There was an unprecedented number of responses to my recent post extolling the problems with my local JoAnns’. Some of you are lucky enough to live near an uncharacteristically great JoAnn’s, but for the rest of us, who suffer with poor service and rude behavior, I promised I would post a list of online source alternatives based on the recommendations of our readers, and here they are. (please note these sources are listed in the order in which I received them, and the fact that they are listed here, in no way constitutes an endorsement on my part. I have not yet tried all of these sources, but I do plan to check many of them out!)
Keepsake Quilting– A great selection of quilting fabrics, including batiks, plus quilting tools, notions, kits, books and a small selections of patterns. You can request a catalog.
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Fabric Depot– A complete selection of fabrics, including special occasion, fashion and home decorating, PLUS notions, books, patterns & batting. They have regular sales and shipping seems reasonable. They have a ‘Design Board’ for members.
Fabric.Com– A complete selection of fabrics, including special occasion, fashion and home decorating, PLUS notions, books and pattern. FREE shipping on +$35 orders. FREE return shipping.Orders ship within 24 hrs.
Material Girl Quilt– Mostly cottons. A TERRIFIC selection of African, Australian and Oriental fabrics. Patterns, kits and since this is a vendor I use, I can say that the shipping is VERY speedy!
Quilt Home– A very good collection from today’s most popular fabric designers, plus home dec fabrics and flannels. FREE shipping on orders over $50. Weekly Newsletter with a $50 giveaway.
Bug Fabric – a pretty good selection of fabrics. Fat Quarters available for most fabrics.
eQuilter.com – HUGE selections of fabric. A VERY cool designing wall to help choose fabric. 2% of ALL sales is donated to charity. Shipping however, is on the slow side in my experience.
Fabric Shack – Decent selection of fabric. They advertise that all fabrics are on sale ALL the time. (The prices DID seem pretty good.
This n’ That Fabrics – Good fabric selection. The design wall looks easy to use.
Connecting Threads – The selection of fabric is great and they advertise that they have the best prices (but I can’t verify this). Free shipping on order over $50.00.
Gorgeous Fabrics– Well- this really is a appropriate name for this online store- there’s no quilters cotton here folks, just a great selection of specialty high end fabric. Shipping costs look inflated, but fabric looks exceptionally beautiful.
JandoFabrics – This is a new site for me, and I’ll be checking it out. In addition to cottons they seem to have it all- denims, college team fabrics, flannel, vinyl, suede cloth, home dec, etc.etc. Shipping estimates are based on weight and the site will calculate an estimate for you before your ordered is submitted.
My Blue Bamboo – good selection of batiks and oriental fabrics. Shipping costs are a tad high.
Thousands of Bolts – Another new site for me. GREAT selection of cottons, organized by color. The designer’s palette (board) looks pretty easy to use and the wishlist saves your choices so that you can order it now or come back later. Shipping charges are calculated and applied at checkout.
Sawyer Brook – Cottons, fashion fabrics, foundations, buttons galore… this site seems to have it all. The fashion fabrics are really beautiful, particularly the prints.
So there you have it. It’s definitely not a totally comprehensive list, but there’s certainly a LOT of options here. Please keep in mind that I am strongly in favor of supporting local business if possible, but if the businesses in your area do not merit your support for whatever reason, then here’s some options for you.
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