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    Default Westminister Fabrics Closing. Many designers affected

    This was posted on Craft Industry Alliance:
    https://craftindustryalliance.org/fr...e-immediately/

    So sad, hope some other manufacturer picks up all of the designers.
    Last edited by Patchwork Barb; February 12th, 2018 at 06:28 PM. Reason: Amend title

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    Default Re: Westminister Fabrics Closing. Many designers affected

    Augh. Free Spirit has some of my favorite designers. Tula Pink, Kaffe Fasset. And they had wonderful free patterns this year.
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    Default Re: Westminister Fabrics Closing. Many designers affected

    This is truly sad to hear. I love the fabrics, however, I do have to say they were a bit on the expensive side and I did not see sales too often (or I just did not see them of course) Anyway, I will miss these even though I did not buy many. I know I have fabric of Tula Pinks that I really like. I imagine they will be picked up, I do not see them going away.
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    Default Re: Westminister Fabrics Closing. Many designers affected

    This is awful. Most of my favorite designers were working under Free Spirit

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    Default Re: Westminister Fabrics Closing. Many designers affected

    That is very unfortunate
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    Default Re: Westminister Fabrics Closing. Many designers affected

    Oh no! I buy a lot of FreeSpirit fabric (well, mostly Tula Pink). :/

    I hope she can get someone else to produce her collections - I soooo want the De La Luna collection.

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    Default Re: Westminister Fabrics Closing. Many designers affected

    Very sad news, and most of my favorite designers were included in this announcement. I am hoping they are picked up by other lines and will continue to offer their wonderful designs. I've heard the company was difficult to work with, place orders with and so perhaps it should not be so surprising to hear that they felt they couldn't make money off many of the most popular designers working today. Time to never buy from Coats again I guess.

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    Default Re: Westminister Fabrics Closing. Many designers affected

    wow, if you can't make your business profitable with those designers...
    I'm sure they will all get snapped up by other manufacturers.
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    Default Re: Westminister Fabrics Closing. Many designers affected

    Material dieting and large stashes.....how can a company compete with that? They are the first....fabric sales have fallen flat lately and if my predictions are correct.....this will be the first of many.

    I don't understand how you can grow the cotton here, turn it to thread, weave it to cloth, send it to Japan or where ever, print/dye it and send it back. The carbon footprint for cloth should be much lower. Dang nafta!
    Perhaps this is the start of change, back to the cotton mills of the past....
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    Default Re: Westminister Fabrics Closing. Many designers affected

    Very interesting thread. I like a lot of the fabrics from these designers, but have to agree that I didn't buy a lot of it. My quilting budget $ is lower now that I've retired, so actually 2018 I am trying to only buy what I need to finish a project started from my stash.
    Unfortunately, it all comes down to the bottom line. I understand if a business is not profitable for whatever reason they need to make some hard decisions. Sometimes these decisions are not understood by those of us on the outside. I trust that these designers will be picked up elsewhere.

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