There are quilt shops and then there are quilt shops! Washington state has some serious quilters and very impressive quilt shops. There is no denying that Texas is the Mother of Quilt Shops, but I am impressed with the quality of fabric available and the impressive array of choices. For instance, Gathering Fabrics in Woodinville gatheringfabrics.com, near Bothell, WA has so much to choose from in a very small space. Of course, they are moving into a larger building right next door. Right now, I am working on a BOM (block of the month) illustrating WA state's wildflowers. Keepsake Cottage Fabrics http://www.keepsakecottagefabrics.com/ in Bothell, WA. What a dream place with lots of samples on the walls and lots of Moda Fabrics. They have a great selection of sale fabric on their front porch. $5 a yard and an extra 10% off if you finish the bolt. Check out their next BOM...it will be wonderful! This shop is where I met my quilting friend, Pam. She does AWESOME applique. Today Pam took me up to Mt. Vernon, WA. http://www.ci.mount-vernon.wa.us/ It is an old town with historic buildings and it really has small town feel.
and that name is so appropriate! Check out this wall of beads! The prices will knock your socks off! I bought name-brand fabrics for $1 a yard and $4 a yard. They have regular priced fabrics too along with tons of notions!
Another cool thing are the classes offered. If you are up in this area, you gotta check out this fabric outlet.