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Thread: Let's give some Gold Stars to our LQS/Fab. stores!

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    I love going to Scrap Apple Quilts here in Saint George, Utah. It is full of yummy fabrics, and lovely happy ladies always eager to help and greet!

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    The Addicted Quilted and The Quilting BEE in Chesapeake, VA and Sew E-Z in Portsmouth, VA are all great - knowledgeable, friendly staff at each one!

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    If anyone is in the Atlanta area two of my favorites are:

    Sweet Home Quilt Company in Conyers. Melissa and Mike own the shop and are always available. Melli will find you just the right piece of fabric - warm friendly and knowledgable!

    A Scarlet Thread in McDonough is wonderful. Ask for Angela the Fabric Diva - she is fabulous.

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    Whittle's Fabrics in Smith's Grove, Ky is a great shop.They are closed on Sundays and Thursdays, once when in the area with my husband I talked him into stopping so I could get a backing for a quilt. I jumped out of the truck and ran in the door. The owner was cutting fabric for a kit,no one else in the store. I mentioned something about him holding down the fort by himself and he said " Well, we are closed today."
    I was so embarassed and tried to leave saying " OH! I thought this was Saturday. My husband's with me and he's never off work on Thursday" but it was Thursday and Mr. Whittle wouldn't hear of me leaving and let me pick out my backing. It was the fastest I have ever picked out fabric which wasn't too hard considering their great selection. I've been back many times and have always found all the staff freindly and helpful. They also have a web store with great service http://www.whittlesfabrics.com

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    my glad experience was at hancocks on nw expressway in okc, ok. clerks name was april.
    i wanted to make a quilt but was deeply stuck trying to select fabric. i asked if any of the clerks quilted and one said she did and asked how she could help. she came with me looking at fabric and made lots of suggestion, staying pleasant and helpful even when i did not like some of the suggestions. i suspect we spent atleast 30 minutes picking fabric. she looked at my pattern and helped me get the right amount of fabrics. that's a good shopping trip.

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    There are a quite a few wonderful shops that I would consider “local”, but three really stand out.

    The first is Quilted Threads in Henniker, NH. http://wwwquiltedthreads.com Gollytwo mentioned this shop briefly, but I’d like to add some comments. Becky Weber, the owner, believes in community building and making opportunities for people to share their talents and interests. She comes up with all sorts of innovative events with that goal in mind. Every two years she holds a Longarm Quilters Fair where the longarmers set up tables with brochures, samples, contact info, all that sort of thing. You can go from table to table asking questions, looking at the quilters work, seeing sample patterns, and getting a feel for which quilter you’d like to maybe work with.

    She also recently had a two hour lecture called “We are Not the Quilt Police” by a certified quilt show judge. It was all about what judges look for, how to improve your work to better please them, and all sorts of great tips. The house was packed! The staff is great and their selection of batiks is totally awesome!! The store was recently remodeled and has almost doubled in size. Becky will be displaying my 2009 Hoffman Challenge quilt after it returns home later this year.

    The second shop is The Quilting Corner in Tilton, NH. http://www.quiltingcornernh.com Irene Haley is the owner. This shop is only a few years old, but has lots of events and classes, trunk shows and shop hops. The shop is fairly small, but very friendly and eager to make you happy. Irene’s taste in fabrics is very similar to mine (small prints, calm colors, colonial tones, and cool colored batiks), so I always find a lot of treasures there. She lives in the same tiny town as me.

    The third local shop deserving of gold stars is, of course, Keepsake Quilting in Center Harbor, NH. http://www.keepsakequilting.com Whether you deal with them in person or online, there is nothing they wouldn’t do to make sure you have a good experience. They actually have a No Quibble return policy where you can get a credit or a refund on any item for any reason at any time. That simply cannot be beat! Unable to find a specific fabric I wanted one day, four clerks helped me look for 20 minutes until they found it. They are all quilters and they truly love what they do. It shows and I always leave there smiling.

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    Sally's fabrics Both in Mesa, AZ

    Great service and so helpful!

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    Gollytwo and ghostrider have excellent choices for NH quilt shops.

    Quilted Threads, Henniker, NH
    Becky Weber, the owner has a warm, friendly and knowledgable staff along with a beautiful store. Excellent selection of fabrics, patterns, products. Great online presence also, (online store front in progress). An amazing variety of workshops, classes and events for all level of quilters and quilt lovers.

    The Country Heart Quilters, Plymouth, NH
    Loretta Bothelo, a sweet lady and store owner has a great although small store and she's managed to not make the store look "stuffed". Wonderful selection of country/folk fabrics, patterns, notions/products. Offers a variety of classes with a nice classroom area. She's looking to relocate within the Plymouth area to offer more fabric/products and a larger class space, wish her luck when she finds a new home!

