My Fabric Getaway--and a Fabric Giveaway!

4 May 2010

Sometimes you just need a weekend getaway. So, when my boyfriend proposed a week ago, we decided we would use this as an excuse to go on a short, one-night trip. We called it an “engagemoon,” but really it was just an excuse to visit one of our favorite little New England towns: Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Portsmouth is an utterly charming, picturesque area, right by the water and full of delicious restaurants, fun bars, and funky little shops. However, I had one main destination in mind:

 

Portsmouth Fabric Company (which I wrote about in my article in International Quilt Festival: Quilt Scene, “Cool Quilt Stores Across the Country”) is one of those hole-in-the-wall fabric stores that is literally overflowing with delectable contemporary prints. It’s a dangerous place for a quilter to enter. Miraculously, I practiced serious self-restraint on this particular trip (perhaps because I felt a tad guilty leaving Kyle sitting amidst dozens of sewing machines while I browsed through fabric bolts), and I managed to walk  away with only this:

 

I simply can’t resist a yummy fat quarter pack, and Kaffe Fasset’s Spots fabric is just so cheery.

I walked around with this little bundle in my bag the rest of the night; I couldn’t help but pull it out every half hour or so, just to admire it. And now I’d like to spread the fabric joy with a little giveaway.

Do you want this adorable fat quarter pack of Bird Talk by Ellen Crimi-Trent for Clothworks™?

 

Leave a comment describing your favorite local fabric store and it could be yours! I will randomly select a winner on Wednesday, May 12th by 12 noon EST. Good luck!


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DinahT wrote
on 4 May 2010 7:16 AM

For me, it's Calico Cow, Roswell, NM -  http://calicocowquiltshop.com/

A lot of fun and dangerous for you checkbook.

DinahT

Lindy101 wrote
on 4 May 2010 8:15 AM

My favorite quilt store is not even open yet!  But I get to help set it up, share my ideas w/the owner, teach classes later this year when it is up and running.  How fun is THAT!

Lindy101 wrote
on 4 May 2010 8:20 AM

Oh, forgot to mention, all the glorious fabric will be located in Twisp, WA, an area of our state that is gorgeous mountains, rustic-lux accommodations, art galleries, fantastic farmer's market, live music pub...In July come see if this quilt store could be your favorite, too!

on 4 May 2010 8:34 AM

My favorite fabric shop is the online fabric shop based in San Antonio, Texas owned by my mother, www.CottageBellesFabric.etsy.com .  She only lives seven miles from me, so I get to drive over to her house and see all of the fabrics in person, and she gives me a great discount!

-Samantha

ljhoze wrote
on 4 May 2010 8:48 AM

The Quilting Post in Stillwater, OK.  It is nice and roomy and has such a great selection of fabrics...I just love to spend time in there!

Jan H

on 4 May 2010 8:50 AM

Love the Kaffe dots you picked up.  I understand why you had to keep looing at them!

Whimsy Cottage in Salt Lake City is my favorite.  They carry lots and lots of batiks as well as bright, beautiful fabrics.  www.whimsycottage.net

I love the shop so much that I got a job there. =D

teresamnj wrote
on 4 May 2010 8:50 AM

What adorable fabric!  One of my favorite places to buy fabric is at Needles & Pins Quilt & Fabric Shop in Swedesboro, NJ.  needles-pins-nj.com/index.html  The ladies that work there are so extremely helpful, especially for a fairly newbie quilter like me.

Diane_Moore wrote
on 4 May 2010 8:54 AM

Alas and alack, my favorite fabric store closed but it used to be www.inthebeginningfabrics.com - the retail store was THE BEST and I miss it so much.

margecam52 wrote
on 4 May 2010 8:55 AM

My favorite local fabric store is Alco Discount Store...it's the only local store that has fabric.

But, seriously..I go into Lubbock, TX and visit Rachael's Fine Fabrics <http://www.rachaelsfabrics.com> .

they are my Tin Lizzie18 LS dealer, and the machine service is top knotch.  Barb is constantly updating the fabric lines, always has the newest there is.  I just wish I lived a lot closer (75 mile round trip)!

