Quilterrific Quilt Shops

COLORADO

Harriet’s Treadle Arts – Wheat Ridge
Plenty of fabric, a jaw-dropping selection of top-notch notions, and a selection of quilting books that is unrivaled. But what really sets this shop apart is the classes. Quilting legend, Harriet Hargrave, and her daughter, Carrie, who co-authored her fabulous “Quilter’s Academy” series, lead a roster of world-class teachers. If you want to truly master the craft of quilting and piecing, this is the place to do it. Harriet’s teaching style is straightforward and her technique precise (no surprise that one of her workshop is called “Boot Camp”). But after taking “Heirloom Quilting By Machine” workshop, I can understand why people fly in from all over the country and world to take classes at Harriet’s Treadle Arts.
www.harriethargrave.com

CONNECTICUT

Quilting By The Yard – Vernon
I just love this shop! A big, big selection of everything, great classes, (including some by visiting stars of the quilting firmament, such as Judy Niemeyer), and a knowledgeable staff. The choices in batiks are among the best I’ve seen, the selection of pattern books are particularly impressive, and the displays are appealing with plenty of samples around to inspire you.
www.quiltingbytheyard.com

ILLINOIS

Jackman’s Fabric – Fairview Heights
Family owned and operated for four generations and one hundred and ten years, Jackman’s Fabrics is a simply enormous store with absolutely everything for quilters and sewists. Jackman’s offers a full range of classes as well as special events and trunk shows by some of the biggest names in the world of quilting.
www.jackmansfabrics.com

Peace ‘n Applique – Rochester
Housed in a historic building, Peace ‘n Applique is loaded with charm but the real surprise comes when you step inside and realize that this shop is also LOADED with fabric! Seven thousand bolts of it! I was wowed by the selection on my visit and delighted by the friendly service. If you’re driving through Illinois, you definitely need to hop of the highway and take a detour to this terrific shop.
www.peacenapplique.com

Prairie Shop Quilts – Batavia
Bonita and her friendly staff are a lot of what makes Prairie Shop Quilts so special – they’ve created a real community of quilting here and newcomers are always welcome. In addition to a great fabric selection, Prairie Shop Quilts offers long-arm rental and lessons and probably has one of the best selections of fabric books and patterns I’ve ever seen.
www.prarieshopquilts.com

INDIANA

Little Scrap Quilt Shop – Kokomo
This is a scrappy little shop (sorry, I couldn’t resist) in Kokomo with a lot of fabric, patterns, and heart packed into a relatively small footprint. Once I started looking around, I was impressed by how big the selection really is. And you’ll find lots of samples to inspire you here. Little Scrap doesn’t have a website (that I know of) but you’ll find them on Facebook.

A Quilt of Many Colors – Leo
Quilt of Many Colors is a little jewel-box of a quilt shop with a very big heart. And what keeps that heart beating is the owner, Sandi. She is passionate about quilting and passing her knowledge onto others. If you’re looking for a great spot to learn quilting, look no further. Quilt of Many Colors has a little bit of everything but has placed a particular emphasis on reproduction fabrics.
www.quiltofmanycolors.com

MAINE

Cotton Cupboard – Bangor
Cotton Cupboard is one of those shops that I’d drive a long way to visit. Over 3,000 delicious bolts of fabric from top companies, well chosen, and wonderfully well displayed. Sister owners Evelyn and Lori-Ann and their staff are as friendly and helpful as they come and the many samples on display are sure to inspire you. Oh, and if you need a new Bernina machine, they can help you with that too.
www.cottoncupboardquilt.com

MASSACHUSETTS

Sew Together – Tewksbury, MA
Sew Together is a perfect little jewel-box of a shop! Bright, cheery, and with just a bit of everything. Owner Maryanne has chosen every bolt carefully and, trust me, you are going to NEED to add some of this fabric to your stash. I made a serious dent in my wallet when I was here. There is a great selection of classes, many conducted by Maryanne – an experienced and terrific teacher.
www.sew-together.com

MISSOURI

Jackman’s Fabric – St. Louis
Family owned and operated for four generations and one hundred and ten years, Jackman’s Fabrics is a simply enormous store with absolutely everything for quilters and sewists. Jackman’s offers a full range of classes as well as special events and trunk shows by some of the biggest names in the world of quilting.
www.jackmansfabrics.com

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Keepsake Quilting – Center Harbor
This is the MOTHER of all quilt shops – seriously. I’ve been known to drive a couple hundred miles out of my way to visit Keepsake. They’ve got tens of thousands of bolts and hundreds of kits. Allow at least four hours for your visit – this isn’t a drive by. Oh, and if it is just too far for you to visit, they’ve got a marvelous catalog and website you can order from.
www.keepsakequilting.com

NEW YORK

Café Sewcity – Webster
Now, to be honest, I have no personally visited this shop. When I signed here we had too many people to fit in the shop so Judy, the owner, moved the event to a hotel meeting room. However, I’ve heard such great reports for her patrons and, after meeting Judy and see what a commitment she has to her customers and community, I can definitely recommend a visit to Café Sewciety. And their monthly Open Sewing session (just $5) even include pizza! What’s not to love?
www.cafesewcietyquilts.com

