I’ve been on a fabric fast for the past few months in preparation for the Music City MQG Shop Hop this past weekend… it was so worth it! We visited 5 quilt shops in the area which ran special discounts for our group and had an absolute blast shopping all day long, from Franklin to Nashville to Goodlettsville and back again.
The Quilting Squares Quilt Shop – Franklin
Donuts & fruit greeted us at our first stop, as well as a tutorial for their Shortcut Binding Tool which is great for creating two-color binding and binding with a flange. I’m so glad I finally got a peek inside, since it’s just a few miles down the road.
I started slowly with a few fat quarters – throughout the day I tried to concentrate on finding yellow and low-volume prints – I have a quilt in mind, and it helped me to resist buying everything under the sun!
Craft South – Nashville
I was probably most excited to finally get inside Craft South, Anna Maria Horner’s new brick and mortar store. As expected, every inch was beautiful and welcoming. Even the bathroom!
I couldn’t resist a scrap bag of Anna Maria Horner’s woven Loominous line, plus some yardage to make pillowcases. I’m sure I’ll be back for their classes or events.
The Fabric Studio – Nashville
This teeny shop packs a punch – I probably got more here than anywhere else! I just can’t resist scrap bags, or fat quarter deals… and there was a “garage sale” table where I picked up an adorable sun-bleached zipper pouch for cross stitch WIPs.
We stopped at a brand new coffee shop down the street, Eighth and Roast, for a mid-day caffeine break and they kindly let us eat our boxed lunches there too. Shopping is exhausting – and makes you hungry too!
Quilter’s Attic – Goodlettsville
The first thing that caught my eye were two gorgeous barn quilts on the buildings around this shop… totally reignited my obsession with barn quilts! Inside, there’s a big selection of fabric as well as books and notions. My favorite part is all the quilts hanging everywhere… so much inspiration! Everyone especially loved those pinwheels on the stairs, and at the top is an entire showroom as well as a classroom for workshops.
I limited myself to a few fat quarters and a booklet of patterns… I’ve been looking for an excuse to use up some mini charm squares!
Stitcher’s Garden – Franklin
Back in Franklin, we ended the day with Stitcher’s Garden. This shop is right down the street from me, but you have to be in the right frame of mind to brave the aisles (and piles and stacks and baskets and cubbies) stuffed to the brim with fabric. It’s quite the experience!
Of course I managed just fine… and added some more yellow and low volume to my stash!
My bag was quite full by the end of the day! Spreading it all out was like an adult’s Halloween candy!
Of course the first order of business was sorting it all into color order before adding it to my stash.
Whew… what a day! I had so much fun touring the area and getting to know all the shops tucked away that I haven’t had time to visit. A big shout out to all the stores, who welcomed us and fed us along the way, AND especially to the amazing guild ladies who organized it all!
More city sights coming soon as I explore the Nashville area!