I came across this fabric/sewing store in London (as in England) and waves of fabric lust hit me. They carry a pattern for a London Underground map quilt! And they have a mysterious department called haberdashery. I think that’s sewing notions, which is almost as bizarre a term as haberdashery.
And if I ever make a long planned trip to NYC, the City Quilter and the Art Quilt Gallery NYC are on my must-see list.
And if I’m ever in Salem, Oregon, I’ll be sure to visit Greenbaum’s Quilted Forest located in an old downtown department store. You gotta love a shop that has restaurant recommendations on its website.
Then, if you’re looking for ideas on what to do with all that fabric you purchased in these fabulous shops, how about an art quilt retreat? I’m afraid my reaction to retreats like the Empty Spools Seminars at Asilomar, California, comes close to pornographic. Imagine classes from teachers like Sue Benner, Caryl Bryer Fallert, Gloria Loughman. And that’s just in session 1. Did I mention that views of the Pacific Ocean are included?
If you prefer the Rocky Mountains there’s Alegre Retreat near Grand Junction, Colorado. The 2013 lineup of teachers – Nancy Crow, Katie Pasquini-Masopust, Jan Myers-Newbury, Joan Schulze, and Laura Wasilowski. I so want to take shibori for quiltmaking.
If you want to stay east of the Mississippi, there’s the Hudson Valley Fiber Art and Art Quilt Retreat, and Wisconsin’s Madeline Island School of the Arts. And Ohio offers Nancy Crow’s Timber Frame Barn workshops, and the Quilt Surface Design Symposium in Columbus.
I have attended a 5 day workshop at Nancy Crow’s Barn and enjoyed it immensely, though I sure didn’t feel I belonged there. It gave me the push to untether myself from patterns and rulers. I still haven’t quilted the piece I began there, but the top itself is done.
I’m sure there are many other quilty dream places waiting for me to discover them. The internet is wonderful, but sometimes you have to get your hands on the goods themselves, or have the teacher pick up a bit of fabric and say, try that there.