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This morning I was Googling for some cheap fat quarters. I saw over on the QuiltingBoard forum several posts mentioned that Walmart and Big Lots had them. I rolled my eyes because I knews they’d be pure trash because no one wants “cheap fat quarters”. We want “fat quarters cheap”. My bad for using the wrong search terms.
I had a great shopping trip to Walmart this morning. Is that an oxymoron?
Anyhoo, so I took a trip to Wally World and check out their FQ’s. Don’t even waste your time. It looks they are printed on the poorest quality muslin with bargain basement cheap dyes… that have been rolled in the dirt… then hung in the sun to fade. They’re worse than Jo-Ann’s FQ’s.
Speaking of the devil, here is my stash of Jo-Ann’s FQ’s. I used to have another shelf of them, but have been slowly using them up when quality doesn’t count. Some of them are over 10 years old. I’d get like 50 packs at a time when they went on sale for .99 each. I can’t bare to part with them, but every time I go into that cabinet to look for something, I come away empty handed either because nothing in there suits me or I can’t bare to use that cheap fabric.
The only other place close by is Beverly’s. They’ve got quality FQ’s from top fabric lines, but $2.99/FQ is not cheap. I only buy them when they are on sale or I really, REALLY need just a little chunk of something.
However, I did find a few other gems like basting spray. Most quilters swear by 505 basting spray.
It’s great. It sticks well and it’s reposition-able, BUT if you try to reposition it on cotton batting, it will pull off a layer of fuzz with it. The other thing I don’t like about it is the price. I got some at Beverly’s. I don’t remember the price, but it was approaching $20 for a 10.93 ounce can.
I had some Dritz basting spray that I really liked. It repositions easier without pulling all the fuzz out of the cotton batting. Only thing is, I couldn’t remember where I had bought it and I’ve had that can for several years.
Low and behold, WW had it! A 10 oz can was only $8.47! I almost did a happy dance in the isle. Yes, of course I snagged a can of that goodness.
Sewing Machine Needles
This is another pet peeve of mine. I use 80/12 sharps and I have the hardest time finding them. Everyone’s got Universals, but the sharps are a rare find. Guess what else I found at WW? Schmetz Microtex Sharps 80/12 for $4.67. But instead of being next to all the other Schmetz Universal needles, I found them by the Singer needles by the Singer sewing machines.
I’ve been using my 120″ tape measure for years. I like it beause it’s extra long, but I’m used to wearing one around my neck and that 120-incher drags on the floor. I miss my old yellow cloth 60″ one. Accidentally sliced it with the scissors. Oops. So I picked up a new one today, too. Only thing is, I don’t think I’m going to like it. It looks like it’s made out of vinyl and I don’t like stuff sticking to my neck.
Oh! And speaking of scissors, I did a post yesterday about them. Skip Jo-Ann’s. WW has a better selection of Fiskars scissors at cheaper prices.
I just LOVE this collection of FQ’s.
If you know of a place that sells “fat quarters cheap”, whether it be brick and mortar or online, leave a comment.