Friday, April 29, 2016

I'm no fabric snob!

Let's get right to the point.  I'm doing a shout out today for a Local Quilt Shop.   Coffee Cup Quilting in Trafalgar Indiana.  First let me say I'm in no way affiliated with this shop.  I'm not getting paid or free fabric, I'll get nothing but the pleasure of sharing a my thoughts.  Alright, what makes this quilt shop so special?  It's very small and focuses on sharing the love of quilting and not overpriced fabric.  So she doesn't carry two of the top manufactures fabric lines.    I'm not going to drop their names in this post because this post is all about Claranna and her non traditional shop.  The picture below is the entire shop.  The only thing you can't see is the bathroom in the corner and her small office corner.  I was in the shop the day this picture was taken, but I'm not in the picture.  However I met several wonderful quilters.  These ladies are all volunteers, cutting donated fabrics for charity quilts.  What a wonderful bunch of gals!

Below is Claranna the shop owner standing in front of her magnificent postage stamp quilt.  She can tell you exactly how many tiny pieces are in the quilt.  I can't remember the number because my jaw dropped,  and her words bounced off my brain and right out my mouth.  You know the common CRS you get when you're in shock.  After regaining my senses Claranna made me feel right at home, like we had known each other for years. 

Now I'm going to be honest, on my first visit I expected to go into this quilt shop and recognize most of the fabric lines.  I didn't see one bolt of fabric I recognized.  But as you can see in the picture below there's plenty of fabrics in my pallet.  They are name brand fabrics, just not the most common brand names.  It's good quality fabric, a lot a blenders, novelty prints and flannels that are great for making baby quilts.  She also has a fairly large selection of wide quilt backs.

You gals know me, I'm no fabric snob.  If it can be stitched it can become a quilt.  Yes I love the so called "famous" more popular prints. The fabrics below match perfectly with a new line I just purchased last month.   I'm not dropping the name but I'll tell you it has roses in the title.  I couldn't resist these absolutely adorable prints at amazingly low prices.  Cheaper than Joann's and better quality!

So if your not a fabric snob, and you live in Indiana or plan on traveling through Central Indiana, stop by and tell her Podunk sent you.   And don't forget to hop over to the Coffee Cup Quilting on facebook and show Claranna a little of that quilty love to let her know some of us still love all fabric not just the brand names.   

~ Lea Anne ~

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  1. sounds like my kind of shop! Like you I am no fabric snob and love a bargain.

  2. I much prefer the smaller, more personable shops. We have one/two within 1/2 hrs drive that look very much like this. One just has announced that they have decided to sell all fabrics between $2-$6 a yard (extra wides $8) and they carry some lovely, quality fabrics, too.

  3. to me that is what a quilt shop is all about. FRIENDSHIP.
    Kathleen Mary

  4. I'm driven by what appeals to me, not the designer, I don't think I've ever not mixed fabric lines in a quilt. I think it would be boring. In fact I don't ever recall going to a store with a pattern and saying "I need this fabric."

    Now you might hear me saying, where is this fabric in a sample because I like it, but not so I can reproduce that item.

    Sounds like a great place to visit. Have fun with your new gems.

  5. You picked up some lovely fabrics there. I tend to buy what I like and rarely pay attention to the designer.

  6. That looks like such a delightful shop! Love the postage stamp quilt!


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