Published on July 15th, 2009 | by Jackie Hernandez


Find Your Local Independent Quilt Shops

Did you know that 95 percent of fabric shoppers make their purchases at chain stores?
That’s where Project 95 comes into the picture. One goal of Project 95 is to unite fabric shoppers with local independent quilt and fabric shops.  

Project 95 is brought to you by The Fabric Shop Network, Inc, the trade association for independent quilt and fabric retailers.  They have recently launched a beta version of a searchable map to help you find independents in your area.  I plugged in my zip code and was delighted to see this densely packed map fraught with new (at least new-to-me) shops to check out in my area.

So why buy from Independets? According to the Fabric Shop Network:

There are three good reasons to choose independents over chain stores.

  • Excellent Service. At independents, expect caring attention to customers.
  • Superior Knowledge. Independent shop staffs are quilters and sewers themselves, and have unsurpassed product knowledge that they pass onto you.
  • Count on Quality. Fabrics, notions and tools available at independents are the highest quality.

The searchable map is currently only populated for the United States, but eventually it will be international (which will be great for finding shops when you are traveling the globe). To learn more about Project 95: Fabric Shoppers Unite and to help spread the word go here.

Keep up with the latest in the world of green crafts by signing up for our free newsletter. CLICK HERE to sign up!

Tags: , , ,

About the Author

I am a work-at-home mom busy chasing after my son and establishing my eco-business, Tiny Décor. I also write the Tiny Décor Blog aimed at modern parents trying to go green for their kids. Tiny Décor has allowed me to turn a passion for sewing, craft, and environmentalism into a business. Blog writing has become an outlet for me to share my experiences going green, being a parent, and loving the planet.

6 Responses to Find Your Local Independent Quilt Shops

  1. Pingback: Find Your Local Independent Quilt Shops

  2. Sarah says:

    Thanks so much for helping to spread the work about Project 95!

  3. Patricia Tucker says:

    I will second the notion of quality fabric. As I was learning to quilt, I thought the quilt store in town was much too expensive and elected for less expensive fabric at a chain store. When I took a quilt class, I found out why the less expensive fabric was not a good idea for quilts after I had learned the hard way. For all the effort and love that goes into a quilt, quality fabric is the answer and the only answer. The quality fabrics usually shows up in the independent quilt stores – not at the chain fabric stores.

  4. bezzie says:

    Huh. Great idea but not perfect yet. I put in my zip code (NJ) a range of 15 miles and got one result—for a shop in Texas. ????????? HOpe it works for others.

  5. Elizabeth B says:

    So cool that they’re doing this! They’ve made a good start. But Poppy Fabrics in Oakland, CA, closed some time ago. ;_;

  6. Pingback: Find Your Local Independent Quilt Shops - Zidee.com

Leave a Reply

Back to Top ↑
  • Advertisement

  • Let’s Connect!

  • Popular Posts + Pages

    The Crafting a Green World guide to choosing green art and craft supplies.

    Green Crafts for Kids

    DIY Ideas for Home

    Do you love toilet paper roll crafts as much as we do? Today we’re sharing 50 projects that you need to see!

    We’ve rounded up 25 incredible DIY crafts and activities that will make you rethink the average disk. Click through each link below and be inspired!