To me Moda, is tops and I also like Red Rooster
I love Kaufman fabrics as well as South Sea Imports.
I looked in my stash for fabrics with great "feel." I'm adding Andover, Northcott, RJR, and In the Beginning fabrics to the thumbs up column. Moda is always a favorite, too.
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We're getting a long list of 'thumbs up' fabrics, but I'm also hoping to learn what fabrics to avoid. Suggestions anyone? Nana and/or Marlene - weren't there some brands you advised avoiding at Quilt Fabric Closeouts?
I will give a big thumbs up to Northcott, In the Beginnings, Hoffman, and RJR fabrics. I don't recommend buying Fabri-quilt brand online. They make a good line but they also have a very cheap quality in one of their lines of fabric. It is a brand that I have to see and feel.
Nancy there were some of the batiks from Connecting Threads ,that were very thin and hard to work with. when I went to the site to look for them ,I don't see these any more so they may have dropped them.
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thanks Richard ,I knew when I looked they were no longer there. they were just awful to work with on the machine.not so bad for handwork though..
Thumbs up for: Moda, Henry Glass, Benartex, Makower UK, Blank, Clothworks, Timeless Treasures, and Kona. I'm not sure how to rate Connecting Threads but will say that I use it occasionally because the price is great. Their Quilter's Candy line has a large selection of colors and I have used some Mirage from that line for a backing although it was a little stiffer than I like. Someone suggested that the dyeing process may be the reason for stiffness. I have used charms and yardage from one of their collections and they were OK but not the quality of any I listed above. I can't give CT a thumbs down, but compared to the others, I would give them a half-hearted thumbs up.
Sheri A.: I can't give CT a thumbs down, but compared to the others, I would give them a half-hearted thumbs up.
I agree with you, Sheri. I think their fabric feels thick.
OK - I checked our stock and we do have Studio E. Fabric i found had a nice "hand" and good tight weave to it. Some nice contemporary prints. I would give it a thumbs up
I would also give a thumbs up to Lakehouse Fabrics. We have several of their lines on the floor and they are very popular. Very good quality. Thumbs up
The Riley Blake fabrics I found seem to have a looser weave to them. Nice prints though so maybe a half-hearted thumbs up.
How about P&B Textiles? I've bought some from the LQS and it's soft and smooth with lovely prints.
Update: 07.31.2012 / 11 p.m.
I forgot when I posted that you have a breakout category for batiks. My Timeless Treasures fabric is batik from the Bali Pops line. Sorry!