from Wendy (2011)
I’ve mentioned before that I like to seek out quilt shops as we travel. Last year when we were in Spokane, for example, I had a list of quilt shops I wanted to visit and one day we put them into our TomTom and set out to find them. We did find them all – except one that turned out to be an internet only store that was out of some one’s home…but that’s a blog entry for another day. If I am traveling for work I often try to allow an extra 15 – 20 minutes on the journey to make a quick stop if I know of, or come across, a quilt store en route.
Once I’ve found the shop, I soon know whether I am going to want to come back. How so? Here are a few of my thoughts…
- do they carry fabric collections?
- does the colour selection connect with the what I like to use?
- how are the fabrics displayed and organized
Does the store inspire me? – I must admit, I like to see samples of inspiration hanging on the walls, from the ceiling and other shelves or tables around the store.
- I do find that a good selection of patterns along with fabric pre-packaged in kits very enticing.
You’ll be able to follow a few more of my favourite quilt shops along the way.