Monday, May 2, 2011

Field Trip: Thread Bear Fabrics

Now that the quilts for the twinkies are done, I'm ready to start my next project:  The Bear's 8th grade graduation quilt. 

After a lot of thought, I decided to go a similar route to his brother's graduation quilt, and make some extra large, chunky blocks.  I didn't want the same pattern, but a similar one would work.  I decided to make a giant Disappearing Nine Patch in the colors of the high school he will attend.  

As much as I love shopping from my stash, I don't have enough manly-man fabrics to make a twin size quilt.  I would have to go shopping.  (Oh, darn!)  Purely out of my devotion and love for all of you, dear readers, I chose to go to a shop I hadn't seen before, Thread Bear Fabrics just up the road a piece in Forsyth County, GA.

I've heard about this shop and its vast selection from excited members of my guild for months.  I knew this would be the perfect opportunity to go, since I really did NEED a wide variety of fabrics to choose from.  This is just a fraction of a glimpse around the store, and doesn't include the giant sale room/classroom next door!

I was thrilled when I walked in and found a friend from guild working that day.  Cathy does beautiful custom longarm quilting in addition to working at the shop.  She was a great help while I stacked up bolts of fabric to audition.

Despite the fact that so many fabrics have a floral or somehow feminine feel (no polka dots for this boy!), I was able to find enough great choices and never felt like I had to compromise.  This would be an excellent shop to visit when you, like me, you had something specific in mind.  Or nothing in mind!

Here's what I finally chose:

If you don't live close by, Thread Bear Fabrics has an online store through the website, and also maintains an eBay storefront.

Happy shopping!

1 comment:

  1. I am planning to make a disappearing 9 patch for the Young Man out of food fabric. Keepsake Quilting has a fabric pack that might work for me. Haven't started yet.


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