We all know that shopping local is critical to both keeping shops healthy and a thriving creative community. Quilt shops are no exception to that; they’re vital to our industry and are much more than a retail venue. Often they’re places where quilters and sewists can come together, trading stories about their latest projects, discussing new techniques, discovering new fabrics, and inspiring each other to work with fabric in exciting new ways.
Recognizing the critical role of local quilting shops, The Fabric Shop Network (the trade organization for independent quilt and fabric retailers) has pulled together an awesome event you don’t want to miss. Quilters, sewists, and fabric lovers around the country are encouraged to show their support for local, independent quilt shops on the inaugural “Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day” to raise awareness for the importance of these businesses in their local economy and in the creative pursuits of crafters everywhere.
So be sure to visit your local quilt shop Thursday, January 24, for the official Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day! Check out your local shops’ special events by finding out what is happening in your area and join in the fun. And if you’d like to go one step further and shower your local quilt shop with kindness ranging from fresh baked cookies to a handwritten note, head here for inspiration. You could even promote your favorite shop in a post on your blog, to be part of the Visit Your Local Quilt Shop blog tour, joining the ranks of other bloggers like Sew Take a Hike, Red Pepper Quilts, and more.
Share with us why you love your local quilt shop! And shops, we’d love to hear from you too- what is your shop doing for VYLQSD? How is your shop an integral part of your community?