JoyceArt wrote
on 4 May 2010 8:59 AM

My favorite quilt shop is Keepsake Quilting in Meredith, NH!

omaspatch wrote
on 4 May 2010 9:00 AM

My favorite store is the Viking Sewing Center in Ann Arbor, they even have an Urban Fairy Door for the fairy customers.

=)

kate

on 4 May 2010 9:00 AM

My favorite fabric store is Wilson's Fabrics it is an outlet store in Boaz in AL..you never know what surprizes you are going to find ...and I am really lucky if I get out of there under 50 bucks.....

upstatelisa wrote
on 4 May 2010 9:03 AM

My favorite local shope is Adirondack Quilts www.adirondackquilts.com housed in a wonderful old shirt factory turned art haven! Shannon, the owner, lets our homeschool sewing group meet there weekly and the ladies are all so welcoming!

lillianskid wrote
on 4 May 2010 9:08 AM

It's bad enough that  my kids say I need a t 12 strep program for my stripe addiction,  I haven't dared to collect dots. Here's my chance.

I love Great American Quilt Factory in Denver, CO.  I live in the springs and always try to stop on any trip north.  Their collection of batiks is my dream come true.

bwerrell wrote
on 4 May 2010 9:10 AM

I have two favorites:

Seminole Sampler in Catonsville, MD

and

Patches Quilting  in Mt. Airy, MD

Both have a gorgeous assortment of fabrics with tons of vivid colors and batiks. And Patches also has a friendly doggy greeter some days!

Kwiltsfl wrote
on 4 May 2010 9:10 AM

My favorite store is Quilt Lover's Hangout in North Fort Myers, FL.  Fun staff and beautiful fabric!  

Karen H

sechildress wrote
on 4 May 2010 9:11 AM

Love, love, love Louisville, KY's "Among Friends" quilt shop!  These fat quarters are wonderful!!

chickwilts wrote
on 4 May 2010 9:14 AM

Hard one - Maine Quilt Stores are all so unique  and special in their own ways.  Cotton Weeds in Freeport is the closest to me,  and I love the staff,

Mary

goonybird wrote
on 4 May 2010 9:16 AM

I live out in the sticks and don't have one local. I shop on the internet, and have a few favorite, but not just one!

nrbird@gmail.com

on 4 May 2010 9:17 AM

My favorite place to go and look at fabric is my Grandma's sewing room, its been so long, but oh, the fabrics! Her sister worked at a textile mill in the 40's and the fabrics are wonderful vintages.

loriwish wrote
on 4 May 2010 9:17 AM

My favorite shop is Bearpaws and Hollyhocks in Sacramento, CA.

Everyone from customers to employees are so helpful. There is a workroom with large tables where you can spread out your current project to compare fabrics or even prepare for quilting. The fabric choices range from Civil War to Kaffe Fassett. The shop makes me feel very at home, probably because I spend so much time there.

www.bearpawsandhollyhocks.com

Jeanelle@5 wrote
on 4 May 2010 9:20 AM

Well the only fabric store in town is Hobby Lobby!

suebleiweiss wrote
on 4 May 2010 9:20 AM

Congratulations on your engagement, how exciting for you!  

My local fabric store of choice would be The Franklin Mill Store:  http://franklinmillstore.com/

on 4 May 2010 9:23 AM

My favorite quilt shop is Lakeshore Sewing in Grand Rapids, MI - www.lakeshore-sewing.com

They have a great selection of batiks, extremely knowledgeable and friendly staff and great classes.

wbmjam wrote
on 4 May 2010 9:23 AM

My favorite quilt shop is Among Friends Quilt Shop, Louisville, KY.

susth1 wrote
on 4 May 2010 9:28 AM

Fiddlesticks in Yakima, Wa has fantastic quilting fabric. I was just eyeing some Bird Talk fabric too! Lindy101... I've been wanting to get up to the Methow Valley soon. Will look for you when we visit.

on 4 May 2010 9:37 AM

I love that store. I'm a Texan that visited Star Island about five years ago! Of course, I HAD to go into the Portsmouth store. It was wonderful!

SarahS@37 wrote
on 4 May 2010 9:40 AM

2 favorites.....locally in Va. Beach, Va..........Sarah's Thimble  where there's always a helping hand & sugestions... & beautiful choices.  

when I'm on vacation in the Shenandoah Valley, I love the quilt half of the Sew & Vac in Woodstock, Va.....a tiny shop with a great selection of fabric & friendly people.  

