Ditch your plans. Clear your schedule. Toss your to-do list and call your quilty friends. Saturday, January 25, is the second-annual Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day, and you’ve just gotta be there to lend your support! Quilt shops around the country are hosting special events and lots of fabric-filled fun for their celebrating customers. Visit just one shop, or stop by and say hello to every shop in a 100-mile range. But join them!
We asked a few of our authors about their favorite local quilt shops; here’s what they had to say.
From Kathy Brown, author of Strip-Smart Quilts II, Fat-Quarter Quickies, Strip-Smart Quilts, More Take 5 Quilts, and Take 5 Quilts: “My favorite quilt shop? It’s impossible to pick one. All the quilt shops in my area are so unique and offer such a wide variety of products and services—not to mention their fabulous southern Louisiana hospitality! From Red Stick Quilt Shop with its modern/traditional mix and fresh ideas to Cottage Creations and Quilts, which is aptly nestled in a little Cajun cottage; to The Quilt Corner with its awesome Louisiana themed room to Mama’s Quilt Shop, which is off the beaten path but so worth the drive…and last but not least is Bright Hopes Quilting, where they have everything a quilter could possibly want, including tons of enthusiasm in a quaint and charming little town!
Now do you see why I can’t pick just one?”
From Margaret Rolfe, author of A Quilter’s Ark, Successful Scrap Quilts from Simple Rectangles, Quilts on the Double, and The Magic of Quiltmaking: “Maleny Magic Patchwork and Quilts says it all—it is magic! The shop is situated in the hills behind Australia’s glorious Sunshine Coast, north of Brisbane, Queensland. I live miles away, down south in Melbourne, but it’s my favorite store because it’s helped me out with mail order these past few years when I haven’t easily been able to shop myself. Bev Perel, the owner, has been especially kind in looking after me. I’ve gotten gorgeous Japanese fabrics there, as the shop specializes in them.”
From Gerri Robinson, author of A Cut Above: Turn Charm Squares, Strips, and More into Beautiful Patchwork: “Local quilt shop? How about ‘neighborhood’ quilt shop? I consider myself extremely lucky to have not one but TWO quilt stores less than three miles from my house: Quilt Beginnings North and Red Rooster Quilts. Quilt Beginnings North is my go-to shop for all things Pfaff related and more; pre-wound bobbins, all kinds of needles, and sewing machines. Yes, I purchased all three of my Pfaff machines from them and I was just there this past Saturday ‘checking out’ an embroidery machine. I didn’t bite, but Jill sure did a great job trying to convince me I needed one. Red Rooster Quilts is my go-to shop for all my quilting mishaps . . . miscalculated yardage and mis-cut fabrics. With their selection of traditional and reproduction prints, I can always find a print that will do the job.”
From Françoise Maarse (pictured right), coauthor of A Paper-Pieced Garden: “The shop I visit most is not a ‘local’ shop, but a two-hour drive. For Dutch people that is a long drive…but it’s the shop of my friend and co-author, Maaike Bakker! Maaike has a studio in the Netherlands where she offers quilt workshops. I love her studio; it has a lot of inspiring fabrics and it’s a wonderful place to be creative. Just a good place for a short break.
Shops with bright colors are my favorites: all colors of the rainbow, big flowers, small ones, stripes—everything is OK if it has color! One of the shops that has all this is Marina’s Quiltcorner at Den Dolder in the Netherlands. The owner was the first Dutch person to have a copy of our book, A Paper-Pieced Garden.”
Need a good excuse to pop into your LQS on Saturday? We’ve got one for every quilter. How about these:
Remember, you are what keeps your local quilt shop in business—YOU. Pledge to visit your local quilt shop on Saturday, January 25, and get your creative motor running in 2014!
What do you love most about your local quilt shop? Share your praise (and links to shop websites if you’ve got ’em) in the comments!