Tuesday, March 17, 2015

New York Quilt Shops

Last month, I was traveling for work in New York.  I, of course, visited several quilt shops.  I told myself that I would only buy fabric that was either a) on clearance or b) so unique that I hadn't seen it anywhere else before.  I did not leave a single shop empty-handed.  I did not take my own pictures at a couple of the shops because I was either out of time or forgot, but I will post about all 4 shops.

The Joyful Quilter - Glenville, NY

The Joyful quilter was a spacious shop.  Rarely, do you find a shop that has plenty of space to peruse the fabric while still having plenty of fabric.  This shop had a small clearance section that was worth a look.  Their fabric was laid out in a logical way and the staff was friendly.  What more could you ask for?
Address: 19 Glenridge Rd
               Glenville, NY 12302
Phone:    518.399.0128

The Happy Quilter - Valley Cottage, NY

This quilt shop was very cute!  The person on staff was amazingly friendly and helpful.  I found some great fabrics and will definitely visit again if I'm ever in that area.

Address: 7 Lake Ridge Plaza
               Valley Cottage, NY 10989
Phone:    845.268.8744

Sew What's New - Islip, NY

I have been to this shop more than one.  They have friendly staff and a great selection.  I asked about a finish the bolt sale and was told that they normally don't, but hang on and they will ask.  The lady looked at the half full bolt in my hands and said "sure, why not!"

My kind of shop!!

Address:  400 Main Street
                Islip, NY 11751
Phone:     631.277.4215

The City Quilter - New York, NY

What can I say about the City Quilter.  I love this shop.  the fabric selection is amazing!  I always find something that I just have to have.  the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff seems to be a hit or miss situation.  I have been to this shop twice.  The first time, they were nice and helpful.  the second time, not so much.  Maybe after my third trip, I'll take an average. :)

Address: 133 West 25th Street
               New York, NY 10001
Phone:    212.807.0390

Thursday, January 15, 2015

GRS Creations and Fabric - Spring, TX

This week, I was sent to work out of our Houston office for a few days.  Whenever I am traveling,I try to take a lunch break and check out local quilt shops.  While exploring Spring, TX, I found a gem.  GRS Creations and Fabrics.  I know, I know.  The name doesn't really do it justice.  To tell you the truth, I almost walked away.

As I was driving down the street it was supposed to be on, I saw a sign in the front yard of one of what was obviously once a strip of small, vintage houses that have been turned into businesses.  Okay.  That's not abnormal for small town quilt shops.  I parked my jeep and walk up to the front door of the building with the sign.  It's locked, but there is a doorbell...and a UPS missed package slip. Not a good sign.  I ring the bell and get nothing.

At this point, I am thinking to myself "well, dammit...did I get the hours wrong?"  So I pull it up on my phone.  Google says it is open.  I hit the button to call them.  I get an answer after 2 rings.  I ask if they are open and they are!  I explain to her where I am and she says to go over one building.

Apparently, they are so big that they take up 3 of those little houses on the strip.  The door I was at is not the entrance.  Still not expecting too much, I walk over to the correct door.

What the correct door looks like...
I enter and the first thing I see is the biggest display of pre-cut fabrics I have ever seen in person.

Large section of Pre-cuts
This was not all of their pre-cuts, either.  There were at least 3 more, smaller sections of jelly rolls hidden throughout the store.

I start wandering the store to see what catches my eye (knowing full well that I will end up back at the pre-cuts because I am a jelly roll addict).  As I walk, I notice that there are these maps posted throughout the store.

You are here
Huh.  Interesting.  I start wandering some more and find all of this (and at least 10 times more).

Modern Fabrics
and MORE fabric

I didn't bother photographing the civil war era fabrics and repros, but they had those too, as well as some asian fabrics, a baby section and many novelty prints.  There was also a small color wall of semi-solid prints.

By this time, I had some bolts in my arms to have cut.  But where, oh where was the front of the store with the cutting table?  Oh crap.  I managed to get lost.  But wait!  There were maps at every turn. I find a map and make my way back to the cutting area.  Triumphant!

As I was checking out, I found out that they have a frequent shopper program both in store and online (not to be combined, though) and that they have a very large selection of fabrics for sale in their online shop!  This is going to be so good it's bad.

If you ever find yourself near Houston, TX (you know, for that tiny quilt show they have), be sure to stop by and see them in the shop.

Shop Information:

Web Site:
Address: 302 Main Street Spring, TX 77373
Phone Number: 281-528-9898

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

A New Beginning

Hello fellow quilters. It has been a long road and I have not posted on here in forever.

Quilt for my neighbor's baby

Over the past few months, I found a quilt guild...a new family, if you will. Because of them, I am back in my quilting groove and starting my blog back up. I am a member of the North Louisiana Quilters Guild (the moonlight chapter). If any of my readers live near the Monroe, LA area, be sure to come and check out a meeting. :)

Quilt for my nephew, Wyatt
In addition to finally doing some quilting again, I have been asked to create a Facebook page for the quilt show we are planning.  I have created an email address, a Facebook page and twitter account.  I am also in the process of getting some new logo designs and shirt designs drawn up by some artistic friends in hopes that the guild will at least consider them for updating the guild image.  Here's hoping!