All quilters shop together – January 24th

I love my local quilt shop!Short on stitching supplies? Rotary blade got an annoying nick? Just emptied a spool? Need a fabric fix? Plan to right all your quilting wrongs one week from today—Thursday, January 24, 2013. It’s the first annual Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day!

Martingale is proud to be a sponsor of Visit Your Local Quilt Shop (LQS) Day—a worldwide celebration of independent quilt shops. Created by the Fabric Shop Network, this inaugural day is the perfect time to plan a fun shop adventure with your best quilting buds and spread the word about your favorite LQS.

You are vital to the life of your local quilt shop. You’re the reason they exist. And you’re the reason they stay in business. We all help keep our LQSs alive! Round up your quilting BFFs for a day of shopping fun. If your friends need a reason to commit, try one of these:

  • “Your UFO pile is as tall as you are. How about we go shopping with the goal of finishing one?”
  • “I heard that somewhere, somehow, someplace… there’s a baby without a quilt.”
  • “It’s decided. We’ll go to lunch and a movie. Except instead of the movie and the lunch, we’ll go fabric shopping.”
  • “I read that quilting-health day is the new mental-health day.”
  • “We’re going to the quilt shop together on Thursday, okay? Let’s try not to get in trouble this time.”
  • “Let’s get inspired!”

Super Stitcher Award Program--earn free quilt books!SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Super Stitcher Double Stamp Day

Buy any Martingale book or product at your local participating quilt shop on January 24, 2013, and you’ll get your Super Stitcher card stamped twice! Not a Super Stitcher yet? To find out how you can earn FREE books with your Super Stitcher card, go here.


Thursday’s the day to show your support—mark January 24 on your calendar! Let your local quilt shop know how much you love them, and that you appreciate what they bring to your neck of the woods. Pay a visit and tell them you’re glad they’re around!

Tell us why you love your local quilt shop in the comments—share your shop’s name and what you’re planning to score next week. Be sure to call your LQS to see what special events they’re planning for the big day so you don’t miss out on the fun!


17 Comments (leave a comment)

  • I love my LQS … Just wish this celebration was NOT on a weekday, which is a WORK DAY for many quilters! I’m not able to get to, much less shop the LQS on my lunch hour, and they are closed by the time I’m off work …
    Next year, please schedule this day for a SATURDAY!!

    —TxGal on January 17, 2013
  • While Togliatti isn’t strictly a "Quilt Shop," they go above and beyond to obtain whatever I need. If they’re offering a class on a weekday and I express an interest in it, they will do their best to find time during the evenings or on a Saturday to accomodate me. So many of the LQS’ around me only do classes during the day and it makes it difficult for working people to get to them. As long as Togliatti is open and under the same management, I’ll be a frequent and grateful patron!

    —Sheila Craft on January 17, 2013
  • Wish I would have read this before I went to my local quilting shop today! 🙁 Guess I’ll just have to find a color I need and go back again next week! 🙂

    Rita McCart on January 17, 2013
  • One of my favorite quilt shops is Canby Quilts and Fabrics in Canby Oregon. Not only are they warm, friendly and knowledgeable…but they have an old-fashioned wooden screen door!

    Beth Strand on January 17, 2013
  • I have two favorite shops: Crafty Threads in Tampa, FL and Scrap and Sew in Lutz, FL. When I walk in the door, thier staff of friendly folks call me by my first name and say hello. They leave me to browse without interuption and when I look perplexed, they’re always eager to help and answer my questions or offer suggestions for my projects. Both stores have a large selection of fabrics, notions, and rulers. They have "Sew Days", discount specials, and are just fun stores to go to. I love T-shirts with funny sayings on them and Crafty Threads sells quilt related T-shirts. Scrap and Sew offers a huge selection of batik fabrics. If you’re in the Tampa-Lutz area, check out these stores; you won’t regret it.

