Thursday, August 29, 2013

Question for all of you?????

Yesterday I was in a big box store that sells fabric. They had fabric that looks like repro prints from the Civil War era. Ok I got it for a song and a dance. Well 2.97 a yard. Not a lot of money. I got 8.75yards. It isn't $10 a yard, but for utility quilts am I wrong to buy it.

I know others use slightly used sheets. Some use old clothing for quilt scraps. I guess I feel guilty for not spending a lot of money for backing fabrics.

So am I wrong for utility quilts that kids and dogs will be using everyday?
Chris

5 comments:

Katie M. said...

I rarely will spend over $6 a yard for fabric. It would have to be pretty darn special and for a pretty special person for me to spend more. If I had to spend the $10 (and more likely, $12) a yard for the quilt store fabric, I'd have to give up quilting because I simply couldn't afford it. 85% (and possibly more) of my quilts are donated to charity and I often have to pay postage and I have to take that into consideration when buying fabric, threads and batting. I piece my batting and I use a lot of sheets for backing. I'm not planning on putting my quilts in shows. I'm not competing for a ribbon or a prize. I'm not trying to get my name in a magazine or in a book - just let me quilt - my way! this is just the way I do things and I respect those who can afford the costlier fabrics - I hope they can respect my choices as well.....

Marei said...

No you are not wrong. Quilting is my creative outlet and my therapy and I make things because I love to sew and to create. It makes no sense to me to NOT be able to enjoy my "craft" because I can't afford it. I always look at the WEAVE of a fabric, not the cost, to determine if it's going to be appropriate for my use. If it is good enough....under my standards...and I like it, and I can afford it....then I buy it and enjoy using it.

grannyanne said...

I love to quilt! When I first started to make them, I used some of that fabric that I had carried around with me for years. Now, I use fabric I find in Goodwill, old men's shirts, bargain fabric from sites, scraps etc. yes, I do buy new fabric too but usually not more than $4 a yard if I can help it. A lot of my quilts are utility quilts and I have also put sheets on the back. Even my appliqué quilts are from scraps! Our Moms, grandmas, and great grandmas used what was available and so shall I. To me, quilts are hugs and comfort that I have created for anyone who wants them. This is only my opinion though.

Valerie the Pumpkin Patch Quilter said...

Goodness no you shouldn't feel wrong! Listen, I think we subject ourselves to far too much craft snobbery! LOL YES, there are some instances where cost is equal to quality, but many of us began quilting as an inexpensive hobby to pass the time!!! I still buy clothing from Goodwill and Salvation Army to use in my quilts - it is a great place to find wool for pennies. I also buy a lot of fabric at Walmart which to a lot of quilters is the kiss of death!!! LOL If FEEDSACK quilts have lasted all these years, your $2.97 a yard fabric will hold up just fine!

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

Not wrong at all!!!