I went to JoAnn's the other day to pick up some Perler Beads for the kiddo's for Christmas. I decided to just waltz on over to check out the clearance section to see if there might be some fabric I could use to make my front room curtains. There normally isn't that great of a selection but every once and a while you get lucky.
And this day was a lucky day. (Not for the curtains mind you, but quilting lucky :) It just so happened that they were taking an additional 50% off of the clearance price and had just stuffed the shelves with ton of the cotton prints that they were clearing out. (including a bunch of Fall prints, yippee skippee!!) At $1.50 to $2.00 a yard you just can't pass up these stash builders.
So that leads me to a discussion. What's your take on Designer Lines (Moda, Riley Blake, Westminster, ect.) verses Fabric Stores (JoAnn's, Hobby Lobby, Hancock) ?? And this is just purely my curiosity.
My take - I love working with the Designer line fabrics. Especially pre-cuts. They are so much fun and you get such a great variety of prints. And I do think the quality of the designer lines are better as well. They are easier to work with, feel better, and hold up better after washing. And often, I can find great sales at on-line stores that make them very reasonably priced. So basically, I reach for the designer fabrics first.
However, with that said, I am not above scoring some "good quality" fabrics at a killer deal. I use these fabrics for all kinds of projects and even though they are not quite as nice to work with and might not hold up as long, I still like the end results.
So that's my take (and it's just my personal opinion, I don't want to open a can of worms here :)
. . . What's yours???