Me!! At Gramma Fannie’s Quilt Barn in Berlin, OH (Amish Country). PS I have the best boyfriend in the world
ambedu said: You pick very cute fabric! Do it get it locally or from an online source?
First, thank you! Secondly, I’ll take this opportunity to give some of my favorite fabric shops some love!
I live in Portland, OR and we are very very lucky to have some amazing resources. My all-time FAVORITE quilt store is cool cottons, centrally located on SE Hawthorne & 24th. She doesn’t sell online but if you’re ever in Portland, she’s the very best and you have to go to her shop. Fact.
Other great Portland shops include (oh, I just love bullets!):
The Oregon Coast has a lot of lovely quilt shops as well (Center Diamond in Cannon Beach is a favorite), and if you’re heading to central Oregon, The Stitchin Post is in Sisters. The cool thing about the Stitchin Post is Valori Wells owns it with her momma, Jean Wells! I don’t know them but I wish we were best friends.
As far as online fabric shopping goes, I’ve got three favorite sites:
My favorite thing to do on any vacation, no matter how long or short, is to find a local quilt shop and snatch up something lovely for my stash so I can remember it! This year alone, I’ve scored fabrics in Palm Springs, CA, Wytheville, VA, Boca Raton, FL, Seattle, WA, and Tucson, AZ. And of course all over Oregon. A great resource for finding local quilt shops is this store finder by All People Quilt.
As you can see, I love talking about fabric. A lot.
Well Friends! I have made the journey cross country from Portland, OR to Roanoke, VA! One of my dearest friends from college is getting married TOMORROW!! Ah! I’m so excited!!
I landed last night and woke up bright and early this morning to check out this quilt shop that one of my favorite tumblrs, knotsewtrashy, told me about - it’s about an hour and 20 minute drive from Roanoke and I was there shortly after they opened. And friends, Sew What Fabrics is NO joke. The shop is located in a huge old house and the top floor is literally STUFFED with sale fabrics! I couldn’t even breathe for a minute, I was so overwhelmed! And it was good sale fabric, too! In fact, most of what is pictured in my ‘fabric score!’ photo was on sale.
Plus, they just had EVERYTHING. And a million batiks! I admit, I didn’t get any batiks but there were numerous beautiful ones - especially in this light lavender color that was to die for - but if I had tried to choose, I would still be there, right now.
After I spent a lifetime narrowing down my fabrics (don’t worry, I still did some major bank account damage), I went up the street about a block and had lunch at the Log House Restaurant. It was delicious, and I’m not much of a foodie so I won’t bore you with details, but check out the sweet Log Cabin quilt they had hanging on the wall! Ahhh! It was a wonderful day!
Thank you, knotsewtrashy! And tomorrow, I’m going to post photos of the quilt I made for my friend that is getting married!!
Happy Weekend to you all!
Last week I went to Kona, HI with my dad and of course I had to stop at a quilt shop! Right in downtown Kona is Quilt Passions (check out the Spring/Summer 2011 issue of Quilt Sampler; the shop is featured on page 32). The shop’s batik selection is unparalleled (even a shop exclusive of sea turtles) and I snagged some sweet Hawaiian prints (some as low at $7.99/yd!). The photos I’m blogging are of quilts hanging in the shop. All of their quilts were beautiful and I also picked up a pattern for a quilt I hope to have finished for my sister’s Christmas present. Even better, it’s right by Kona Brewing, so if you’re fortunate to visit Kona, I know exactly how you should spend at least one afternoon. !!!!!!!