At quilt market last November I was asked by the friendly folks at FabShopNetwork to pose for a pic to promote shopping at local quilt shops. I gladly accepted!
I really do love my local quilt shop. The Corn Wagon Quilt shop gave me my first real start in the quilting industry. I had the opportunity to work there for a short time when my kids were just tiny. There I learned about quilt quality fabrics and developed a love for all things quilty. Since then my passion has continued to developed but Corn Wagon is still at the top of my list. I frequent thet shop at least once a week (usually more) and look forward to my visits.
With the advent of the internet quilt shopping has taken a turn. And while the convenience of shopping in your PJ's from your couch has it's advantages, pulling out dozens of bolts and feeling that fabric as you decide on your next project is second to none.
My support for local quilt shops isn't new. It's for this reason that I have held back from making my quilt patterns widely available in PDF form on the internet. I have teamed with Patterns Gone Digital as a way to provide quilt shops with my digital patterns.
Several years ago a quilt shop near my home closed it's doors. It was sad to see a part of that quilting community go. While I realize that the internet and advances in technology (that I am very thankful for) will continue to grow, my hope is that it doesn't come at the expense of our local quilt shops.
Please join with me on Thursday by visiting your Local Quilt Shop and show them your support.
My Girlfriend's Quilt Shop
The Quilting Cottage
Thimbles and Threads
Village Dry Goods