Tips for Visiting Quilt Shops While on Vacation

With the proliferation of quilt shops around the country, visiting these unique stores can be a highlight of any vacation for a quilter. 


When visiting a new town, be sure to research ahead of time to find the well-known quilt shops in the area. Find out when they are open, and if they have seasonal hours. I have tried to visit many stores that were closed because it was the "off season." 

Often quilt shop owners are quilters themselves and are fonts of knowledge about the local quilting scene. They can recommend area quilting museums or exhibits.

While in the shop, take your time browsing the aisles and be sure to chat with the shop workers to get their recommendations on must-have regional fabrics or patterns. I love getting regionally inspired fabrics or tools as souveniers.

Make sure to budget plenty of luggage space when quilt shop hopping while on vacation. It's easy to go overboard purchasing fabrics you fall in love with. You'll want room for storing your treasures to bring home as souvenirs of your trip.

With some advance planning and a willingness to engage with the local quilting community, visiting quilt shops can be a profoundly enriching experience, interweaving fabric and fellowship into your travels.

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