Row by Row Texas – Carrollton and Lewisville
Up until now, I have chronicled my Texas Row by Row fun by writing about every shop I visit in one day – this is not only becoming tiring and sometimes long, I have found that by doing this, I am not able to really show you many of the amazing things I am finding at many of these shops.
At the very beginning of this adventure, I had the pre-conceived notion that one shop was going to be about the same as another… boy was I wrong!
So, with this in mind, I will be focusing on only two shops for each blog posting. This should allow me to post lots more pictures and provide much more info on each.
Now, if you happen to live near, or work in one of the shops I have already visited and blogged about and would like me to expand on my prior postings – just holler and I will! Who says I have to visit a quilt shop only one time????
The Old Craft Store
1110 W. Main Street
Carrollton, TX 75006
The Old Craft Store in Carrollton, TX resides in a beautiful old brick building. Like many other shops we visit, there is no question that this location is rich in history. As a matter of fact, before I talk about all things quilting, I want to point out two unique non-quilt features of this great shop.
- Inside is an actual, working post office!
- To walk into one of the back rooms is to step back in history. This re-make of an old mercantile is absolutely amazing and worth coming to see whether you are a crafter or not.
When we first arrived, Melba was discussing a project with a customer. This lady was asking for advice regarding the backing for some quilt tops she was holding. The woman actually stood in the middle of the main floor turning circles trying to decide what direction this project should take her. Eventually, she took off to her left to find the perfect complement to both her her projects.
As with many shops housed in older buildings, there were many rooms filled with different types of elements. One was almost all notions, patterns, thread and tools. Another room was dedicated to sewing projects such as aprons and other wearables.
Yet another room was for classes.
Over every vertical surface it seems there was a finished project on display. Some of the more memorable include a twister snowman that our daughter fell in love with and a beautifully quilted Christmas tree wall hanging.
The row for The Old Craft Store featured a unique flower pot whirligig red/white and blue design that just screams summer and the 4th of July!
I must admit that prior to our arrival at this shop, I was worried we would be able to find it – there was so much construction and confusion between Fort Worth and Carrollton that the Garmin was having fits. Ultimately, this shop was worth the journey and we plan on visiting again.
701 S. Stemmons #90
Lewisville, TX 75067
Our next stop was in Lewisville, TX at Quilt Country. It is very difficult to miss this shop because outside to theright of the doors is a gorgeous summertime mural complete with lots of quilts. As I have painted many murals over the years, I could appreciate how much time and effort went into this work of art.
Inside, the shop is very straight-forward. The main area is full of color and activity as shoppers checked out the huge selection of fabrics. As we have gone shop to shop, one thing sometimes stands out and that is the way a shop displays and sells their fat quarters. Quilt Country is not alone in having their own take on the sale and display of fat quarters.
Not only do they have cute bins full of the rolls of fat quarters, they have taken the concept one step farther. Each roll is bound by a colored ribbon, and as you can see from this picture, each color represents a price. It is very important to me to know the costs of things before I start planning for a project and this is one great way to let the customer make up their mind while the staff answers more complicated questions.
At the time of our visit, we got to meet 4 very sweet ladies behind the counter – they even posed for a group picture!! This sort of enthusiasm is contagious as was evident by the number of shoppers that buzzed about the store.
Quilt Country has more than just fabrics, notions and a great staff. In addition to all this, there is a classroom, bulk batting section and a room full of APQS long arm quilting systems for sale. As I am looking at purchasing a long arm quilter sometime in the future, it was great to check out what this manufacturer has to offer.
The walls were covered in finished projects to inspire – my husband was especially fond of this medallion quilt.
Stop in sometime and pick up the block for this shop, it’s a fun quartet of
summery images set in tilted inner squares. I can’t wait to dig through my stash to find the perfect little pieces to create these images.
As I mentioned at the start of this post – these are only 2 of the 6 shops we visited on July 26, 2014 – in posts to come, I will share our experiences visiting the following Quilt Shops:
Stitched with Love
500 N. Custer Rd Ste 110
McKinney, TX 75071
The Quilt Asylum
153 S. Central Expressway
McKinnney, TX 75070
Happiness Is . . . Quilting!
217 N. Kentucky St.
McKinney, TX 75069
Blue Ribbon Quilt Shoppe
102-C North Ballard Ave
Wylie, TX 75098
Thank you all for letting me poke around, ask questions and enjoy your own special way of supporting the quilting community.