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    Where is it found? I see it occasionally on the board, and I think I even have a piece or two, but nowhere else and Im just curious about it. Is it quilt shop quality??

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    Our JoAnn Fabrics used to sell Cranston fabric. I think WalMart may also have have had Cranston fabrics in the past.

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    From their website - where to find their fabrics.

    http://cranstonvillage.com/about/abo...ate.aspx?id=43

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    Cranston and VIP are the same thing or were. I think it is better quality now than it was years ago. My opinion

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    It says JoAnn;s and Hobby Lobby

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    Alex Anderson has previously featured Cranston fabrics on her show.

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    Cranston makes several different lines of fabrics, at different quality and price-point levels.

    Cranston branded stuff is sold a lot in chain stores and is a lower quality than their other fabrics.

    Cranston VIP is sold in many chains and is a slightly higher quality fabric.

    Cranston also makes Quilting Treasures fabrics and QT VIP, which are are said to be sold exclusively in independent quilt shops, although they also sell in large online stores that aren't independent and are part of chains, such as fabric.com. They are mostly focused on licensed and novelty fabrics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QKO
    Cranston makes several different lines of fabrics, at different quality and price-point levels.

    Cranston branded stuff is sold a lot in chain stores and is a lower quality than their other fabrics.

    Cranston VIP is sold in many chains and is a slightly higher quality fabric.

    Cranston also makes Quilting Treasures fabrics and QT VIP, which are are said to be sold exclusively in independent quilt shops, although they also sell in large online stores that aren't independent and are part of chains, such as fabric.com and Hancocks/Paducah. They are mostly focused on licensed and novelty fabrics.
    Hancocks and Hancocks of Paducah are not the same store. Hancocks of Paducah is a independent LQS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen

    Hancocks and Hancocks of Paducah are not the same store. Hancocks of Paducah is a independent LQS.
    Fixed it, thanks! :)

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    I remember back in the early 70's Cranston VIP was very expensive cotton fabric--paid $2.97 a yard for some. Wore that peasant dress for a long long time!

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    I took a tour of Cranston Printworks in Webster, Mass about ten years ago. It was fascinating to see how fabric is received in huge bolts, how it's straightened, pressed and then printed.

    At that time, they told us the VIP line was their exclusive line only sold in WalMart. It could have changed in the past ten years, but back then VIP was only available in WM.

    I believe they have sold and gone out of the country now, which is really too bad. I've been on two tours there, they were wonderful people and always gave us a little piece of fabric at the end of the tour, usually a pillow panel or something like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oksewglad
    I remember back in the early 70's Cranston VIP was very expensive cotton fabric--paid $2.97 a yard for some. Wore that peasant dress for a long long time!
    This made me laugh... Thank you ... If We Only knew what we know now.. we would have Stocked UP..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilter7x
    I took a tour of Cranston Printworks in Webster, Mass about ten years ago. It was fascinating to see how fabric is received in huge bolts, how it's straightened, pressed and then printed.

    At that time, they told us the VIP line was their exclusive line only sold in WalMart. It could have changed in the past ten years, but back then VIP was only available in WM.

    I believe they have sold and gone out of the country now, which is really too bad. I've been on two tours there, they were wonderful people and always gave us a little piece of fabric at the end of the tour, usually a pillow panel or something like that.
    I also was lucky enough to be able to tour their factory in Webster, Mass. This was about a year before they stopped printing there.

    At the time, they were printing their Quilting Treasures lines overseas already. Only the VIP brand was still printed in Mass.

    Now all their lines are printed overseas, sadly.

    They also now have a VIP Exclusive line, which is priced a bit less than the Quilting Treasures fabrics, but more than their VIP line which can be found in Wal-Mart. JoAnn's carries their holiday lines and occasionally a few of their other VIP fabrics, either in the novelty section or on their calico wall.

    We also carry some of their oldies-but-goodies (from the VIP line), such as the wolves by Hautman and their very pretty grape fabrics. And we can special order full bolts of anything Cranston makes, for customers who can use that much (usually 10 - 12 yards).

    Personally, I've always been satisfied with the quality of the VIP fabrics, even the ones that are in the chain stores. I've made lots of placemats out of them, and those get washed time and again and still held up well. So I would not hesitate to recommend them. I definitely like them better than the "budget" fabrics that are on the calico wall at JoAnn's for $4.99. The VIP ones have a much nicer feel to them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by familyfun
    Quote Originally Posted by oksewglad
    I remember back in the early 70's Cranston VIP was very expensive cotton fabric--paid $2.97 a yard for some. Wore that peasant dress for a long long time!
    This made me laugh... Thank you ... If We Only knew what we know now.. we would have Stocked UP..
    :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    Wow, very interesting info. THANKS for answering everyone!!!!!

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    This is their web site:

    http://cranstonvillage.com/

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    generally walmart, joann, hancocks and hobby lobby..the middle of the road to low end stuff!

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    Sometimes the high end, "exclusive" patterns are reissued on cheaper, but still good, fabrics at lower prices a few years later. I have bought some (both ways) that I know were.

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