This is the second Shop Hop I’ve attended since I started to learn how to quilt, just two years ago. I tried to organize getting a group of friends to go but other commitments on Thursday and Friday morning got in the way of taking a bus to each of these locations. A stop at Creative Quilt Kits on Friday after the Heritage Quilters Meeting spiked my interest once again and before you know it I was signed up and on my way by car!
I visited Creative Quilt Kits and Lake Street Mercantile on Friday and the remaining four shops on Saturday. Since there really isn’t a quilt shop close by where I live, I tend to venture to many shops to look for fabric. I decided to make notes about each of the shops that I visited.
Creative Quilt Kits: Many batiks & nice background fabrics, other fabrics are organized by collections making it difficult to find fabrics if you are searching by color.
Lake Street Mercantile: Quaint shop where the upstairs is devoted to Heritage fabrics and downstairs is mostly, if not all, Moda fabrics.
Bits & Pieces: Many beautiful quilts and kits to choose from and sells Bernina. Quilt design and color selections are A+ Staff was very helpful in explaining how this shop hop worked since I hadn’t really schooled myself ahead of time. Just make sure you go past Wayne Rd traveling eastbound on Michigan Ave before making the turnaround to W Michigan Ave. The shop is on the left.
The Quilting Season: Small shop who were extremely friendly. They also provided information about Michigan Row by Row which begins July 1 thru September 2, 2014. Check out the Facebook page for Michigan Row by Row Experience.
Pink Castle Fabrics: I actually learned about this fabric shop on another blog, Fresh Lemons Quilts. This shop is located in an small business industrial park and hosts the Michigan Modern Quilting Guild on the last Wednesday of the month at 6:30pm. The shop was difficult to find and I actually thought they had closed once I did find it because their normal Saturday hours end at 2pm.
The Quilters Garden: This shop carries a lot of batiks and purse making and other accessories. They also have the cutest Minky fabric bundles.
Finishing Kits purchased from Creative Quilt Kits and Bits & Pieces:
Due to the 2pm arrival on Saturday at Bits & Pieces, the background fabric they used was sold out. I’m really hoping they can re-order it for me. I also wished I had purchased two sets of Block Fabric kits from each shop.
Pattern books at Creative Quilt Kits and The Quilting Season:
Fabric and Gadget Caddy Kit from Lake Street Mercantile:
It was fun to explore the new shops, most of which I had never been to. It is definitely more fun and relaxing to take the bus like we did on the first shop hop I attended.
I am just now getting around to making a quilt with fabrics purchased from the first shop hop.