I love on-line technology generally. Here’s why…
When I started quilting about a lifetime ago (could it be possibly 20+ years ago? Yikes, OMG etc.), I lived in a big city in Alberta. Back in the day, it was easy as pie to go to about a gazillion fabric shops within a few minutes drive from my home. I got into a lovely groove… which involved purchasing a quilting magazine at the grocery store and then hi-tailing it off to the high end quilt stores all around me. I especially loved Lori’s Country Cottage in Sherwood Park where everyone knew my name. (LOL, I’m having a Norm from “Cheers” moment).
Then, hubby and I retired, packed our bags and all our belongings, and left Alberta to realize our retirement dreams on teeny tiny, itsy-bitsy Prince Edward Island–a little over 3 years ago. Suddenly BOOM! my quilting world imploded. Imagine my distress to find there are exactly 3 specialty quilt shops in the whole province; and no FabricLand franchises, or Marshall Fabrics or anywhere else with a good selection of quilting fabric at a reasonable (or exorbitant, for that matter) price. I was devastated, disenchanted and discouraged. It was a seriously bleak time….please excuse me, I do have a tendency to be a drama queen. But I’m sure you get my point. Holy Heck Hanna what would I do?
Well, I started spending time on-line, where to my wonderment, there was a huge, borderless, universal quilting community. They didn’t know or care where I lived; they were willing and delighted to share their ahhhsome creations and I started to feel better. Before too long, I decided to join in. I quickly learned to post pics of my quilts to Instagram and Facebook and started reading blogs. Then one day I clicked on a link to a wonderful wonderful place called Pink Castle Fabrics…OMG OMG OMG, there really was more fabric in the universe then I could imagine. Beautiful traditional fabrics, modern low volume fabrics; text and texture fabrics; animal and vegetable fabrics….you see where I’m going with this right.
Well before you could say “Honey I’m Home”, I whipped out my magic Visa card and started shopping. Now a short lifetime later and I’m still going strong. I love love love this new cyber world I’m living in. I could never have imagined just 10 years ago that I could purchase fabrics or patterns from anywhere in the world and have it delivered right to my door within 10 days. I am a cyber citizen of the world; it doesn’t matter to me if my fabric originates from Canada, USA or Australia. (Although to be honest, it does matter to hubby…he’d much prefer if I reined myself in a tiny bit and confined my on-line shopping to continental North America…he’s kinda old-school that way).
These beauties came by USPS or UPS just last week…Sigh, I am SO in my happy place!
What or where is your favourite fabric store? And, do you buy FQs or bundles or yardage? Leave me a comment…I’m always looking for fabulous new places to buy fabric.