The local quilt shop, or LQS as it’s known in the blogosphere, has been making a comeback in my area. Even if I exclude the big box stores like Hobby Lobby and JoAnn’s there are no less than half a dozen quilting stores in my area. This is really exciting for me, because I love fabric, and the sheer number of stores in my area provides me with a variety of quality fabrics I wouldn’t be able to find otherwise.
I don’t really have a favorite quilting shop, and that’s probably a goof thing. It means that I am supporting all of my local shops, instead of just one or two. The store I shop in depends on the type of fabric I want for my current project. All of the stores carry great poplins, or quilting cottons, but only one of the stores carries other fabrics, such as shirting cottons, silks, satins, and other clothing fabrics.
Let’s Sew is located on Morgan Ave. in Evansville. They carry all sorts of specialty clothing fabrics as well as poplin. And I really do love the quilting cottons they carry. They have Alexander Henry, Tula Pink, and Parson Grey, as well as some great Japanese lines. Plus, there are lots of great notions. I originally went to this store to buy zippers, and boy, do they have zippers? Lots of them. And buttons, tons of buttons. If you’re ever in Evansville, I recommend you stop by. Recent purchases from their store include zippers and other notions, muslin, and Tula Pink yardage.
The Stitching Post
The Stitching Post is located in downtown Washington, IN. They carry quilting cottons, fleece, wool, and flannels, along with some great pre-cuts, patterns, and even a few notions. I love going in this store because they have such a wide selection of fabrics to choose from. Recent purchases from their store include Robert Hoffman Bali Pops, Stonehenge, Riley Blake, and Moda Little Black Dress fabrics.
The Village Mercantile
The Village Mercantile is located on the square in Boonville, IN. Like The Stitching Post, they offer a wide variety of fabrics. The store is smaller than the Stitching Post, but I’m pretty sure they have just as much fabric in the place. It’s a great place to shop when you’re looking for blenders, batiks, civil war and flour sack reprints, or the latest Moda or Robert Kaufman lines. Recent purchases from their store include Moda Sew Modern precuts and minky backing.
Quilts N’ Bloom
Quilts N’ Bloom is located in Haubstadt, IN and is my closest LQS. The selection at this store is a little more limited than at some of the other LQS, but it’s one of those places you love to go. The owner knows me by name and always takes the time to help me find just the right fabrics to complete my project. And there are always lots of pre-cuts. I rarely make it out of the store without buying a precut, or some batting. Recent purchases include batting, Little Gatherings primitive muslins, assorted Moda brand fat quarters, and Bunny Hill fabrics.
SewTech is located on Baynard Park, in Evansville, IN. It’s a small shop with a lot of character. They offer great sewing classes and do sales and repair of Brother sewing machines, and Tin Lizzy long arm quilters. I’ve taken my machine down there several times for some quick help to get it working again. Recent purchases include Kona Cotton and assorted fat quarters.
There are several other quilting and fabric stores in the area, many of which I haven’t visited yet, and I always seem to learn about new ones. Do you have many LQS in your area? What is your favorite LQS and why do you love it?