Quilt Shops

Elaine’s Quilt Block–Salt Lake City, Utah


Whenever we go to Utah to visit relatives, I try to find a quilt shop to visit.  Elaine’s Quilt Block quilt shop is very close to my sister-in-law’s house, which could be verrrry dangerous, as you’ll see once we step inside.  Featured in the Quilt Sampler edition of Fall/Winter 2011, the building was built to be a quilt shop, and it is a delightful place to visit.  The address is  6970 South 3000 East, Salt Lake City, Utah 84121, and their website is *here.*  Their phone number is 801-947-9100.  They are located inthe Cottonwood Heights section of the city, up on the southeast bench of the mountains, if you know your way around, and are just off the 215 belt route freeway.



This is the view as you step inside the front door–bolts and bolts of fabrics, notions, light and bright, tall ceilings, a welcoming staff and so much to see!


Elaine’s has three levels and this is the stairs headed up to the upper level, which I’ll show you in a minute.  The lower level is classrooms and I didn’t visit there, but wanted to post this photo so you can see the cute displays they have tucked around the shop.  There are many project and quilt samples and they are all such good ideas–I want to make so many of them.



I’m still standing in the doorway, looking to my right. . .


. . . and a little further inside.


At the back of this main room/entryway, they have all their magazines, some more displays and samples.  The main room is flanked by two other large rooms with dramatic high ceilings–the better to show off quilts!


Entryway into the left room, which trends to Thimbleberries, Civil War and reproduction-style fabrics.  They have a huge selection.




The room to the right is where my heart resides: Kaffe Fassett fabrics, Australian imports, brights, batiks.



There are tables everywhere so you can lay out the fabrics for selecting colors for a quilt.  I loved the small decorative motif at the top of the shelving units.


The black and white section.


Rows of batiks.


And underneath the lines of fabrics are folded fat quarters.  I had a fun time with those, as I had a limited time and had to pick quickly (note to self: leave more time for Elaine’s in the future).


Upstairs are children’s and sale fabrics and Christmas and I believe, solids.


No, I didn’t have to carry my bolts downstairs to be cut–there is a large cutting table right in the middle of this room, and they cut it for me there.


At the main register, where I checked out, was this board of Block of the Month quilts they are running through the store.  I snatched one more pattern to add to my selection of fabrics, because of course, I need another project like I need a hole in the head, but it was the Thimble Creek Christmas quilt Santa’s Village pattern and it was charming (see below).

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And that to me is one of the values and advantages of shopping at a local quilt shop like Elaine’s.  When you physically step inside, you are energized by all the creativity and samples and ideas that the shop owner has brought to their store.  I do both LQS and online shopping, but I feel more inspired by visiting a shop and seeing the fabrics, touching the samples and projects, turning them over in my hand and in my mind.  I hope you feel the same!

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Greenbaum’s Quilted Forest–Salem, Oregon


My friend in Oregon, Beth, picked me up at my hotel bright and early and we headed up to Salem, to the first shop of our day-long shop hop.  Beth really knows how to make a quilter happy, because she is one!  That’s her out front in the yellow raincoat.  We started with Greenbaum’s Quilted Forest, and the address is 140 CommercialStreet NE, Salem, Oregon 97301.  Phone number is 877-700-2233.  Their email is sylvia@quiltedforest.com, and the reason why I mention that is because they are near Sisters, Oregon they do a huge mail-order business and charge no shipping for domestic (US) orders.  Pretty amazing.  We struck up a nice conversation with Lisa, who is the office and events manager, and she filled us in on all the happenings.  More in a minute.


This is the sight that greeted us.  I felt like I was in a forest of quilts–they were everywhere!  They were hanging from the ceiling, displayed over the stair rails, on the walls, draped on tables, everywhere.  So many ideas, so little time!


That’s Lisa, smiling there beside the rows of Kaffe Fassett fabrics.  Greenbaum’s is one of the best 20 quilt shops of all times in the Better Homes and Gardens Quilt Sampler, so they do a lot of things to serve quilters and stock a wide range of fabrics, notions, and books.  One fun thing she dangled in front of us was a bus trip to see the Quilt Show.  The plan is to meet at Greenbaum’s early Friday morning, drive towards Sister, visiting four quilt shops, then overnight in Bend.  The next morning, we’d be all day at the Sisters Quilt Show, then head home that night.  Friday night accommodations are included.  Head to their website for more info: www.quiltedforest.com.


They have a wide range of fabrics, from prints to batiks, to moderns to florals.  I had a hard time making choices (remember I had a carry-on suitcase).


Some quilt shops you go into and it’s a quick glance, a fat quarter and you’re out.  I wanted to keep looking not only because of their friendliness, but also because of the many ideas they had everywhere.  I think that’s where they really excel, if I have to single out one reason.  I feel like I sound sort of glib here–but I thought this was an outstanding quilt shop.  It’s hard to give a sense of it without you being there touching all the fabrics, seeing the sights, quilts and colors, so I’ll just let my photos (lame as they are) do the talking.




