Saturday, March 23, 2013

Comparing Cottons



It's been a big week for adding to my fabric stash. You might think that a dyer like me wouldn't be buying solid cottons, but you'd be wrong. One can't even buy the base fabric to dye for the price of these already dyed fabrics. On the left is Joann's Country Classic cotton which I got 25% off of $4.99= $3.74. And on the right is Connecting Threads cotton which were on sale  for $3.44. Next week the Country Classic cottons will be on sale at Joann's for $2.49, and most of my fave colors will be gone by then, but I'll be returning anyway to get what is left. As it is I got three or four colors that were end of bolt. Sometimes I can find that bargain price online, and that is fabu, since I now know the names of the best colors.


The Connecting Threads cotton has very wide selvedges compared to Joann's brand.


But then it is much wider than Joann's and much finer weave too. Joann's cotton is lighter weight and Connecting Threads is heavier. I like them both obviously. Joann's cottons are very vibrant, which does go with my taste, but Connecting Threads has such a nice sheen, subtle but definitely something I like.
So, I guess now that I  have invested in all these cottons, I am committed to making lots more quilts. I was worried about having a reason to add to the already overflowing collection here in the studio, closets, and attic, but essentially I am continuing to make them because I AM A QUILTER.


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9 comments:

  1. I love your last paragraph. I have been feeling the same way, but had yet to accept the fact that I AM A QUILTER. Lol. Thanks for reminding me.

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  2. I have always been under the impression that Connecting Threads' fabrics are from one of the major manufacturers but without their label. I didn't think CT had their own line of fabric. Can you tell whether they resemble another maker's weave, etc.? I'm more inclined toward the heavier weave on the solids myself....

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  3. Gorgeous collection of colours - can't wait to see what evolves!

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  4. I also have a question....how do the Connecting Threads' fabrics and the Joann's fabrics compare to Kona cotton?? Thanks!! I'm so happy that you are quilting again although I love your garden and knitting posts too....and I'm sure the garden will be calling to you soon.

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  5. I made a public pledge not too long ago not to add any more to my stash. I now have a reason to break that pledge. I AM A QUILTER! Thank you soooo much...

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  6. Being a quilter is like being an artist. One just is. I'm glad you'll be continuing and thanks for the information! Connecting threads is one place I order from and I've wondered what the solid cottons were like.

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  7. Wow, it is so wonderful to see you say "I AM A QUILTER" IN CAPITAL LETTERS! I enjoy reading your blog regardless of what topic you're covering, but nothing gets my creative juices flowing like reading one of your posts about a quilt you're working on or have worked on. You've got such a great sense of color and line and seeing your quilted works always brings me such joy. Quilt on!

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  8. Love those yummy colours! Wish we could buy fabrics at that price here in New Zealand
    Lynn asked a question which interests me also re comparison of the fabrics you have just purchased with Kona cottons.

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  9. Everybody collects something - we collect fabric!!!! :-)

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