    Some others to visit:
    The Quilting Corner, Tilton, NH
    Pine Tree Quilt Shop, Salem, NH
    The Quilted Frog, Weirs Beach, NH
    Keepsake Quilting, Center Harbor, NH

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    Ready to Sew Bernina is located in Cedar Park, Texas. (512-260-4100) The owner is Ronna Hammel and the technician is her husband, Mike. This shop doesn't get only a gold star, but a "Titanium" star. Ronna knows everyone by name and makes her store feel more like a home with a very well stocked sewing room than a retail business. She knows what classes to offer, takes suggestions for classes, finds qualified teachers, provides a great learning area, has samples of all the classes offered for that quarter, has complete supply lists with no last minute surprises and helps with fabric selection. Not only can she offer quality classes, but she can teach all of them, too! I have taken Bernina Guide classes from her. She knows her Bernina information forwards and backwards and can convey that knowledge to anyone. Ronna is a natural teacher and teaches to the individual, not to the class as a whole. I bought my 730 and my new 830 from her and all the "stuff" she knows about the machines!!!!!! Well, let's just say "Ronna knows her stuff"

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    Betty's Bobbin Box, Odessa TX........really makes you feel like you are at home :thumbup:

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    Keepsake Cottage Quilts in Bothell, WA (15 minutes from Seattle) is my local and favorite quilt store. I have been taking classes there for about the past 3 years twice a month. AND many additional trip. Julie is the owner and so great. Joyce is our teacher. We just finish Moda U and they give us gifts at our end of the year "brunch". Next month we're having a Pillow Thon day and just sewing pillow cases for charity all day. If your ever in the area stop by.

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    One of the quilt shops near by made the list of 1000 places to visit in Massachusetts (along with the Kennedy Library and other historical places)

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    Creations Quilt Shop in Duluth, Minnesota is my very favorite LQS. The owner, Pam, is marvelous and generous with her help when I need it. I often have trouble picking just the fabrics I want for a project and like to go in and look and look. She and others who work there ask if I need help and will if I say yes but just let me on my own if I decline. Even then someone will check back with me periodically to see what how I'm doing. I once went in with a focus fabric (owls) and bunch of fabrics I had in my stash, thinking I needed a couple others for a table runner for my sister. After looking (and looking) and getting more confused , I finally asked for help, Pam looked at all of what I had already and said I really didn't need any more fabrics and suggested how the ones I had would work. I only bought a backing fabric.

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    Cottage Quilts in Fresno, CA. Everyone in the shop has always been helpful and encouraging. The owners Carolyn and David McCray have done an excellent job in selecting their employees. I am always greeted and then left alone to look.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Holice
    One of the quilt shops near by made the list of 1000 places to visit in Massachusetts (along with the Kennedy Library and other historical places)
    Care to share the name and details with us? I might combine a visit with my next trip to Brimfield.

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    Just stopped in A Nimble Thimble in Tyler, TX on our way home. It's the second time I've visited there and this shopping trip was just as pleasant as the first. Wonderful store with great employees!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Minda
    This is a great thread. All of my LQSs are fantastic and have friendly, helpful sales people.

    J & B Fabrics
    Rose of Sharin'
    Fabrics Galore
    Our Gathering Place
    I was going to mention the same shops. Just was in the 1st one for the first time during the recent shop hop. The 2nd two are right in the areas that my clients are, so I visit them all too often. I also stop in to the last one several times a year. All are more than helpful, suggest patterns, help audition fabric and are just all around nice.

    Was also in one down in the Philly area recently called "Chester County Quilting". The owner Ramona is just the nicest and tons of precuts!

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    Another quilter mentioned two in the Atlanta area...but here are my favorites: Intown Quilters in Decatur and Whipstitch Fabrics in an industrial area of NW downtown. Intown carries my favorites: 30's, batiks, brights of all kinds, and novelty fabrics. No 1895 repro's here! The classes are great, the teachers funny, and the staff will leave you alone to wander and think if you want!

    Whipstitch is very new but has fabrics that are edgy and fun. It's a small shop but worth looking for if you're in the area.

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    Pins & Needles Middleburg Hts., North Olmsted and Mayfield Hts. OH. Best group of ladies anywhere. You walk in they greet you by your first name, they are never too busy to help you with questions are anything else you need help with. There classes are the best. They take the time to help you and don't make you feel like you should know this. I think they are great.

