A couple days before we left to come home from California, we decided to brave the wind and rain to adventure out and do a little quilt shopping in Chico, California, a college town about a hour and half from Cottonwood where we were staying.
The first shop we visited The Rabbits Hole quilt shop. When you first pull up to the store it looks very small, but actually it is a nice size shop. As we walk in, we were greeted by the very friendly and helpful staff. The store is very well organized, neat and loaded with lots of fabric. The over all fabric selection is very nice, and well organized through out the store which included a large selection of batik fabrics. They also offer a long arm quilting service that is located right in the store. They do have a nice selection of notions and books. Both and Diane and I came out with some nice fabrics including more turquoise fabric for my Easy Street mystery quilt.
The next shop we visited was the Honey Run quilting shop, located inside Cathy's sewing and vac shop. They have a large variety of antique and new sewing machines all over the front of the store. For the new machines they carry Baby Locks, Janome, Brothers, and many more. They also carry 4, 6 and 10 needle embroidery machines, plus a large assortment of embroidery supplies. The quilt shop is located in the back quarter of of the sew and vac store. As you walk into that area of the store, they have a nice selection of Amy Butler, Kaffe Fassett, Batik, and other fabrics. Diane fell in love with the voile fabrics. Voile is a softer, and sheerer fabric. She found a nice pattern and picked up three contrasting voile fabrics, with the assistance of the friendly staff, who helped us lay it out. In the back of the store, they had a nice assortment of fabrics as low as $6.95 per yard. This is where I found a few that I could use to finish an old UFO applique project. I also found a pretty snowflake pattern made with Batik blue fabrics and the snow flakes appliqued on to the top. It will be a nice laps size quilt for the winter time.
If I lived in that area I would definitely go back to these shops. Both have very friendly customer services and great fabric selections.
It was great day of shopping and exploring in Chico, California.