Have you noticed how narrow the rolls of toilet paper are getting? I was putting in a new roll before leaving for Alabama and was struck by all the extra room on the spindle right now. (nice quilted pattern, though...)
There is room for one of Weasley's favorite cat toys (he always thinks he has to be in there with me anyway)...
There is even room for something else on the spindle...like this extra wide roll of masking tape. I'm just saying...
Maybe it's going to keep getting narrower and narrower until it is no wider than this roll of tape. Then it really could be called 'fanny ribbon.'
So what does this have to do with quilting? I've been contemplating the plight of recent cotton crops and the reality that the price of 100% cotton quilting fabric is going up, as well as 100% cotton clothing. New stuff in the shop where I work part time is being priced at over $10.00 a yard now. (I realize that our quilting friends down under are already paying much more for a meter of fabric than we pay.)
I've already noticed that some fabrics are getting narrower on the bolt. This was made painfully clear to me a couple of years ago when I was purchasing some fabric for a quilt backing. I usually don't check the width and figure that I will get at least 42 inches of usable fabric from selvage edge to selvage edge once I wash and remove the selvages. I figured if I made a vertical seam I could get by with two widths of fabric.
I washed, removed the selvages, pressed and dropped off my quilt, batting and backing with my friend Marilyn for her beautiful custom machine quilting. How embarrassing when I got the call that my backing wasn't wide enough. I felt so bad that she had gone to the trouble of trying to layer my stuff and there wasn't enough there!
I went back to the store to purchase more fabric and measure the bolt. It was little more than 40 inches wide! Wow! As someone who works to kit BOMs at the shop, we always estimate yardage needed based on 42 inches of usable width of the fabric per yard.
Are the fabric mills going to start making fabric narrower? It is worth paying attention to, I think. When I first started sewing as a teen, fabric really was 45 inches wide on the bolt. I still have an old piece. I think I will keep it intact for historical reference!
I look forward to getting home at the end of the weekend and catching up with all your blogs! I managed to sneak on my Dad's computer long enough to post this draft. Now it's back to work!
In stitches,Teresa :o)