Friday, January 25, 2013

Support Your Local Quilt Store!

I am lucky to live in a town with a GREAT local quilt shop--Quilters Corner. They run a lot of commercials on HGTV, and that's how I first heard about them after living here for three and a half years. :) Apparently, when I first lived here, they were located in a strip mall across the parking lot from my complex. Good thing I wasn't quilting then!

They've since moved downtown (you can tell this isn't a current picture, given all of the green leaves! It's gray and snowy here now) and have a spacious store with many "departments" and classroom space. It's very nice!

Lots of stash-builders and basics, organized by color (via Quilters Corner)

A huge batik selection, if that's your thing (via Quilters Corner)

And a great variety of modern fabrics (via Quilters Corner)

One of the strengths of the shop is that they have an insane variety of classes you can take. That's where I took my "Learn to Quilt" class about a year ago this time! Seriously, look at this schedule and drool. They're great about incorporating a variety of techniques and interests in their classes--learning to sew, bag making (they love their bags!), art quilts, machine quilting, learning to use your machine--you name it, they've probably got it.

The store is owned by four women who started it (with a fifth partner who has since retired) in 1995. So these ladies have some definite staying power! Since this is a relatively small community (only about 20,000 people, plus a whole bunch of students), they have to serve the interests of pretty much everyone. That means there are Civil War reproductions, batiks, and modern fabrics, all living together. Luckily, this is also a community that values the arts and local business, so hopefully they will be around a lot longer!

They have also been kind enough to host the fledgling Ithaca Modern Quilt Guild. This group was started up by Pat at Color Me Quilty, and though I've only been able to make it to one of three meetings so far, it sounds like turnout has been great! I'm looking forward to being involved consistently this semester.

So yesterday I patronized "my" wonderful shop. Didn't get too much (I'm trying to cut down on buying fabric with no clear project in mind... student budgets, you know) but I did end up with several fat quarters, one of which will probably work its way into my BOM project.

Fun stuff! I love the print from "Notting Hill" (far right) and I really need it in the aqua and red.

So if you didn't make it to your LQS yesterday, no worries. I'm sure they'd be happy to see you this weekend too. :)

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  1. Fabulous looking shop! Love the display of modern fabrics with the round pillow : )

  2. Looks like you have a great selection to choose from there! I didn't make it to my LQS yesterday, but I was there Sunday and Wednesday so I think they can forgive me :) (And I am supposed to be on a fabric diet, yikes!)

  3. Quilters Corner is an awesome quilt shop! I just wish I lived closer so I could shop there more than once a month!