Vickie@38 wrote
on 4 May 2010 9:48 AM

I like Miller's Dry Good in Charm, Ohio...Amish country and I also like several in the Columbus, Ohio area...Quilt Trends and Quilt Beginnings.

She-Quilts wrote
on 4 May 2010 9:52 AM

My favorite little getaway (when I can't go far) is Acorn Quilts in Rockford, IL.  It is a new shop (opened Sept 09) and so sweet!  They have reproductions AND modern.  Just a treat!!  

Love your dots you got and the giveaway pkt is yummy, too!!  

Joyce

Vickie@38 wrote
on 4 May 2010 9:53 AM

I like Miller's Dry Goods in Charm, Ohio...Amish country and several in Columbus, Ohio....Quilt Beginning and Quilt Trends, but they are about 3 hours away from me.

Rosalynrd wrote
on 4 May 2010 10:01 AM

On of my favorite places is Connectingthreads.com.

Love the look and feel of their fabric.

bsridenour wrote
on 4 May 2010 10:32 AM

Patches Quilting in Mt. Airy, MD.  Lots and lots of bright colors and great batiks.

BarbR

deeheit wrote
on 4 May 2010 10:34 AM

My favorite local fabric store is Pieceful Heart in Lisle, Illinois. They have a great selection of batiks... my husband has an account not far from there and sometimes he will drop me off to shop while he is working and then we get to go to lunch :) so not only is the quilt shop great... I get to go there and spend some time with my husband too.

on 4 May 2010 10:37 AM

I love Web Fabrics in Purcellville, VA. It started out as an online store, but opened a little hole-in-the-wall shop a few years ago. Now they have grown into a much larger space that is full of light, wonderful fabrics (especially batiks), and friendly people. They are always willing to help with fabric selection and to look at show and tell items made from their fabrics.

kwoody2 wrote
on 4 May 2010 10:43 AM

My little shop in Blue Ridge, Ga. is called Country Stitches.  I bought my new Baby Lock machine from them last December.  I go to see the girls about once a week and always pick up fabric on display.  I have no idea of my plan then, but they have such great examples of their projects, I will create something in my mind before I get home.

SheilaJ@2 wrote
on 4 May 2010 10:50 AM

In  Atascadero Ca the Quilter's Cupboard is so fun to walk around and visualize the next 10 quilts you are making in your mind.  There is also staff available to help which makes such a difference.  The above fabric looks great.

I'm also a Quilting Arts Fan, in fact I just broke my bookcase with to many magazine on one shelf.  What to do.

Sheila

JudyG55 wrote
on 4 May 2010 10:54 AM

It's a tie -- Patricia's Fabric House, in East Rochester, NY, because of their awesome batik selection and helpful staff, and The Scarlet Thread in Webster, NY because of their wonderful toy area to keep my 3 1/2 yr old entertained!!

sewfun56 wrote
on 4 May 2010 11:01 AM

Oh gosh...I live on the island of Kauai, Hawaii...we have very "few" choices...so I would say Kapaia Stitchery and Vicky's!  Both shops contain so much "color"...a quilt artist could go "nuts" in the shops!

defling wrote
on 4 May 2010 11:02 AM

My fav LQS is the Sew and Quilt shop in Bunnell, Florida. Always friendly helpful staff waiting to respond to your needs. Lots of beautiful fabrics and inspiration, and best of all they allow our fiber arts group to meet there each month. I neeeed that bird fabric and the polka dots!

marijka wrote
on 4 May 2010 11:04 AM

My favorite shop is just down the road: Sterling Thimble Quilt Shop in Mount Sterling KY at 859-498-0860. Becky carries a beautiful variety of high-quality fabrics, and a great selection of black and whites! She has great samples hanging everywhere, lots of notions and accessories, and even provides customers with long-arm quilting. She also runs our area's Quilt Trail. artscouncil.ky.gov/.../QTrails.htm  It's amazing that our little area has such a great store!

