2/16/11

Quilt Shop: Organ Mountain Quilt Shop

Of the three quilt shops I visited in Las Cruces today, I liked the Organ Mountain Quilt Shop the best.  While the service was less outgoing, it was business-like and helpful.  Their shop is in an adobe-looking structure.  I had a little difficulty finding it because of what appears to be a rail project going on in the middle of the downtown area, but this shop was well worth the effort it took to find it.


I was a little hesitant to open the door because I thought this might be a shop where quilts are made, rather than a fabric store.  I'm glad I braved it anyway because this store was really a treasure.  There was lots and lots of fabric in two large rooms like this one:


There was a woman having some fabric cut, and her husband was sitting in the other room having a conversation with another man who was there.  I had a feeling the other man might have been a husband or father of the owner.  In any case, it was a nice separate area where they could sit and visit.

They had a nice supply of southwest fabrics and patterns from local designers.  I selected these two patterns.  I had seen this one in the first shop I visited, but it wasn't made up, and the picture on the pattern didn't "speak" to me.  Then, I saw it made up in the second shop, and it was absolutely adorable.  Unfortunately, they were out of it.  Then finally, I hit pay dirt in this shop.  If you look at the image above, you can see it hanging on the wall at the top to the left of the two chili pepper quilts.  It really is a cute table topper by the same designer from Albuquerque as the Mexican Kitchen pattern I found.


Also, I liked this one (there were several versions of this) by a designer out of Ajo, Arizona, a town we drove through on our way to Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument.  (That made it kind of fun.)


I fell in love with this beautiful southwest batik


and this one too.  Either of these would look pretty with the second pattern.


I picked up this fat quarter because I thought it might help me with the landscape quilt I'd like to try of the Sonora desert.


There were so many things I liked in this shop that, had I visited it first, I would have spent far more money.  As it was, I was feeling like I needed to limit my expenditures somewhat because I'd already been shopping in the two earlier stores.  It's probably just as well. 

As I said, this was my favorite of the three.  If I find myself in Las Cruces again (and I expect I will), I will definitely pay another visit to this shop.  It was notable for its unique inventory of southwest fabrics (along with plenty of everything else).  It had a large selection of patterns, books, fabrics, and notions.  I could have spent a lot more time there, but I was tired by this time.  I give it five rotary cutters out of five.  I hope you'll get a chance to visit some day--especially if you like these southwest colors and designs.

3 comments from clever and witty friends:

Kritta22 said...

You were in my stumping grounds!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I live in Alamogordo area.....you coming this way???

Wanna meet???

Seriously!!

Kritta22 said...

Okay I can't find your email....

My email is Kritta22@hotmail.com

Seriously I would LOVE to meet you! And your kitties!

Maybe meet at the white sands or something!!

Joyce said...

I thought it was so fun that I found this blog. You see my email/flickr name is cactuspatches and I do love cats and quilts. I live in Alamogordo too and love this quilt shop in Las Cruces. Glad you enjoyed your visit. Joyce