    Keep smiling,

    Lynnita Shipman on January 17, 2013
  • well, my local shop isn’t so local for me, unless it’s online. the last shop closed some time ago here and it’s an outing to go to one, the closest one is some 30+ miles one way that has an assortment. so, it’s an outing and remember a punch card? well, there’s the gas station, will the tires and battery make it they need changed and oh yes, the bank account! well, some day soon, the local shop it is…

    —diane on January 17, 2013
  • I shop at The Quilters’ Garden Patch in Oakville, Ontario, Canada. A fabulous little store that caters to my needs. There are a fabulous group of ladies that work in the store. They are a giving group. Quilts of Valour, pillowcases for Ronald McDonald house, compassion quilts for people you know that need some comfort, wonderful stitch and chat groups, workshops and let’s not forget why I go. The fabric and the books, the notions. I could go on and on. I love my local quilt shop. I hope its here forever.

    Bev Andersen on January 17, 2013
  • I love The Quilters Garden in Duvall, WA. They have an excellent selection: Pacific Northwest prints for landscape quilts, lovely Japanese fabrics, king-size quilt backings. Plus they have a long-arm with hourly rental.

    —Lynne on January 17, 2013
  • Quilts Plus in Indianapolis is my favorite. I go for the friendly help and inspiration

    —Ellie on January 17, 2013
  • My local quilt shop is "The Needle and I" in Burnaby, B.C. Almost weekly my quilty friends and I meet there to buy necessary supplies, pick up the next Mystery Installment, and check out the newest arrivals. We always are greeted with warmth and laughter by the owner, Debbie. Her little shop is filled to the ceiling with wonderful displays and inspiration. My friends and I support our local quilt shop and we are appreciative that Debbie is filling a need for quilters like us in an area where there are very few fabric and sewing notions stores.

    —Karen Heron on January 17, 2013
  • Yes, I’m definitely planning on a visit to my shop next week (Patchwork Plus located in Dayton, VA). Not sure what I’ll end up with, but they’re having their annual Quilters’ Sale. So i think there’s a possibility I’ll come home with something!

    Deb on January 17, 2013
  • The Quilted Owl is one of my favorite quilt shops. It has so much quilting fabrics and kits that I enjoy making into quilts. The two ladies who run the quilt shop are always willing to help you out with coordinating colors and getting the right fabric for the right project. They also take your picture when you bring in a quilt or projct you make, then they put in their newsletter they send out emailed every two weeks. Mes Ami Quilt shop is another quilt I frequent, but not as much. Their fabric is a little different than the Quilted Owl so I can get the best of both worlds. Their fabric is a little bit more lively than the other quilt shop, but the people are just as nice as the other quilt shop. It is nice that I can go to two quilt shops. I feel very lucky indeed.

    —beth daniels on January 17, 2013
  • My favorite store is the closest shop for quilters! It’s also where I work! It’s hard when the new fabrics come, to leave them in the store. Here so many I want to take home with me!

    —Sheri~mama to eight on January 18, 2013
  • Sigh. I would love to have a local shop. Wal-mart just doesn’t count. It’s 3 hours drive to the closest one, so I do all my shopping online. Ladies, please think of me when you are visiting your shop and fondling all those wonderful fabrics!!

    —Cheryl on January 18, 2013
  • My favorite LQS is The Quilt Company in Allison Park, PA. They have a wonderful assortment of fabrics, friendly and knowledgeable staff, good assortment of rulers, books, patterns, batting, notions, etc. I’m fortunate that it is on my way home from work, so I have a hard time convincing the car NOT to pull in to the parking lot every time I pass it! But I agree with TxGal – next year make it a Saturday! It would give us more time to shop, and for those of us lucky to have several in driving distance, it would allow us to hit them all!

    —Barb Johnson on January 18, 2013
  • I love our LQS! It’s The Rabbit’s Lair in downtown Rogers, AR. Lot’s of great fabric, notions and fun people!

    —Kathy Collins on January 23, 2013
  • wish i had know this yesterdday when I snuck out to go to the Rabbis’ Lair, all my quilting stuff is spread all over fayettevill and springdale and now i need a new blade. Should have gotten it anyway, u never have enoght rottery blades!

    —Claudia Romanos on February 1, 2013

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