Quilt Shop: The Fabric Farm

As you know, we headed over to the coast this weekend for a short vacation. When we left I-5 to head west, I brought up my trusty Quilt Shop app, expecting to find nothing. It's a fair distance to the beach at this point, and there are just a few little towns along the way. In fact, for most of this stretch of road, there is no cell phone service. I don't know about you, but when there's no cell phone service, I start getting all weird, nervous, and thirsty. I mean...what if our car runs off the road? What if I have a heart attack? What if we get abducted by aliens? With all of that on my mind, you can imagine how much more sanguine I felt when I discovered to my amazement that there was a quilt shop along the way.

"Could it be?" I asked Mike. Heck, they even had a website!

And in Drain, Oregon? One need only consider the name of the town to realize how unlikely it is that there would actually be a functioning quilt shop there. We looked up Drain on the internet (thank goodness, we still had coverage!) and found that as of the census of 2010, there were 1,151 people, 454 households, and 319 families residing in the city. To see Drain, that seems unlikely; although they do have two liquor stores, two churches (one would assume a church for each liquor store), and a Napa Auto Parts. (Napa is one of the benchmarks we look for before giving a town actual "town" status. No Taco Bell, however, so two demerits. Erik and Matthew came up with that one.)

According to the map, we expected to find it right along the main highway (along with the entire remainder of the town, one would think), and there it was!

Absolutely astonishing! Well, Mike had to remind me to wait for the truck to come to a complete stop before jumping out. When you walk through the front door, you can look off to the right and see this:

The door is right in the corner of the building, and so the only other way to look is straight ahead:


It's a small shop, but they had a surprisingly nice supply of fabric. And it was pretty stuff, much to my liking.

There was a good mix of styles, including a nice supply of landscape prints and some very pretty batiks.

They had a few books and patterns, and some quilts made by local quilters. This being the way to the beach, several had coastal themes.

And look at these funny little dolls printed on fabric panels for cutting and sewing. They made me smile.

And they had some woolen supplies as well. Some of this stuff would have been appropriate for needle felting, although that wasn't its intended purpose.

It seems the shop is incidental to the owner's long arm business, but she proudly informed me they'd been in business for five years.

I ended up purchasing these two versions of bricks. I thought I might be able to use them in my Doors of Ireland quilt.

And a couple of yards of this pretty batik.

So, wow! Just for being such a delightful find in a very small town, I give them five rotary cutters out of five. You've got to hand it to them just for staying in business for five years in such a remote location. It's definitely worth a stop if you find yourself driving through the area. Friendly folks, right on the main highway, and good parking, even if you happen to be towing a trailer.

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10 comments from clever and witty friends:

Ray and Jeanne said...

Nice! We will be traveling in that direction in early summer - I may get the chance to check it out. Thanks for sharing. btw, I love the bricks! ~Jeanne

Vroomans' Quilts said...

How very cool to find such a treasure. Yes, I like the brick fabrics, too.

Sheila said...

What a nice shop! Some of our best quilt shops are way out in the country, always a nice surprise.

Junebug613 said...

Nice! Looks like an inviting little shop!

Kate said...

What a nice treasure to find on the way home. Looks like a fun little shop.

Quilting Babcia said...

Never thought Drain had that large a population either! Looks like a great little shop too. Wish there was one in Scio!

Dana Gaffney said...

I can't find a quilt shop in all of Miami, but you find one in Drain? It sounds wonderful to have a long arm business and a small quilt shop on the side.

Melinda said...

Any chance you saw/remember the manufacturer of the doll fabric panels. I love them. What fun you had at Drain.

Brown Family said...

That is s nice quilt shop. We found one last year in the town of Savoy, TX. Population 831. Savvy quilts and it too has a web site! It appeared to be the only retail business in town. They do have the usual Police, Fire Department ( Volunteer ), school( 230 students) and Funeral home.

quiltzyx said...

What cool quilts - I really like the one being used as a tablecloth in the straight ahead shot. You know, the batik fabric would look "brick-y" if you turn it 90*, so I think you really got THREE brick fabrics! Nice to read an LQS success story!