Do you remember when you discovered your first quilt shop? Wasn’t it like walking into Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, only better? Remember exploring bolts of fabrics, quilting books, hoops, notions, patterns, and quilting magazines for the first time?
When I was a beginning quilter, I had no idea that there was any source of quilting supplies outside of my local discount store. Actually, I didn’t even know that most quilting supplies even existed. When I finally discovered my local quilt shop, my quilting universe exploded. Suddenly classes and education became part of my quilting experience.
In my heart of hearts, I know that I would never have become the quilter that I am today without the existence of the quilt shops that I have loved and visited. Important as the supplies and fabrics were, the best part of the quilt shop experience were the friends I made. There’s nothing like the laughter, support and friendship of the quilting communities that spring up in quilt shops.
AQS has compiled a list of quilt shops from all around the world. So, whether you are looking for a store near where you live or trying to find one on vacation, take a look to see what you can find. If you don’t see you favorite quilt shop on the list, go ahead and add it and share it with the rest of us.
Why have quilt shops been important to you? Do you have a favorite shop?