Atlanta is home to many talented fabric designers like Anna Griffin, Melody Miller and Rashida Coleman-Hale. I’ve met so many local independent pattern designers through my quilt guilds that I never knew existed. We also have a number of fabric and quilt shops around the ATL. Each shop has its own unique focus and after one Quilt Shop Hop, you’ll quickly realize where you need to go for what. For example, it’s well known that bright, modern fabrics (and the pretty much the entire Kaffe Fasset line) are at Intown Quilters in Decatur. Little Quilts in Marietta is known for its traditional fabrics and “primitives” feel.
Given my penchant to keep it local, I had no problem coming up with a recommendation for a companion book to the adult sewing class I’ll be teaching @ a local quilt shop. Deborah Moebes, owner of Whipstitch Fabrics in Midtown, wrote a concise, easy-to-follow book Stitch by Stitch: Learning to Sew One Project at a Time geared toward the beginning and/or returning sewer. The chapter entitled Foundational Skills yields several practical projects that make it appropriate for use in basically any setting teaching beginning/refresher sewing courses. Doesn’t matter if you are a quilt shop, sewing machine dealer or fabric store. The book could also serve as a text for a “beyond beginner” or Sewing 102 type course that focuses on garment sewing.
A carefully selected companion text is a good thing for both the student and shop owner. The student has her patterns and ready reference material in one convenient spot while the shop owner has a basic curriculum already in hand.
In case you were wondering, the quilt shop owner where I’m teaching also shares my “locavore” tendencies. As well she should. Her quilt patterns are carried in most of the local shops! 🙂