On the Hunt for Modern Fabric in NJ: Here are some of our favorite brick and mortar quilt shops…
A great new find! The Little Shop was a well loved quilting instution in South Jersey and recently closed – however, they merged with Hooked Fine Yarns to start a new, very modern oriented, sewing and quilting shop – tons of modern fabrics for both quilting and sewing clothes and a strong focus on creating a space for gathering and creating together. Authorized Bernina dealer.
Sew Jersey is a lovely shop in East Hanover, NJ (136 NJ-10, East Hanover, NJ 07936) with a great selection of modern fabrics. They also sell Brother and Janome machines, and do on site repairs of all machine makes and models.
Urban Sewciety: Just opened at their new light filled and spacious location in Westfield, NJ, they offer modern fabrics, notions, and a wide range of classes.
Mouse Creek Quilts: A lovely shop in Howell, NJ run by Claire Berg. While the fabric selections and techniques still run heavily towards the traditional, Claire has been adding more and more modern patterns, classes, and fabrics to the mix lately. At last glance, she was selling kits for both Zen Chic’s Color Chart quilt and Elizabeth Hartman’s “Francis Firefly” pattern, and there are classes currently running that teach techniques in using HST’s in more modern ways as well as a class in constructing Kafe Fasset’s “Half Moon Quilt” – another modern design. They have a great selection of notions, are always happy to help, and host a regular Friday night sew-in, “Sew What Fridays”, that I attend whenever I can – a wonderful group of ladies!
Olde City Quilts: If you are looking to explore longarm quilting, this shop in Burlington, NJ has classes in both manual and computerized long arming, and after taking the three hour beginner class, you can rent time on their longarm machines to get those ufo’s finished. Besides selling and servicing long-arms, they also carry notions, fabric, and a wide range of both Brother and Bernina machines.
Fabric Shopping in NYC:
Purl Soho is a must-see when you are in the city on a fabric mission. 🙂 Even though the space is small, and shared with tons of yarn, knitting, and weaving resources, their selection of fabric is beautiful, with a great selection of liberty of london, shot cottons, and japanese fabrics.
It can be a bit of an adventure to find Gotham Quilt’s retail space, but if you love to see and feel the latest fabrics before you buy, it is worth seeking out.
VFW Quilts is Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s new retail location in the city, selling her fabric collections, books, patterns, and templates.
Pins and Needles, NYC is located on the upper East Side and offers a great selection of fabrics for both quilting and garment sewing, as well as classes and notions.