Did you know that today is Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day? It is! And, I made sure to stop by my local quilt shop, Boutique 4 Quilters, this morning to see what’s new in the store, to chat with the amazing staff and to fill my need for puppy love.
I met Anita, the owner of Boutique 4 Quilters, in Kansas City last spring at Quilt Market before we’d even made the move back to Florida. When I saw the city on her business card, I was so excited! I made my first stop into the shop while we were still living with friends here and felt so welcomed. Each time I’ve been back in since, I’ve been greeted like an old friend! I love that so much. It’s what makes me want to head there as soon as I have a project in mind or just stop in when I need a quick break from whatever craziness is going on. (Browsing fabric and chatting with other sewing enthusiasts is good therapy for those who love sewing!)
This shop is literally packed full of beautiful, fresh, modern fabrics. There is a great selection of everything from batiks to novelty fabrics to patterns (so many patterns!) and, of course, you’ll find all sorts of sewing notions, too.
I simply cannot resist a sea of fat quarters. I brought home six new ones today to add to my stack of I-Spy fabrics for a quilt that I’m hoping to finish for Charlie’s birthday next month.
I think I need some of these red and white linens, but I have to figure out a project for them first! Any ideas? Something for my house, I think.
I mentioned that I stop in here for puppy love, too, didn’t I? I was a little sad this morning, that I didn’t get my usual greeting from a friendly golden retriever. Anita almost always has one of her sweet companions in the shop with her. She was on her way out of the shop when I arrived today, though, so she let me swipe this sweet picture of Humphrey (all ready to cut your fabric for you) from the shop’s Facebook page. I’m so glad because any blog post about Boutique 4 Quilters just wouldn’t be complete without it! Is that not the cutest face?
Of course, I realize that Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day will likely be over by the time that you’re reading this post, but it doesn’t have to be a special day to drop in! Just go! And, be sure to introduce yourself and ask questions and get to know the shop owner and the staff. It’s so nice to have a place where you can chat and feel at home and browse fabric and notions to your heart’s content!