Thought for a lifetime

Einstein made the very important observation that " Imagination is more important than knowledge ".

Friday, June 24, 2011

Party in the OC!

I finally found the new location of a sweet boutique-The Sewing Party. It is now located off Ridge Route on Ridge Route ( how's that for confusing ) near the back of a little industrial center. The boring facade does not prepare you for the wonderful treats inside. Love of fabric and all its potential is what I take from this store. Fabric is grouped by textile designers or descriptions like 'shabby' or 'contemporary'. This makes it easy for their target customers of quilters to find the multiple mix of fabrics necessary to complete a quilt. NO emphasis on garments here-it is all about pillows, quilts and purses. But, alot of these techniques can easily be applied to clothing and nice fabric is nice fabric. Prices run from $9 up to $10.50 a yard with a back sale wall of $4.50 per yard.

The fabric here is absolutely beautiful ( do I say that about EVERY store? I just adore fabric ). And while you won't find zippers and thread and buttons and garment patterns you WILL find examples of wildly wonderful pillows, Japanese embroidery, and lots of creative class offerings.

What really brings me back to Sewing Party besides the great fabrics, classes, books, etc. is the fantastic purses. The selection of purse handles, hardware and ideas are inspiring.

And purses are everywhere! There are books of purse patterns, giant grommets, decorative zippers, the little feet for purse bottoms, and just great examples of the purses that can only be purchased as kits. No individual patterns, just kits that hopefully you'll buy when you sign-up for the class on how to make the purse. I really fell in love with the Bostonian purse with its nice size and shape. Plus lots of hardware that makes it look expensive and not at all homemade. No classes offered right now on the Bostonian but, I signed up for it on the store's wishlist of classes. When enough people sign up they schedule a class!
While I was perusing the goods at Sewing Party women kept entering the store murmuring about " Quilter's Run ". I suspected it was some sort of top secret quilting guild activity and I wasn't too wrong. As I exited I spied a Quilter's Run pamphlet and grabbed it. Quilter's Run is a 2 weekend promotion covering the four seasons and 40 fabric stores from LA, OC and San Diego counties. There are prizes and drawings and passports, etc. All I know is that I now have a list of 40 fabric boutiques just waiting for me to visit :) So stay tuned...