I bought them at JoAnn's.
One of my online friends commented she was glad to see I also bought fabric there. When I did more home dec and garment sewing, it was my main source, but quilting fabrics are different. I buy quilting fabrics at my LQS or online, but I do use my local JoAnn's for many other items. They are gracious to offer space for our sewing group, and I am grateful for that. They're also a pretty nice group of folks that work there, and I support the store to keep it open. For the longest time I refused to buy fabric there for two specific reasons. One, the quality fluctuated from quite decent to poor.
Two, the printed warning in the selvages. Do you read the fine print, and if so, do you know what it means? Do you realize it is intended to restrict how you use the fabric you purchase? Honestly, that bothers me a lot.
Let's address the quality issue first.
No time to press before I snapped these shots, but some Jennifer Paganelli fabrics caught my eye from their Designer Quiliting Fabrics aisle. In my opinion, JoAnn's selection is visually more appealling to me these days.
Koko Lee, Modkid, & Buttercream are a few I picked up with an eye toward spring. I did a side by side touch test when I brought it home with the quilt store fabric below by Moda, Kona, etc. I could not tell the difference, and I'm picky.
JoAnn's carries Cloud 9 organics, Lotta Jansdotter, and Alexander Henry, too. They carry many others, but these are the some of the designer collections I like most. I'm not adverse to the less expensive aisle there, but I think you have to scrutinize the quality more. I've used some very sucessfully. Again, I'm picky about what I buy. The typical fat quarter at JoAnn's is not a quality piece of fabric, in my opinion.
Quiltbug has a good article explaining what constitutes better fabrics. It's worth the few minutes to read. Better fabric = a better product, and I support the advice to use the best materials you can comfortably afford, and know what you're buying. That said, there have been a few fabrics even at my LQS that I was not impressed with. Quilt stores buy a wide selection of fabric, and those can vary in quality, too.
Now back to the warning on the fabric.
Yes, that is a warning or disclaimer, and is legal-ese by the manufacturer telling you how you may use it.
Typically any copyrighted or trademarked fabric like Disney, NFL, cartoon character, etc. was what I expected to see. Then I bought the Lotta Jansdotter at JoAnn's (above), and saw it on it. When I purchased fabric by the same designer at my LQS, it was not there. I actually paid less at the quilt store, too. This experience got my nose out of joint, and I plunged mysefl into a lot of research. The following are some of the better articles, and a small portion of what I've read.
Legal Zoom: Why Are Copyright Laws Important?
An Etsy Discussion On Copyright Infringement
An Avvo Discussion on Using Trademarked Fabric
I was pretty darned confused at this point.
Top Spot 4 U's Logical Discussion on How to Use Licensed Fabric
Can I Make and Sell Clothing Using A Designer's Fabric?
This was the most concise article, and alleviated my concerns.
Tabber's Temptations on Licensed Fabrics
If I have purchased this fabric above with the intention of making a quilt, and then offer it for sale, I believe the law states I am within my legal rights. I would not advertise it as an Elizabeth Owens quilt, etc., but I could legally sell it, as far as I can tell.
Would I do the same with these two?
Probably not, because even if I was within my right, the legal battle could be costly. I still couldn't sell it on Etsy even if I wanted to either. That's Etsy's call. Notice that the Suess fabric is Robert Kauffman fabric sold through quilt stores.
A Legal Disclaimer
A legal disclaimer would be a prudent thing to include wherever you choose to market your items. An online seller could list it with the item saying it was "neither associated nor affiliated with the original copyright owner." If you peddle your wares, use a sign in your booth. The First Sale Doctrine should protect you, but you also want to cover yourself from those companies who might try to take legal action anyhow. The intimidation is enough for many of us, and legal defense is expensive.