Episode 47 – Quilt shops closing?!

So in the past week I’ve received notice of two area quilt shops closing their doors. One was my LQS before we moved a few years ago. I have to confess that I never cared for it all that much – there were a few employees that did not seem to have the best people skills. But as a kid I remember my grandmother going there for quilting sessions and shopping so I always had a soft spot for it in spite of the prickly pears. Is this a nation-wide trend? Are others noticing a wave of brick-and-mortar shops closing?

I mentioned a new online shop that I tried out – Quilting in the Rain. (And yes, I get the irony of me lamenting quilt shops closing while I shop online…but I knew none of the LQS’s I frequent carry layer cakes.) My BFF Noelle asked me to make a wall-hanging for her little girl’s new bedroom. So I picked out this lovely fabric and she loved it. So do I! The leftovers…they will be mine! Bwa ha ha ha!

Kate Spain's Good Fortune
Isn’t it awesome? The shop had some great precuts. Check them out! (PS – I was not paid or compensated in any way to mention or endorse this shop.)

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4 Responses to Episode 47 – Quilt shops closing?!

  1. Lynne says:

    I think it’s a worldwide trend, not just a national one. Here in my area of Australia, I can think of three LQS that have closed in the last twelve months or so. I attend classes at one of my LQS, they are lovely women and the teacher is great, but they don’t “get me” nor do they carry much of the kind of fabrics I might want to buy. That being said, I have to admit that I buy a most of my fabric at the chain store, so if the LQS in my area close, I am partially responsible.

  2. Colleen says:

    I think it is worldwide too. I’m in Canada and we have had two shops close in the last year. For one, the owner was retiring. I don’t know why the other one closed. Online shops are an issue, especially in Canada. The shops had traditionally priced the fabric at about double the American price. Many did not come down as the Canadian dollar increased in value as compared to the US. Now, we’re at par, and shipping from the US can be cheap. And many Canadian shops are still selling at $12 – $16 / metre (39 inches).

    The other issue, I think, is the trend to online tuturials and videos. When I started quilting (only 13 years ago), you could get a book and teach yourself, or you could take a class at your LQS. If you took a class, you usually bought your supplies and fabric at the same shop. Now, you can watch a video on any technique you want to learn, and buy your fabric online – there is no need to set foot in a store!

  3. Gretchen F says:

    Actually, a new one just opened in our area, bringing the total to 4 within a 15 minute drive of my home so indon’t think it is happening here right at this moment.

  4. Victoria says:

    No quilt shops are closing around me. But newer stores are for the sewist and quilter. At least, their classes are including several clothing and tote bag offerings.
    Keep us informed on the Modern Quilt Guild front. Hope you keep up with that. I really enjoy my group in Minneapolis.
    Victoria – Peacebrook Quilting Podcast

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