Fabric Manufacturer Guide
AdornIt: Scrapbooking company that recently introduced fabrics to their product line. Located in Hyde Park, UT.
Alexander Henry: Family-owned company known for their trendy, fashion-forward, out-of-the-box collections. Offers a home dec weight line, Fashion for Home, and has recently introduced cotton lawn. Located in Burbank, CA.
Andover: The ever-growing modern designer roster includes Melissa Averinos, Lizzy House, and Thomas Knauer. They print licensed collections of Eric Carle, Ian Falconer (Olivia), and Lucy Cousins (Maisy). Located in New York City.
Blog | Facebook | Youtube Channel
Anthology Fabrics: This family-owned business, in operation for more than 30 years in the fashion/apparel screenprinting industry, just recently entered the quilting fabric industry in 2010. Their collections are equally divided between batiks and prints, the latter designed by Khristian Howell and Diane Kappa. Based in Norwalk, California.
Art Gallery Fabrics: Florida-based, family-owned and -operated business. All designs by owner Patricia Bravo. Known for their premium quality and lush, colorful, modern designs. Recently introduced a solids collection.
Blog | Pat Bravo’s Website | Art Gallery Fabrics’ Facebook | Pat Bravo’s Facebook
Avlyn: Largely traditional, mostly in-house designs, including several batiks, blenders, and textures. Also produces a plush fabric called Oh So Soft, available in textures and solids. Based in Phoenix, AZ.
Benartex: On their roster of contemporary designers is Kitty Yoshida, Michele d’Amore, and Jennifer Young. They also regularly introduce in-house collections with contemporary and/or retro flair. Based in New York City.
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Blank Quilting: Most of their catalog is mainstream, with an emphasis on novelty prints. They are home to a few more contemporary designers like Yolanda Fundora, and have some nice traditional Asian designs too. Based in Irvington, NY.
Camelot Cottons: The only (?) Canadian fabric manufacturer. This recently introduced company is a division of Eugene Textiles, which serves the garment industry. Their Art by Camelot lines bring fine art to quilting fabrics. Licensees include Marvel Comics, the U.S. Army, and Mr Men Little Miss.
Clothworks succeeds in their mission to provide a “diverse range of designs, styles, themes, and colors that will appeal to a multitude of quilters.” Their designers are all over the map and you’re sure to find a collection or three that suit your tastes. They have one of best designed websites in the industry and keep a frequently updated, always interesting blog. Recently introduced an organic brand called Organic Elements, and partners with the Japanese brand Kinkame to bring both their traditional and modern/cute collections to the U.S. Among their more modern designers are Alyssa Thomas, Erin Ries, Ellen Crimi-Trent, Jamie Wood, and Kathy York.
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Connecting Threads: This Vancouver, Washington-based company is unique in the business for selling retail direct to the public at below-market prices rather than wholesale to quilt shops. They produce a wide array of styles, with a healthy selection of modern collections, designed by by in-house and contract designers. Solids collection available; also flannels.
Facebook | Youtube Channel
Exclusively Quilters: Also Classic Cottons
FreeSpirit Fabric: Along with parent company Westminster/Rowan (see below), FreeSpirit is the industry leader in contemporary, trend-setting fabric design. They have some of the biggest designer names in fabric on their roster: Anna Maria Horner, Denyse Schmidt, Heather Bailey, Tula Pink, Erin McMorris, Jay McCarroll, Jenean Morrison, Joel Dewberry, and MANY more. They are vanguards “lifestyle fabrics” industry for introducing new basecloths, including heavier home dec fabrics, flannel, knits, fleece, a cotton-linen blend, cotton laminates, velveteen, voile, corduroy, and printed aid cloth for needlework. An expanding solids collection is available in quilting cotton and several of their other basecloths. Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Henry Glass: Henry Glass is another company that has been adding more eclectic and modern designers in recent years. Look out for collections by Amy Hamberlin (Kati Cupcake), Franchelle Contreras, Anne Sutton, Barbara Jones (Quilt Soup), Bev Proulx, Chelsea Anderson (Pink Fig Patterns), and Linda Lum DeBono. Unfortunately the low resolution images on their website don’t do justice to their fabrics. Based in New York City.
In the Beginning used to be a fabric shop in Seattle owned by Sharon Yenter — the fabric manufacturing side of the brand launched in 1996 and is also run by Sharon’s son Jason. The retail store has closed down but the fabric company lives on (and is still based in Seattle). The owners have designed a bulk of the collections, but their roster also includes Keri Beyer and Wendy Slotbloom.
Marcus Fabrics is celebrating 100 years in business this year! They are home to Judie Rothermel, the designer behind the Aunt Grace line and dozens of Civil War era reproduction collections. Designer Laura Berringer has been adding some modern collections to the Marcus catalog. Also offers a flannels and a small solids collection. Located in New York City.
Michael Miller is not run by a man named Michael Miller but by partners Michael Steiner and Kathy Miller. Their catalog is all about bright, bold, and big, featuring lots of retro designs, cute reproductions from the 50s-60s, and fun, bold, contemporary prints. Several in-house lines per year are designed by Kathy Miller and others, but they also have a roster of licensed designers such as Sandi Henderson, Patty Young, Paula Prass, Laura Gunn, Violet Craft, Sarah Jane, and Emily Herrick. They also produce knits, cotton laminates, cotton lawn, flannel, shirting, and cotton-linen blends.
