Quilt Shopping Close to Home

Independent quilt stores are the best. Sure, the big ones have a larger variety of items, however, not necessarily a bigger selection of cotton fabrics. Prices are often comparable to the big stores, the overhead is less, and they have less big money inventory to consider. Also, the smaller, independent shops are often found in small towns or communities in little out-of–the way locations. I live two hours (one way) from four large metropolitan towns, yet I’m less than, or close to, an hour away from several quilt stores.

The first one, Prairie Notions Fabric Shop is mere minutes away. may be in a small town, they aren’t hard to find. Since it’s the closest to my home, I can often be found there, either shopping or just looking (and touching) the interesting fabrics.

 Betsy’s Quilt Shop , located in Antlers OK, is a little over an hour away. According to the post office the shop is in Antlers, that’s the mailing address. Actually, the store, also located at her home, is on the outskirts of town, on a dirt road.  If you get lost anyone in town can direct you.

A little further south in Durant is the HNT Quilt Shop, Rebecca Collins. Rebecca attends several quilt shows each year, which is how I met her. .

In the other direction, over by the lake, is Longtown Quilt Shop. It’s a new store, their grand opening was August 20. The owners Maurice and Cathy have moved back to the Eufaula area after several years in the city, and decided to open the quilt store. Welcome home

Visiting these shops are a great way to chase away the doldrums and add to my fabric stash. A fabric shopping run is definitely in the near future. Now that I’ve written about all the stores near me, and remember I feel a definite fabric shopping run. Since they’re so close, it won’t cost me much in gas money. Of course, what I save on gas I’ll spend on fabric, but that’s a much better use for money don’t you think? What about you? Do you have a favorite quilt shop that you enjoy?

Today’s Tip:  The soap many hotels provide make a great pin cushion. Not only is it readily available, but it also lubricates needles and helps prevent rusting pins.


7 thoughts on “Quilt Shopping Close to Home

  1. Nita Post author

    Maybe we can meet up somewhere closer to where you live. My kids think I’m a gypsy because I travel so much, but really most of them are just short jaunts around Oklahoma, but into Arkansas, Texas and Missouri. Although, I am planning to be in California early next year. ~Nita

  2. Sue

    OH, you must live in Oklahoma. I grew up there and most of my family that’s left still lives in Ok. Even though I’ve lived “away” for longer than I lived in Oklahoma, it’s still home.

    1. Nita Post author

      Yes, Sue, I’m in southeast Oklahoma, not down in the corner, but that area. Where is your family? I know what you mean about planning quilts, sorta. Honestly, that’s how I usually end up making a quilt. Borders are optional for most of my quilts, used most often when I want to make the quilt bigger. 🙂

      1. Sue

        Northeastern part, near Tahlequah. Most of my quilts have borders, but sometimes I like to just set the blocks and bind it. 😉

      2. Nita Post author

        Tahlequah's not that far from me (3 hours?). I'll be up there next month for a quilt show and hopefully for a book festival.

        Nita Beshear author/speaker/quiltmaker The Blog: Our Patchwork Lives

        My book: Devoted to Quilting Also available for Kindle,and the Nook

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