Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Twin Falls, Idaho
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Up further north, from Seattle north to Bellingham, quilt shops have been struggling for the past 2-3 years. Several have gone out of business or are hanging on by their teeth. One of the biggest quilt shops in Quilting, the Seattle based In The Beginning, closed about 2 years ago, they kept their pattern design part, but closed the fabric sales part.
I know Idaho has been struggling, also.
The scuttlebut within the quilt shops themselves is pretty full of the difficulty of keeping their doors open, marketing strategies, and ways to stretch their dollars.
Joanne's will probably always do a good business because of their prices... but, in case you don't know, most of their fabrics are printed on lower quality goods that have less thread count and don't last as long as most of the better quality goods found in quilt shops. It is interesting, I made a quilt with both Joanne's fabric and a few pieces of good fabric... after 10 years the Joanne's parts were becoming obviously threadbare.
Is this too much information? (Ha, sorry...)
Sheri, Tucker's Mom