Tuesday, February 24, 2009


After we arrived at the Oakland airport and were safe inside our rental car, my mom whipped out a folder containing mapquest directions to all the quilt stores she could find in the greater Bay Area. Even I was a little overwhelmed. :)
We managed to hit a few (not all - mainly for my sister's sanity, although by the end she was the one suggesting we hit one or two more.) This one was my favorite of the 7 or so we stopped at during our trip. And turns out we didn't even need mapquest for this one after all - it was only a short block and a charming-walk away from our hotel in Carmel.
A very sweet little shop (emphasis on the world little) that exuded charm and personality - as did the owner, Nancy.
No big collections of fabric lines, only a few well chosen bolts, plus lots of ribbon and trims.

I couldn't walk away from this place empty handed. Also, the day before at the beach I saw a girl carrying a vintage log cabin quilt, probably made in the 40's out of pinks and reds and turquoises and greens - it was fabulous - and I am totally kicking myself that I didn't stop her and ask if I could take a picture. (I think I was a little flabbergasted that she was going to actually put that beauty on the sand and sit on it!) But I did vow that I would make one of my own. So seeing these fabrics with that quilt fresh in my mind, I decided I needed to give them a home.
Nancy also had a beautiful dish of antique Czech glass buttons sitting on her cutting table. They were calling my name too, but I only adopted three. They are so pretty. Don't ask me what I'm going to do with them, but if you have any suggestions, I'd love to hear them.


  1. What a cute little place! I just am in love with all the trims. I love to collect buttons too, and those are fantastic. I usually say to myself that I will use them on a bag or something of the sort, but really am never sure.

  2. I'm so jealous you got to spend some time in Carmel. I was raised not too far away and I love to browse the little shops. Next time I go home I will have to go see "Findings". I love the wonderful buttons! And the trims!

  3. What a cute quilt store! Great fabric choice and I can't wait to see the quilt!

  4. what a great little shop! I like the small ones the best anyway, i get totally overwhelmed in a huge fabric warehouse. I need hours in the big stores because i just wander... i can be so flaky and change my mind a million times!
    the fabric you chose is so pretty. can't wait to see what you decide to do with it!

  5. The glass buttons are so beautiful. I guess if you made a bag for yourself, you could put one of the beauties on the front. Otherwise, just keep them til something comes to you.
    I did not realize Carmel had a choice of fabric shops. The times I have been there with my husband, so we did not concentrate on quilting. Sounds like all of you had a lot of fun.

  6. Oh, my! I want to go to that store.. No wait...I NEED to go to that store.

  7. oh my i thought we were friends! why was i not invited to this wonderful place?! ;)

  8. I wouldn't be able to not steal everything and run out of the store! Just the sort of places I wish we had locally here.


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