Support Your Local Quilt Shop Day!

It’s Local Quilt Shop Day once again and after the last year and a half of visiting numerous quilt shops every month, I can say it might be my favorite day of the year. I had the joy of visiting dozens of shops from California to New Hampshire and there are plenty of great ones!

Quilt Parlor in Battle Mountain, Nevada
Quilt Parlor in Battle Mountain, Nevada

One of the things I love about an independent quilt shop is the attention and understanding that comes from the folks who work there–usually quilters and sewists themselves. My first experience with a local quilt shop was with Cool Cottons in Portland, OR in 2009. It was late in my sewing game and I hadn’t even realized that shops like this existed prior to getting a job with FabShop Network. I had gotten one of my great-grandmother’s quilt tops and wanted to find a backing for it. My boss suggested I check out the shop nearest where I lived, so I headed over to Cool Cottons with my quilt top and complete lack of direction on what to do with it.

Thankfully, the owner Marie was there that day and spent a good half hour with me, auditioning fabrics that could work for the backing. I wanted to keep the vintage feel to it, and was hoping to find something that would coordinate with those Pepto-Bismol pink quarter-circles. We settled on a lovely print from Denyse Schmidt and off I went.

Now, never mind that 14 years later, I’m still working on hand-quilting my great-grandmother’s quilt… the point is that the fabric was perfect! And it was all thanks to a local quilt shop that cared about me and my project.

This is what I see quilt shop owners and employees doing all the time–helping quilters and sewists find just the right fabric, pattern, tool or class to help them. It’s lovely and I’m so grateful to have a part in this industry and supporting local quilt shops along the way.

Here are a list of some of my favorite quilt shops, ones that we saw along our Sew Together Tuesday: On the Road tour.:

Cali Quilt Co (Rancho Cordova, CA)

The Fig Leaf (Fort Collins, CO)

The Quilt Shop (Wakefield, NE) 402-287-2325

Old Alley Quilt Shop (Sherburn, MN)

Red Roxy Quilt Co. (Decorah,IA)

Time Flies Quilt & Sew (Negaunee, MI)

Blue Bar Quilts (Middleton, WI)

Always in Stitches (Noblesville, IN)

Quilt Beginnings (Dublin, OH)

Sew It Up Bernina (Hurst, TX)

Poppy Quilt & Sew (Georgetown, TX)

KC Maker Studio and Fabrics in Mission, KS

KC Maker Studio and Fabrics (Mission, KS)

The Pin Cushion Mitchell, SD (605) 996-0947

Sew On & Sew North (Langdon, ND)

Quilts & More (Sidney, MT)

Backdoor Quilt Shoppe (Billings, MT)

Cozy Creative Center  (El Cajon, CA)

In Stitches (Dixon, CA)

Quilt Parlor (Battle Mountain, NV)

Sunshine Quilts/Quilter’s Market (Tucson, AZ)

Quality Quilterz (Tucson, AZ)

Cupcake Quilts (Spring, TX)

Sew Much Love (Granbury, TX)

The Cotton Blossom Fabric Shoppe Ridgeland, MS

Willow Tree Fabrics Inc. (Decatur, AL)

Tiny Stitches (Marietta, GA)

5 Little Monkeys (Weaverville, NC)

Bobbin & Bolt (Richmond, VA)

Patchwork Plus (Dayton, VA)

Tomorrow’s Treasures (Crofton, MD)

Sew What’s New and Yarn Too! (Islip, NY)

Bits & Pieces Quilt Shop (Pelham, NH)

Pins and Needles (Middleburg Heights, OH)

Creative Passions (Chesaning, Michigan)

Linda Z’s (Arlington Heights, IL)

Patched Works, Inc  (Elm Grove, WI)

Sew Much More (Waukesha, WI)

Sew Trendy (Eagan, MN)

Calico Hutch Hayward, MN

Inspired to Sew (Cedar Rapids, IA)

Quilt Cabin/Interior Connection & Quilt (Colby, KS) 785.462.3375

Quilting Mayhem (Snohomish, WA)

Montavilla Sewing Center (Lake Oswego, OR)

Green’s Sewing & Vacuum Distributors (Medford, OR)

Tater Patch Quilts (Merrill, OR)

What’s your favorite quilt shop and where are they located? They don’t have to be YOUR local quilt shop these days, since it’s so easy to buy online, but they can still be your fave.

Support local quilt shops and independent retailers however and whenever you can. We’re all in this together. <3

Happy sewing!

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