Quilters tour quilt shops looking for fabric. Shop owners choose from thousands and thousands of swatches to build a selection of fabric for their store. It stands to reason each shop has a different selection based on the owners' preference and how she/he sees the world. Personally, I cannot work in pastels or little prints. I try to order some for the store but with limited success. If you visit The Marsh Store you will see this when looking at baby fabrics. I look at the lines of beautiful baby fabrics but can't make a decision so go to the brights and feel at home.
Having spent most of my elementary teaching career in the school library means I can decide on fabrics that are book or game related. I am so happy quilt fabric manufacturers are finding and printing work by popular authors and illustrators on fabric. What a great way to connect a child's environment to traditional books and get her/him hooked on reading. You still have time to make all your favourite little ones a pillowcase from bookish fabric. Here are some to choose from:
Eric Carle- The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Grouchy Ladybug
Noddy- from the British series
Veggie Tales- also on television
Dr Seuss- Cat In the Hat, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas
Berenstain Bears- charm squares and layer cakes with bolts due in February
Thomas the Train- I'll be making pillowcases to wrap some Christmas gifts but don't tell...
I best get off and sewing.