Quilt Shop: Quilter's Quarters and Bernina Too; Cottonwood, Arizona

Good grief. I've had the hardest time this morning staying connected to the internet. Internet access can be frustrating when we're traveling. But here I am to tell you about the quilt shop. Let's hope my connection will see me through to the end.

I wasn't expecting to visit this shop, preferring to save my quilty dollars for the store in Sedona, but we had time, and so what the heck? This store was not far from where we were at the national monument, and so we went. It's off to itself at the far end of Cottonwood, Arizona.

Here's how it looks from the front.

This is what the sign said next to the door. Oh yes. Thank you. I've arrived where my people live. Possibly this will become an Olympic sport in the future. I'm sure there are many of us who could make the team.

Walking through the front door, it looks like this:

Toward the back of the store was a classroom with a longarm machine. To my right, these reproduction prints.

To my left, these pretty quilts hanging on the wall. By the way, this store has an online presence, and so you can go shopping if you see something you like.

Starting on the left side of the store, they had a nice selection of black and white fabrics...I always love looking at them.

Turning around, a selection of patterns for making critters.

Walking on...this looked like fun. There was about a 1/3 cup measuring cup in there.

From there, the fabric stretched the entirety of the wall and to the back of the store. There were also shelves to the right of this image.

I love the colors in these native American prints. Since I just bought a bunch while we were in Colorado, I passed them by.

They had lots of regional prints. I always love having a nice selection of prints representative of the area...and plenty of fat quarters too.

Turning around, this one caught my eye. This is one of those digital prints. I love the looks of them, but as many of you have noted, it's hard to find a way to use them.

There were some pretty florals.

Beautiful batiks.

Lots of cute quilt patterns.

This store also caters to garment sewers.

There were more buttons on cards and a nice selection of Creative Grids rulers...my favorites.

I loved this pattern, but I didn't buy it.

There was a whole rack of patterns for local geological formations. These could be done in applique, but there were also some embroidery patterns here.

Kokopelli...my favorite.

Toward the back of the store were flannels.

To my left was a selection of felted wool.

Moving to the opposite side of the store and in the back was a nice selection of sale fabrics. Nothing here really appealed to me.

Here's a great way to find just the right small hunk of something...or to rid yourself of scraps.

Back toward the front of the store, these vintage quilts were hanging on a rack.

I found myself wishing there was an explanation for this one. The embroidery is done by hand. The names were done in chain stitch. It's interesting to me how women of this era always referred to themselves as Mrs. Husband's Name. My grandmother's thimble is engraved with "Mrs. E. J. Maust," my grandfather's initials.

I liked this quilt hanging on the wall. About 3/4 of the way down the right side appears a fabric I used when I made my very first quilt...the black with colorful round dots.

Here's a cute little sewing chair. This store was also a Bernina dealer and service center. They had several sewing chairs.

As I paid for my fabric, I noticed these cute cactus pin cushions next to the register.

If you like those, this is a similar pattern. It's widely available on the internet. Just Google it.

So what did I get? For my regional print, I chose a fat quarter of this one. Like I said, I love kokopelli.

Also, a yard of this one. It will make a good one for finishing off my "inchy" embroidery.

So this was a great little shop. I was glad we went. Friendly folks, and a busy shop. The quilting community here in the valley is lucky to have several quilt shops nearby supported by a relatively small population. We'll be visiting another shop in Sedona today. Of course I'll tell you all about it tomorrow or the next day.

7 comments from clever and witty friends:

Quilting Babcia said...

I think there was a similar cowboy boot quilt in an older issue of Love of Quilting made by Liz Porter. If I find it among my pile of magazines I'll send it to you.

Dorothy said...

I so love traveling with you. You are a great tour guide :-)

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Great quilt shop. Glad to see any quilt shop promoted by the locals. My favorite shop here closed. It was more than a quilt shop and had a little of everything. I was there when they opened and there when they closed. 50 years is a long time. I'm looking forward to your Sedona post!
xx, Carol

Linda said...

I enjoyed the walk through the store and heartily approve your fabric choices. Of course I'm a Kokopelli fan. He's playing his flute on a trivet next to my stovetop. That pansy fabric!

SJSM said...

Back in the day, a lady only had her name in print when she was born, when she was married and when she died. After marriage she used her husband’s name as ladies did that. Women were a different category who probably did not get their name in print unless they did something illegal or out of the norm. We’ve come a long way, baby!

piecefulwendy said...

You do such great reviews of the quilt shops you visit. I have transitioned to almost all CG rulers - I love them, and I can see the markings better than on other rulers. Boy, there is so much inventory in that shop! What a fun little place to find.

QuiltGranma said...

I remember in the mid 1990's joining a club where they on their club list with where they lived and phone numbers all went by the husband's name... Mrs. whatsit Whatever. When I soon became secretary of that club I changed that. It was too confusing to try to remember each woman's name as well as her husband as well! Time to get with the times, ladies! I, of course, was the youngest member of that club.