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Date: 1/15/14 3:14 PM

I'm new to quilting. Please share with me some brands for good quality solid quilting fabrics. I got some Kona at Hobby Lobby, but it's a bit on the thin side.

Thanks. :)

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Date: 1/15/14 3:38 PM

Many of us here like Moda, for starters. Some like the fabric from Connecting Threads online. They are less expensive.
If you like batiks, Bali makes nice ones. Really, I've found Kona, or any quilting cotton from Joann's or Hancock's to be not to my liking - in general.
I've heard that the Kona there is different from Kona elsewhere. Most any quilting cotton you buy from a local quilt store, or online like at Missouri Star, Fat Quarter Shop, etc will be a high quality.

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Date: 1/15/14 4:30 PM

Definitely Moda fabrics are the favorites here. Great quality and they handle well. I shop mainly at my local quilt shop, and sometimes online. I love buying Fat Quarters. Not a big commitment of fabric, but fun to collect. A FQ is 18 x 22 inches.

I rarely buy at JoAnn's. I don't like the quality. Often the fabrics are not as tightly woven as at the quilt store.

Have fun and welcome to the fun world of quilting.

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Date: 1/15/14 5:54 PM

I think that the quality of the cloth you find at chain stores is not as good as the quality at quilt shops, whether online or in person. Kona cotton is actually absolutely wonderful, tightly woven and beautiful, I use it all the time, in white, black and the many colors in which it comes.

Moda makes Bella solids which are also wonderful, have an excellent hand, and come in many colors, many of which are not available from Kona.

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Date: 1/15/14 8:05 PM

I too love Kona! To make an association to Joann's or Hobby Lobby is not giving it a fair shake. But I know many good brands use lower quality greige goods (pronounced grey) for first runs to test dye lots or prints. You see this in Walmart, Joann's and other discount fabric outlets. But not all fabric found in discount stores is bad. The best way to determine high quality fabric is by looking at the salvage, it should be tightly woven. Also look at the overall weave of the cloth. It should be smooth, without obvious open space in the weave. The printed pattern on it should be perfectly aligned.

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Date: 1/15/14 8:14 PM

Moda's Bella Solids collection is my favorite of all of the solids, but my local shops seem to prefer Kona cotton by Robert Kaufman (which I also like, just not as much). If you will be doing a lot of your purchasing online because you can find the colors locally, I would recommend buying a color card. They have real fabric swatches, so they can be incredibly helpful in making your color selections.

Color cards at FQS

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Date: 1/15/14 8:15 PM

It is possible to find some good fabric at the chains. Mostly you can tell just by feeling it. Soft is good. Scratchy or stiff walk away

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Date: 1/15/14 9:37 PM

As you gain more experience, you'll know what you like. Most quilt shops sell high quality 100% cotton fabric.
It's a good idea to wash your fabric before beginning your project to wash out the sizing, preshrink and to test how colorfast it is. There is a lot of time invested in a quilt project and you want get all that out of the way before you get started.

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Date: 1/15/14 9:53 PM

I have color cards for both Kona and Bella. I had heard that Kona and Aurifil have some colors that coordinate but I haven't found any evidence or more information to know this is true. Would be nice, especially when planning colors for quilting.

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Date: 1/15/14 10:28 PM

Thanks everyone. :)

Jill

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