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Moda is the Dallas, TX based quilting juggernaut. They release around 8-12 new quilting collections monthly, by both in-house and licensed designers. They have recently tagged their collections “Classic” (traditional/antique reproduction lines), “Metro” (contemporary/modern), and “Style” (somewhere in between Classic and Metro, including 1900s reproductions). Amongst their designers are Oliver + S, Kate Spain, Bonnie & Camille, Aneela Hoey, Cosmo Cricket, American Jane, Urban Chicks, MoMo, Fig Tree & Co., and dozens more. Every collection is first introduced as pre-cuts with yardage following in the shops several weeks later. Offers extensive solids and other basics collections, as well as several specialty fabrics including chenille, cotton laminates, knits, flannels, linen, patchwork, jacquards and twills, pre-quilted cottons, wool, and toweling. Also look for the always irresistible Moda Home products in your local quilt shops.
General Blog | Moda Bakeshop Blog (tutorials using their pre-cut products)
P & B Textiles: This Burlingame, CA-based manufacturer offers a mix of traditional and modern quilting cotton collections. For the latter, in addition to a few in-house collections, they contract with Lilla Rogers Studio artists Helen Dardick, Jenn Ski, Karen Tusinski, and Carolyn Gavin. P&B is also in a joint venture with a company called Stone Harbor, and together they’re debuting a new quilting fabric line under the Shabby Chic license. Look for P&B’s Color Spectrum solids and other basics collections too.
Quilting Treasures: Though they have just as many in-house and designer collections (with a growing modern representation), when I think of QT I think of licensed collections — they have dozens of them with classic and current children’s book and cartoon characters (including Little Golden Books and Paddington), games (Scrabble), and other pop culture institutions like Elvis and I Love Lucy. You’ll find some flannels in amongst the quilting cottons too. Based in Webster, Massachusetts.
Red Rooster Fabrics is a youngish company (founded in 2002) with an ever-growing roster of modern designers. In addition to Amy Barickman (of Indygo Junction)’s vintage-inspired collections, check out the collections by Jessica Swift, Amy Blay, and Lisa DeJohn. Headquartered in New York City’s garment district.
Riley Blake Designs: This Draper, Utah-based newcomer has grown like gangbusters since entering the quilt fabric scene just a few years ago after starting life as a manufacturer of flannels (Alpine Fabrics, which is still in operation). A majority of their fabrics have a contemporary look, with several of their designers coming from the scrapbooking world. Their designer roster includes Amanda Herring (The Quilted Fish), Lila Tueller, Doohikey Designs, and Sheri Berry. Offers a small solids collection, plus cotton laminates, flannels, notions and trims that coordinate with their fabric collections, and precuts.
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RJR produces primarily traditional quilting cotton print collections, including the lush, gorgeous designs of Robyn Pandolph, Yuko Hasegawa, and Thimbleberries. Modern designers do pop up amongst them every so often. Look for their Cotton Supreme solids and Crazy for Dots & Stripes basics collections too. The company also offers brushed flannels, cotton sateens, and specialty fabrics, including PFD (prepared for dyeing) silk and micro-polyester fleece. Based in Torrance, CA.
Robert Kaufman: Though well known for their quilting cottons (designers include Ann Kelle, Caleb Gray, Josephine Kimberling, Monaluna, Nancy Mims, Amy Schimler, Laurie Wisbrun, and Darlene Zimmerman), Robert Kaufman Co. is a fabric supplier to many types of manufacturers, including apparel and home decor.
They offer all kinds of woven printed and solid fabrics, including flannel, poplin, twill, denim, corduroy, canvas, crepe, velveteen, voile, lawn, satin, georgette, organza, chenille, stretch woven, yarn-dyes, and more, in natural and synthetic fibers and blends. Their Kona cotton range is the largest range of solids on the market. In 2010 they were the first major fabric manufacturer to introduce a 100% organic cotton quilting collection, and have continued to expand their organics line since. The company is based in Los Angeles, CA.
Swatch & Switch Blog | Facebook
South Sea Imports A Rancho Dominguez, CA focusing on quilting cotton collections, mainly traditional designs and lots of blenders and basics. They are under the umbrella of parent company MMFab along with sister company is Wilmington Prints.
Timeless Treasures This NYC-based company is home to designers Alice Kennedy, and Hoodie, Rashida Coleman-Hale. They are known for their wide range of in-house collections and one-off prints covering a variety of styles, with an ever-growing contemporary/modern designs. They have also recently introduced cotton lawn, a cotton-linen blend, and organic quilting cottons to their basecloths.
Sew Timeless Blog | Facebook
Westminster Fabrics‘ sister brands are Rowan Fabrics , FreeSpirit (see above), and the new Ty Pennington Impressions brand. They are home to a smallish but powerful group of designers, including Amy Butler, Kaffe Fassett, Philip Jacobs, Brandon Mably, Liberty Art Fabrics, Martha Negley, and more recently, Dan Bennett and Melissa White. The “Lifestyle Fabrics” brand produces fabrics for apparel (voile, rayon, corduroy), home decor (laminates, heavier sateen), and of course quilting (printed and yarn-dyed quilting cottons, flannel). The company is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina.