I love the look and feel of the new fabric as it comes into the shop. At the same time I look at the cost of this premium high quality fabric and realize how much goes into every quilt we make. Quilting is time, skill and love transforming fabric and thread into works of art, of comfort, of hope, and of faith. Whether our quilts are to warm our homes, bring joy to our children and grandchildren, comfort to the sick or hope to the homeless we want to make something that will last, hold its beauty, and hold up to the stresses of life just as we do ourselves.
This is why I use high quality fabric. Higher thread count fabric holds together through the daily use and washing that a well loved quilt is subjected to. The colors stay vibrant, the seams stay stitched and the quilts gets softer and even more perfect with time.
Yes, I can make less expensive quilts. But my time is the real value in a quilt just as your skill and time are what really adds the love and beauty to your quilt. it is worth it to me to put quality fabric in my projects so they are as beautiful after the 10th time through the washing machine as the first; so that my grandchild can cuddle his quilt through many years of love; or so, like my daughter, can proudly display that well loved quilt almost 30 years after she received it. Her aunt put hours of love and skill into a hand pieced and appliquéd quilt and the quality of her work, and her materials, still shows to this day.
Quilts are cherished, whether they are made of old shirts or the newest expensive fabric. Choose good quality fabric regardless of the source and build your quilts with love and skill to bring joy for years to come.