Submitted by Dianne McD.
As of today, my husband and I have been travelling for three weeks. We own a travel-trailer, which I call our Second Home On Wheels. On this trip, we have traveled down I-5 to Southern California where we spent several days. Today, we have arrived in Arizona.
When we travel, I keep my eyes open for quilt shops. I’m sure all of you do the same. It’s not that I need any more fabric. But I really love to discover the personality of the shops, because each one is different. If you spend some time in observation mode, you can often get a feel for the type of quilters who frequent the shop. It’s also great to discover gadgets, books, and fabrics that aren’t necessarily carried in the shops close to home.
Two years ago, we were camping (or glamping, to be more precise) with my brother and sister-in-law. Susan is also a quilter, and we both spied the Corner Quilt Shop in the little town of Shady Cove, Oregon, near the Rogue River. After getting our trailers set up in the campground, we hustled back into town to visit the shop; and we had the best time! We visited with the owner and found out about the guilds in the area. We got a sense for the kind of quilting they did just by the samples that were hanging in the store. I was impressed with the room they had dedicated to long-arm quilting. They would rent the machine by the hour and it was getting good usage. Both Susan and I found a book to buy. She also bought some fabric, and I found a ruler that has become one of my favorites.
On this trip, I got to visit Monica’s Quilt and Bead shop in Palm Desert, California. What a fun shop! I’m a complete sucker for sparkly beads and had a great time finding just the perfect colors for one of my hand-projects that I brought along with me. The fabrics in the the store were perky and bright. Just what I’d expect for sunny California. The place was bristling with activity, and you could tell that the owner and her employees loved their jobs. I could have spent a lot more time there, but my travelling partner was getting hungry.
Have you found a great quilt shop in your travels? Tell us about it in the comments below. What did you like about it? Who knows–one of us may get to visit it someday, too.