Woolycom wrote
on 4 May 2010 11:15 AM

Creations Sew Clever in Chillicothe, Ohio in  wonderful old house that used to be a funeral home.

roncan wrote
on 4 May 2010 11:34 AM

My favorite shop is right here in Hayward, WI.  www.shopriversedge.com

River's Edge Antiques & Quilt Loft  - located in a beautiful setting next to the Namekagon River. Shop owner, Gail Grassel, is always quilting up something new to get me motivated.

Karen G. - Hayward, WI

petwrangler wrote
on 4 May 2010 11:36 AM

My favorite quilt shop is The Quilt House in Indian River MI.  It's small enough to be personal and they have a great selection.  One of the owners, Barb is just a sweetheart and so helpful.

saffron wrote
on 4 May 2010 11:45 AM

I'm fortunate to live in Portland, Oregon with two big independent fabric stores: Fabric Depot and the Mill End Store. But my favorite boutique fabric shop is BOLT on NE Alberta Street. They even carry the Marimekko prints beloved by my little Finnish heart.

www.boltfabricboutique.com

Bethquilter4 wrote
on 4 May 2010 11:46 AM

My favorite quilt shop is Dusty Attic in Salisbury,MD. The owners  and staff are very friendly and alwasy ready to help.

jodisellers wrote
on 4 May 2010 12:02 PM

A new shop just opened that I love more each time I go.  It is Fabric City here in Rapid City, SD.  I still love my old favorites but this has lots of new wild prints that I love!

on 4 May 2010 12:06 PM

Bayside Quilting in Olympia, Wa.  is jam packed with wonderful fabric and many many sample quilts adorn the walls and hang from the high ceiling.  It well deserves having been chosen one of America's top ten quilt shops.

artndzne wrote
on 4 May 2010 12:23 PM

I am fortunate to live fairly close to four different shops. I don't know that I could name just one of them a favorite. Byrd's Nest has lots of inspiring samples, bags and a handwork club. Sew & Quilt is very involved in the local community and have sew-ins to make clothes, jammies, pillowcases and of course quilts. Lemon Street is a cute little store in historic downtown Palatka. They seem more like family than staff, and of course Trixie the dog welcomes visitors. The Quilt Shop of Deland is a potpourri of techniques, fabrics and patterns. You are guaranteed to be  enticed by all the offerings in the shop. Judy not only runs the shop but also designs fabric and patterns. Anytime I visit I leave with loads of inspiration and a spring in my step.

Marilynne wrote
on 4 May 2010 12:31 PM

I fell in love with  a little store on Saltspring Island b.c. Canada called "Stiches".  It is a fabulous store full of everything a quilter (and knitter) would ever need.  I can find things there that I can't where I live in Victoria B.C.  It is a place that I could spend thousands in, but alas, I, like you, usually only get a few fabulous fat quarters!!!

MicheleB@22 wrote
on 4 May 2010 12:41 PM

Probably  G Street Fabrics in Rockville, MD. They have great scrap bags of odd fabric bits.

MindyW wrote
on 4 May 2010 12:42 PM

My favorite local store is The BERNINA Store & Sew Much More.  It is also an online store at www.BerninaStore.com.  A great place to hang out and sew.  Staff is knowledgable about all the BERNINA machines and if you have a different type of machine they will helop you as much as possible.  This is a full service store, machines, fabrics, classes and great times. And of course the fabrics are great!!!

mxcallahan wrote
on 4 May 2010 12:55 PM

My favorite local fabric shop is Patwork Plus in my hometown, Marcellus, NY.

They offer the whole package - great fabrics, patterns and books, as well as sewing machines and notions. What I love most though is the ever changing display of finished projects. I'm inspired to sew every time I walk in the shop.

smarshall621 wrote
on 4 May 2010 1:02 PM

My favorite fabric/quilt shop is http://millstonequilts.com/

Beautiful old mill.  Lovely setting and so peaceful.  Even the drive to get there is beautiful!

=^..^=

Sandra

bethyorkwolf wrote
on 4 May 2010 1:02 PM

Rainbow's End in Dunedin, FL is a wonderful shop!  I typically spend more than I make!