Calico Gals – Syracuse
Just a terrific shop! This gorgeous, expansive building is loaded with fabrics of every kind from modern to traditional, by scores of designers and fabric companies. If you can’t find fabric you like here, you’re just not trying. There are lots of samples and classes to inspire you and plenty of kits if you want to stitch up something beautifully and quickly. Janet and her staff will make you feel very welcome!
www.calicogals.com

City Quilter – New York, NY
A hip and happening quilt shop in the heart of Manhattan. This shop has lots of everything but particularly caters to the tastes of modern, urban quilters. And if you’re looking for city-themed fabrics for a special project, City Quilter has a great selection of them. Also, a nice big classroom where they offer a wide variety of classes for all levels of quilters, offered at convenient hours.
www.cityquilter.com

NORTH CAROLINA

All About Quilting – Jacksonville
Customers have told owner, Kirsta Meadows, that her shop reminds them of Cobbled Court Quilts and it’s easy to see why. You’ll go a long way to find a more welcoming and hospitable shop; All About Quilting really embodies the sense of community I celebrate in my novels. And if that weren’t enough, they have a wide and well-chosen selection of fabrics, notions, books, and classes, including a Block-Of-The-Month class on the first Saturday of the month for just $5!
www.allaboutquilting.net

OHIO

JEllens House of Fabric – Lyndhurst
I don’t think there’s a quilt shop in the entire country quite like JEllen’s. Yes, they have great fabric (the best selection of Moda I’ve seen in a while), displays and samples that will inspire you, classes that will challenge you, and a “sewcial” lounge to foster creativity and camaraderie among quilters. But what really sets this shop apart is the owner, Joyce, and her daughter, Sara, a young woman with Down syndrome who loves fabric and quilting. I urge to you visit the shop’s website to read more about the mission and vision of JEllen’s but suffice it to say that this is a shop which is passionate about fostering beauty and creativity in the lives of everyone who steps through the door. JEllen’s is the embodiment of everything I love about quilting and the quilting lifestyle.
www.jellenshouseoffabric.com

Quilt Beginnings – Dublin
Everything you could want in a quilt shop – a great selection of fabric and patterns and an incredibly knowledgeable staff who really gets the whole concept of customer service. In addition to fabric, notions, and such, Quilt Beginnings sells machines and even sewing furniture! Really a full service shop.
www.quiltbeginnings.com

OKLAHOMA

Quiltworks – Okahoma City
A bright, happy, well-lit shop with a lovely and welcoming staff. They’ve got plenty of everything here, thousands of bolts by the best companies and designers, all in a convenient location with plenty of parking. I went WILD over their selection of western-themed fabrics!
www.okquiltworks.com

OREGON

Fabric Depot – Portland
Fabric Depot offers fabric and just about every other crafty thing on the face of the earth. There’s no quilt shop on earth as large as this – it’s about the size of a Sam’s Club. With so much to choose from, be sure to allow plenty of time for your visit. Also, the Palmer/Pletsch School of Sewing offers all kinds of quilting and sewing classes on site, for students of all levels.
www.fabricdepot.com

SOUTH CAROLINA

People, Places, and Quilts – Summerville
This is one of the most delightful shops imaginable. Located in a lovely old building in the historic district of Summerville, each room in the shop has its own character and unique charm. There’s a wonderful selection of fabrics, from antique reproduction to modern, an excellent variety of flannels, and so much more. I was especially impressed with PP&Q’s original patterns and the variety of classes offered. Be sure to get owner Diane to tell you the story of how she got into business and show you her very first quilt.
www.ppquilts.com

TEXAS

Cabbage Rose – Fort Worth, TX
This is a happy shop. Owner Karen and her staff love what they do and it shows. Cabbage Rose stocks a fabulous selection of mostly modern fabrics in displays that will inspire you. They offer great classes for beginners and experts, some In quilting and some in general sewing techniques. They stock a huge variety of patterns too, some I’ve never seen anywhere else. This is a shop that anyone will love but they do a particularly good job of catering to the younger generation of quilters.
www.cabbagerosequilting.com

Quilt Asylum – McKinney, TX
Owner Susan opened her shop with the intention of making it the “Cheers” of quilts shops, a place where “everybody knows your name” and I think she’s succeeded. Quilt Asylum is all about quilting fun and outstanding personal service. Add to that 6000 square feet of space, over 4000 bolts of luscious quilting fabric, 15,000 fat quarters (yes, you read that right – 15,000!), and great variety of classes, and the equation equals quilting heaven.
www.thequiltasylum.com

Quilter’s Dream – Colleyville, TX
Every time I visit this shop, I feel like I’m visiting old friends. Owner Beverly and her staff are as warm and welcoming as they come. Quilter’s Dream stocks an excellent variety of fabrics, leaning a little more toward the traditional. They also carry a good selection of books and original patterns. There’s nothing missing from this all around gem but what makes them stand out is the wide variety of classes, offered on just about every day of the week, plus ELEVEN different monthly clubs! Quilter’s Dream really. lives up to its name
www.quiltersdreamtx.com