Quilt shops in the Fox Valley

I love shopping for fabric, I don't even care if I don't know what I will make with it. There is nothing else that gives me quite the rush that selecting new fabrics does. I decided that to help me recharge my creative battery I would seek out brand new quilt shops in the Fox Valley as the perfect way to spend a gorgeous spring day. (We have one or two of those in Chicago every once in a while.)

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The first shop I popped into was Prairie Shop Quilts in Batavia. From the moment I walked in, I liked it. There was just a fun, warm, friendly vibe. The people who worked here and the customers were joking and bantering, it was like a fun club open to all that I wanted to join.prairie shop quilts re 3

I loved the fabrics, the cozy corner for books and the fun animal quilts by the long arm.  Can you see those darling dog quilts?

I loved overhearing the conversations in shop, they were all about quilts, Paducah and all very positive. This is a quilt loving place.

As I was buying fabrics, people even jumped in to talk to me about them. What fun!

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I decided to buy some fabric with colors or designs which reminded me of Cuba.

I am not ready to design my Cuba quilt yet, I need way more time for the whole experience to marinate. But having a collection of fabrics to turn to when I have the idea, now that  just makes perfect sense, yes?

These blues just seemed like the building, the water and the sky. Plus the neutral has hexagon shapes in it, like little islands. And I am such a fool for Aurifil thread and this matched perfectly.sew generously re 3

When I got home I discovered I already have a spool of it. Oops! Aurifil needs an app which keeps track of what we have so we know what to buy. Bernina has one like that. It's super.

Next stop was Sew Generously in St. Charles. I loved this store also but the vibe was completely different. They are both wonderful stores but the first was like red, this one blue. Warmth in Batavia, cool and sleek in St. Charles.

sew generously re 1There was a small but fabulous collection of fabrics. There were all kinds of Berninas, every model seemed to be there. The clerks were also friendly and helpful.

I loved all the fabrics and the quilts on the walls. It was crisp and modern.

There really weren't any fabrics that seemed to say Cuba to me. Did I let that stop me? Ha, have you just met me?

I just picked out fabrics that I liked and I can figure out later what I will be making.sew generously re 4

I know, this is indulgent. Isn't that great?

I got 9 fat quarters that I just really couldn't leave the store without. Since I had no idea what I would make I also got two zippers.

Yes, that seems a bit crazy to me also. But look how I have them lined up. Are you thinking what I'm thinking?

A bag! Or maybe a pillow! And if I make those things, I may need a zipper.

In the meantime, I will have them in my stash. We will chat every so often.

They will say, "Kathy, I am glad your creative juices are flowing again." I will smile and say, "Me too."

Please tell me you chat with your fabrics or at the very least you buy fabrics that you have no idea what you will do with them. Yes?

Sew happy!

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I nearly always write about quilt stores I visit. After I am done shopping I ask permission to take pictures and give them my card. I only have 37 thousand more cards to use up! Here's another post on a quilt store in Woodridge.

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