Beth W.

smarshall621 wrote
on 4 May 2010 1:04 PM

My favoriate fabric/quilt shope is http://millstonequilts.com/

on 4 May 2010 1:05 PM

My fave local all around fabric store is Habermans in Royal Oak, MI (http://habermanfabrics.com/)...great fabrics, awesome staf & wonderful machine to drool over :)

Theresa

on 4 May 2010 1:11 PM

My favorite local quilt shop is Four Pines Quilting in Claremont, NH.  They carry a nice selection of fabrics.  Becky and Brent a great to talk to and very helpful.  They offer a variety of classes.  And best of all they are close by!

mjglandt wrote
on 4 May 2010 1:33 PM

Our local shop, The Doll Factory, has limited supplies & fabric.  Two nearby shops are Platte Valley Vacuum & Sewing in Scottsbluff, NE and Prairie Pines in Gering, NE

Truthfully, anywhere I go, I can find a favorite shop!

jabotquilt wrote
on 4 May 2010 2:08 PM

Well first and foremost, Congratulations on your engagement!   The fun of a wedding and life thereafter=)  Yahoo

My favourite quilt store is the one in the neighbouring town.  We don't have one in our town  , too small, but the one in the other little town is great.   Totally friendly staff and have lots of selection.

jabotquilt wrote
on 4 May 2010 2:11 PM

Congrats on the engagement!!!!!!!

My fav quilt store is Country Concessions in Barrie ON CAnada

on 4 May 2010 2:28 PM

My favorite is The Joyful Quilter in Glenville, NY.  They are always so nice and happy and there is a sitting & sew group on Tuesday!

on 4 May 2010 2:30 PM

The one shop I enjoy going to is The Joyful Quilter in Glenville, NY.  The have the best sit & sew on Tuesdays.

oregonjudy wrote
on 4 May 2010 2:42 PM

That's a tough one since Portland, Oregon has so many great quilting stores. Depends on what I'm looking for...if it's brights I go to Common Thread.For wonderful Asian fabrics and manly flannels I hit up The Pine Needle. If I'm looking for contemporary prints I head out to Quilting Delights. And that's only at my end of the city.

Glenda Rae wrote
on 4 May 2010 2:48 PM

My favorite local fabric store was '2 Sisters Quilting" in Meridian, Idaho. Due to economic times and health issues the store was closed. Hopefully the store will be fully open online. The owner was an amazing woman. She still is. She always had purple fabric which I love. She also had fabric with dragonflies when she could find it. She would call if she thought she had something you would like. She would talk you through a quilting crisis over the phone. Her shop was amazing. She was amazing. Customer service was the best. I pray she makes a go of it online. She deserves it.

Glenda Rae wrote
on 4 May 2010 2:48 PM

My favorite local fabric store was '2 Sisters Quilting" in Meridian, Idaho. Due to economic times and health issues the store was closed. Hopefully the store will be fully open online. The owner was an amazing woman. She still is. She always had purple fabric which I love. She also had fabric with dragonflies when she could find it. She would call if she thought she had something you would like. She would talk you through a quilting crisis over the phone. Her shop was amazing. She was amazing. Customer service was the best. I pray she makes a go of it online. She deserves it.

on 4 May 2010 2:53 PM

Fabric Etc. in Bellingham, WA is my favorite.  Owner Carol is so supportive of her shoppers and it is a cheery fun store to visit; and of course shop!

Wish I had had time to find the quilt shop in Portsmouth when we were there, it looks lovely.

bribjo wrote
on 4 May 2010 2:58 PM

I live in Norway and my favorite local fabric store at the time is "Stoff og stil", which can be translated to "Fabric and style". The staff is very helpful and has good competence on the products they sell. And you can always find someting on discount. The store is really big and filled with inspiring fabric for clothes, home decoration and also some for quilting, although typical quilting fabrics are not what they have the most of. And all at good prices (at least for Norwegian conditions). I love to go there, walk in the door and smell that fabulous fabric smell and be exited of what I will come out with this time. The store is located only ten minutes from where I live and it is also a web shop: http://www.stoffogstil.no

DarleneLee wrote
on 4 May 2010 3:21 PM

My favorite quilt shop is Quilters junction in Chehalis Washington. they have classes from beginners to experts and they treat everyone like a best friend. They also went therw the flood back in 2007 and lost all most all their fabric and we spent hours washing and refolding the fabric we could save.

