Great Quilt Shops: Real & Virtual

comments (3) April 26th, 2008     

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Natalie Zee Drieu snapped this picture of Purl Patchwork in Soho.

Natalie Zee Drieu snapped this picture of Purl Patchwork in Soho.

Photo: Natalie Zee Drieu

I like to support my local shops whenever I can, especially the independent stores that are not only a place to buy the products I want, but a great resource when I have questions, need some personal instruction, or want to take a class to learn something new or refresh an old skill. These mostly smaller stores need us in order to survive and, in turn, we need them to feed our passion!

But sometimes I can’t find exactly what I need locally, or I succumb to the convenience of not having to leave the house or of shopping late at night, so I visit the cyber mall. Of course, this means I have to plan ahead because I’ll have to wait a bit for shipments and I won’t be able to actually feel that fabric between my fingers. But most everybody has a Web site these days, and just about anything you can dream of is available somewhere.

I’m a fabric junkie and, when I travel, at the top of my list of sites to see are, of course, the fabric stores and quilt shops in the area. Here are a few you might want to visit either in person or online:

Quiltology-–the Urban Quilt Space, in Chicago’s Lincoln Park area
Purl Patchwork, in Soho, New York City
Hancock’s of Paducah, in Paducah, Kentucky (home of The American Quilter’s Society)
Black Cat Quilts, in San Francisco
Loving Stitches Quilt Shop, in Fayetteville, North Carolina

posted in: purl patchwork, quiltology, hancocks, black cat, loving stitches

Comments (3)

SallyBC writes: If you are looking for a wide variety of quilting fabrics, you cannot beat The Fabric Shack in Waynesville, Ohio. Their website is:

Posted: 4:12 am on May 13th
CindersSews writes: This is where I intended to post my comment, not on Quilters Take to the Road but there you go - I'm new to this!! Love the new website.
The Shibori Dragon in Lakewood WA is a stunning destination for beautiful oriental fabrics, batiks, threads and inspiration. I also enjoy the SewMamaSew store and especially the blog.
Posted: 7:47 pm on May 1st
Jen_sewandsox writes: I love Purl Patchwork. Another favorite online fabric store of mine is Sew, Mama, Sew!

Both of these stores also have great blogs with tutorials and more.
Posted: 12:50 pm on April 27th
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