I loved the pine tree up on top of their center shelves.



One thing I enjoyed were their little vignettes–a theme, with some books, patterns and fabrics to entice you to try something new.



Their classroom.





The old brick walls are proof they’ve been here a long time–111 years, although in the beginning it was a “dry goods” shop, then in 1948, it was converted to a fabric shop.


I really enjoyed my time here–if you are ever in Portland, Salem is south, over an hour away, but then you can hit shops in Corvallis and Philomath too, which are covered in the next post.

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Cool Cottons–Portland, Oregon

My husband asked me to accompany him on a business trip and the first thing I did was scout around for quilt shops, naturally, and I was advised to come to this shop in a turn of the century old house in Portland, named Cool Cottons.

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CoolCottons storefront

The address is: 2417 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland OR 97214. Phone: 503-232-0417 and their email is coolcottons@hotmail.com.  Their opening hours vary, but generally they are always open from 12 noon to 6 p.m., although some days are earlier and some days are later.

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This is the sight as you step up onto the front porch, peeking into the green/pink/purple room.  I could hardly wait to open the door and come in.

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Reds! greeted us as we walked into this beautiful old house, filled with glorious cottons.  The trend is toward the modern side of things, with few calicoes or traditional prints, but that suited me just fine.  I had a good time browsing and even my husband got into the act, finding an Alexander Henry that reminded him of the fabric he picked up for me in Zimbabwe many years ago.

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The fabrics are arranged by color families, as well as by type in some cases (example, the Japanese linens are gathered together in one area).

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Interfacing, batting, threads and notions have their own place.

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Another look at that front room.  I have to say that I took a second look at greens after seeing their display.  And I wish I’d bought some of that fabric in the first bag, with carrots, potatoes and other vegetables on it.  But I was trying to be considerate of my patient husband and aware of the space constraints of my carry-on suitcase.  There’s always some fabric that gets away.

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Black and white fabrics, next to solids.  There was lots of ample light, even on a gray rainy day, so that all the fabrics were well lit.

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The cutting table area.  I could have spent hours and buckets of money in this shop, as everything was so well arranged and beautifully laid out.  If you are ever in the area, put this one on your list for sure.

Next post: another shop in Portland.  And if you are hungry for lunch while at Cool Cottons, we enjoyed our sandwiches at the Grand Central Baking Company which is just down the street, but we really enjoyed our cookies.


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Gardiner’s Quilt Shop

Several states away from Ginger’s Quilt Shoppe is Gardiner’s Quilt Shop.  My mom and I went out one morning for some girls shopping, and after we did the errands she said she knew of a place I might like to visit.  My mom really loves me!

Gardiner’s Sew and Quilt  •  3789 Wall Ave, Ogden, UT 84405, near the Newgate Mall

Before I turn you loose on the slideshow, it should be said that this unassuming facade houses a fabulous selection of fabric.  I know I sometimes sound like a shill for these quilt shops, but the local quilt shops are very important to me–even if they are in my mother’s hometown.  By frequenting these, we help keep the industry alive and kicking, plus we get to see and handle all those luscious fabrics.

I was quite impressed with the range of lines they carried, from Riley Blake to Amy Butler and many inbetween.  Gardiner’s has a great display of quilts showing ideas for how to use their fabrics, and they are fresh and new and make you want to get a few fat quarters. . . or yards.  Here’s the two ladies who helped me. . . and told me about Ginger’s Quilt Shoppe, too.  By the way, I apologize for the quality of the photos, as I only had my cellphone.

One shot in the slideshow is from above.  They have an upstairs with all their sale fabric, but I must admit I had more fun downstairs with the regular goods.  In one picture you’ll see sewing machines, and next to them is a wall of cubbies holding quilts for sale.  So smart to sell all the displays afterwards–good for those who don’t want to make a quilt, but want to have one on their bed.

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Ginger’s Quilt Shoppe

Ginger’s Quilt Shoppe is about 30 minutes from my house, and that’s the place I went to when I was agonizing over what to put in Scrappy Stars to finish it off.  While I love online shopping, there’s nothing like a brick-and-mortar shop.  The address is 1120 Dewey Way, Suite B in Upland California.

The phone number is on the door, and the place is well-marked.

The first order of business was to get a bunch of bolts of fabric to try out my stars.  The lady who helped me was VERY cheerful about this, and made the final suggestion:

I loved the linen look of this fabric and was really happy with it.  After we settled on that, I picked a couple of more fabrics “for the stash,” then got her permission to roam around the shop and take photos for this blog.  As you can see, they have a lot of batiks, a well-stocked notion and pattern section, cute decor and a big room with a long-arm.  I haven’t been there enough to know the ins and outs of the shop, but my friend Tracy is a fan, and if she’s a fan–it’s a good place.  And interestingly enough, when I went to Utah to see my mom and went to her local quilt shop, one of the women who worked there, knew of Ginger’s and went on and on about it.  I’ll need to return–and soon!  (We do have a Quilter’s Run/Shop Hop coming up this summer.)

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