Whether you are a fanatic quilter, or a hobby sewer, you have likely visited many a store looking for something to catch your eye, or help you complete your task. There are a number of chain stores that carry common fabric of varying quality and tools for crafters and artists of all type.
Quilt shops offer a less cookie cutter environment. Rather than a corporate model and standard layout and staffing, the local quilt shop employs people that have an interest in quilting, whether it’s their hobby or employment. They offer assistance for anyone asking, they can help you pick out the right fabrics for your project or find a resource to help you finish it. They generally have higher quality fabric, so it costs a bit more, but it is well worth the experience. In most cases. One of these cases is described below.
Quilt Country is located on the west side of the Fox Avenue exit from I35E. Open daily, this shop has a staff of “Supergirls” that truly are that. Helpful and friendly, they do their best to advise you through any questions. There are a multitude of books, patterns, embelishments, as well as thread, kits and a classroom. And then there’s the material.
It’s ridiculous. In a totally awesome way. Rows upon rows upon rows of fabric, they offer everything from asian insprired fabric, batiks, vintage style to wide backing, fleece and minky. They have jelly rolls and fat quarters. And all over the walls of the shop, they have inspiration. Quilt tops and finished quilts adorn the upper walls, providing beautiful examples of the quilt and quilting patterns. Those samples change with the seasons, ever teasing the shopper’s eye with enticing color and patterns.
I have been to many quilt shops in a variety of states, and this is top of my list. I have visited frequently and have NEVER had a less than pleasurable experience.
Check out their website for more information, as well as class schedules and store hours. www.quiltcountry.com. Happy shopping quilters!!