March 5, 2009 in This n' That
When putting together this article, the idea was to gather the brands of fabric that are trusted to be “high quality”. The goal was to have a list to share and a little bit about each company, so that when you are out shopping, you could look for specific brands for your more treasured projects. However, there are too many to list in one article!
I decided to break them up into multiple posts. This may take me 10 or more posts to complete and even then, the list may not be all inclusive because we can’t forget about the designers. But, this blog is supposed to be about fabric, fiber and quilting – Not just Fabric!! So I can’t post them one right after the other; my readers will quickly get bored. So expect them to be added sporadically.
Here are the first three:
Moda is definitely a well known name in the quilting community. They have been around since 1975 and are located in Dallas, TX. In addition to their in-house designers, they are open to using impendent artists. Their diversity in designers, gives them a wide variety to present to their customers; always offering the hottest items on market. They were one of the first companies to put fabric designs into “collections”, making it easier for the beginner quilter to shop for fabrics that will make a beautiful quilt. They come out with a new collection about every six weeks. If you visit their website, there is a great behind-the-scenes video.
Hoffman Fabrics was started as a family business in 1924. They were primarily an apparel fabric convertor until the 1970’s, when they turned their sights to creating quilting fabric. To this day, three generations of Hoffman’s still work in the business. They offer a wide variety of original screen prints and hand-dyed batiks and handpaints; over 800 new designs each year. We can’t talk about Hoffman Fabrics, without mentioning the Hoffman Challenge. For over two decades Hoffman Fabrics has sponsored this contest where quilters/crafters are “challenged” to create something with a specific fabric design. The top entries are included in a traveling collection that is shown at quilt shows, shops, and guilds throughout the US and Canada.
Robert Kaufman Fabrics is located Los Angeles, CA. They are a converter of quality quilting fabrics. They use a multitude of designers to give their customers a variety to choose from. Robert Kaufman does offer a great selection of basic cotton quilting fabrics and novelty prints, but they also have a wonderful batik collection and they have Japanese fabrics. Darlene Zimmerman’s Clothesline Club is through Robert Kaufman as well. If you are a fan of the 1930’s fabrics, then this is a club you will want to check out.