This is why I'm so excited to share my trip to the Im Patchworkhimmel shop in Grünstadt, Germany with everyone today. The folks at the Im Patchworkhimmel shop kindly allowed me to photograph their store so that I could share the quilty goodness with all of you!
From the first moment I stepped into the shop I was so impressed with how organized and well lit it was. I love a shop that has plenty of natural light so that I can accurately see the fabric colors, and I love a shop that organizes it's fabrics by type and color. I was also very very happy that they have parking right in front of the store! Those of you who live in Europe know that parking here can be a real problem, and I'm super thrilled that I didn't have to scour the area for a spot.
I also love a shop that has seasonal displays of fabric groupings and products. Look at these bold colors; it makes me want to decorate for Spring! And, if you're searching for a great new pattern to go with the fabric, they have a selection of really nice patchwork books in both German and a few in English too.
Speaking of seasonal items, this shop also carries a German quilt magazine that the owner, Astrid Reck, is Editor of. It has many great seasonal patterns in it, and some of the samples are displayed in the shop.
This cute little bunny table runner is in the current issue of the Patchwork Ideen magazine. I was so in love with the brown bunny toile displayed next to this runner, and the little log cabin chickens are just too cute.
They also had this gorgeous Spring colored storm sea quilt made by Lieselotte Neurohr, who works in the shop and let me take her picture in front of her creation, on display with their other Easter and spring supplies. This quilt was made with batik fat quarters and is also in the magazine. Lieselotte graciously gave me a tour of the shop and helped me find some awesome fabric for my current project.
Did I mention that the fabric that they carry here goes on . . .
and on . . .
and on :-)
They also answered a question that I have been asking since first moving to Germany. Are there any German quilt fabric designers out there? The answer is yes. Here is some fabric by the German fabric designer, Brigitte Heitland, for Moda. It's called Zen Chic.
Now, I know that I've gushed uncontrollably about the fabrics and the store, but I also want everyone to know that this in not just a quilt fabric store. The folks there have all the notions that you need to make many types of quilt projects. Rotary cutters, rulers, paper piecing, needles, fat quarters, and batting; just to name a few. They also offer classes in their back room. Classes are a great way to acquire new skills and meet other local quilters.
I had such a great time talking and shopping. I found some wonderful fabric and batting for my current project and I'm so thrilled that I was able to support a local quilt shop. Thank you Astrid and Lieselotte. I'll be back :-)