Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Discussion Topic #1 - Fabric Finds

When students come to their first lesson, I give them a two page handout of some of the fabric stores in the Charlote area that carry fabric. (If you would like an updated copy of this list, feel free to email me and I will send it to you). In a city this size, you would think there would be more stores. We have some wonderful smaller quilt shops which are worth the trip but we still lack some of the major chains such as JoAnn Fabrics. Mary Jo's in Gastonia is the largest store in the Charlotte area and is a wonderful place to lose yourself for a couple of hours (at least!). For many of my beginner students, they don't want to spend a fortune on the fabric they are just learning to sew on in case they make mistakes or decide that they really do not enjoy sewing.

Which brings me to our first discussion topic on my blog.....where have you found fabric in the Charlotte area? I know that there are also great online sources for fabric but to keep the discussion focused, let's talk about where to find it around our fair city.

A student at one of our Saturday classes reminded me that you can find at Old Time Pottery in Charlote on Sardis Road North. When you go in, go to the left and to the back, and you will find a table with home decor remnants. I have seen some really nice fabric on that table and the price is right (about $4.97 yard) for folks looking to make their first curtain or decorative pillow. You have to buy the whole remnant (they do not cut it for you) but at that price, I am sure you can find something to do with the leftovers.

I also found some home decor fabric when I visited the Sleepy Poet Antique Mall on South Blvd. in Charlotte. If you go in and go to the back right hand corner, there is a section that also has home decor remnants in varying lengths. Many times when you go to an antique mall there is a spot with fabric or sewing related items which is what I seek out while hubby looks at the furniture.

So where have you found fabric lately? It could be a furniture store with some fabric rolls for sale or a newly opened sewing store that we might not know about. Tell us about it....we would love to hear about what fabric finds are out there!

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