Thay are there to answer any question you may have no matter how simple or hard it may be they will always find the answer for you. If it wasnt for them I may not be quilting today as they have helped me more than anyone else has.

www.quiltersjunctionusa.com

Darlene LaBarre

thekaranda@hotmail.com

ElenaRadock wrote
on 4 May 2010 3:23 PM

New Pieces in Berkeley!

caren12 wrote
on 4 May 2010 3:46 PM

That is so hard to do.  Mobile has never kept a great fabric store for long.  For years it was Bears by the Bay but they closed.  It was great.  It was a large building with plenty of room to spread out the fabric.  They always had beautiful quilts hanging for insperation.  And the coolest was a spool of glow in the dark thread that hung in the wall of the bathroom.  You could turn the lights out and check out the glowing htread.  Now we mainly have chain stores.   Other than chains, I would say All About Sewing, where I bought my sewing machine.  They are the place I can go for fabric chains don't carry.  They also carry all the great new toys that I want to try.  Like Angelina fibers, paintstix, and anything els I find in your magazine.  It's a small store but great.

Caren12

on 4 May 2010 3:48 PM

On of my favorite quilt shops is "The Quilters Garden" in Fenton, MI.  Lots of Batiks, Orientals, & brights.  Also embelishments galore.

on 4 May 2010 4:13 PM

Oh my.  I go to a few different ones.  They all have their own special qualities that I like  about them.  Wow, this is gonna be a hard decision, but if I have to choose.  Drum roll please.  Stitch n Sew.  Its in Aurther, Il.  I dont get over there often, but when I do, I do some major shopping. Its a good thing I dont live closer, LOL.

AnnieSky wrote
on 4 May 2010 4:26 PM

I love Portsmith Fabric Company, but it's about a 3 hr drive!  My favorite local shop is Quilt-A-Way just over the river in Westminster Station Vermont.  The fabric selection is bold and bright!  Carol has a humungous selection of Baticks.  The store mascot is Gracie a Shar-Pie.  Just my kind of stre!

http://quiltaway.com/store.htm

ginny b wrote
on 4 May 2010 4:29 PM

Forever in Stitches....because it is local and I can shop when the mood strikes me

Love the dots

1griselda1 wrote
on 4 May 2010 4:40 PM

My favorite fabric store in Redding CA has to be Sew Simple.  I always leave inspired and ready to tackle a new project.

Jcomi wrote
on 4 May 2010 5:32 PM

I love a little store on St. Simons Island, GA, named Stepping Stones Quilts.  Perhaps it is just that I am always on vacation when I go there?? :-)

Jean C

scravey wrote
on 4 May 2010 5:41 PM

My favorite shop is Sweet Home Quilt Company in Conyers, Georgia.  It masquerades as a residential house in Old Towne Conyers.  The owner, Melisa is an absolute angel.  She always has the most wonderful Moda fabrics.  She constantly hangs new quilt designs up on her walls, and she's even helped me in a few quilting crises.  The rest of the crew are like a big quilting family. In fact, if it wasn't for Sweet Home Quilt Company, I might hever have started quilting as much as I do now.    There's no place like Sweet Home!    www.sweethomequiltco.com

bambs wrote
on 4 May 2010 7:06 PM

After many year's of raising children, I recently went back to my love of quilting but with a twist- fabric art. Finding a fabric store that carried the colorful fabrics I was looking for in this economy was hard, for to many have closed. My favorite quilt shop is set in a house in Cincinnati and  has wonderful fabric. I especially enjoy the children't section where I have found the cutest fabric to make quilts for my grandchildren to use as they sleep. While big chain fabric stores are an option, I love spending time in my little house quilt shop.

bambs wrote
on 4 May 2010 7:06 PM

After many year's of raising children, I recently went back to my love of quilting but with a twist- fabric art. Finding a fabric store that carried the colorful fabrics I was looking for in this economy was hard, for to many have closed. My favorite quilt shop is set in a house in Cincinnati and  has wonderful fabric. I especially enjoy the children't section where I have found the cutest fabric to make quilts for my grandchildren to use as they sleep. While big chain fabric stores are an option, I love spending time in my little house quilt shop.

mlm5 wrote
on 4 May 2010 7:09 PM

I live in a small town and we really only have one place to go: New Bern Fabric Center, but I do get some nice things there.

