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Fabric shopping in Hawaii

I recently had a chance to travel to Hawaii with my husband. While he attended some meetings in Honolulu, I located some quilting stores and went in search of fabric.  The first store I went to was Kaimuki Dry Goods.

Kaimuki Dry Goods
1144 10th Ave.
Honolulu

This store has a HUGE selection of fabrics – many cottons great for quilting, including batiks. The prices were fairly high.

3 or 4 blocks away was another store that I liked a lot:  The Calico Cat.

The Calico Cat
1223 Koko Head Ave.
Honolulu

I wish I had gone here first because they had some of the same Japanese fabrics for a lot less money. This was a smaller store and the woman who runs it was delightful.

A few days later some friends at home recommended a store closer to my hotel which I had to check out called The Fabric Mart.

Fabric Mart
1631 Kalakaua Ave.
Honolulu

It has a HUGE selection of Hawaiian prints and really good prices. They had rolls and rolls of fabric.

Many Hawaiian fabrics

It was kind of overwhelming to me.  They also had Hawaiian quilts for sale.

Hawaiian Quilts hanging at Fabric Mart

After spending some time in Honolulu, we traveled to Maui. I was able to go to the Maui Quilt Shop there.

Maui Quilt Shop
1180 St. Kihei Rd.
Kihei, Maui

This was another shop that was on the small side but full of fun fabrics and 2 delightful sales women. They offer 2 hour classes on Hawaiian quilting (needle turn appliqué).  They have precut kits for this and also sashiko supplies. I bought this fun pincushion there.

Pineapple pincushion from The Maui Quilt Shop

Here are some pix of the fabric I bought at these stores. I cannot wait to start sewing with them. Maybe some bags for Christmas? Or framed coin purses?  Or pillows?

Variety of fabrics

Kokka

Echino – border print on both edges.

Variety of blue and white/cream fat quarters

Fun!

“Cheater” fabric

This Japanese fabric (and some of the others that I bought) have all these different prints incorporated in them which would look like intricate patchwork if you stitched around them. That is why I call it “cheater” fabric.

I had a wonderful trip to Hawaii but it is a LONG, LONG way from Washington DC.  It will be a pleasure to sew with these fabrics and remember my trip there.

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Quilted Threads in Henniker New Hampshire

Quilted Threads – 116 Main St., Henniker NH

I live in Washington DC but my favorite quilt shop is Quilted Threads in Henniker NH.  Whenever I visit family in the area, I shop here.  It is about a 20 minute drive from Interstate 93. Henniker, NH has to be the quaintest New England town ever.  I could have taken pictures of a hundred old farm houses/barns close to this shop. (Maybe next time I will!)

Who would guess that you would find such amazing fabric in this little town?  When you enter the store you are immediately greeted with a whole room of Japanese fabrics.  I was told yesterday that they believe they have the largest selection in the US.  It was hard not to drool, but I have to admit that the prices keep me from stashing too much of this beautiful fabric.  The store was featured in this Spring/Summer 2011 Quilt Sampler magazine.

They pretty much have it all: batiks (although somewhat limited), novelty/kids prints, civil war prints, silks and linens, modern, Australian, Japanese, felted woolens, etc..

Here is a sampling of what I did buy:

Australian fabric and a little Kaufman I thought would go with it.

Echino Train and others

Crabtastic by by Maude Asbury

Zipper fobs and variegated pearl cotton

Zipper fobs and variegated pearl cotton

You can never have too many books!

They do have an online store. I was also told that they are about to become a Bernina dealership.  If you are ever in the area (or within 100 miles), you do NOT want to miss this store!

 

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