Last week I needed some material for a project I was working on, and I decided to look for a better fabric store. Surely something better than Jo-Ann's was in my area? I looked in my phone book, and found a store that wasn't too far away.
The store building is nothing to be in awe over. In fact, I've passed this store many times and not even realized it was a fabric store! However, as soon as I walked into the store, I knew I had found a much better place to shop for fabric!!!
All the popular fabrics that I see paraded all over sewing blogs were in this store! All the popular designers (Amy Butler, Kaffe Fassett, to name just two) have their fabric in this store! I browsed with delight!
Now, I'm not totally "against" Jo-Ann's. They are usually reasonably priced, and they offer half off on their patterns, with specials on their patterns regularly. However, I have spent hours in that store trying to find coordinating fabrics! When I made this bag, I spent close to three hours in the store, just trying to come up with two coordinating fabrics. Even to find a solid fabric to go with a print is nearly impossible! At one point I stopped looking for two fabrics, and instead looked through the pattern book in order to find a pattern that only took one fabric. My mom told me she had a similar experience as well.
Not so at this new store! I bought fabric for my project, and two fat quarters:
I can't believe it, but I'm in love with a store! LOL