This weekend is the blog tour for Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day! I decided to take part because I LOVE my local quilt shop, Sew Modern.

I’m not the usual quilting story in that I came to quilting through the internet. Flickr and blogs brought on my love affair – not taking a class or a shop I visited. I didn’t have a local quilt shop until I was an avid quilter.

Sew Modern was opened up by a friend and fellow LAMQG member.

Sew Modern

Next thing you know, the LAMQG is meeting there…

LAMQG Nov. meeting

…and quilting there!

LAMQG Denyse Schmidt advanced workshop

It’s pretty much the clubhouse! Aren’t we lucky here in LA to have such a wonderful shop to spend time in?

Sew Modern BP Quilt

Nothing can replace the sense of community that seeing people in person provides. When I am at Sew Modern I always run into my quilting friends. Everyone loves catching up over some sewing machines and rotary cutters!

Elizabeth's visit to the LAMQG

And I haven’t even mentioned the FABRIC! Being able to see it, touch it and mix & match with the bolts is a sort of fun that you can’t have when you’re shopping online.

So don’t forget that January 24th is Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day. I hope that you’ll hit up yours!

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  • Audrie

    January 19, 2013 at 3:14 pm | Reply

    I work at my LQS and will be working that day… so you KNOW I’ll leave with something hehe

  • Charlotte E

    January 19, 2013 at 3:24 pm | Reply

    I’m like you Aissa, I stumbled upon quilting through the internet and blogs (so many great ones). Although I do have a local quilt store it doesn’t stock many modern fabrics but I do try and support them by buying my notions there. However last week they had some Riley Blake Chevrons just come in so I snapped them up. Maybe its the start of more modern things to come for them.

  • Melissa

    January 19, 2013 at 11:18 pm | Reply

    Aww, it’s so sweet to see Lauren’s face in that first picture. :) And all my friends in the pictures. I just love that place.

    • Lauren Hawley

      January 24, 2013 at 10:28 am | Reply

      Aw! Thanks, Melissa! Alissa isn’t it amazing how different (and empty) the store looked back then? Thanks for the awesome post! Love you! xoxo

  • Kathy

    January 20, 2013 at 11:39 am | Reply

    Looks like you ladies have a lot of fun. Wish I lived closer so I could join in!

  • deedee

    January 20, 2013 at 12:00 pm | Reply

    im just starting to quit. but i love it still have a lot to learn but working at it. i live in pa and i do support my local fabic shop it on my way home from work alway stopping to see whats new and always leaving with something.

  • happy zombie

    January 20, 2013 at 1:18 pm | Reply

    I want to visit Sew Modern SEW BAD. I keep saying I’m going to pop down on my visits home (NorCal) – and then never seem to be able to get away. I’m thinking I need to come to Sew Modern and THEN pop up to visit home!

    • Lauren Hawley

      January 24, 2013 at 10:26 am | Reply

      Yeah, Monica! Get your a– down here!

  • Linda H.

    January 20, 2013 at 2:15 pm | Reply

    You are SO lucky! I wish I COULD visit a local quilt shop. There are none around for 40 miles, and that one is traditional. The nearest modern is 90 minutes away. Online is the only way to shop until something changes, and I don’t think that will be any time soon. I’ve been told that four quilt shops in the Central Florida area have closed in the past four years. What’s up with that?! Continue to enjoy and appreciate what you have.

  • karen

    January 21, 2013 at 11:40 pm | Reply

    You are so lucky in LA and I’m completely jealous- Ha!:-) Our local quilt shop closed and now there are only semi -local but that just doesn’t have that “hometown” feel. I love shopping online but there is nothing like the community fostered by being together in person. Enjoy that local shop of yours and keep up the great MQG work you’re doing. Looking forward to Quilt Con!!!

  • Ada

    January 22, 2013 at 11:10 pm | Reply

    What a beautiful shop. I would love to be able to visit a proper quilt shop here in Greece, but unfortunately there aren’t any. A few shops in Greece sell mats and rotary cutters now, but that’s about it! It is also very difficult to find cotton. I have to go to Athens and buy old stock.
    Last September my friend Kristine Pappas organized the first Quilting Seminar in Greece, in Thessaloniki. It was a big success and I managed to get the exhibition to my town, Sparta.
    Kristine is talking to Greek factories to try to get them into making cotton again. A few of us are trying to get quilting more known in Greece. Kristine teaches in Thessaloniki and I start teaching next week. We also have a friend in Athens who starts teaching.
    It is so nice for us to be able to visit blogs like this to connect and to find information.
    Have a nice day, Ada

  • ChristaQuilts

    January 24, 2013 at 7:53 pm | Reply

    What a lovey shop – thanks for sharing. Can’t wait to see you in person at QuiltCon. I’m looking forward to your presentations :-)

  • Clair

    January 25, 2013 at 4:25 am | Reply

    What a great space!! I think if ever visited (which is unlikely seeing as I’m in Australia) i would never leave, I’d take up residency in that gorgeous mid-century rocking chair! Lucky lucky ladies :)

  • Katie

    January 30, 2013 at 8:44 pm | Reply

    SO jealous! I only live down in San Diego County, but it’s still too far of a drive with my two toddlers. I wish we had such an awesome shop here! Maybe I’ll convince my husband to take me on a date to Sew Modern one day when we have a babysitter….

  • lysa flower

    February 7, 2013 at 12:21 pm | Reply

    Love, Love, Love Sew Modern! One of my favourite things about visiting LA. That and attending LAMQG meetings every June!

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