Saturday, March 23, 2013

I found a German Quilt shop!

 I know that their are probably many great quilt shops in Germany, but I've lived here for a few years and have had a really hard time finding a dedicated German Quilt Shop in my area. I've been to many lovely fabric stores, but a patchwork store is so much more. A quilt store caters to the fabrics, notions, and supplies that quilters look for, and it is a great place to get new ideas, meet other quilters, and get advice on your projects.

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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!


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
  
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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.   

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Did I mention that the fabric that they carry here goes on . . . 

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and on . . .

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and on :-)

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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.

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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.

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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 :-)

5 comments:

  1. even though I'm not in Germany, I love to look at pictures of great quilt shops! :)

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  2. Great find, I am sure you will have many happy hours in that shop!

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  3. Oh my goodness how wonderful and awesome for you, I live in Europe also (greece) and so understand, we don't even have shops that carry cotton fabric, they all have polyester and other weird old lady fabrics and you are so right on about parking, urgh. I just love the Spring colored storm sea quilt made by Lieselotte Neurohr and Brigitte Heitland of Zen Chic is really nice I once asked her a question about her fabric and she got right back to me, she also has a blog go to Moda's page to find her.

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  4. Wow, what a great place! Appropriately named In Patchwork Heaven! Loved your story and great photos. I hope it's close enough to you that you can visit frequently. I'd love to be able to read the magazine, too.

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  5. Hi, can you tell me how much 1 yard or 1 meter of quilt fabric costs in Germany in Euros?
    Thanks very much,
    Paula (Needlestar@aol.com)

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