That little bundle just makes me salivate!

Quilnan wrote
on 4 May 2010 7:46 PM

Congrats on your engagement. This was good practice for Kyle... hanging around a quilt shop.

My favorite is Suwannee Valley Quilt Shop in Trenton, FL (near Gainesville). It's in an old Coca Cola building so that adds some historical interest. And they have an entertaining parrot named Sonny, plus  a comfortable place with newspapers for husbands. And did I mention the fabric? Terrific selection. In addition, they have a stained glass shop, cross stitch shop, and lovely classroom all housed in separate buildings. And a cafe... good lunches. Nancy http://suwanneeshops.com/

tcopeland wrote
on 4 May 2010 7:48 PM

Peace 'n Applique is my favorite fabric store.  Creaky floors, room after room of fabric, kits, notions.  In picturesque Rochester, IL.

karinlisa wrote
on 4 May 2010 8:22 PM

My favorite shop is Quilting Adventures in Richmond. Not only great fabric, but they also carry all the paints and other goodies we fabric artists love!

Karin

Jody Johnson wrote
on 4 May 2010 8:35 PM

My favourite shop is My Sewing Room in Calgary, Alberta

ChristinaF@4 wrote
on 4 May 2010 9:31 PM

My Favorite Quilt Store is Bluebirds Quilt Studio in Nampa Idaho. Bluebird has the nicest people in the world and have classes and seminars that ignite your creativity. They offer Traditional and Art Quilt projects and classes. Everytime I am in the store it makes me want to run home and make something.

dipart57 wrote
on 4 May 2010 11:18 PM

Many congratulations on your engagement Pippa, and best wishes for your future. You have obviously made a good choice of husband if he was happy to sit amongst the sewing machines patiently waiting until you chose fabric, train them early I say! My favourite quilt shop is called Patchwork Passion in Auckland New Zealand, I loved it so much I had to get a job there, so now I get to play with fabric all day long three days a week, and I get a good price on fabric purchases so needless to say my stash is constantly growing! If you are visiting our part of the world we'd love to see you down here, we love to meet new quilters.

AWalls2 wrote
on 5 May 2010 7:53 AM

My favorite is Joann Fabrics in West Lebanon, NH. I know it's a big chain store, but the employees are all so nice there, even when it is crazy busy they don't get cranky, and are always smiling

Maggie89 wrote
on 5 May 2010 10:08 AM

my http://www.ultimatesewing.com/  favourite shop is Ultimate Sewing in Oshawa. Its between home & work!!

Ladyblades wrote
on 5 May 2010 12:08 PM

My favorite local fabric store is Erica's Craft and Sewing Center. I've been sewing and, of course, shopping, for over 35 years and it really is the greatest store I have ever seen anywhere! They have a website but it doesn't do them justice. www.ericas.com

on 5 May 2010 12:46 PM

I love The Quilt Tree here in Anchorage. The people are always friendly and it's so inspiring to walk in and see all of the fabrics, projects, and ideas tucked everywhere!

sewz4fun wrote
on 5 May 2010 6:37 PM

The Eagle Creek Quilt Shop in Shakopee, MN is a beautiful renovated train depot.  They have "Civil War" fabrics, contemporary fabrics, tons of wool and oilcloth and a whole room devoted to batiks.  If you get a chance to visit, you'll be SOOOO glad you did!     Denise  

www.eaglecreekquiltshop.com

Lynn Cohen wrote
on 6 May 2010 12:29 AM

My favorite local fabric store is any garage sale/yard sale or the Opportunity House Thrift store, a non profit for battered women in my town. I buy all recycled materials for my art now. But I wouldn't be opposed to winning some brand new materials should I be the lucky winner here. ;-)

KatyQ wrote
on 6 May 2010 12:56 AM

I'm afraid while I do live in a small city the only fabric stores here is a JoAnn's and a Hobby Lobby.  While their fabric is OK and I use them for quilting cotton I buy most of my fabric from Etsy.  Too many wonderful shops and nice people and fab fabric on etsy.  Not the quaint shops of small villages, but I'd like to think the passion for fabric is as addictive online.

