This January 24, 2013, quilters and fabric lovers around the country are encouraged to show their support for local, independent quilt shops on the inaugural “Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day”. This event is promoted by The Fabric Shop Network with industry support to raise awareness for the importance of these businesses in their local economy and in the creative pursuits of quilters, sewists, fabric enthusiasts, and crafters everywhere.
The Fabric Shop Network President Laurie Harsh stated, “Quilt shops are vital to our industry and are much more than a retail venue. They are a place where sewists and quilters meet and connect, trade stories about their latest projects, take classes, and learn new techniques, and are inspired to work with fabric in exciting new ways,” says Harsh.
“By spreading the word about “Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day,” we can show our support to these businesses at a time when they need it the most,” added Harsh.
There are thousands of independent, local quilt and fabric shops around the country, according to The Fabric Shop Network. Shops will be joining the celebration for the January 24 event by offering special classes, demos, trunk shows, author book signings, savings, and more. The event website, www.quiltshopday.com, will be a hub for information and will feature the stories of many independent shops around the country.