Thursday 24 January 2013 is Visit your Local Quilt Shop Day, and in support of such a wonderful occasion I thought I would give you a guided tour of my local quilt store - and sponsor - GJ's Discount Fabrics located at 443 Lygon Street, Brunswick East, Victoria, Australia.
GJ's Discount Fabrics is owned and managed by Georgia Johnston together with a team of friendly and knowledgeable staff. GJ's is Melbourne's largest independent retail store specializing in patchwork fabric and all of your crafting (and glitter/dance) needs. I have been a customer at this store for more than a decade, and my then young children were always welcomed and greeted with a basket of toys to keep their hands busy to allow me all the time needed to browse.
You'll find all of your latest designer patchwork fabrics right here:
Everything Amy Butler (including Home Dec range) and Kaffe Fassett.
Notting Hill by Joel Dewberry,
All of my favorite fabric designers are represented here at GJ's including - not pictured - everything Aneela Hoey,Tasha Noel and Bonnie & Camille, as well as organic fabrics by Birch, and fabrics by Kokka.
My favorite section - and where invariable head to straight away is the corner of stripes and dots. This may be where my obsession with basic prints started; a whole section dedicated to dots, stripes and small scale geometric prints in every color of the rainbow. Most of these prints are by Australian fabric supplier A Day in the Country.
(Skirt sample by local designer Nicole Mallalieu) - pattern available at GJ's
GJ's is where I go when I need a fabric fix; to touch, feel, browse and talk fabric/quilts/sewing with like minded souls. I never walk away without a friendly chat with the staff and invariably other customers, a bundle of fabric tucked firmly under my arm(s) and oodles of inspiration.
|GJ's Discount Fabrics also stock a wide range of threads, and notions|
(including zippers, interfacing, patterns, bag hardware, ribbons, elastic, felt,
patchwork rulers, mats, rotary cutters and sewing supplies)
Opening hours and store location details here: GJ's Discount Fabrics
|GJ's Discount Fabrics stock a range of patterns including soft toy|
patterns by local(ish) designer Ric Rac - Jodie Carleton
Love your local quilt store! They need your love and support.
Feel free to join the blog tour and help us celebrate this day! Write about your local quilt store between now and 24 January and link up here: http://www.quiltshopday.com/2013/01/18/blog-tour/
With thanks to Georgia and the team at GJ's for their warm welcome greetings and friendly customer service, and for allowing me to come in and take photos of their store to share with my readers. I truly appreciate it!