Many quilt and fabric stores are a lot like the old TV show, Cheers. Instead of Norm, Cliff, Sam, Diane, and Frasier, the names may be Lynn, Jessica, Renee, Rita, Ellen, and Barb. Store personnel and customers share the daily news, family updates, and the latest sewing or quilting ventures. It’s more than a place to find the newest fabric trends, it’s a community of friends.
That’s why I think it’s important to talk about the national Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day in today’s sewing blog. It’s a worldwide celebration for independently owned quilt shops everywhere. It’s meant to connect retailers and fabric lovers. Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day will be held on January 24, 2013—some stores have special events.
Sure, we all buy online and travel to special quilting or sewing events that include shopping extravaganzas. Without our local quilting, sewing machine, or fabric shops, we’d be in a whole bunch of trouble! This designated day reminds me just how important local retailers are to our creative communities.
Okay, so I’m a little biased!
Not too many people reading this blog live in my little community, Beaver Dam, WI. If you do, come on over to Nancy’s Notions Retail Store on Thursday, January 24. We’re not just a quilt shop, you’ll find a wide range of quilting, sewing, and embroidery notions, fabrics, and supplies. The gals in the store, plus John our machine repair guy, will make you feel right at home!
We also have a TV, comfy chairs, and hot coffee designed for guests who come along just for the ride.
Plus, I guarantee you can have your picture taken with me—flat Nancy, who is always on hand. The taller version is available on occasion. (I must like white blouses and sweaters!)
Search Out a New Store
Living near Madison, WI, I read about a new quilting/fabric store that recently opened. The article said that the owner learned how to sew by watching Sewing With Nancy with her dad on Saturday mornings. With that type of introduction, I had to go visit this new start-up store and meet the enterprising entrepreneur, Sarah at The Sewcial Lounge.
Her store has a fresh layout, trendy décor, and offers classes that cater to sewing newbies! I especially like the option to rent a sewing machine.
Of course I added to my fabric collection, by purchasing one of hers!
Tell me about your visit!
What’s your favorite local quilt or fabric shop? I do get around the country quite a bit and am always looking for a new fabric adventure. Perhaps I’ll see you at your favorite shop in the future!
Bye for now,