So, if you've been reading my blog for a while, you know how much I love saving money, especially on sewing stuff. For a long time, I never really believed that spending as much as double per yard on quilting fabric really made a difference in the finished product.
Remember those cute quilts I made a few years ago?
For the blue quilt, I had used Moda and Kona cotton for the quilt top, but then I used a cheaper print for the quilt backing. The quilt has been used constantly since it was made-- as a blanket, fort, lego mat, chew toy, diaper changing mat... anything you can imagine. I hope to keep it forever! But after just a few years of heavy use, you can tell the difference between the fabric quality right off. See how much the backing has pilled? And how the top fabric looks brand new?
Learn from my mistake! I don't recommend breaking your fabric budget, but consider purchasing high quality cottons for special projects that will be around for years.
This is one of the reasons I love having online fabric stores as sponsors. Buy being a savvy shopper, you can really get quilt shop quality fabric for the same price as fabric from larger retailers.