Will Prints Vanish From Your Local Quilt Shop?

I was on Facebook the other day and I happened upon someones post.  She had been to her local quilt shop and the owner had just returned from Spring Quilt Market in Kansas City.  The quilt shop owner told this lady that quilts shops would likely stop carrying prints because the Modern Quilt Guild only used solids and blenders.  What are your thoughts on this.  Can a single guild affect your quilting style? Please, post your comments.


Sewing Junkie said…
I have heard that quilting was in a funk and people were not going to quilt anymore. I think the tastes of the shop owners changes and they only purchase certain lines of fabrics. I bet you will find prints in other shops. Chris
the traveler said…
A quilt shop is basing its purchasing decisions on *one* quilt guild? Wow.
Debra Dixon said…
Sounds like an awfully narrow range of fabrics for a quilt shop.
Lane said…
I know that modern is really pushing us traditional quilters around. And, they may limit what we can get for a while. But, in the pictures I've seen from market, there were still plenty of prints being produced. If they do influence quilt shops for a while, it will be a good thing that I have a stash of my favorite prints. Lane
imquilternity said…
I can't imagine that a quilt shop that wants to stay in business would limit their inventory to please only one group of quilters. It seems as though there is more to this story than we know. As for people not quilting anymore? I don't think this is even a remote possibility. In fact, I think quilting has become even more popular in the last 5+ years or so.
3DogDesignCo said…
Thanks for all the great comments. I am not concerned either with all the great fabric designers out there like Tula Pink, Kaffe, Amy Butler, etc. prints will always be around, and so will solids.
Lisa Sipes said…
I want to warn you that I might get long-winded and I might get a little off track with my comment, but it's only because it's something I'm passionate about. :)
I have heard of the "solids takeover". I think it's ridiculous for people to suggest such a thing.
Recently we had a state quilting organization conference and one of the speakers (who I will not name), gave the most offensive, closed-minded speech that people actually had to get up and leave or risk causing a scene. This woman basically pooped all over everyone's feelings.
You should never send your tops to a longarmer (hi there!), you should do all of your quilting yourself.
Your stash should have no prints. Prints are stupid. You should instead have every color in the rainbow of solids and create your own designs on them if you want prints in your quilts. WHAT? No. Some people just don't want to do that.
Some people just REALLY LIKE PRINTS.
They will never die.
Yes, the modern quilting movement is big. It's unfortunate that - as another commenter put it - traditionalists feel that they're being pushed around. I don't think that's the case at all. I think maybe it's perceived that way. Modern quilters aren't doing anything other than create. Which is exactly what traditional quilters are doing. The big difference is the online presence of the modern quilters, so it's always in your face.
I say that it needs to embraced and supported. It takes a really gracious person like Pepper Cory, who has worked her way up the quilting ladder for yeeeeeaaaars, to encourage the modern quilting movement.
Whatever keeps quilting alive, keeps this textile art moving, keeps the creating from dying, GO FOR IT.
Live and let live.
Like what you want to like.
Do your own thing and be proud of it.
Never follow the crowd.
Be your own person with your own ideas and creations.
If you're different, be different.
And let others be different too.
Play nice.
Traditional or modern, art or patchwork, the quilting community as a whole is like a giant family to me. Perhaps slightly dysfunctional, but family none the less.
On another note closer to the actual PURPOSE of your blog?
Quilt shops will never eliminate prints. Solids are CHEAPER than prints and therefore a lot of shops (including me) are bulking up on them to give a cheaper alternative to people that are just starting out. But it would be pretty hard to find a quilt shop that carries only solids. Yes, there are billions of solids from different companies in different hues and gradations, but a quilt shop would be shooting themselves in the foot to eliminate prints. It will never happen.
Now let's all hug. :)
That seems odd... I am enjoying solids lately, but wouldn't do away with prints altogether!