June 23, 2008

Stores

Jacquie brought up some good points about shopping: 1) it's more fun to do so in person rather than online, and; 2) many stores that one can get to carry 'old-fashioned' type fabric and not "fun" fabric.

I agree with both points. I am only beginning to like the flowery old-fashioned fabrics but have always preferred the wacky ones, like this one that I call Surfin' Skele's and that I bought 20-odd years ago:




I just picked this one up and think it's fun - sorry for the blurry picture:


And this one I recently picked up at Fabricland for $3.99/m - and it's a nice quality fabric! Can't beat that price.


While inexpensive fabric is exciting to find, I realize that it isn't always the best thing to put one's money toward - for several reasons, not the least of which is that it rarely supports the small, local quilt shop.

Here are some fat quarters I bought at Andjareena's Place near Trenton, Ontario during a recent visit out that way:


She has a wonderful selection including some wacky fabrics, that I didn't pick up, in such a small place! And she has lots of tools, templates and patterns. Plus yarns, pieces of hand-dyed wool, and on and on. Quite a fun shop.

Do you have a favourite quilt shop? Why is it so good?

I'm off to iron and wash and get ready for work. Hope you all have a great week!

Keep your foot on the dogs!

1 comment:

Jacquie said...

Learned a lesson about online fabric shopping today. I ordered some solid Kona cotton online...I thought I knew what color it was...turned out to be something totally wrong for my project. I usually only buy fabric online that I've seen in person...you never know how your computer skews the colors. My fav shop is Sarah's fabrics in Lawrence. Besides their fabulous selection, those ladies know quilting, sewing and fabric. They are top notch help and have never steered me wrong. They also have so many inspiration quilts hanging in the store. It's the best!