An Online Fabric Store – Bunny’s Designs Fabric Supply

I've only bought fabric online a few times, a couple charm packs here and there. Since the bulk of my sewing is english paper piecing, I need such small amounts of fabric. Nearly every online fabric supplier I've come across has required 1/2 yard cuts and that is so much more fabric than I need most of the time. 95% of the time I buy 1/8 yard cuts. These equal out to be 4.5" (sometimes more depending on the store cutting it) and it works out pretty perfectly for making my hexagons. Plus it allows me to get a huge variety of fabrics for really cheap. I ... Read More

A Local Quilt Shop – Quilter’s Destination

I've had the same sewing machine since college, it's a little Janome that my mother-in-law got me for Christmas. It's always worked great but it is very, very basic. I've been toying with the idea of getting a new machine for awhile and finally pulled the trigger this week and headed to my local Janome dealer. This was the first time I went to Quilter's Destination in Arlington Heights, Illinois and I was very pleasantly surprised, they had a great selection. I went Wednesday night since they're open until 8 and I could go and leave the girls at home. ... Read More

A Local Quilt Shop – The Notions Nook

Over the holidays I was in my hometown of Rockford, Illinois and I stopped by the quilt shop Notions Nook. It's a pretty tiny shop but has a lot of really great stuff! They have a lot of 30s reproduction fabric which I immediately zeroed in on. I couldn't resist this buy 5, get 1 free fat quarter sale and I picked up a little rainbow of fabrics. The woman working was super nice and it was just a great shopping experience all around! Besides the six fat quarters, I also got a couple 1/8 yards and a yard each of the pink and blue ... Read More

A Local Quilt Shop – Patched Works Inc.

Yesterday we took a little road trip up to Milwaukee, WI to visit some friends. It's about a two hour drive, so I had a chance to make quite a few hexies along the way. Before we headed home we took a quick detour to check out Patched Works Inc. in Elm Grove, WI. The shop is located along a really cute street full of little shops. The shop was a lot bigger than I was expecting, I just kept finding more rooms. I didn't have a ton of time to look through all the fabric but I was really impressed with the selection. The room by the cash register ... Read More

A Local Stationery Store – Broadway Paper

I went to college in Milwaukee and whenever we go up to visit there's a list of places we always stop, one of them is Broadway Paper. For my birthday weekend we went up to Milwaukee to see the Preservation Jazz Hall Band and of course stopped by Broadway Paper. I left empty handed, but I still took a lot of pictures, there's just so much gorgeous stuff! I love the walls of rainbow colored papers and envelopes. There's also tons of amazing printed papers. I am a sucker for any and all Pantone products and Broadway paper had a great selection. ... Read More

A Local Quilt Shop – Quilters Quest in Woodridge, IL

The other day I was looking at the Cotton & Steel website and saw that a quilt shop nearby carried their fabrics. I have loved looking at the photos online and really wanted to see the fabrics in person, so yesterday morning I headed over to Quilters Quest to check them out. I brought Evie and Mira along, we stopped by on our way to the zoo. Evie wasn't thrilled about the pit stop and it didn't help that they were testing the fire alarm. There was also an enormous St. Bernard (Evie is terrified of dogs) and so I spent the majority of the trip browsing with Mira ... Read More