Blog Readers’ Quilts and Quilting Information: Oh No! Kaffe Fasset Fabrics Degraded

Blog Readers’ Quilts and Quilting Information:  February 6, 2014

Oh NO!

Kaffe Fasset Fabrics Degraded


I love Kaffe Fasset fabrics.

I love all of the Fasset books.

I love COLOR!  And the Fasset fabrics are all about COLOR.

I’ve made many a quilt with Fasset fabrics and thought to make many more.

But I’m not buying Fasset fabrics any more.

Here’s why:

Fasset fabrics are no longer 44-45 inches wide, but are now 40 inches wide.

The price is the same.  Or, more.

Most importantly, Fasset has changed to a cheaper griege, or the grey goods that get dyed to make the fabric.  The quality of the griege is what makes a fabric sturdy.  And you have only to look at some of the newer Fasset fabrics to see the difference.  I just bought some polka-dot Fasset fabrics, and they are like gauze.  NO WAY AM I PAYING $10 OR MORE DOLLARS A YARD FOR GAUZE.  I don’t care how “pretty” it is.

I found the Fasset email address and wrote to calmly say why I would no longer be buying Fasset fabric.  And I hope you take a look at the new fabrics, look at the quality and the width, and write him for yourself:

In addition, Amy Butler is part of the Fasset group of artists.  I have refused to buy her fabric or her patterns for some years now.  I believe that when you sell a pattern or fabric, you’re done.  I do not believe you can threaten customers with law suits if they make something from your pattern or fabric and sell it, show it, or whatever.

And, yes, I shared in my email that I also refuse to buy anything of Amy Butler’s.

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Fasset and Butler have gone too far.

They have become too greedy.

As customers, we have to protest and refuse to buy their goods.

It’s the only way to get them back in all their glory.

Author: louisaenright

I am passionate about whole, nutrient-dense foods, developing local markets, and strengthening communities.

2 thoughts on “Blog Readers’ Quilts and Quilting Information: Oh No! Kaffe Fasset Fabrics Degraded”

  1. HI Louisa, I need to find out more about Fasset and Butler going too far? I did buy some Fasset material last Fall because it was in the colors I wanted. It is more of a batiste weight, very light weight than some of the other fabrics you would usually find at a quilt shop. I guess they must have changed their supplier/printer or something, who knows? Or maybe they offer a choice to the wholesalers? At any rate, I have some fabrics from Hancock that are about the same weight and I know there are quilter’s out there that would not consider these ‘quilt shop quality’.

    1. The problem (in addition to skimping on the bolt width) is the change of the quality of the fabric, the greige, or grey goods, used. First quality fabric uses a good greige. I am trying to find out more now, but when buying Fasset, look at each bolt carefully. That’s probably true for ALL quilting fabrics these days…as more manufacturers might try this move. This degradation is how the market ALWAYS works if savvy customers don’t react. The industry urge to squeeze out a few more pennies of profit here and there winds up wrecking a product in the end. They never know where to stop it seems. And mostly industry gets away with these moves.

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