It is a wonderful place. Large, uncluttered, room to walk around. Bright and beautiful. Two spacious cutting stations. A huge, well-lit classroom. Friendly, helpful staff. Charming furnishings and gorgeous samples. Pre-cut FQs here and there. Rulers and cutters and
But I must say that the visit got me to thinking: I don't remember when it was that shops stopped organizing fabrics by color and genre and started organizing them by line. And I so wish that they hadn't! I used to like finding a fabric and auditioning go-withs. It was fun to pull out three or four greens to coordinate with the green in the focus print, and agonize over which one was the right green.
I really prefer it that way. In recent years, I've been lured by the lines and made some quilts entirely from one line of fabric. Going Rouge is an example; I love this quilt. I really do. But I think I'd love it even more if it were not completely made from the Rouenneries line. The same is true with some of the -- gasp -- William Morris quilts I've made. Fabrics made from one line of fabric are, to me, just too matchy-matchy. They need a squeeze of lemon juice or something to make them sing. Or zing. I've written on this theme before more than once.
I'm sure that shop owners have found that quilters will buy more fabric if it is displayed in lines, and they've got to make a living. But they've taken away a piece of the fun.
Challenge to self: Before 2012 is over, start a new project, and pick the fabrics the old way. Anyone else?