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Joining In With The Rows.

Posted on | September 10, 2015 | 11 Comments

I have read a lot about the Row X Row craze that took over so many quilters in the US these last months. So when we had the opportunity to spend some time in South Carolina, I decided to join in, if only on a very small scale. I have been really impressed with the great designs all around the country and was looking forward to seeing what the locals had in store.

I was asked what I would like for my birthday when there in August and I asked to driven to several of the local Quilt stores. My Family was happy to oblige. There were only 3 in the immediate area within an hours drive, but that was fine by me. I had a wonderful time in two of them. The other left a lot to be desired.

My first stop was People Places and Quilts. It was welcoming and wonderful.

Sunburnt Quilts 2015 - PP&Q

Sunburnt Quilts 2015 - PP&Q

This is their RXR.

Sunburnt Quilts 2015 - PP&Q

I bought the kit and will make it into a small runner. I also purchased a few patterns and some fabrics – too much to show here – so just a taste.

Sunburnt Quilts 2015 - PP&Q

The building was old, but really well lit and there were many displays to show off their wares. Here are a few pictures to enjoy.

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I really must compliment the staff here on their courtesy and helpfulness. I really enjoyed their store.

The next stop was Sew N Stitch Fabrics. When we arrived I thought there couldn’t be much inside this tiny, unassuming building. Boy, was I wrong.

Sunburnt Quilts 2015 - SNS

The rooms inside may have been little, but the range of products and use of space for displays was huge.

Here is their RXR.

Sunburnt Quilts 2015 - SNS

Again I bought the kit and will turn it into a runner. I also found a lot of patterns and books. Here is one purchase.

Sunburnt Quilts 2015 - SNS

Here is a quick look through this lovely store.

Sunburnt Quilts 2015 - SNS

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Once again the staff here were so helpful and welcoming. I really must thank them for all the assistance they gave.

I hope to go back to both of these in the future when we spend time again with our family.

There was a third store in the area participating in the RXR and it had some lovely stock. I had already spent a large amount at the other stores and would happily have done so at that one, too. But the staff had a lot of trouble serving me. Apparently I was invisible as I was not greeted or asked if I needed assistance. One staff member was so busy showing a friend photos on her phone that she had to move away from me in case I asked for help. Another staff member came out to serve a customer who came in after me – and even then I was not acknowledged. So in the end I decided they did not need my money, and left.

I think it is really interesting to see how different stores behave towards their customers and I am delighted to say that in the more than a month we were away this was the ONLY time staff were inconsiderate.

I have a mountain of patterns, books, magazines and fabrics  to work on now. I may have to skip sleeping to have enough time to work on all of them.

I hope you are having a wonderful time with all your projects, too.

Cheers, Karen

 

 

11 Responses to Joining In With The Rows.

  • Frances says: Glad you found some fun stores and bought some great stuff!!! Interestingly, I have had the same reaction from quilt shopkeepers in Italy and France!!!
  • marina says: lots of love projects to work on! love those little woolly blocks projects. The shops are gorgeous. Glad it was only the one that gave you a negative experience. There's always one!
  • michelle from Rag-tag Stitchin' says: Oh I just so wanted to go rummaging in those gorgeous shops. Lots of lovelies to work on Karen x
  • Joan says: What cute shops and so different. The second one that looked so plain is just adorable inside. Yes, I must say the best part of the row x row experience was getting to see all the different shops and how different each and every one is. Too bad you had a bad experience at the last one. If you don't take care of the customers, you won't have a business for long, I'm afraid!
  • Elaine/MuddlingThrough says: What pretty fabric stores you have shown us today! I'd be happy to visit them. We have a local quilt store of the third kind you visited. One trip there was enough for me. Looks like you picked up lots of fun projects to keep you busy for a while. Can't wait to see what you do!!
  • Raewyn says: It is interesting to read of your experience, Karen. The first two shops looked great for exploring, fun to take part in the row by row experience! Have fun with your goodies :-)
  • Rachaeldaisy says: Visiting quilt shops is such a great way to spend your birthday. Thank you for sharing your day with us. It's so fun to see different quilt shops. The ones you visited look wonderful. I love those patterns you bought, especially the chicken. I recently went to a quilt shop and had the same experience of being invisible. I was so annoyed, I won't go back, it's easier for me to shop online.
  • Heidi says: I love visiting shops while travelling, & it is so cool to read about them at blogsites. I have only made it to one during my stay here in Alaska & the gal was friendly although it took awhile for her to warm up, & she did not wish to have photos of her store or fabris posted on my blog! I bought about one yard of some Alaska-looking batik & called it good. Looks like you had a fun bday:-) I really like Hearty Good Wishes & have some cuts froom the first run that I look fwd to cutting into someday soon! Thanks for your comment yesterday, I am enjoying some 'blogger catch-up' on my day off today!
  • Fiona says: oh how fun.. the shops look great and you got some lovely treasures to bring home with you... that shop lost out on your good business. Hugz
  • Lesley says: Both stores look wonderful! I especially liked the first store because those couches looked so inviting to sit on and do a stitchery! I also picked up a load of RXR kits and patterns this summer, all sitting in a tote waiting for a rainy day. I think they became a bit of an addiction for me! Glad you were able to take home some too!
  • Linda King says: Lovely stores. So many patterns, so little time. Enjoy your RXR patterns.
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