I get a lot of email from fellow Canadian readers asking where I buy my fabrics. As far as I know, Canada only has one national chain store, Fabricland, but if I'm wrong on that please correct me. I'm in a small province of only 3.7 million so Fabricland is the only place I shop locally. Even Walmart stopped selling fabric years ago. Lots of you say that Fabricland doesn't thrill you, and I hear you, but have they improved their stock over the last 12 months! If you haven't been there lately, I'd urge you to try them again. This past weekend all the quilting cottons were on sale for $5.00 a metre. I got these silly sock monkeys at that price
There are a ton of Michael Miller prints at Fabricland this year; not the newest ones, but who cares? Coincidentally, I asked the owner of a quilt shop why we don't see the Joel Dewberry and Denyse Schmidt type lines in local stores. She said it's because each fabric manufacturer has to buy a lisence to sell in different countries, and perhaps in a small market like Canada it's just not worthwhile for them. I used to buy online or at the pricey local quilt shops, but that's not in the budget anymore. (I have noticed that June and July are super times to buy fabric on sale at Fabricland; it must be clearance time to make way for fall fabrics.)
I am working on a sweet dress with the yellow and teal fabrics. My total cost for the dress fabric will be under $10.00.