online shopping for fabric but it is really fun. M* and fatquartershop are two good online shops to explore. They both have secure safe websites and great customer service. Also when shopping online for fabric, you can get a more detailed look at just what all fabrics are included by double clicking on the image to get kind of a rainbow spread of thumbnails. That means if you are looking at a layer cake or charm pack and double click the image you will be able to see all the diff colors or prints that are included and not just see the one on the top of the bundle. A little hard to explain but once you do it, you'll see. Have fun shopping! I don't think shopping for fabric is the hard part, for me it is choosing a pattern!

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              #7
              Re: New member and question about fabric

              Yep... You assume correctly... Joann's jelly rolls are OK, but there really is a difference in the quality of the fabrics you will get from the ones M* sells....

              My fabric budget is very limited, so I end up buying less, but buying good quality fabrics... Although I have been knien to buy a couple of the fat quarter bundles Joann's sells.... But even then, I try to get a pack with fabric thst "feels" good to me...

              Making even a small quilt takes time...lots of time..... So, I I try to use the best tools and fabrics I can afford... It's just worth it to me.


              Sandy from Cincinnati


              AKA Kermit

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                #8
                Re: New member and question about fabric

                Welcome to the forum!

                JoAnn's sells different brands of fabric. Some are good quality and some are very thin. So I look and feel before I buy. When I shop online, I stick to brands or shops I know. For example, I've always been pleased with the fabric I've bought from M*QC. But if I buy somewhere else, I make sure it's a brand I know such as Robert Kaufman.

                Have fun!
                One yard of fabric, like one cookie, is never enough!

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                  #9
                  Re: New member and question about fabric

                  Welcome to the forum from Connecticut. I am also a new quilter, just started this summer. The people on this forum are very helpful and friendly so if you do have questions usually someone is willing to help. I do have to warn you though, that quilting is addicting but fun.

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                    #10
                    Re: New member and question about fabric

                    welcome from South Florida

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                      #11
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                      Hello and welcome to the forum from Massachusetts.
                      :icon_wave:Joan

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                        Re: New member and question about fabric

                        I would recommend, to new quilters, to buy quality fabrics. You will find those here, and also at a few other online shops (Fatquarters, Craftsy, Keepsake, Connecting Threads, Superior Threads, and there are others). Once you have a few project under your belt, you can then be more confident in your own ability to discern the quality of fabrics from other sources. The project can also determine the quality of the fabric. You want the best quality for a child's quilt that will be washedrequently. For a wall hanging, perhaps a lower quality will be okay as it is not carried about and used and washed.

                        Flannel can be a big problem. Buy a poor quality flannel, and the amount of shrinkage can mean you need to buy additional fabric to complete the project - or - if you do not wash until after the finish, you will find your quilt is significantly smaller than what you intended.

                        But, please take heart. As quiters, we can each probably tell a story of one or more quilts that did not turn out as we had expected. Even for experienced sewers, there can be a learning curve. However, the result - a quilt that will be used and loved - is what keeps us "keeping on".
                        If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you.- Zig Ziglar

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                          #13
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                          Hi and welcome here, it's a pleasure to meet you!
                          My blog (when I will be able to keep it updated): http://juliasdreamabout.blogspot.it/

                          Queen of Quiltgard

                          Lover of Scraps

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                            #14
                            Re: New member and question about fabric

                            I once worked very hard on a project for my grandson with JoAnns fabric. Then I washed it and the fabric faded out and wrinkled so bad it was a total loss after I put sew much time in. Never again! If I am going to put my time in it's going to be on quality fabric.
                            Have a Sewonderful Day,
                            Mary T.

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                              #15
                              Re: New member and question about fabric

                              Thanks everyone. That is pretty much what I expected. There was a time when you could purchase good fabric from Hancock or JoAnns ( they are new to Baton Rouge, and I really don't care for them, they seem to be more like a Hobby Lobby then a fabric store). There are a number of quilt shops here in Baton Rouge, I may try some of them.

                              In the mean time, thanks for all the replies. And know quilting is addictive, I've already got the bug... just don't have the skill yet, but with tutorials on youtube, all things are possible!

                              Thera

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