Roxxy30 wrote
on 6 May 2010 11:35 AM

My fav is Among Friends Quilt shop in Louisville, KY

Roxxy30 wrote
on 6 May 2010 11:36 AM

My fav is Among Friends Quilt shop in Louisville, KY

cindy_sews wrote
on 6 May 2010 8:42 PM

My favorite fabric store is Stitchers Garden. Every time I walk in the store, there are new bolts of fabric stacked at the front desk. They have more fabric than any other fabric store that I have ever seen.

on 7 May 2010 7:41 PM

My favourite local quilt store only takes me about a half hour to walk to. It is only a couple of years old and the ladies who work there are always so helpful. If there's a fat quarter that I want and it's not already cut, they will cut one for me. It's call the Quilter's Block.

sgoodi wrote
on 7 May 2010 10:17 PM

I come from a long line of crafting but am fairly new to quilting.  Since

I'm new to it, I am only familar with a very few quilting shops, so my favorite is Fons and Porters Love of Quilting in Winterset, IA. What makes it really 'dangerous' for me is that not only is it 5 blocks from my home but, my desk is about 20 feet from the shop!! I don't think you can ever have enough fabric : )  !

sweet1 wrote
on 8 May 2010 10:36 AM

The most fantastic LQS is located by the quaint little town of Abita Springs LA, named "Sew This".  The team of  people there everyday are simply beautiful people!

The inspiration and encouragement they offer is outstanding.  The fabrics are all top quality and there is always something new.   It is my favorite place to spend my time in the entire area!

thepinecone wrote
on 8 May 2010 9:17 PM

My favorite fabric store is a small house converted into a shop found in Blue Ridge GA. It is about 2 hours from here so I don't go as often as I would like but it is amazing the she is so helpful!

www.countrystitchesinc.net

Liz M. wrote
on 9 May 2010 12:15 PM

I love the Viking Sewing Center in Ann Arbor, MI--they have great prices on sewing machines and a good fabric selection as well. I always walk away with unintended fabric purchases whenever I go to buy a new attachment...

ananemone wrote
on 9 May 2010 5:41 PM

My local quilt shop is awesome - they carry lots of quilting fabrics, of course, including some Lecien which I love - but also felted wool, raw silk, all kinds of things.  Every fat quarter is $3 or less, not a bad deal.

on 9 May 2010 10:29 PM

The Treasure Hunt Fabric store in Carpenteria- along the California coast---

My sister and I rate it as the "Best place in the World".

owlwoman2 wrote
on 10 May 2010 8:59 PM

Fabric Depot in Portland, OR - an acre of fabric and supplies!  When I am visiting Bend, OR, it is BJs Quilt Basket.  I take or send quilts there ti be quilted because Sandy is the greatest machine quilter.

on 11 May 2010 3:56 AM

My favourite local fabric store is M and K fabrics in Merimbula NSW Australia. The owner buys not only great new fabrics but also buys 'end of rolls''. These he sells at ridiculously cheap prices and people arrive by the busload to take advantage of these great bargains.

Sharyn

kathylutz wrote
on 11 May 2010 10:14 AM

I love wandering through the Village Quilter in Mt Holly NJ.Little spaces with a lot of neat surprises around every corner.  Kathy L

mcgrover wrote
on 11 May 2010 1:17 PM

The Top Stitch i n Spokane, WA is amazing with a mix of fun modern fabric designers and a hint of retro fabrics and patterns as well.  It is hard to walk in and not come out with a few projects to add to my to do pile.  Everyone who loves stitch should venture into this store.

jph wrote
on 11 May 2010 2:17 PM

Hi - a favorite Portland, OR area fabric store is The Pine Needle in Lake Oswego where owner Geri delights customers with unique arrangements and displays of glorious colors and project ideas. I just can't leave without a few treasures for my stash. Check it out!

jph

paints wrote
on 11 May 2010 7:45 PM

The Cotton Ball in Morro Bay, California. Great colorful fabrics, classes, great community.

on 11 May 2010 9:37 PM

My favorite is a quilt  store that recently relocated - to just a mile away from my door!  They carry my favorite - Kaffe Fassett fabrics - and lots of fun handbag patterns.

Pippa's Blog wrote
on 12 May 2010 9:30 AM

Thanks to all of you who shared your favorite fabric stores . It's always fun to hear about the many