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More Quilt Shops near Corvallis, Oregon

After we visited Greenbaum’s Quilted Forest in Salem, we headed south to Independence, where we’d visit a quilt shop and have lunch at the Pink House.  First up–the shop!

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Ladies of Liberty is a quilt shop that features Civil War reproduction fabrics, and they announce their place in the quilt world with the old-fashioned dress in the storefront window.  They are located at 130 C Street, Independence OR 97351. Their phone number is 503-837-0676, and their email is ladiesofliberty@hotmail.com.

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By now, the sun had come out, so the shop’s samples really shone. It’s a smaller shop, but has good ideas and friendly staff.   Again, I’ll let my photos do the talking.

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Their classroom.  Apparently they just recently pushed out the walls to enlarge their shop and gain this space.

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Pink House

Beth and I were ready for lunch, so just two blocks away is the Pink House Cafe (242 D Street, in Independence), open Weds to Sunday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.  After our delicious lunch, a chance to sit down and catch up with each other again, we were off to Philomath, and JanniLou Creations.

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I snapped this one as we hurried inside. JanniLou Creations is at 1243 Main in Philomath, OR 97370, and their phone is 541-929-3795.

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This is what greets your eye, but the hellos and how are yous? were also nice to hear, too.  I browsed over in the section to the side, looking at all their black and white fabrics.  Beth had said this was a converted movie theater, but it wasn’t until she urged me to head around the counter and take a look that it dawned on me what she was talking about.  What you see above is where they used to take the tickets and sell popcorn and candy.  Walk around to the right or left and you see this:

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The former movie theater turned into fabric store.  Oh, my.  It was huge and filled with quilts and colors and lots of movie memorabilia.

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The batiks aisle.

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Their classroom is at the back, and is large enough to display these full-sized quilts, plus have room for fat quarter bins around the edges.

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View from the classroom.  Way up in the corner, near the ceiling was a quilt designed for the quilt shop–yep, the one in black and white on the upper left.

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I liked that they not only had groupings of patterns, but also labeled their bins of fat quarters as to what was in them by theme.

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After buying a few things, I was sure now that my suitcase wouldn’t shut on the way home, but we weren’t done yet!

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We drove the beautiful Oregon countryside to Corvallis; it wasn’t too far away to Quiltwork Patches, right in downtown Corvallis Oregon.

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We’d passed by this shop on our way to dinner the night before, and of course, I was intrigued.  Don’t worry, Beth told me as we drove past, we’ll be here tomorrow.  And for our final stop of the day, we went in after finding a parking place easily.

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Quiltwork Patches is on 212 SW 3rd Street in Corvallis, OR 97333; phone number is 541-752-4820.  It’s a friendly place and we were greeted right as we walked in, not only by the owner, but also by well-arranged bolts of fabrics.  I was happy to see a lot of the modern fabrics represented, although she also stocked a full range of batiks, colors, and Kaffe Fasset fabrics.

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A good quilt shop has lots of samples to entice quilters to get to work, and Quiltwork Patches had some lovely examples.  I sort of make it a policy not to photograph only quilts when I do a review of a shop, but rather focus on the shop.  So if you wonder why I don’t have straight-on shots, that’s why.  I’m there to explore the shop.  And explore I did.

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Quiltwork Patches also had garment and bag samples, as well as good eye-level displays of books and small sewing projects.  The shop was neat and clean and I wanted to spend hours and hours and buckets of money in there.  I’m sure they wouldn’t have objected.

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This is the sale room.  Instead of doing punch cards or customer reward points, Quiltwork Patches decided to offer good prices on current fabrics.  I had a fun time browsing through her stock.

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Batik wall.

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Like Greenbaum’s and JenniLou Creations, this shop had a full range of classes offered up, from beginning classes up to classes for the more experienced quilter.  I saw many things to buy, but had to start somewhere–like this bolt of Anna Maria Horner’s Field Study.  Weighted down by a full day of shopping, good conversation and fabric, Beth dropped me back at my hotel.  We hugged good-bye and promised each other we would do this again sometime.

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Greenbaum’s Quilted Forest–Salem, Oregon

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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).

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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.

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

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

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Their classroom.

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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.

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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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Bolt–Portland, Oregon

After we finished lunch at Grand Central Baking Company, and had visited Cool Cottons, we headed up into the Irvington district of Portland to a well-known quilt shop called Bolt.  I have read their blog for a while, so knew about the amount of creativity that just oozed out of this place, plus it was on Alberta Street–my sweet MIL’s name. So that’s two votes for heading up here, don’t you think?

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My husband has Parking Karma, so we found a place to park right across the street, then headed over. It located at 2136 NE Alberta Street in Portland (97211) and the phone is 503-287-2658, with email at info@boltfabricboutique.com.  They are open every day, generally from 10-6, but different on Sat and Sunday, so check out their website for their hours.

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Can I just say I’m crazy for dot-words?  In the front window of their store they had letters on large dots, spelling out the goodies inside, and I loved that interesting touch.

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This store is just full of great ideas, great fabrics of all kinds and lots of ways to get you thinking about quilts and projects to make.  They carry a full range of Oliver and S Patterns, different kinds (substrates) of fabrics, from laminates to lightweight cottons, notions, threads and everything a sewist/sewer could want.

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But like most quilters, I’m there for the fabric and ideas.  And they have lots of fabric to choose from.

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This store is tiny but packs a lot in, so I spent some time looking.  I’m on a tight space allowance because of my suitcase, so that made it very hard to choose what I could take home.

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And yes, that is the new Lizzie House Constellations line in the blues (on the left).  I also saw other lines of fabric (Madrona Road, for one), plus they have a good mix of modern, novelty and good lines for blending in a quilt layout.  You could spend all day here, I think.

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Their tins of patterns–many to choose from.

And here’s a PS to our time in fabric shops: We also walked around some of Portland’s Art Galleries, where we saw a piece by Robert Rauschenberg, that only cost $70,000 (below). Makes the price of our quilt fabric look like a steal, doesn’t it?

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I was amazed that a simple quilt-like construction could cost that much to own, but hey, it is a Rauschenberg.  The intriguing thing was the voile overlay in the dotty and flowery sections in the picture above.  I studied it a long time, and if you are in Portland and want to go and see it, head over to the Elizabeth Leach gallery on 9th street, where they treat you with great respect even if you are carrying a drippy umbrella and are wearing walking shoes.  Which I was.

We quilters need our inspiration from many different kinds of places, and I’m grateful to both Bolt and Cool Cottons which allowed me to take snapshots of their shops.  Now go and visit, if you are in Portland.

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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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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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