Thursday, December 1, 2011

One Quilting Circle, December 1, 2011

Welcome to the One Quilting Circle blogs here at our new home on blogspot.  The One Quilting Circle posts are targeted towards the quilting industry and quilting professionals; they will appear on Thursday morning. If you have a question or something that you want to see addressed, please post a comment here or email me at

If you're a shopowner who's been swimming in the tide of rising prices for cotton for the past several quarters, there may well be a change coming...finally.  According to a Bloomberg report this morning, there have been a dramatic increase in production of the crop - coming from sources outside the United States at the same time that demand has been decreasing.  The cost comparisons from 2010 are staggering - the raw commodity prices are on pace to decline over 35% this year alone.

So that's the good news...after having weathered the economic downturn as well as inventory costs skyrocketing, in 2012 we can hope to see a reduction in the cost of a yard of fabric.  If that holds true, shopowners and designers are now faced with re-training their frugal customers to come into the shops and buy new product as they work through their existing higher priced inventory.

2012 looks to be as challenging - in a different direction - as the past couple of years.  But change is good...keep repeating that.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Linda! Good luck with your new blog site! I have just discovered it, thanks to an e-mail you sent, and want to thank you! This info is wonderful! I hadn't heard about the price of cotton on the down-slide...Such good news. Thanks for your informative blog, and good luck!