Barbara posted an interesting blog post the other day that has really hit home for me.
I expressed concern about the quilting community when the price of quilt shop quality fabric jumped from about $8.00 per yard to $10.00 a few years ago. Now it averages about $12.00 per yard. The cost of a spool of 100% cotton thread now averages $10 or more. Plus I have found that the quality has declined. For instance, I have used Mettler thread for years, but lately I'm finding it breaks very easily when I'm machine quilting. The cost increase was blamed on a poor cotton crop, but I think that "old dog just doesn't hunt" as they say in the south. It might have been a legitimate excuse at one time, but not year after year. I decided this year not to renew my membership in the quilt guild I have belonged to for 5 years because they just have the same speakers over & over again. I think a lot of that has to be due to the high expense & hassle to fly people in from other parts of the country. While the speakers they have had are wonderful for the most part, how often do you want to see the same trunk show?! That leads to the decline in guild membership. I'm curious as to what others think about this.