We recently went to the Southwest to visit family, and of course that required visits to a few quilt shops! I like to visit quilt shops when I travel because I always find something new. All these shops have websites, so I’m embedding links to allow you to visit them, too.
First stop was Thread Bear in Las Vegas, New Mexico. Las Vegas is a nice little town northeast of Albuquerque. It has interesting architecture for those of us who like to see fun buildings of different eras. We stayed in the oldest hotel in town, on the town square. It was built in the late 1800s.
But about the quilt shop: Thread Bear had lots of fun fabric from which to choose! I limited myself (with some effort) to the two pieces above.
Next was Loveland, Colorado, where Stitches has opened since my last visit to the town. They had lots of lovely modern fabrics, so I had to have a few fat quarters. One of the pinks and the yellow are the same pattern as the purple fabric I got at Thread Bear–that’s always fun 🙂
After Loveland, we went on to Albuquerque, NM, which has several quilt shops. I limited myself to purchases at two of them. Especially notable, however, was Hip Stitch. They had so much beautiful fabric (including what looked like the full line of Grunge) that I was in there a looong time (just ask my husband!) trying to limit my selection. Then when I got to checkout, the clerk helpfully pointed out that they stock postal service flat rate boxes, so I could buy more than I could carry and have it mailed to me! Oh my, what marketing! So if you own a quilt shop, take note! Anyway, here are my fabrics from Hip Stitch (I resisted the urge to buy more and have it shipped):
Next is Albuquerque was Stitchology, where I selected several fat quarters from their nice variety. They also had lots of lovely fabric for clothing construction, but I stuck to my priorities and did not get drawn back into that!
I was able (with a little effort) to fit all my finds into my suitcase. I do have a project planned for each of these fabrics! I’m off to the studio now…hope you have a good week!