Magical Quilt Shop Tour#5

14 07 2009

Going Batty-9744 S. Virginia Street, Suite C, 775-351-2424 Reno, Nevada

Going Batty Quilt Store, Reno, Nevada

Going Batty Quilt Store, Reno, Nevada

I had the opportunity to visit Going Batty, a DARLING qult shop in Reno. It is VERY well organized, light, airy, the latest fabrics and so much more, I spoke with Adam Robey, sales manager,who told me that they carry both sizes of the Tin Lizzie as well as the new 830 Bernina and frame. They also have tons of embroidery accessories and supplies (including the variegated Isacord that isn’t found everywhere), longarm and shortarm machine quilting supplies and many books and patterns. The shop has a longarm for rent and a full service repair shop for both domestic and longarm machines. I also liked the samples of the quilt kits that they had displayed in the store..they added to charm of the shop. Adam also said that they are launching and online store, so you may want to check it


Magical Quilt Shop Tour #4

24 06 2009

Today I visited a wonderfully surprising and fun quilt shop on Hwy. 101 in Florence, OR> The shop is called Wenz-Daze Quilter’s Emporium. Don’t let the industrial look of the outside fool you…this is a shop that is quite large and has several wonderful displays and beautiful fabrics. The shop is also a dealer for the HQ 16.

Among the many lovely displays in this shop is one of Asian Fabrics. Apparently, the husband of the shop owner is quite talented in the quilt pattern department (he has a background in automotive repair) and has created an awesome pattern that I think quilters would really enjoy using. There is also a lovely area of hand painted fabic scenes of the local lighthouses as well as a section of baby quilts and ways to utilize panels.

If you have the opportunity to visit Florence, treat yourself to this quilt shop…you won’t be disappointed.

Magical Quilt Shop Tour #3

24 06 2009

Joy of Quilting is a darling little quilt shop in the quaint seaside town of Florence, OR. The shop is light and bright and the feeling is “happy” when you walk in. There are displays of black and white quilts as well as quilts displaying the various lighthouses along the coast of Oregon. I loved their brights and there were many displays of the various panels that they carry in the store.

If you come to Florence, this shop is located on Hwy 101 before 42nd street on the right if you are coming north on the highway.

Magical Quilt Shop Tour Stop #2

20 06 2009

Over the past 3 weeks, we have been traveling up the California coast. We have stopped at Sequoiah and Yosemite National Parks as well as wine tours in Napa, CA. This week are beginning our tour of the Oregon coast, also known as the Emerald Coast. Our first stop has been here in Coos Bay, OR. This morning I had the opportunity to visit Threads That Bind at 120 Central in Coos Bay. The shop is located in the downtown area of the Coos Bay and you can easily walk to the boardwalk from the shop should you wish to do so.

I really enjoyed this shop! First, I found out the the owner is also an APQS representative and, since I have an APQS Liberty, I was really happy to have the opportunity to chat with her about the product. They sell Lennies (they also rent out time on the Lennies) and will have a George on site in the near future.

I bought two books, a pattern and a panel. Obviously, I have NO will power, LOL! The two books both are “big block” pattern books that use large patterned fabrics and will be quick to assemble. The pattern is for a journal cover and I could see this done using my new monogramming software for gifts for the upcoming holidays. Finally, the panel has a folk art feel that will allow me to quilt it in such a way that it will fool the eye of the beholder into thinking it has been pieced and appliqued.

There are many samples in this shop and great selection of patterns and fabrics. There is also a display of Bottom Line and Star machine quilting threads. I personally use the Star threads in my personal quilt piecing…I like it alot.

If you get to the Oregon Coast, make a stop in Coos Bay. You will not only enjoy the beauty of the area but also Threads that Bind.

The Magical Quilt Shop Tour

2 06 2009

Today I am going to begin sharing with you the various quilt shops that I will be visiting this summer as my husband and I tour the Southwest and Pacific Northwest . Since I won’t be working on client quilts or monogramming these next 10 weeks, I thought you might like to read about various shops, just in case you are in the areas that I visit. Also, if you have quilt shops you would like to share, please leave a comment.

At this writing, my husband and I, along with our 12 month old mini labradoodle have been on the road for 5 days in our motorhome. Our first stop has been Las Vegas. I had read about a quilt shop here in the Quilt Sampler and decided that I would like to check it out. It is called Nancy’s Quilt Shop on N. Buffalo off of I-515. It is a fabulous shop…great fabrics, unique patterns, organized to perfection and lots of finished quilts for eye candy. As an added bonus, they also teach and provide the materials for knitting. Since this is another one of my passions, I definitely found this shop to be a winner. I did control myself…I only bought the latest Turning Twenty book but it was a tremendous struggle! One other item that they had for sell was Nifty Fifty packets with strips of fabrics that you might not find in jelly rolls…they were awesome.

If you find yourself in Las Vegas and can drag yourself away from the slots and people watching, you won’t be disappointed with Nancy’s Quilt Shop.

Great Places To Feed Your Fabraholic/Notionholic Tendencies

12 09 2008

If you are always looking for the next Fabric/Batting Heaven or Notion Nirvana, I have some great suggestions for you. Most of the stores have online shopping. I don’t have any association with the shops; they are shops that I think give great service and have great fabric and other goodies.

Creations Quilt Shop, Kerrville, Texas

If you ever get anywhere near the Texas Hill Country, you have to visit this shop. You can plan on seeing fabulous fabric, great quilting ideas and a staff that will make you feel like a queen.  BTW: They have beautiful batiks and cool kits.

Fat Quarter Shop

The best online source for fat quarters, 1 yd cuts, patterns, and fabric that is going to be new and exciting. I LOVE to visit their web site and their blog. AWESOME service!

Las Colchas

Are you looking for reproduction fabric? Unusal designs for quilts? Las Colchas (spanish for The Blanket) is located in historic southtown area of San Antonio in a turn of the century Sears Roebuck kit house. Darling location, awesome fabric, reasonable prices. (they also have a link to their blog on the site)

The Quilt Haus

Deanne Quil has done an exceptional job of buying awesome fabric for children’s quilts, beautiful batiks and the newest fabrics available from the largest vendors. Deanne also has designed quilt patterns that are fun and easy to piece. Located in New Braunfels, TX, the shop has an online store.

Quilter’s Point

If batiks are your weakness, this is the shop for you! They specialize in batiks and have an awesome collection. They also have a wonderful staff and are a vendor for APQS. Their website has recently been revamped. The store is also actively involved with Threads of Love, which provide quilts and clothing for premature babies.

Notions, Thread, Books, DVDs

Columbia River Quilting: These folks are fast, efficient and have competitive pricing on books, etc. They had the best price for a TOWA gauge when I was comparison shopping.

Kings Men Quilting Supply: Another great source for just about everything you could possibly need for quilting. They have good prices on thread, media and magna glide bobbins.

If any of you have any other suggestions of quilt shops or notions vendors, I would love to hear from you so that we could post those as well.

This last line is NQR, but please remember the folks who are in the path of Hurricane Ike here in Texas and then into Louisana and Arkansas. It is going to be nasty.