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    Isn't it true that sometimes it is so much easier to remember the bad instead of the good and complain rather than praise, as for me I'm glad that Joanns treated me bad because it sent me to Fields Fabric in Grand Rapids MI on Plainfield RD. and they are the nicest and the most helpful women I have had the pleasure of dealing with. I live in Grand Rapids and am planning on taking a quilting store trip in a few weeks so I have just added 3 more stores to my list just by reading this thread, if anyone else has any really good places in Michigan let me know, my hubby and I are planning on a 5 day trip right now but he is awesome when it comes to trips like this and will gladly add miles and miles for me if I want to add shops to the list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lovequilts
    Keepsake Cottage Quilts in Bothell, WA (15 minutes from Seattle) is my local and favorite quilt store. I have been taking classes there for about the past 3 years twice a month. AND many additional trip. Julie is the owner and so great. Joyce is our teacher. We just finish Moda U and they give us gifts at our end of the year "brunch". Next month we're having a Pillow Thon day and just sewing pillow cases for charity all day. If your ever in the area stop by.
    Thank you for the heads up on the store in Bothell. I'll be sure to makr a note of it - my son lives in Kirkland and I'm going up (from NC) for a visit in August. I just know how happy he will be to drive me around to quilt shops (lol) and I hope to get up to LaConnor, too. The only store I've been to in the area is in Woodinville - can't remember the name - but then I've only been up there twice!!

    We have 2 great stores here in little ole Mooresville - each with their own flavor and I shop both. And we also have Mary Jo's down in Gastonia - luckily about 50 miles fro me or I would be there more often.

    When I lived in Phoenix I did most of my shopping at The Quilted Apple when it was owned by Laurene Sinema. Also shopped at Quilter's Ranch in Tempe. A friend owns Zoe's Trunk in Mesa but that was a bit far from where I lived. Shopped at Sally's when I was in the area and bought my beloved Pfaff 1473CD there in 1994. Mulqueen's was not there that I know of - left AZ in 2003. Oh, QuilterZ in NE Phoenix is really terrific -was there in 2004 for the last time.

    Sandy in Mooresville, NC

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    My favorite is the one closest to me Betsys Quilts,but they are my neighbors in Antlers Ok. Stitchin Heaven in Quitman Tx. Nimble Thinmble in Tyler,Tx. And I was in the Tattered Rabbit in Narco,Ca once . They were so nice and helpful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gollytwo
    I should point out that I don't care about being greeted. If it's a store that knows me, I am always welcomed.
    I do not want hovering staff, just want knowledgeable help when I ask for it

    Quilters Workshop in Newport, NH : Gail Peck, Rachael and I can't remember her name - all great ladies
    Quilted Threads in Henniker, NH - Becky and all the staff

    New England Fabrics Keene, NH - I rarely shop there because they don't carry fabric I like but the staff is good. I bought Jem Golds for my granddaughter and grandson and a Gold and Platinum for myself - good prices, know the machines.

    Portsmouth Fabrics in Portsmouth NH - great fabrics, helpful staff

    Log Cabin Fabrics, Ravena, NY - Londa VanDerzee's great
    Gloversville Sewing Center, Gloversville, NY - Diana Marshall is a gem. I bought my Bernina from Diana at QBL in the late 80s; and I still bring it to their shop for her husband John to service it.

    Textile Company Greenville (I think), Mass - vast fabric collection, staff very helpful - they don't take charge cards
    Southampton Quilts, also in Mass. Wonderful fabrics, good staff
    Cambridge Quilt Shop Cambridge Mass - good fabrics and help

    City Quilter, NYC - Amy and Cathy knowledgeable and helpful
    I think these comments illustrate how stores are not either good or bad - maybe just have bad days. I stopped in to Portsmouth Fabrics on a New England vacation. They looked at me when I walkd in, and looked away, but no one said anything. I walked around the store several times, went downstairs to the clearance area, back around the store - no one said anything. They weren't rude or mean, I was just invisible. Walked out without buying anything. We also stopped at Close To Home in Glastonbury Ct. after eating dinner at the Italian restaurant next door. They were so friendly, and interested inour trip, I spend about $150.

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    The Material Girl in New Philadelphia OH, owned and operated by Wendy L. Outstanding selection and prices, and superior service from both the owner and the employees. Always helpful, cheerful and knowledgeable. And even better, a new building on the horizon which will expand room for inventory and classes. Absolutely the best quilt shop anywhere that I have shopped!

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    There are several LQS I give 5 stars to.... my only complaint is they are too darn far away, and I don't drive, so whenever DH is willing, we do the rounds (at least once...and sometimes twice a month).
    The shops are:
    Keepsake Quilting in Center Harbor NH,
    Stitch at the Old Mill in Whitefield, NH,
    Martins House of Cloth in Manchester,
    Country Heart Quilter in Plymouth, NH,
    Quilted Threads in Henniker NH.
    AND Quilter's Way in Concord MA – my favorite shop when I lived the Concord MA area.
    Anyway, in all of these shops I have always been greeted with a warm welcome, just enough helpful assistance and of course I NEVER walk out of these stores without being inspired by something, and of course buying lots of goodies!

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