Last week my friend Charla and I set off on a quest to visit a couple of quilt shops within an hour’s drive of where we live. Quilt shops are pretty few and far between here, but we’d heard about these two for a while and decided to have a self-indulgent afternoon. Well you have to sometimes, don’t you!
I’d actually only visited fabric shops round here in Zürich and in Uster, a small town 20 minutes drive away. In Zürich in particular, most of the fabric shops have closed in the 20+ years I’ve lived here. There is one quilting shop though, where the owner and staff are delightful, but it’s tiny and so the choice of fabric is always going to be limited. The rental prices in Zürich itself are so astronomical that it’s impossible to pay for as much space as you would really like in a fabric shop – a great shame, but what can you do?
So Charla and I headed out of town and north towards the German border to see what was available in the countryside.
The first stop was at Patchideal in Diessenhofen – a shop upstairs in a new complex over a supermarket, that I would never have found if Charla hadn’t known the way. They had the biggest selection of fabric I’ve seen here – quite a lot of which was ON SALE ! – and the staff were really friendly. It was a good hour’s drive and I wish the shop was nearer as it’s a friendly place and the selection was good. They even do courses – and there were some lovely bags on display, so I might well head out that way again!
The second place we stopped by was on the way home – probably only 25 minutes away – and is relatively new. The Quilt Place in Nürensdorf just blew us away. It’s situated in a small, pretty apartment block in the middle of a beautiful old village – charm everywhere you looked! (At this point I took photos with my phone which were too bad to post – next time I go I’ll show you just how pretty it was!).
The stairway to the shop was lined with beautiful old quilts and when we walked in the door we had to take a moment to catch our breath…..you know how it is when you see the most beautiful shop you’ve ever been in? The sort of light, airy, spacious and downright drop dead gorgeous shop where you might just stay for ever and never go home? The sort of shop where I would even take a class on sewing tight curves (not that they offer one), just for the sheer pleasure of sitting in the room all day…..oh my goodness. We were speechless…we were in awe….FAB-U-LOUS….that’s all I can say. As well as ‘how come it took me so long to get there?’ And I don’t have one darned photo to show you – so you’d better just check it out here, but the photos don’t do credit to how nice it really is.
One of the things that I really, really liked was that the Quilt Place is not just full of American fabrics. Now you know I online shop from the US with the best of you, and I’m certainly in no way criticizing American quilt fabrics – it’s just it was so refreshing to see gorgeous French and German fabrics that I’d never come across before. The style is different, softer and more muted, and I loved it!
I bought these little beauties….German…from Westfalenstoffe.….mmmm…yum….looking forward to working with them, when I have an idea of what to make with them!
It’s a good job I’m going back to work…otherwise I think I’d be trundling off to Nürensdorf every other week! Sometimes it’s amazing what you come across in a small out of the way Swiss village!