Wednesday, August 18, 2010
How Do YOU Buy Fabric?
But lately I'm striking out. How do other people buy fabric, and how the heck do handicapped quilters manage?? I've tried LQS's, Big Box fabric stores, looked online, but no luck! I'm going into quilting withdrawal!
Drove 30 minutes to visit an LQS that I knew carried 1930s fabric. Joint trouble made driving difficult. By the time I got there, I was limping and couldn't lift more than one bolt of fabric - let alone the dozen or more I needed. This shop has a beautiful handicap ramp, so I was hoping they had a few other necessities for handicapped customers.
I asked if they had a cart? No, they said, but they could help me. They were very kind and sincere, but not too realistic. The register was busy. The cutting table was busy. Lines were 5-6 people deep. The shop was packed with still more customers. There was nowhere to sit down if you wanted to wait, and I couldn't stand that long. Besides, I really wanted to shop independently. I mean, doesn't everyone want to manage their business independently? I'd been looking forward to this excursion all week, but seeing no alternative, I headed home empty-handed. DRAT!
My next two attempts were at Joann's and Hancock's. Both have shopping carts, so one needn't carry bolts around, and you can easily lay one bolt next to the other to see if they're compatible. Joann's had nothing that resembled a 1930s repro. Hancock had a handful in pink - but no corresponding colors. Double DRAT!
Next stop: the Internet. I'm looking for a 1930s jelly roll and charm pack. That shouldn't be too hard to find, right? Aren't jelly rolls all the rage? As far as I can tell, no one makes jelly rolls in 1930s style. Arrrg. So if I take the plunge and buy individual fabrics online, will the shade be true to the colors I see on my screen? What's the minimum amount of fabric you have to buy? Which online fabric stores are reliable? Etc. Etc. Also, I'm impatient. I want to quilt NOW. I don't want to wait for days to get my goods. Triple DRAT!
Which all leads me back to my original question: How do YOU buy fabric? I hope to hear from you!