Vegas Fabric Stashing Part 2

This is a continuation of my last post of my favorite Las Vegas haunts. One the stores I like to visit when I am here is……..

………brace yourself………

Quiltique, a quilt fabric shop in Henderson, Nevada.

Now, I feel the need to explain myself. I like to mainly sew garments. I like to stalk  all the major garment sewing blogs. I have yet to visit any quilting blog.

Additionally, in the area where I live, there are both quilting groups and garment sewing groups and their members really don’t mix. In fact, I have met many excellent quilters that absolutely despise garment sewing.  They hate every aspect of apparel sewing- from fitting to inserting zippers.

But I do have a soft spot for quilting, in particular, modern contemporary style. Maybe this is because I first learned to sew by quilting. Learning to quilt helped me immensely with the quality of my garment sewing. I was taught to quilt by an award-winning quilter and she ingrained in me the need to press obsessively (press seam flat first and then open or to one side). Careful cutting of fabrics and matching intersecting seams are also critical when quilting. All these skills have served me well when sewing garments.

I see quilting as an art form and truly admire the handiwork that goes into making a award-winning quilt. Furthermore, outside of major cities like NYC, you are more likely to encounter quilt shops when traveling cross-country.

OK, enough with the proselytizing. Moving back on topic, Quiltique primarily caters to the contemporary quilter and is one of the best quilt shops in the Las Vegas area. The shop is fresh and bright with many cheerful fabrics.

Mindful that I would have to carry any purchases back on the plane ride home, I picked up only few small trinkets on my last visit. Here is my haul from Quiltique: a Amy Butler gum drop pillow pattern, 2 bags of lavender and a pack of Kaffe Fassett fat quarters in pink and red joyful colors.

Quiltique goodies

The pillow pattern will be great for stash busting. I succumbed to the Kaffe Fassett fabric pack because I admire KF style quilts but I am too lazy to break out my color theory guide and find color coordinating fabrics. And who doesn’t like lavender? I am currently sleeping with a little bag under my pillow.

I am curious to hear your thoughts on quilting, particularly if you sew mainly garments. I am always the youngest person in any quilting group so perhaps it is a generational thing. I often feel out-of-place because I have so little in common with the quilting ladies with the exception of quilting. So, I prefer to be a solitary quilter. (I love social garment sewing though!)

About Javie

I am a scientist by training but an artist at heart. Currently going to grad school for more 'practical' training. I love to sew, cook and craft so this is my journal of my more artistic experiments.
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2 Responses to Vegas Fabric Stashing Part 2

  1. I share your appreciation of quilting though not from having done it much. I get such a kick out of wearing garments I have made successfully, or seeing them worn by others that I’m unlikely to change ‘codes’ in the foreseeable future either. I particularly love looking at gorgeous quilts, whether small or large and treasure the few items I have been given over time. Aren’t the fabrics gorgeous to look at too?

    • Javie says:

      The fabrics are gorgeous! But the costs for making a quilt can add up quickly- seems you need at least 2.5 – 3 yards each of 3 or 4 different fabrics to make a nice pattern. And if anyone made a quilt for me, I would treasure it because I know how much work went into making it!

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